Glorious fragility

The show

Karine Ledoyen met with close to 20 professional dancers to collect their testimonies in the form of interviews.

“I thought I was starting a work centred around mourning and as a starting point I wanted to be inspired by stories of dancers who had left dance. After listening to all the interviews of the dancers of different generations from ballet, contemporary and social dance, I realized that what began to stand out more and more was the celebration of dance.”

The interviews represented the gateway to this new creation. They became the narrative thread in resonance with the written and improvised dance performed by the dancers on stage. The relation between the recorded testimonies, the performative treatment of the video and the deployment of the dancers on stage organizes a plural dramaturgy. A game of comings and goings between reality and fiction that echoes far beyond dance.

The book

From the testimonials of the 26 dancers interviewed in the making of Glorious Fragility, writer Katya Montaignac put together this collection of texts as a way to share the richness of the words that inspired the creative team throughout their process. Confessions, anecdotes and introspection : these experiences form a space of thoughts and memory for dance.


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The podcast

The source of her creation, choreographer Karine Ledoyen went in search of dancers who had left the professional stage. These interviews, which became the central material for the show Glorious Fragility, are now being released to the public in their entirety, presented as archives and poetic souvenirs.

Beginning May 12, exclusively on Radio-Canada OHdio, listen to the testimonials of artists Lucie Boissinot, Laura Pinsonneault-Craig, Daniel Soulières, Catherine Martin, Annie-Claude Coutu Geoffroy and Judith Lessard-Bérubé in this new series that tells the story of dance, in six steps.

The podcast is a co-production of Danse K par K and Espace Perreault Transmissions chorégraphiques, and is co-directed by Catherine-Eve Gadoury and Karine Ledoyen.

Listen to the podcast
(french only)





Choreography Karine Ledoyen
In collaboration with the interpreters
Dancers originals Elinor Fueter, Jason Martin, Simon Renaud, Ariane Voineau
Dancers new casting Fabien Piché, Léa Ratycz-Légaré, Odile-Amélie Peters, Rodrigo Alvarenga-Bonilla
Design, manipulation and performative processing of video on stage Andrée-Anne Giguère
Artistic Consultant and Repetiteur Ginelle Chagnon
Sound design Mathieu Doyon
Sound research Patrick Saint-Denis
Dramaturgy Katya Montaignac
Lighting Design Martin Sirois
Costume Design Jennifer Pocobene
Costume Design new casting Laurie Carrier
Technical Direction Mélany Bolduc
Management Vicky Fortin Boudreault
Administrative Direction Francine Chabot
Production Direction Karine Ledoyen
Production assistant Nancy Lavoie

Communications Bureau de prod. Mathieu Mallet, Paul Goret
Broadcasting Agent La Tribu, Suzie Larivée

Coproduction La Rotonde, Centre chorégraphique de Québec
Residences Agora de la danse, Banff Center for Arts and Creativity, Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, La Rotonde.

Acknowledgments to the dancers who participated in the interviews:
Anne Barry, AnneBruce Falconer, Annie-Claude Coutu Geoffroy, Catherine Martin, Daniel Soulieres, David Rose, Frédéric Marier, Isabelle Gagnon, Judith Lessard-Bérubé, Laura Pinsonneault-Craig, Luc Ouellette, Lucie Boissinot, Lucie Mongrain, Marilou Castonguay, Martine Lusignan, Michèle Febvre, Nancy Lavoie, Raphaëlle Perreault and Yves St-Pierre.


Previous dates

Premier Acte
Agora de la danse - Montréal
Toronto - Festival Fait au Canada/ Made in Canada
Quebec city - La Rotonde (salle multi, Méduse)
Théâtre Rouge, 4750 Avenue Henri-Julien, Montréal,
Quebec city - salle multi, Méduse - RIDEAU
Maison de la culture - St-Laurent
Maison de la culture Claude-Léveillée / Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension
Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce – Monkland
Maison de la culture Janine-Sutto
Quai 5160 – Maison de la culture de Verdun