Direction and choreography: Mélanie Demers
On stage during creation: Marc Boivin, James Gnam, Brianna Lombardo and Riley Sims
On stage: Marc Boivin, Riley Sims, Francis Ducharme and Chi Long
Dramaturgy: Angélique Willkie
Rehearsal direction: Anne-Marie Jourdenais
Original Lighting: Alexandre Pilon-Guay
Music: Jacques Poulin-Denis and Antoine Berthiaume
Photo credits: Mathieu Doyon

Humans like to believe they are at the center of the world. Yet they know dinosaurs, fallen empires and glaciations. They know their fate but believe in eternity. On a clear day, they may see themselves poor and perishable. The next day, free, glorious and triumphant.

In the great march of the world, humans are nothing more than sad little animals. But animals that console themselves in beauty and in desire for immortality. For this, men will invent religions, philosophies and civilizations. They will conquer, dominate, oppress. And procreate. They will make up stories and write History. But very rarely will they understand where they stand and never really escape their condition. And deep down, men are those animals of no significance who only aspire to more and better.

Animal Triste might be a freeze frame to try to understand the nature and posture of Man in all his humanity.

Animal Triste
 is a co-production with Canada Dance Festival. The project is supported by Canada Arts Council, Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and le Conseil des arts de Montréal.


In this piece, the choreographer seems to be restraining herself, editing her material with a certain ruthlessness, yielding to neither her mannerisms nor strengths. […] The result is a pivotal work.
C. Lalonde, Le Devoir, February 17

For this Demers has devised a series of captivating gestures, threatening to explode, in which the primal/animal identity seem to be brought under control by an awareness that twists and contorts the body, placing it in a state of constant imbalance.
I. Gagnon-Paradis, La Presse, February 17