Glorious fragility


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.

World premiere
Agora de la danse
November 28, 29, 30, 2018 and December 1

A public laboratory was presented on June 2 at 2 pm at Premier Acte, at Chantiers constructions artistique as part of the Carrefour international de théâtre de Québec.







Choreography Karine Ledoyen
In collaboration with the interpreters
Dancers Elinor Fueter, Jason Martin, Simon Renaud, Ariane Voineau
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
Technical Direction and management Cassandra Duguay
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