Open-mindedness, creativity, humanism, sharing and social commitment are the driving force behind the company’s activities. These values are reflected not only in the production of original choreographic creations, but also in PPS Danse’s involvement in democratizing contemporary dance.
PPS Danse was founded in 1989 by choreographer, performer and director Pierre-Paul Savoie. Since then, the company’s mission has been to focus on the creation and production of choreographic works in the field of dance-theatre. Over the years, the company has also developed cultural activities. Today, it is by developing three major fields of activity: young audiences, general public and cultural action, that PPS Danse holds a strong position in the dance community in Quebec.
In 2020, Pierre-Paul Savoie redefined his status within the company by sharing the artistic direction with David Rancourt, a long-time collaborator and accomplice who now assumes the direction of the company.
The company has offered more than 650 performances, including over twenty works in a dozen countries in North America, Latin America and Europe. Regardless of the creation cycle to which they belong, these pieces are all characterized by their interdisciplinary and their humanity.
The company’s artistic approach is based on the idea of meeting: meeting artists, meeting materials and artistic languages, meeting works, meeting communities, meeting audiences. The different meetings explored by PPS Danse are diverse and all converge towards the same goal: to encourage discovery and to develop a new interest in dance among young and adult audiences.
Theatricality is also at the heart of the choreographic approach. Starting with the body, the choreographic language is explored in relation to the notions of dramaturgy and narration in order to bring out its expressiveness, communicability and humanity.
If artistic creation is at the heart of the company’s work, cultural action also plays an important role. Each work is a pretext to go and meet people and initiate dynamic exchanges adapted to the lifestyle of the different audiences. To encourage the growth of contemporary dance audiences, the company focuses on stimulating curiosity, transmitting keys to better comprehension, and developing taste and a critical eye. It stimulates them through performances, workshops, conferences and discussion panels led by Pierre-Paul Savoie or his team of facilitators in the school, community and professional environments where various partnerships have been developed.