Laïla Diallo, Mélanie Demers © Larry Dufresne

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?

Choreography and performance Mélanie Demers, Laïla Diallo | Original music Jacques Poulin-Denis | Lights David Perreault Ninacs | Texts Mélanie Demers, Laïla Diallo | Artistic advisor Boyzie Cekwana | Creation 2008

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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, the Canada Council for the Arts, the 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.