Please note that the video and photographic materials are for insight into Danièle Desnoyers' previous works and do not demonstrate what will be explored in this creation laboratory.

Le Carré des Lombes


Manifest (oh)


May 28 to June 1 and June 4 to June 8 | 2:00pm to 6:00pm

June 9 - Closing presentation | 1:00pm to 7:30pm

Place: Édifice Wilder | École de danse contemporaine de Montréal

Studio: TBC

Rate:  DAC pro - $359 | Visiting pro - $407 | Standard - $478 (taxes not incl.)

*Do not register for this laboratory if you cannot attend the entirety of the above mentioned schedule.

Creation laboratory description:

Manifest (oh)

The work of Danièle Desnoyers is known to favour the participation and development of unique corporal identities through a multitude of gestures which are subsequently assimilated and interpreted by the artists. Using and binding minimalist structures, sometimes complex -  where the order of chaos is constantly in the shadows - allows the artists independence within the creation process. Notions of listening, sharing and engaging become fundamental to the development of sensitive and meaningful material.



A leading figure in Quebec contemporary dance, Danièle Desnoyers has made her mark with an art in which dance, the visual arts and music converge. Beginning in the 1990s, she established herself on canadian and international stages with such mysterious and intimist pieces as Du souffle de sa tourmente, j’ai vu, followed by works that incorporated astonishing stagecraft and sound environments that shaped the language of the body.

Her choreographic signature forcefully emerged in Discordantia in 1997, which launched a long cycle of creation in which the art of sound and dissonance figured prominently. The trilogy composed of Concerto grosso pour corps et surface métallique, Bataille, and Duos pour corps et instruments took this approach to its furthest limits. She continued with two large ensemble works, Vingt jours, 20 nuits and Les 10 cahiers, and in 2008 collaborated for the first time with a media artist in Là où je vis.

In 2010 she returned to her first love, pure movement, which predominates in Dévorer le ciel. This new cycle continued with Sous la peau, la nuit, a work for 6 dancers premiered in June 2012 at Festival TransAmériques.

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of her company, Danièle Desnoyers (re)created Duos pour corps et instruments in January 2014, a pivotal work in her artistic path. It featured a new cast of dancers, emblematic of their generation. That same year, with the collaboration of numerous co-producers, Paradoxe Mélodie, a work for 10 dancers and a harpist, made its world premiere at the Canada Dance Festival. These two pieces epitomize her avid interest in acoustic and musical scores in her work as a whole.

Since 1989, Danièle Desnoyers has created some fifteen works for her company, Le Carré des Lombes, which is based in Montreal. Her works have received the support of several partners, including Agora de la danse, the contemporary dance series Danse Danse, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Festival TransAmériques, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York, the Centre d’art Vooruit in Ghent, the Cultuurcentrum in Bruges, TanzWerkstratt in Berlin, Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris and the CanDance network.

As a leading figure in Quebec contemporary dance, Danièle Desnoyers has been invited to join the faculty of the dance department of the Université du Québec à Montréal, in autumn 2012. The choreographer has contributed to the development of new generations of artists, and her repertoire is taught in Canada’s foremost professional dance institutions.

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