Two major events to mark the 30th anniversary of PPS Danse

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-RoyPierre Lecours, David RancourtRoger Sinha Edgar Zendejas et Pierre-Paul Savoie.

Le Trésor (The Treasure)

Le trésor

Le trésor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

LE TRÉSOR
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.

 

CULTURAL MEDIATION

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.

Corps Amour Anarchie / Léo Ferré presented in Europe for a second consecutive year

As the series of performances produced as part of the Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée comes to an end (don’t miss the last two on November 21 and 22), PPS Danse is pleased to expand its international distribution network by launching for a second consecutive year the journey to Europe with its show Corps Amour Anarchie / Léo Ferré. Designed and directed in 2016 by Pierre-Paul Savoie to mark the 100th anniversary of the great poet, the show co-produced with Coup de cœur francophone has been a great success since its creation and continues to dazzle with the uniqueness of its proposal.

The show is presented at the Maison de la culture d’Arlon, Belgium, on November 12, and at La Bouche d’Air de Nantes (France), on November 14.

Ten performers carry and embody Ferré’s words on stage with originality, strength and complicity. We look forward to meeting the European public again.

– With Bïa, Alexandre Désilets, Betty Bonifassi (singers); Alexis Dumais (pianist); Sébastien Cossette-Masse, Marilyne Cyr, Sara Harton, David Rancourt and Lila-Mae Talbot (dancers), on choreographies by Hélène Blackburn, Alexandre Carlos, Emmanuel Jouthe, Anne Plamondon, David Rancourt and Pierre-Paul Savoie.

Corps Amour Anarchie / Léo Ferré

Photo : Martin Morissette

First of ATTRACTIONS

Attractions

Photo : Rolline Laporte

PPS Danse and Sacré Tympam are pleased to announce the first performance of ATTRACTIONS, their new creation. The first will take place at the Maison de la culture Claude-Léveillée on October 24, 2019, at 8 p.m.

Hybridization between dance and music, chemistry in a captivating collaboration, Attractions is carried by two dancers and two musicians who invest and switch their usual roles.

Opposed and complementary, the performers explore the zones and interactive forces of their respective languages by multiplying the cross-hunting, opening up new scenic perspectives. How are space and time shared? How is the musicality of dancers in contact with an instrument and, conversely, that of musicians in relation to dance expressed? How do they interpret the notions of fluidity, rhythm, tempo, silence, execution? Here the voices, the melodic lines, the choreographic traces compose the fragments of a magnetic encounter between dance and music.

CREDITS
DESIGN Pierre Labbé and Pierre-Paul Savoie
DIRECTED Pierre-Paul Savoie
MUSICAL DESIGN Pierre Labbé
CHOREOGRAPHY Pierre-Paul Savoie, in collaboration with the dancers
DANCERS Nicolas Boivin, Roxane Duchesne-Roy
MUSICIANS Élisabeth Giroux, Pierre Labbé
COSTUMES Leïlah Forget Dufour
LIGHTING André Rioux
SCENE CARPET Jocelyn Proulx
SCENIC PAINTING, REFECTION Marie-Claude Pilon
SOUND PAYER Hugo Trépanier
LIGHTING REGION Benjamin Perreault
PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT Benjamin Perreault
Also contributing to the research were Alexandre Carlos and Émilie Girard-Charest

A co-production of PPS Danse and Sacré Tympan

PPS Danse et Sacré Tympan would like to thank the following partners: Le Carré 150 (Victoriaville),
the maisons de la culture Mercier, Claude-Léveillée, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Janine-Sutto,
Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie, as well as Louise Lapierre Danse.

PPS/30. A Retrospective Exhibition

The inauguration of the exhibition retracing the evolution of PPS Danse took place on October 8 at Salle Desjardins de Ville LaSalle where Corps Amour Anarchie / Léo Ferré was presented as part of the Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée. The travelling exhibition will accompany the company’s shows throughout the year of its 30th anniversary, giving the chance for spectators to get to know PPS Danse’s work better through this synthesis.

The exhibition PPS / 30 is composed of a set of panels containing descriptive texts and photos of emblematic or striking works, organized according to the following themes:

A vision of humanity (1987-1992)
An unclassifiable duo: PPS and Jeff Hall (1987-1998)
Exploration years (2001-2007)
The art of gathering (2008-2019)
Meeting Childhood (2006-2019)
Sharing the passion (cultural action)

The exhibition also presents a video projection retracing the 30 years of PPS’s creation. To the music of Ake Parmerud, the montage directed by Alejandro Jiménez allows us to kiss in a tremendous momentum, selected excerpts from choreographies bearing the signature PPS Danse.

CREDITS
A PPS Danse production
Research and design: Céline Lapointe
Graphic design: Émilie Coquil
Video design and editing: Alejandro Jiménez
Production Assistant: Benjamin Perreault

Our thanks to Bernard Lagacé, Raymonde April and Anne Viau for the content developed on occasion
of the company’s 25th anniversary. Thanks to Pierre-Paul Savoie, Anne-Valérie Côté and Guy Croteau for their precious collaboration.

PPS Danse thanks the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts de Montréal for their support.

A must-see season for 30 years of PPS Danse!

To mark its 30th anniversary, PPS Danse has put together an exceptional program that highlights its vitality, its repertoire and the many facets of the remarkable talent of its founder and artistic director, Pierre-Paul Savoie.

To season plunges in to our history and memories with a long-awaited revival of the Dance Lhasa Dance show which appears as the culmination of a productive and intense year. Indeed, two new creations are under construction and will be unveiled during the year (Attractions and  The Treasure) while a tour of Montreal and Europe is planned for Corps Amour Anarchie / Léo Ferré, a show dedicated to the repertoire of the great poet. The program for this 30th anniversary promises to be full of life and diverse for different audiences. It is orchestrated around inspiring projects that proudly carries the mark of PPS Danse.

GENERAL PUBLIC

Danse Lhasa Danse

Danse Lhasa Danse

Dance Lhasa Dance, created in 2011, is an ode to life highlighting as much the work of Lhasa de Sela, who disappeared ten years ago, as the company’s thirty-something candles. A work bringing together about fifteen performers on stage. The vibrant show, warmly welcomed at the moment of its creation, echoes the unclassifiable repertoire of the one that encourages us to celebrate life in all its serenity. The show staged by Pierre-Paul Savoie will be presented in several Quebec cities and culminate in an evening at the Théâtre Maisonneuve at Place des Arts on February 6, 2020. Not to be missed!

– With Bïa, Alexandre Désilets et Karen Young (singers), Myriam Allard, Tom Casey, Sébastien Cossette-Masse, Roxane Duchesne-Roy, Sara Harton, Marie-Ève Lafontaine, David Rancourt (dancers), Frédéric Darveau, Sheila Hannigan, Charles Trudel, Jean-Alexandre Beaudoin, Pascal Racine-Venne (musicians), on choreographies by Myriam Allard, Hélène Blackburn, Sébastien Cossette-Masse, Pierre Lecours, David Rancourt, Edgar Zendejas, Roger Sinha and Pierre-Paul Savoie.

Attractions

Attractions, co-produced with the company Sacré Tympan (music-theater), stages two dancers and two musicians. Opposites and complementary, they explore zones and interactive forces of their respective disciplines by multiplying the crossovers opening new scenic language perspectives. Save the  date on October 24th at  the Maison de la culture Claude-Léveillée.

– Choreographied and directed by Pierre-Paul Savoie, with original music by Pierre Labbé. Avec Nicolas Boivin, Roxane Duchesne-Roy (dance), Élisabeth Giroux and Pierre Labbé (music).

 

 

Corps Amour Anarchie / Léo Ferré

Corps Amour Anarchie / Léo Ferré

Finally, the immense privilege to present Corps Amour Anarchie / Leo Ferré continues as a tour is planned with the Montreal Arts Council and in a few cities in France and Belgium. Designed and directed in 2016 by Pierre-Paul Savoie to mark the 100th anniversary of the great poet, the show co-produced with Coup de cœur francophone was a great success and continues to dazzle with the singularity of its content. Ten performers wear and embody Ferré’s words on stage with originality and power. Rendez-vous at the summit!

– With Bïa, Alexandre Désilets, Betty Bonifassi (singers) ; Alexis Dumais (pianist) ; Alexandre Carlos, Marilyne Cyr, Roxane Duchesne-Roy, Sara Harton et David Rancourt (dancers), (Lila-Mae Talbot and Sébastien Cossette-Masse, substitutes), on choreographies by Hélène Blackburn, Alexandre Carlos, Emmanuel Jouthe, Anne Plamondon, David Rancourt and Pierre-Paul Savoie.

YOUNG AUDIENCE

Le trésor

Le trésor

Le Trésor (The Treasure), a new production for young audiences with multiple finds (aux multiples trouvailles), will be premiered at the 5e Salle of the Place des Arts from March 4 to 7, 2020, and in may at the Petits Bonheurs Festival.

 

The Treasure draws on the vast repertoire of Quebec chanson in a show where imagination is queen. Thus the songs of Vigneault, Léveillée, Félix Leclerc and La Bolduc, in addition to those composed for the show by Alexandre Désilets, Alexis Dumais and Lise Vaillancourt, become a soundtrack and support in  a choreographic and visual frenzy. Dance. Songs. Images. A world to discover during spring break.

 

The creation of the show was made possible thanks to Place des Arts in Montreal and its foundation. An unprecedented cultural mediation program accompanies this series of performances.

– Choreographied and directed by Pierre-Paul Savoie, with dancers Chantal Baudouin and Nicolas Boivin (Audray Julien and Corinne Crane, substitutes), with the collaboration of Richard Morin (set designer at the scenography) and Manon Gauthier (illustrations).

retrospective exhibition

A RETROSPECTIVE EXPOSITION IN TWO PARTS

An exhibition is also on the menu, presented in two parts: one tracing the 30 years of the company; the other emphasizing its young audience productions and cultural action. The exhibits will be presented in different venues hosting our shows, allowing to take a retrospective look and trace the evolution of a company that makes encounters its credo.

 

 

cultural mediation

CULTURAL MEDIATION

 

Finally, a major cultural mediation program completes our anniversary season. It takes shape around The Treasure, and Rupture inaugurale, an ambitious participatory project with children that we will talk about later on. Activities inspired by strong works that focus on breaking down barriers of genres and disciplines to inspire youth from different regions of Quebec.

 

In the meantime, visit the company’s updated website to find out about the activities highlighting 30 years of encounters, creativity and passion.

 

 

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PPS Danse in a few words 

Since its foundation in 1989 by choreographer, performer and director Pierre-Paul Savoie, the PPS Danse company’s mission has been to devote itself mainly to the creation and production of choreographic works that fall within the field of interdisciplinarity. Over the years, the company has added cultural action to its activities. Today, it is by investing in three major niches: the young public, the general public and cultural action, that PPS Danse ensures its position and vitality in the dance community in Quebec.

The company has performed more than 850 times, with some 30 works in 15 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Whatever the creative cycle to which they belong, PPS Danse’s productions are all marked by significant artistic collaborations and by the humanity of their content.

To date, the company’s cultural mediation activities have involved thousands of participants, mostly young people, in stimulating projects designed before or after its creations.

An updated website for the 30th anniversary of PPS Danse

To mark the 30th anniversary of PPS Danse, we have offered a facelift to the company’s website! Without being drastic, the changes made bring a new breath to the entire site and especially, add new sections. Among them, we invite you to visit the one dedicated to the 30th anniversary, which, throughout the year, will be updated with news of related activities and events.

We also invite you to retrace the history of the company by consulting the proposed section on the company’s repertoire. A journey of three decades through the achievements, themes and collaborations of PPS Danse that we invite you to discover.

A logo for the 30th anniversary of PPS Danse

Thirty years is about looking back to the past to illuminate the road ahead. It is an opportunity to measure the extent of the journey made through countless inspiring or memorable encounters.
– Pierre-Paul Savoie

To mark the 30th anniversary of PPS Danse, we have slightly contorted the company’s logo by adding this 30 years in a circle that we want to be as festive as possible.

You will recognize our communications surrounding our 30th anniversary with this 30 year seal!