Attractions, co-produced with the Sacré Tympan company, features two dancers and two musicians.
Perles proposes a non-linear narrative through time, words and music that mark our society. This journey invites dance and music to meet in different places, to make some pearls of the Quebec song repertoire resonate, from the 1960s to today.
The choreographic initiation workshops orchestrated around the show aim to make young people aware of contemporary dance and the process of choreographic creation.
Working with the delightful themes exemplified in the L’École buissonnière (Playing Hooky) show, these workshops weave together poetry, song, theatre and dance. Jacques Prévert’s world of playfulness provides the spark for these beginner choreography workshops to create bridges between literary tales and contemporary dance. Our objective is to Inspire participants’ creativity as they discover the process of creating choreography.
To do so, the workshops use the words of a nursery rhyme by Prévert to explore the facets of movement and dance. Participants discover the parallels between words and gestures, the written word and the choreographic writing. The workshop leader guides them in inventing movements which are then assembled into choreographic phrases. The next step brings the nursery rhyme and the choreography together, highlighting the performance aspect. The workshop concludes with a presentation of the choreography created.
Offered at schools, community centres and theatre halls, the workshops are generally about 50 minutes and are directed by professional performers and choreographers.
The treasure is developed around a meeting between dance, the repertoire of Quebec children’s songs, theater and youth illustration.
Corps Amour Anarchie is an original encounter between the œuvre of Léo Ferré et contemporary dance. The show has 15 artists on stage.
L’École buissonnière — produced by PPS Danse in co-production with DansEncorps — finished a successful first run of 28 performances in New-Brunswick this fall. Performed by Moncton-based DansEncorps, this 60-minute show for youth audiences already received a successful reception at Montreal’s Petits Bonheurs Festival in May 2015 and was showcased more recently at ROSEQ in October 2015.
PPS Danse will perform l’École buissonnière in the province of Quebec as of Fall 2016. An English version, called Playing Hooky is also in the making.
2015 New Brunswick Tour
Performed by DansEncorps, Moncton
Grand Sault: 18 October
Edmundston: 20 October
Moncton: 22 October
Dieppe: 27 October
Shédiac: 29 October
Miramichi: 30 October
Caraquet: 2 November
Shippagan: 3 November
Tracadie: 4 et 5 November
Néguac: 6 November
Bathurst: 9 & 10 November
Campbelton: 12 November
Saint-Jean: 16 November
Frédéricton: 17 November
Dieppe: 18 November
Confined in a huge metal structure, two men embrace under the watchful eyes of captivated spectators. In this intense and moving amalgam of dance and theatre, a humanly brutal force transforms to a universal tenderness.
Through a song cycle celebrating childhood and its effervescent imagination, Playing Hooky takes place in the playground and classroom, finding what’s fun and poetic for some kids but also a marginality for others.
In addition to its performance of The Chairs, PPS Danse proposed a series of choreographic initiation workshops based on the literary work of Eugène Ionesco, and on the company’s adaptation into a choreographic piece.
The workshops aimed to sensitize participants to contemporary dance, acting and the process of choreographic creation. Through each of the proposed explorations, participants were invited to question themselves on choreographic creation and the role of the performer in dance.
The activity consisted of various activities, including the reading of an excerpt from Ionesco’s piece, the exploration of voice and gesture, and the scripting of a choreographic sequence. The participants became part of the creation by taking turns playing the role of both the dance performer and the choreographer. Assisted by professional dancers and choreographers, each was led to develop a sensitivity to the gestures of dance and to theatrical play.
Les Chaises’ introductory choreographic workshops were offered in the form of a one-time meeting (an intensive workshop) or six one-hour adapted meetings, each spread over several months.
Workshop “The Chairs” for children:
Workshop “The Chairs” for retired persons at Villeray :
View our workshop with retired people on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/74880162