Danse Mutante
Original version - Cantique

Concept: Mélanie Demers
Choreography: Mélanie Demers with the collaboration of the performers
Performance: Riley Sims and Francis Ducharme
Lighting Design: Alexandre Pilon-Guay
Music: Mykalle Bielinski
Rehearsal Direction: Anne-Marie Jourdenais
Sound Design: Olivier Girouard and David Blouin
Technical Direction: Julien Veronneau

Danse Mutante is a choreographic project taking root in Montreal and unfolding on three continents. After Mélanie Demers creates the original version, Cantique, the duo performed by Francis Ducharme and Riley Sims will be reinterpreted by choreographers Ann Liv Young (New York), Kettly Noël (Bamako) and Ann Van den Broek (Antwerp/Rotterdam). According to a set of parameters (working with two performers, a limited period of creation, duration, etc.), each choreographer is invited to create her own version of the piece by remixing, reinventing and corrupting as she pleases its last version.

The project will culminate in Montreal in the fall of 2019 with a marathon event.


Danse Mutante
Original version - Cantique by Mélanie Demers
August 25, 2018: 3 pm and 6 pm
August 26, 2018: 2 pm and 5 pm
Festival B.Motion
Bassano del Grappa, ITA


Residency at the Centre de Création O Vertigo (Montreal, Canada)
Creation of the original version by Mélanie Demers

MAY 25
Presentation of the original version as part of OFFTA (Montreal, Canada)

Residency in New York (United States) - first part
Creation of the mutation 1 by Ann Liv Young

AUGUST 25-26
Presentation of the original version as part of the Festival B-Motion (Bassano del Grappa, Italy)

Residency in Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique (Montreal, Canada) - second part 
Creation of the mutation 1 by Ann Liv Young

Residency at the  Centre culturel Donko Seko (Bamako, Mali)
Creation of the mutation 2 by Kettly Noël

Tour in Europe

Residency at the Theaterfestival Boulevard (’s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands) and residency in Berchem (Antwerp, Belgium) or in Rotterdam (Netherlands)
Creation of the mutation 3 by Ann Van den Broek

Premiere in Montreal

Presentation of the marathon event at Dense Bamako Danse (Bamako, Mali)

Tour in Europe and in the United States  


Partners: Canada Council for the Arts' New Chapter program, Agora de la danse

This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.