École de danse contemporaine de Montréal - Espace Orange

DECEMBER 15-18, 2021 - 7PM

Presented by
105 minutes

Virginie Brunelle + Annie Gagnon + Alexandre Morin

Cru d’automne

École de danse contemporaine de Montréal presents the show entitled Cru d’automne, featuring its third-year students. For the occasion, artistic and program director Lucie Boissinot has invited choreographers Virginie Brunelle, Annie Gagnon, and Alexandre Morin to present pieces.

This event is part of the 40th anniversary of École de danse contemporaine de Montréal.

Artistic director Lucie Boissinot

Creation and performance advisor Isabelle Poirier

Recreation assistant (Virginie Brunelle) Sophie Breton

Lighting designer Stéphane Ménigot

Costume designers Jonathan Saucier, Margot Lacoste, Fany Mc Crae

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, Nils Levazeux, Carlos-Alexis Mendoza, Marianne Murphy, Isabelle Sue Pilette, Valentine Rousseau, Jérôme Tremblay-Lanthier, Zoé Uliana, Jérôme Zerges

It is first through the spectrum of music that Virginie Brunelle discovered her artistic fiber. After dedicating her childhood to the violin, she transfers this musical knowledge and her mastery of rhythm to a dance training with a profile in creation (UQAM, 2007). As soon as she graduated, she quickly borrowed gestures from classical dance that she liked to dirty and divert. Since the founding of her eponymous company in 2009, Virginie has created six choreographic works – Les cuisses à l’écart du coeur, Foutrement, Complexe des genres, PLOMB, À la douleur que j’ai, Beating (Stuttgart, Germany), Les corps avalés – that have been presented in more than 50 cities in 12 different countries. Deploying a choreographic approach that is both organic and intuitive, her works form a repertoire characterized by raw emotion and by the humanity of the subjects tackled.

Annie Gagnon studied the visual arts and then changed to contemporary dance, graduating from École de danse contemporaine de Montréal in 2002. Both a performer and choreographer, she has presented her works throughout Québec, which include Si j’étais une de ces femmesTout à TracLotusLa Marche invisibleÉtude sur le cœurLes femmes de la Lune RougeReviens vers moi le ventre en premier, and Rituel Géométrique. Annie is a rehearsal director and artistic advisor for several choreographers and dance companies: la Compagnie Marie Chouinard, O Vertigo, Estelle Clareton, Alan Lake, Emmanuelle Calvé, Jessica Serli, Destins Croisés, and PPS Danse.

A choreographer, dancer, visual artist and contemporary dance educator, Alexandre Morin graduates from École de danse contemporaine de Montréal in 2013, where he is awarded a grant from the Hnatyshyn Foundation for promising Canadian artist in contemporary dance during his studies. He has danced with Marie Chouinard, Sylvain Émard, Dominique Porte, Sébastien Provencher, and Fleuve-Espace Danse, to name a few. In 2016, a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts allows him to participate at the ImPulsTanz: Vienna International Dance Festival via the ATLAS, mapping future talents program. His interest in the visual arts lead him to perform in Jimmy Robert’s installation at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. In 2020, he co-founds the interdisciplinary art collective Other Animals alongside close collaborator and sound artist Jonathan Goulet. Together, they have presented Breach (2017, 2019), Passing Cloud (2018), and On the Brink (2020) in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal (Tangente, ZH Festival, Parcours Danse). He teaches to the future generation of dancers at École de danse contemporaine de Montréal and École supérieure de ballet du Québec.

Sophie Breton graduated from École de danse contemporaine de Montréal in 2008. Since then, she has danced for choreographers such as Alan Lake, Frédéric Marier, Thierry Huard, Sasha Kleinplatz, and Jacques Poulin-Denis, while working alongside Ginelle Chagnon for the staging of excerpts from works by Jean-Pierre Perreault. In 2012, she joins the company O Vertigo for three years. Today, Sophie works alongside Virginie Brunelle (Complexe des genresÀ la douleur que j’aiLes corps avalés), Isabelle Van Grimde (Les GestesLe corps en Question(s)Corps Secret Corps PublicSymphonie 5.1Ève 2050), and Sylvain Émard.