Jacques Poulin-Denis © Larry Dufresne

Junkyard: noun 1. Discharge. Dumping ground. Dump site for waste, garbage. 2. fam. Place where people judged mediocre are relegated.

Paradise: noun (from latin paradisus, greek paradeisos, garden) 1. Enchanting place or stay.2. In various religions,the abode of righteous people after death. 3. Upper gallery of a theatre.

Junkyard/Paradise exists in a fragile balance between beauty and atrocity, between elegance and aversion, between grace and desolation.

When junkyard is often a shelter for what is still precious and paradise a dump for our disposable love stories, the piece sways between opposing forces. What can be read as a child’s play soon becomes a power game. What is passion becomes compassion. What is inoffensive becomes fatal. And what is imminence of death turns out to be a ticket for life.

Welcome to a world where nothing is exactly what it seems.

Concept and choreography Mélanie Demers | Sound design Jacques Poulin-Denis | Lights Alexandre Pilon-Guay | On stage Angie Cheng, Mélanie Demers, Brianna Lombardo, Nicolas Patry, Jacques Poulin-Denis

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Junkyard/Paradise is a co-production with Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis and Agora de la Danse (Montreal) with support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique, Usine C (Montreal), Operaestate Veneto (Bassano) and CCN of Caen/Basse-Normandie through creative residency periods.