Anne Plamondon

Anne Plamondon is a choreographer, dancer and teacher. She first dances with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, before moving to Europe to join the Nederlands Dans Theater 2 (1995-1998), then the Gulbenkian Ballet (1998-2000). During this period, she interprets the works of more than 30 choreographers, among which Jiří Kylián, Ohad Naharin, Hans Van Manen, Angelin Preljocaj, Gideon Obarzanek, Paul Lightfoot and Sol León.
She then moves back to Quebec, where she works with artists such as Marie Chouinard and Marcos Moreau. With Crystal Pite’s Kidd Pivot, she partakes in 4 creations, from Lost Action to The You Show. In 2002, Anne joins Victor Quijada to create the RUBBERBANDance group, sharing with him the artistic direction from 2006 to 2015. Within the company, she contributes to more than 10 works for the stage and 3 short films. She is also instrumental in the elaboration of the RUBBERBAND training method, which she now teaches worldwide.
With the help of director Marie Brassard, Anne creates the solos The Same Eyes as Yours (2012) and Night Mechanics (2017).
In 2018, she launches her own company, Anne Plamondon Productions, aiming to produce her own creations and generate new artistic collaborations.

Alexandre Carlos

Original from Laval, Alexandre trained in a variety of styles with a focus on contemporary, ballet and hip-hop since 1996. In 2010, he graduated from l’École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal (LADMMI). He continued his development by taking different workshops, like LAUNCHwith NW Dance Project in Portland in 2018 and Springboard Danse Montreal in 2010.

From 2010 to 2016, Alexandre has worked as a dancer with the company Cas Public, directed by Hélène Blackburn. In addition, he has taken the time to develop his versatility by working with different choreographers such as Isabelle Boulanger, Kyra Jean Green, Emmanuel Jouthe, Pierre Lecours, Ismael Mouaraki, Anne Plamondon, David Rancourt, Tedd Robinson, Pierre-Paul Savoie, Andrew Skeels and Georges-Nicolas Tremblay.

Alexandre choreograph, teach and give workshops in many different dance schools in Québec since 2006. He is the co-choreographer of the piece Morphose, a creation made on the Ballet Contemporain du Nord, a semi-professional dance company from Chicoutimi. He is also choreographer and co-founder of La Compagnie d’Été, a semi-professional dance company from St-Eustache that presented Kaléïdoscope in 2015 and Emprise in 2017. Alexandre completed his first solo creation in September 2015 called Bourrasques, presented at Festival Quartiers Danses in Montréal.

CORPS AMOUR ANARCHIE /
LÉO FERRÉ

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A highly original encounter between the œuvre of Léo Ferré and contemporary dance.

Created in 2016 to mark the 100th anniversary of Léo Ferré’s birth, Corps Amour Anarchie / Léo Ferré (Body  Love Anarchy / Léo Ferré) celebrates the work of this great French poet and composer. Conceived and directed by Pierre-Paul Savoie, under the musical direction of Philippe B and Philippe Brault, this interdisciplinary show revisits Ferré’s work in a marvelous amalgam of poetry, music and contemporary dance. Featuring ten artists on stage including three singers, one musician and six dancers, the performance soars to the voices of Bia, Alexandre Désilets and Catherine Major and the choreographies of Anne Plamondon, David Rancourt, Emmanuel Jouthe, Hélène Blackburn, Alexandre Carlos and Pierre-Paul Savoie. The songs of Léo Ferré resonate now more than ever through their relevance and sheer magnificence.

Oscillating between love and anarchy, memory and sea, solitude and hope, Léo Ferré’s œuvre will spread its wings and appeal to our imagination, to show us the poetry of the world in all of its splendour.

The show Corps Amour Anarchie / Léo Ferré can be seen in France this fall, followed by a tour of several Québec municipalities between October 5, 2018 and May 3, 2019.

This creation benefited from a residency at Place des Arts.

Credits

This show was presented in collaboration with ICI Musique – CBC Radio Canada.
PPS Danse benefited from a creative residency generously offered by Place des Arts.

Downlaods

L’École buissonnière’s Acadian Tour

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.


L’École buissonnière
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

BAGNE

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More than 20 years after the original creation of Bagne, the co-creators and dancers Pierre-Paul Savoie and Jeff Hall revisit their most acclaimed success. 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. The imprisoned beings entwine in raw and sensitive movement. It is a hymn to liberty and the power of  love.

In offering this creation to a new generation of male dancers and inviting the first-time collaborators to revisit the work, a fresh reality and timelessness is achieved, infusing the original statement. A re-creation whose universality profoundly touches the audience while being discovered by a new public and new generations.

« Un must et ce, que vous aimiez la danse, le théâtre, la vie… Une œuvre universelle, qui pourrait être présentée absolument partout et toucher à peu près tout le monde.
Chapeau. » Anne-­Marie Lecomte, La Presse (1992), Montréal

Production Credits

  • Original version (1998) : Pierre-Paul Savoie and Jeff Hall
  • Re-creation (2015) : Pierre-Paul Savoie and Jeff Hall
  • Dancers: Lael Stellick and Oliver Koomsatira
  • Music: Bernard Falaise
  • Sound Design: Larsen Lupin
  • Set Design: Bernard Lagacé
  • Light Design: Marc Parent
  • Costumes: Linda Brunelle
  • Make-Up: Florence Cornet

 

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THE CHAIRS

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A theatrical-dance production for all ages, from 8 to 88

In this choreographic tragicomedy, an elderly couple, aged 94 and 95, to ward off boredom, solitude and isolation, welcome a steady stream of imaginary guests at their door. Among them we find a colonel, a Sleeping Beauty, a group of children, animal reporters and even the King himself.

An absurd melee ensues with an endless shifting of chairs for the phantom guests. Then suddenly, for all to hear, the awaited Orator arrives!

To everyone’s surprise, it is a dancing deaf-mute child who, through the language of dance, speaks a universal message, conveying the shared thoughts of the elderly and the children, and their hopes for a future world. This original adaptation of Eugène Ionescu‘s play seamlessly integrates dance, theatre and music.

« Un petit bijou …»
Mélanye Boissonnault, Radio-Canada (Montréal)

« Avec son adaptation des Chaises, le chorégraphe Pierre-Paul Savoie s’approprie avec bonheur, tendresse et sensibilité un joyau du théâtre mondial pour le jeune public. »
Olivier Dumas, Monthéâtre.qc.ca

« Toujours aussi pertinente la pièce… fait résonner plusieurs couches de sens … Leurs dialogues et monologues font valser le sublime et l’ordinaire. Leurs petites routines et querelle, et surtout leurs gestes de vieux un peu fourbus par la vie faisaient bien rigoler le jeune public… Car la danse se mêle aux dialogues surtout sous forme d’acrobaties livrées avec la drôle de maladresse que leur âge impose.

Décors, costumes et maquillages, tous en noir et blanc, font un clin d’œil à une esthétique expressionniste, jouant à la fois sur le clownesque et le grave. Des changements de registres qui plaisaient visiblement aux jeunes spectateurs. »
Frédérique Doyon, le Devoir

 

Crédits

  • Adaptation and dramaturgy: Lise Vaillancourt
  • Choreography and staging: Pierre-Paul Savoie
  • Choreographic collaboration: David Rancourt
  • Performers: Sylvain Lafortune, Heather Mah and Marie-Ève Carrière
  • Music: Benoît Coté
  • Sound: Thierry Gauthier and Benoît Côté
  • Set design and lighting: Jocelyn Proulx
  • Costumes: Linda Brunelle
  • Make-up: Florence Cornet
  • Accessories: Rachel Tremblay and Ève Turcotte
PPS Danse - Contes pour enfants pas sages - © 2014 Photographer
PPS Danse - Contes pour enfants pas sages - © 2014 Photographer
Anne Plamondon
Alexandre Carlos
PPS Danse - L'École buissonnière - Dany Desjardins © Rolline Laporte
PPS Danse - Contes pour enfants pas sages - © 2014 Photographer
PPS Danse - Contes pour enfants pas sages - © 2014 Photographer
PPS Danse - Playing Hookey - © Richard Morin (detail of "P'tit Loup")
PPS Danse - Contes pour enfants pas sages - © 2014 Photographer

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TALES FOR NAUGHTY CHILDREN

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This stage adaptation of eight stories from Jacques Prévert’s book, Tales for Naughty Children, fuses dance, theatre, music and song to create an imaginative work where fantasy and surprise set the pace of the journey. A delightful tribute to childhood.

Chosen for the poetic and human qualities expressed by the author, these Prévert tales offer an eccentric cast of characters and exotic animals who transport the children, 3 to 6 feet tall, through exciting adventures. In this exuberant show, a bell-eating ostrich chats with Tom Thumb, the antelopes are melancholy and a dumbfounded dromedary is irked at being called a camel, while an elephant seal lolls on its belly, juggling unlikely items. It’s a sight to see!

Tales for Naughty Children celebrates the world of children and critiques the adult world for its human exploitation and destruction of natural riches.

Production Credits

  • Texts: Jacques Prévert, Tales for Naughty Children
  • Original idea: Pierre-Paul Savoie
  • Adaptation, choreography and staging: Marie-Josée Chartier and Pierre-Paul Savoie
  • Dramaturge: Lise Vaillancourt
  • Music: Benoît Côté
  • Performers: Mathilde Addy-Laird, Dany Desjardins, Amélie Rajotte, Edward Toledo
  • Costumes: Marie Muyard
  • Accessories: Claude Rodrigue
  • Lights: Valérie Bourque
  • Set and lighting consultant: Jocelyn Proulx
  • Production Managers: Arnold Brookhuis, Valérie Bourque
  • Length: 50 minutes

DANSE LHASA DANSE

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Lhasa De Sela left us in 2010, but her enchanting songs and music remain with us. Danse Lhasa Danse was created to honour the late Lhasa De Sela, whose spirit and soul shall ever remain in our hearts.

Artistic Director, Pierre-Paul Savoie guides this performance as if for a choir in a cathedral. Words, music and dance harmonize in a single voice as a moving tribute to a beautiful being who called us to fully celebrate life. Five musicians, four singers and seven dancers touch our hearts in a soaring affirmation of Lhasa De Sela’s words and music.

« Pas besoin de mots (…) ici il n’y a que la véhémence du geste, l’émotion du chant, l’impalpable de la musique pour rendre hommage à une œuvre forte et éternelle ». Marie- Christine Trottier, Espace musique

« Au final, une soirée magnifique, où la danse a su montrer comment elle peut exprimer ce qui ne peut être dit, en paroles ou en chanson. Un contexte qui ne pouvait être plus parfait pour Lhasa, qui portait, au­delà de ses mots, ce supplément d’âme qui a touché tant de personnes à travers le monde. » Iris Gagnon­Paradis, DFDANSE, 15 novembre 2011

« (…) et le coup de maître de Pierre­-Paul Savoie qui a porté la danse à Coup de cœur francophone avec le très réussi Danse Lhasa Danse. » Fabienne Cabado, Voir, 22 décembre 2011

Crédits

  • Conception and staging: Pierre-Paul Savoie
  • Artistic directors: Pierre-Paul Savoie and Louise Beaudouin
  • Choreography: Pierre-Paul Savoie, Myriam Allard, Hélène Blackburn, David Rancourt, Roger Sinha and Edgar Zendejas
  • Singers: Bïa, Alexandre Désilets, Alejandra Ribera and Karen Young
  • Dancers: Myriam Allard, Sébastien Cosette-Masse, Tom Casey, Élise Legrand, Roxane Duchesne-Roy, Sara Harton, David Rancourt
  • Musicians: Frédéric Darveau, Denis Faucher, Sheila Hannigan, Pascal Racine-Venne and Jocelyn Tellier