École de danse contemporaine de Montréal - Espace Orange


MAY 25-28, 2022 - 7PM




MAY 28, 2022 - 7PM


MAY 30-JUNE 5, 2022

WARNING: This show contains stroboscopic effects.

Presented by
105 minutes

Louise Bédard + Alan Lake + Xián Martínez

Les danses de mai, Opus 2022

After three years of intensive training, the graduating students of École de danse contemporaine de Montréal will perform for one last time with their classmates for Les danses de mai, Opus 2022. Artistic and program director Lucie Boissinot has invited choreographers Louise Bédard, Alan Lake, and Xián Martínez to create original pieces for the occasion.

Artistic director Lucie Boissinot

Original choreography

• Ce monde n’est pas fait pour nous. | Alan Lake

• Yellow Lemon | Xián Martínez

• Éloge de la minute | Louise Bédard

Dancers André Abat-Roy, Meihan Carrier-Brisson, Aliénor Chamoux, Chanel Cheiban, Maéva Cochin, Clémence Dinard, Nolwenn Duhaut, Mara Dupas, Anna Duverne, Aurélie Ann Figaro, Benjamin Harvey, Débora Huynh, Rony Joaquin Figueroa, Nûr Khatir, Marianne Lataillade, Alexandre LeBlanc, Nils Levazeux, Carlos-Alexis Mendoza, Marianne Murphy, Isabelle Sue Pilette, Valentine Rousseau, Jérôme Tremblay-Lanthier, Zoé Uliana, Jérôme Zerges

Production management Nicolas Labelle

Creation and performance advice Isabelle Poirier

Lighting Thomas Godefroid

Costumes Margot Lacoste, Philippe Massé, Jonathan Saucier

The creation of Xián Martínez’s piece was made possible thanks to the Basque Country-Quebec agreement, signed by L’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, the Conseil des arts et des Lettres du Québec, Dantzaz, Tabakalera and Gipuzkoako Foru Aldundia – Gipuzkoako Dantzagunea.

Louise Bédard is an artist in her own right. For more than thirty years, she has been mixing her career as a choreographer and performer. She collaborated with many choreographers and artists. Noticed for her intensity on stage as well as her ability to approach the choreographic universe of creators with commitment and passion, she received the 2018 Performer of the Year award from Prix de la danse de Montréal for her role in Tout ce qui va revient by choreographer Catherine Gaudet and for her entire career as a performer. She formed her own company in 1990, Louise Bédard Danse. Since then, she has created more than 40 dance pieces for her company as well as several commissions for other groups and artists. She is a founding member of Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique.

Alan Lake Factori(e) is a multidisciplinary contemporary dance company created and promoted in 2007 by choreographer and director Alan Lake. Lake has developed an approach that combines dance, film, and visual arts. This crossover directly contributes to defining the company’s unique language, creating crude and symbolist universes in which the human evolves totally impregnated by its environment. Alan Lake Factori(e) is entirely dedicated to the creation and distribution of choreographic works, installations, and dance films that showcase this interconnection between the moving body, the space it occupies, and the cycle of life and death that underlies them. The company is also dedicated to promoting contemporary dance and choreographic research through performances, workshops, conferences, and other related activities.

Born in Vigo (Spain) in 1996, Xián Martínez Miguel was trained in choreography and interpretation at the Royal Conservatory of Dance Mariemma. A member of the Dantzaz company between 2019 and 2021, he also took part in the creative processes of Martin Harriague (Kibbutz Contemporary Dance), Viata Osojnik (Slovenia), and Fernando Hernando Magadán (Nederlands Dans Theater 2). He had the opportunity to perform the repertoire of choreographers such as Malandain, Galili, Kuindersma, Kor’sia, and Pite. He collaborates with creators Laida Aldaz, Proyecto Larrua, and Carmen Larraz at the Atalak platform (Basque Country). Since 2021, Xián has been a freelance dancer and part of the production Idomenée by choreographer Martin Harriague, presented at the Opéra de Lille in France and at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin. In addition to his career as a performer, he also choreographs. His latest works, Con/Sin/In-Tacto, created in residence at the Compañía Nacional de Danza, and Pioneras, supported by the government of Navarre and presented at the DNA’20 Festival (Spain), are currently on tour. Among his next creations are Nun Zira? for Kultza (Spain) and Yellow Lemon for École de danse contemporaine de Montréal.

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