Please note that the video and photographic materials are for insight into Kidd Pivot | Éric Beauchesne's previous works and do not demonstrate what will be explored in this workshop.


Improvisation class and Kidd Pivot repertoire workshop

June 3 to 7 | 9:30am to 1:00pm

Place: Édifice Wilder | École de danse contemporaine de Montréal

Studio: TBC

                             *waiting list only

Rate: DAC members - $179 | Visiting pro - $203 | Standard - $239 (taxes not included)

*This workshop is reimbursable (40% of the total cost) through the RQD Dancer Training Support Program for admissible RQD members.

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

Workshop description:

Improvisation Class

This improvisation class focuses on investigating and uncovering articulations and timings in the body. In this exploratory and non-performative class, participants will be invited to heighten the awareness of their senses, make inquiries about the spine and their extremities, and to invest their creative mind in a conversation both within their own body and with other partakers. Aiming to give equal opportunities to instinct and intellect this workshop is influenced by mindfulness techniques as well by more than fifteen years of collaboration with choreographer Crystal Pite.


Kidd Pivot Repertoire Workshop

This workshop is designed to allow dancers to be initiated to the work and artistry of choreographer Crystal Pite. The session spotlights a specific excerpt which the participants are invited to learn, examine and experience. Focus will be given to many aspects of her dance making such as clarity, articulation, speed, intense physicality, and the idea of being danced.


Born in Québec, Eric grew up fishing and hunting before discovering dance at the age of 16. Graduate from École supérieure de danse du Québec, he has been on stage with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe and Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, as well as with Canadian contemporary dance icons such as La Fondation Jean-Pierre Perrault, Paul-André Fortier, Louise Lecavalier and Crystal Pite. Company member since 2004, Eric currently collaborates with Kidd Pivot as associate artistic director, and stages Pite’s work on companies worldwide including the National Ballet of Canada, Ballet Zürich, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Ballet British Columbia and, most recently, Göteborgs Operans Danskompani. Eric has served as guest teacher and faculty for several organizations such as Arts Umbrella, TransFormation, Springboard, Seattle Festival of Dance Improvisation and Dutch National Ballet Academy, as well as rehearsal director for Nederlands Dans Theater. He currently resides in Holland and devotes much of his spare time advocating for climate action and sustainable practices in the dance world.

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