MAY 2018

Plancher ouvert: Benefit Gala of MAYDAY
After the resounding success of the first Plancher Ouvert in 2016, choreographer Mélanie Demers is pleased to invite you to second Benefit Gala of the contemporary dance company MAYDAY. Next May 10, Claude Cormier, the event’s Honorary President, will once again open the doors to his strikingly original and surprising home for an intimate artistic cocktail.

Public presentations at École de danse contemporaine de Montréal and at L'École de danse de Québec
The final year students of L'École de danse de Québec will perform a choreography by Mélanie Demers in ERREUR 404, on May 11 and 12. The choreographer is also leading the re-creation process of La Meute with the final year students of École de danse contemporaine de Montréal. They will present this remounting from May 23 to 26, as part of  Les danses de mai, Opus 2018.

Icône Pop travels to Haiti
After a successful Montreal premiere last January, Icône Pop will be presented in Haiti in May, as part of the Port-au-Prince art performance PAPAP.

Danse Mutante : the original version premieres at OFFTA
The original version of Danse Mutante, by Mélanie Demers, will take the stage for the first time, opening the OFFTA 2018. This duet performed by the powerful dancers Riley Sims and Francis Ducharme will be presented at the Monument National on May 25 at 8 pm. It will then travel to be reinterpreted by three fierce female choreographers coming from three continents as off the summer of 2018.


MARCH 2018

Animal Triste in Brazil
MAYDAY presented Animal Triste at the Centro Coreográfico da Cidade do Rio de Janeiro on March 7. Mélanie Demers offered the workshop HERE AND NOW OR NEVER on march 6 and 8, sharing her choreographic approach with the local dancers.



A Montreal premiere for Icône Pop
After Bassano del Grappa, Toronto and 's-Hertogenbosch, Icône Pop was presented for the first time in Montreal, from January 24 to 27 at Agora de la danse. It is in an undergroung parking that the solo performance by Mélanie Demers met live music by Mykalle Bielinski. The representations were a great success!


The launching of Danse mutante
MAYDAY recently launched Danse mutante, an ambitious choreographic relay spreading internationally. This duet performed by Francis Ducharme and Riley Sims will take root in Montreal with a first version created by Mélanie Demers. It will then pass into the hands of three other choreographers scattered on three continents, successively invited to remix, corrupt and transform the piece: 
Ann Liv Young (New York), Kettly Noël (Bamako) and Ann Van den Broek (Antwerp/Rotterdam).

WOULD: an expected comeback in Montreal
After two years, WOULD came back in Montreal on December 11, 12, 14 and 15 at La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines with the excellent dancers Marc Boivin and Kate Holden who offered moving performances.

Public presentations at UQAM
During the fall semester, Mélanie Demers was invited to teach the course Spectacle chorégraphique dirigé to the garduating students of UQAM's dance department. From December 13 to 16, they proposed 
Quelque Chose de Sauvage, a revisited version of Something About Wilderness, a piece she created at the Skånes Dansteater (Malmö, Sweden) in May 2017 with Laïla Diallo.

La revue culturelle 2017
Mélanie Demers has the pleasure to be part of La revue culturelle 2017, which was broadcasted on December 29 on Radio-Canada.
Click  here to watch the episode.



Animal Triste showcasing at the Wilder Building
On November 29, Animal Triste was performed at the Wilder Building as part of the European Dancehouse Network conference offered by Agora de la danse in connection with Parcours Danse.

Encounters of the European Dancehouse Network at Agora de la danse
On November 30, Mélanie Demers was part of the panel that discussed the connections between institutions, audiences and artists.


Animal Triste in Vancouver
Animal Triste landed in Vancouver to be presented on October 19, 20 and 21, in co-production with the plastic orchid factory. The piece featured dancers Marc Boivin, James Gnam, Brianna Lombardo and Riley Sims, and received great acclaim.

We'll Be Fine: a Montreal premiere
MAYDAY and Good Women Dance Collective presented We'll Be Fine for the first time in Montreal as part of the Festival Quartiers Danses last September 13.

Mélanie Demers as a director
Mélanie Demers was one of the directors of the play À te regarder, ils s'habitueront, which was presented last September at the Théatre de Quat'Sous. She created the movement for Angie Cheng and Jacques Poulin Denis.


Icône Pop
receives the Buddies in Bad Times Vanguard Award for Risk and Innovation
Great news for Icône Pop! Following three representations on August 4, 5 and 6 at the SummerWorks Performance Festival in Toronto, Icône Pop was awarded the Buddies in Bad Times Vanguard Award for Risk and Innovation. There is a lot to come for this piece!


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