First created by and for Mélanie Demers, at the invitation of the Italian festival B-Motion in Bassano, the performance Icône Pop becomes the short film MAMA, directed by Xavier Curnillon. Transposed into the bodies of Marc Boivin, Stacey Désilier and Chi Long, the theatrical work dissolves on the screen in an impressionistic play between religious and pop, sacred and profane iconography. The auras of the Virgin Mary and Beyoncé are invited in a striptease all in modesty where the archetypes of the whore, the saint and the mother compete to finally see the eternal figure of the child emerge.

The film MAMA had its world premiere at the Take Me Somewhere Festival. It is now available in the CNA’s CAPSULE series.



Concept, choreography and direction: Mélanie Demers | Performers: Marc Boivin, Stacey Désilier, Chi Long | Filmmaker: Xavier Curnillon | Photography: Yann Manuel Hernandez | Editing: Xavier Curnillon | Music: Mykalle Bielinski | Costumes: Mélanie Demers Rehearsal director: Anne-Marie Jourdenais | Production director: Mélanie Primeau | Technical director: Julien Veronneau | Sound recording: Sylvain Courcelles | Subtitling: Studio Sonogram


Icône Pop is a coproduction with Operaestate Festival – Comune di Bassano del Grappa.


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.
Co-commissioned by Take Me Somewhere with funding from the Québec Government Office, London.