Francis Ducharme © Mathieu Doyon
Danse Mutante is a choreographic relay anchored in Montreal and conceived over three continents. An original duo, Cantique, was created by Mélanie Demers. Then, three choreographers, Ann Liv Young (New York), Kettly Noël (Bamako) and Ann Van den Broek (Antwerp/Rotterdam), each worked in succession with the performers (Riley Sims and Francis Ducharme) to produce their own version. Aside from a few parameters (only two performers, a limited creation period, length, etc.), each choreographer was given free rein to concoct her own mutation of the piece by remixing, reinventing, and distorting the last version handed to her. The project culminated in Montreal in the fall of 2019 with a marathon event.
Artistic direction Mélanie Demers | Choreography Mélanie Demers, Ann Liv Young, Kettly Noël, Ann Van den Broek,in collaboration with the performers | Performers Francis Ducharme, Riley Sims | Dramaturgy Angélique Willkie | Rehearsal director Anne-Marie Jourdenais | Assistant to the choreographer Nik Rajšek (M3) | Lighting design Alexandre Pilon-Guay (V0+M1+M2+M3), Ann Van den Broek (M3) | Technical director Julien Veronneau | Sound mixing David Blouin | Original music Mykalle Bielinski (V0) | Sound environment David Blouin (V0), Olivier Girouard (V0) | Author and composer Tom Barman Live for the song Everybody’s weird (M3) | Sound advisor Nicolas Rambouts (M3) | Costumes Mélanie Demers, Ann Liv Young, Kettly Noël, Ann Van den Broek | Accessories Mélanie Demers, Ann Liv Young, Kettly Noël, Ann Van den Broek, Max-Otto Fauteux | Filmmaker Xavier Curnillon | Creation residencies Centre de Création O Vertigo (V0), Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique (V0+M1+M2), Donko Seko (M2), cultuurcentrum Berchem (M3), Theater Rotterdam (M3), Agora de la danse (V0+M1+M2+M3) | Co-production Agora de la danse, Theatrefestival Boulevard | Developed with the support of the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund (NAC) | Video clips developed with the support of la Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault | International distribution A Propic / Line Rousseau and Marion Gauvent
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.
Developed with support from the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund
Agora de la danse (Montreal, Canada)
Theaterfestival Boulevard (‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands)
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.