Choreography and Performance: Mélanie Demers and Laïla Diallo 
Original Music: Jacques Poulin-Denis 
Original Lighting: David Perreault Ninacs 
Texts: Mélanie Demers et Laïla Diallo
Artistic Advice: Boyzie Cekwana
Creation: 2008
Length: 55 min

 

After fine careers as dancers - Demers with Ginette Laurin’s O Vertigo and Diallo with Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance - both women rapidly came to prominence with their respective choreographic work. They join forces for this new opus with the shared aspiration of investigating some delicate questions linked to identity.

Created between Kenya, Canada and the UK, Sauver sa Peau (or Sense of Self by its English title) has already left its marks on three continents.

The piece unfolds as a fluid succession of physical tableaux offering as many perspectives on the multi-layered nature of identity. As skin is always renewing itself, is identity not also in a constant state of becoming?

 
Sauver sa Peau/Sense of Self
 is a co-production with Centre National de la Danse – Pantin (creation during a residency period) and was created with the support of Arts Council England South West, Canada Arts Council, le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Swindon Dance, The Place, The Brewhouse Theatre, The Quercus Trust, Random Dance, Diversions, la Maison de la culture du Plateau Mont-Royal, Tangente, Bristol City Council and Tanzwerkstatt Berlin.


A fine creation… which has the mysterious depth of deams and the lucid intelligence of consciousness. 
M. - C. Scholl, Dfdanse, February 08

A joy to watch.
S. Brody, La Presse, February 08