PPS Danse begins the second half of the season marking its 30th anniversary with two not-to-be-missed events: first, Danse Lhasa Danse, on tour from January 17 to February 27, and then Le Trésor (The Treasure), the company’s new production for young audiences presented in early March at Place des Arts.
DANSE LHASA DANSE. An ode to life.
On tour January 17 to February 27, and at Place des Arts February 6, 2020
In addition to the 30th anniversary of PPS Danse, early 2020 will mark the 10th anniversary of Lhasa de Sela‘s passing, a great artist with a warm and unforgettable voice whose soul and songs continue to move. Leaving us too early at the age of 37, Lhasa left an unclassifiable work, as brilliant as a shooting star, rich in all its influences, filled with humanity, still very present, which invites us to celebrate life in all serenity.
This is the spirit that Pierre-Paul Savoie imagined Danse Lhasa Danse in – musical and choreographic tribute show warmly welcomed everywhere since its creation in 2011, in co-production with Coup de cœur francophone. The show takes the road from January 17 to February 27, offering the chance to discover the diversity and richness of Lhasa’s repertoire in a program revisited by 16 performers. Leaving plenty of room for song and dance, which intertwine over the course of an intimate evening, Danse Lhasa Danse brings together on stage magnificent accomplices from the very beginning: Bïa, Alexandre Desilets, Geneviève Toupin and Karen Young, accompanied by five musicians under the musical direction of Frédéric Darveau.
Rarely have we seen such an evocative mix between song and dance on choreographies signed by Myriam Allard, Hélène Blackburn, Sébastien Cossette-Masse, Roxane Duchesne-Roy, Pierre Lecours, David Rancourt, Pierre-Paul Savoie, Roger Sinha, and Edgar Zendejas. Immersed in the magic of multiple art forms, Danse Lhasa Danse invites us to a moving reunion at the crossroads of genres, present and past.
Danse Lhasa Danse will be presented for the first time at Place des Arts’ Théâtre Maisonneuve for a 30th anniversary celebration, on February 6. Singer Betty Bonifassi will also join the show as a guest artist.
– Conception and direction Pierre-Paul Savoie Artistic Direction Pierre-Paul Savoie, collaboration with Louise Beaudoin.
With Bïa, Alexandre Désilets et Karen Young, in addition to Betty Bonifassi (singers), Myriam Allard, Tom Casey, Sébastien Cossette-Masse, Roxane Duchesne-Roy, Sara Harton, Marie-Eve Lafontaine, David Rancourt (dancers), Frédéric Darveau, Sheila Hannigan, Charles Trudel, Jean-Alexandre Beaudoin, Pascal Racine-Venne (musicians), on choreographies signed by Myriam Allard, Hélène Blackburn, Sébastien Cossette-Masse, Roxane Duchesne-Roy, Pierre Lecours, David Rancourt, Roger Sinha Edgar Zendejas et Pierre-Paul Savoie.
Le Trésor (The Treasure)
Our new production for young audiences will be premiered at Place des Arts’s 5e Salle from March 4 to 7, 2020, during spring break.
Inspired by a deep attachment to Quebec song, Pierre-Paul Savoie drew on this repertoire to create Le Trésor, an interdisciplinary creation. The songs of Vigneault, Léveillée, Leclerc and La Bolduc join those composed by Alexandre Désilets, Alexis Dumais and Lise Vaillancourt (lyrics) to set the canvas for a choreography that oscillates between ardour and poetry, between softness and tone. The stage space created by Richard Morin comes to life and is transformed into an enchanting movement. Le Trésor takes a luminous look at childhood, at the joy, freedom and spontaneity of play, a glance at the complicity shared with pets, a cat here, these guardians of our most intimate secrets. Rooted in values of humanity, fraternity and sharing, Le Trésor reveals the greatness of little ones.
The creation of the show was made possible thanks to Place des Arts in Montreal and its Foundation.
4 au 7 mars 2020
Cinquième Salle de la Place des Arts, Montréal
– Choreographed and directed by Pierre-Paul Savoie, with the dancers Nicolas Boivin et Audray Julien, and the collaboration of Richard Morin on set design and Stéphane Ménigot on lighting.
A major cultural action programme accompanies the series of Le Trésor performances during school break week. Divided into four groups, children will be able to participate in workshops in dance, shadow theatre, image association and language. Different areas of the Place des Arts will be assigned to the activities through a fun itinerary that you won’t want to miss with your children during the first week of March!
A RETROSPECTIVE EXPOSITION IN TWO PARTS
In addition, the travelling exhibition retracing the company’s 30 years continues in the venues that are showing our productions this year. The young audience component of the exhibition will be unveiled in March at Place des Arts and should delight audiences with its participatory and playful dimension.