Animal Triste

Brianna Lombardo, Riley Sims © 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.

Direction et choreography
 Mélanie Demers, with the collaboration of the performers | On stage during the creation Marc Boivin, James Gnam, Brianna Lombardo, Riley Sims | Performers Marc Boivin, Riley Sims, Francis Ducharme, Chi Long | Dramaturgy Angélique Willkie | Rehearsal Direction Anne-Marie Jourdenais |
Original lighting Alexandre Pilon-Guay | Original music Jacques Poulin-Denis, Antoine Berthiaume | Creation 2016

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