Myriam Allard, Bïa - © PPS Danse
Sébastien Cossette-Masse, Roxane Duchesne-Roy - © PPS Danse
Sara Harton, Alexandre Désilets - © PPS Danse
Sébastien Cossette-Masse, Sara Harton, Geneviève Toupin - © PPS Danse
Danse Lhasa Danse, a work created in 2011, is an ode to life, highlighting both the work of Lhasa de Sela, who died ten years ago, and the thirty-year anniversary candles of the PPS Danse company (2019). A choral work bringing together some 15 performers on stage, this vibrant show, which was warmly acclaimed at the time of its creation, in co-production with Coup de coeur francophone, echoes the unclassifiable repertoire of the woman who encourages us to celebrate life in all serenity.
The show offers the chance to re-discover the diversity and richness of Lhasa’s repertoire in a program carried by performers who echo its strong themes. Leaving plenty of room for song and dance that intertwine throughout an intimate evening, Lhasa Danse brings together on stage magnificent accomplices from the very beginning: Bïa, Alexandre Desilets, Geneviève Toupin and Karen Young, accompanied by five instrumentalists under the musical direction of Frédéric Darveau.
The show, directed by Pierre-Paul Savoie, shows an evocative blend of song and dance with choreography by Myriam Allard, Hélène Blackburn, Sébastien Cossette-Masse, Roxane Duchesne-Roy, Pierre Lecours, David Rancourt, Pierre-Paul Savoie, Roger Sinha and Edgar Zendejas. Inspired by the magic of this double language, Lhasa Danse invites us to a happy and moving reunion, at the crossroads of genres, present and past.
The show was presented in several Quebec cities in the winter of 2020 and was the highlight of an evening celebrating the company’s 30th anniversary at Théâtre Maisonneuve at Place des Arts on February 6. The tour continues in the fall of 2020.
Tour schedule / fall 2020
- November 1st, 8 p.m. / Le Zénith, St-Eustache
- November 19, 8 p.m. / Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts, Montréal
Design and direction Pierre-Paul Savoie
Art Direction Pierre-Paul Savoie, with the collaboration of Louise Beaudouin
Dancers Myriam Allard, Tom Casey, Sébastien Cossette-Masse, Roxane Duchesne-Roy, Sara Harton, Élise Legrand, David Rancourt. Substitutes: Citlali Germé, Marie-Eve Lafontaine
Singers Bïa, Alexandre Désilets, Geneviève Toupin, Karen Young
Musicians Frédéric Darveau (musical direction and double bass) Sheila Hannigan (cello) Charles Trudel (keyboards, piano) Jean-Alexandre Beaudoin (guitar) Pascal Racine-Venne (drums)
Guest choreographers Myriam Allard, Hélène Blackburn, Sébastien Cossette-Masse, Roxane Duchesne-Roy, Pierre Lecours, David Rancourt, Roger Sinha, Edgar Zendejas, and Pierre-Paul Savoie
Technical direction and sound control Gabriel Dugas-Dallaire
Logistics Coordinator and Lighting Control Benjamin Perreault
Monitors Thomas Sinou
Tour director and stage manager Paule Vaillancourt
What they say about it:
“No need for words (…) here there is only the vehemence of the gesture, the emotion of the song, the impalpable nature of the music to pay tribute to a strong and eternal work”. Marie- Christine Trottier, Espace musique
“In the end, a magnificent evening, where the dance showed how it can express what cannot be said, in words or in song. A context that could not be more perfect for Lhasa, who carried, beyond her words, that extra soul that touched so many people around the world. “Iris GagnonParadis, DFDANSE, November 15, 2011