A series to learn more about those who work on PPS Danse productions.
Nicolas Boivin / dancer for the production Le Trésor
How many years have you been dancing and where you were born?
I was born in Chicoutimi and have been dancing for 13 years now. I did theater and improvisation before dance.
What is your way of working?
I work with listening, understanding, and in joy. I like to make connections or realize that I have made them. These connections often lead me to philosophize and reflect on dance that allows me to develop in my everyday life and vice versa. This process leads me to live my dance and feeds my creativity.
Is the coherence of the character you embody done in stages or do you have an idea at the beginning of what it should represent?
At the beginning of a project, I like to create a world for myself and create the right atmosphere that should emerge from it. I also like to look at my colleagues to connect with them and merge with their energy. In the show Le Trésor, Pierre-Paul came up with the representation of a world where I felt like I had already lived. So I went to dig into my childhood memories to start building my character. Later, my character was transformed to merge with Audrey’s in order to establish coherence.
For you, what is the difference in your work between young and adult audiences?
With young audiences, I feel really connected. I feel their energy on stage, capturing it through their expressiveness. Their lack of filters allows me to set the pace, and this, as much with young people as with parents who are going back to childhood. In the adult audience it is also a communication, but more subtle. I feel it inside when the space is filled with energy and invested bodies.
Do you rediscover your childlike soul while working on Le Trésor?
Yes, I find my inner child’s soul. However, I would add the inner child of today.