HERE AND NOW OR NEVER Choreographic Lab with Mélanie Demers
Mélanie Demers investigates the role of dance and art in society. This workshop is designed as a creation laboratory for dancers and dance makers to experiment and take risks with dance composition in a safe environment. It aims to provide a playground for artists to explore their “inner mythology” and develop a creative process derived from the inside while reflecting on the outside. The session will begin with discussion and continue with a physical exploration of the questions raised in the discussion. Guided improvisations then take over to set the creation process in motion. The workshop is conducted in the spirit of community and the importance of shared experiences to choreographic development. It addresses the significance of each artists’ responsibility to connect with their creative potential and embody the movement and the discourse within their practice. Here and now or never.
Saturday, February 11, 2023
11:30 AM – 2:30 PM EST (three hours)
Winchester Street Theatre, 80 Winchester Street, Toronto
$20 in advance
- This workshop is open to all artists with a dance or choreographic practice.
- Space is limited to 20 participants.
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This workshop is presented by dance Immersion, with venue partners Toronto Dance Theatre and Canadian Stage.
See Mélanie Demers’ work, Cabaret Noir, February 9-11, 2023 at the Berkeley Street Theatre. A MAYDAY Production, Co-presented by dance Immersion and Canadian Stage.
Tickets here: BOX OFFICE
A multidisciplinary artist, Mélanie Demers founded her own dance company in Montreal in 2007, MAYDAY, exploring the powerful link between the poetical and the political. In parallel to her choreographic practice, Mélanie Demers teaches movement in major theater schools, acts as a consultant on several theatrical productions and engages in a literary practice. Her fascination with the interplay between word and gesture crystallized with WOULD (2015), which won the CALQ Prize for best choreography.
Combining theatricality, literature, music and visual arts, a new cycle begins in 2021 with the creation of the works La Goddam Voie Lactée, Confession Publique and Cabaret Noir. In 2021, Mélanie Demers received the GRAND PRIX de la danse de Montréal, which recognizes the unique mark she left on her era. In 2022, she turned to theater and directed the play Declarations by author Jordan Tannahill. Her work has been presented across Europe, America, Africa, and Asia.