La Poésie des Ailleurs by Sylvain Poirier
November Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 at 1:30 PM and 8 PM

After dancing for countless contemporary choreographers, Sylvain Poirier pursues his choreographic muse for his own burgeoning dance company, Danse Sylvain Danse. For over a year, he has been working on a group of projects united under the title La Poésie des Ailleurs. His aim is to make the art form more accessible through the dissemination of his works through alternative means, such as free Webcasts. For État d’Urgence, Poirier’s dance will lively up different parts of the event site, where one least expects it. He will thus bring his Partout Ailleurs project to its logical conclusion. Think of it as poetry without words, or balm for the soul.

Patch Work by Catherine Tardif
Workshop: Friday 23 1-4 PM
Show: Friday 23 at 7:30 PM

Catherine Tardif has been active on Montreal’s dance and theatre scene as a choreographer and dancer since the early 80s. As an interpreter, she has performed for the Fondation Jean Pierre Perreault, Carbone 14, Le Carré des Lombes, Cas Public, as well as for Fortier Danse Création and Montréal Danse, for which she also acted as guest choreographer. Her work as choreographer has been performed in Europe, the United States and Canada. She also has to her credit numerous collaborations with the theatre, including involvement as co-designer and interpreter for the Ex Machina company, under the direction of Robert Lepage. March 2001 saw the founding of the company Et Marianne et Simon, in which she occupied the functions of artistic director and choreographer. From July to December 2003, she took part in a scholarship residency at the Studio du Québec in Paris.

In collaboration with dancer Marc Boivin, a longtime accomplice, and young Torontian visual artist jenna maclellan, Tardif’s Patch Work is inspired by the improvisational “meanderings” executed by participants in a “data harvesting” workshop and reprised by the participants themselves along with Catherine and Marc.