FAIRE CORPS | An audio series in 7 episodes

José NAVAS, Françoise SULLIVAN, Margie GILLIS, Manon OLIGNY, Daniel LÉVEILLÉ, Mélanie DEMERS, Marie CHOUINARD: seven choreographers who have shaped quebec contemporary dance, enabling it to shine at here and abroad.

These unconventional creators have inspired countless dance, theater, circus, film and music artists through the strength and singularity of their artistic approach.

In the intimacy of a light-filled studio, host and contemporary dancer Marie-Gabrielle Ménard invites her idols to suspend time and look back on their entire career. A moment of encounter punctuated by dozens of testimonials and some surprising archive footage.

FAIRE CORPS is a series in French with seven studio doors opening onto the lives and works of artists who have made it possible for movement to become poetry.


Ideation, animation, production: Marie-Gabrielle Ménard
Production support: Julien Sahuquillo
Research: Guylaine Bombardier, Stéphanie Gagnon, Enora Rivière, Sandrine Deschênes, Katia-Marie Germain, Doris Grenier
Editing: Marie-Gabrielle Ménard, Louis Dufort, Jean-François Roy
Original music : Louis Dufort
Storytelling: Éric Robidoux, Marie-Michelle Borduas
Sound: Tayaout-Nicolas, Xavier Madore, Maxime Pelletier-Huot
Archives: Société Radio-Canada
Photos: Denis Dulude, Richard-Max Tremblay, Catherine Dalberto
Graphics: Denis Dulude
Videos: La conserve média

Thanks to Françoise Sullivan, Margie Gillis, Daniel Léveillé, Marie Chouinard, Mélanie Demers, Manon Oligny and José Navas for their generous participation.

Tribute letters: Daniel Soulières, Jamie Wright, Sophie Corriveau, Marc Boivin, Linda Rabin, Anne Lebeau, Isabelle Poirier.

Testimonials: Andrée Martin, Isabelle Poirier, Rober Racine, Carole Prieur, Louis Dufort, José Navas, Jacques-Lee Pelletier, Théodore Pellerin, Pierre Des Marais, David Rancourt, Sophie Corriveau, Martin Faucher, Emmanuel Proulx, Catherine Gaudet, Virginie Brunelle, Ginette Laurin, Georges Leroux, Daniel Soulières, Ginette Boutin, Paul-André Fortier, Daniel Léveillé, Jamie Wright, François Richard, Alex MacSween, Marc Boivin, Brianna Lombardo, Frannie Holder, Jacques Poulin-Denis, Anne-Marie Jourdenais, Anne Lebeau, Luc Provost alias Mado Lamothe, Guillaume Bourassa, Pierre Bernard, Mylène Mackay, Karina Iralola, Linda Rabin, Pierre Lavoie, Alisia Pobega, Jack Udashkin, Geneviève Boulet.

FAIRE CORPS was made possible by the invaluable support of the Quebec government and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Thanks to Télé-Québec’s Fabrique culturelle.

Thanks to Espace Perreault Choreographic transmission and the Bibliothèque de la danse Vincent-Warren. Marie-Gabrielle thanks Louis Dufort, Denis Dulude, Xavier Madore, Anne-Marie Garand, Tayaout-Nicolas and Jean-François Roy, Julien Sahuquillo, Francis Leduc, Guylaine Bombardier, Stéphanie Gagnon, Enora Rivière, Sandrine Deschênes and Katia-Marie Germain, Olivier Desjardins, Sophie Pelletier and Sébastien Roldan, Amélie Bruneau-Longpré, Camille Sabbagh, Justine Latour, Doris Grenier and Michel Ménard.

FAIRE CORPS is produced by Mandala Sitù Danse.


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FAIRE CORPS with Françoise Sullivan

A pioneer of dance in Quebec, Françoise Sullivan, painter, sculptor, performance artist and member of the Automatistes group, celebrated her 100th birthday on June 10, 2023. Speaking to Marie-Gabrielle Ménard, she talks about her love of poetry and her interest in the circle, a form...
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FAIRE CORPS with José Navas

Originally from Venezuela, José Navas has been dancing and choreographing for 40 years. He learned English and French in the rehearsal studios. Speaking to Marie-Gabrielle Ménard, he recounts his formative years in Caracas and New York, and the influence on him of feminists Susan Sontag,…

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FAIRE CORPS with Mélanie Demers

Mélanie Demers, choreographer, performer and director, danced for 10 years with the O’Vertigo company before founding her own company, MAYDAY, in 2007. Speaking to Marie-Gabrielle Ménard, the performer who prefers problems to solutions talks on stage about her interest in hybridity, chaos and savagery. In…

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FAIRE CORPS with Daniel Léveillé

Solos, duets, pieces for large groups – in his 50-year career, Daniel Léveillé has created about forty choreographic works. In an interview with Marie-Gabrielle Ménard, Léveillé, who in 2017 was honored with the Grand Prix de la danse de Montréal, discusses his relationship with the…

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FAIRE CORPS with Margie Gillis

With a 50-year career as a choreographer and solo dancer, Margie Gillis will blow out 70 candles on July 9, 2023. Speaking to Marie-Gabrielle Ménard, the woman who introduced contemporary dance to China talks about the notion of risk that her parents, champion downhill skiers,…

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FAIRE CORPS with Marie Chouinard

Since 1977, Marie Chouinard has created over fifty choreographic works, including some thirty solos that she has performed herself. She founded the Compagnie Marie Chouinard in 1991. In an interview with Marie-Gabrielle Ménard, the choreographer, author, draughtswoman, set designer, photographer, costume and lighting designer recounts…

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FAIRE CORPS with Manon Oligny

Manon Oligny founded the company Manon fait de la danse in 1992. For over 30 years, her creations have explored the feminine in high heels, wigs, panties, sheer dresses and knee pads. Pierre Lapointe entrusted her with the choreographic creation of his music videos “Deux…