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

Cie Manuel Roque


Experiences / Presence and Repertoire Crazy Dance and 4-OR

May 28 to June 8 | 9:30am to 1:00pm

Place: Édifice Wilder | École de danse contemporaine de Montréal

Studio: TBC

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

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

Workshop description:

Experiences / Presence

The workshop will focus on the kinesthetic exploration, the listening of the other, the group and also the environment. Through improvisation exercise and written material, the dancer will be brought to question the notions of physical experience, of sharing, state of grace in order to create meeting points between virtuosity and somatic attention in the purpose of renewing the infinite pleasure of dancing.

First a long warming-up that will includes, among others, the notions of weight, bounce, shake, off balance, oiling of the joints, focus in and out, (or eyes closed), integrity of the experiment, variations of density, amplitude, pleasure and curiosity etc etc.


Repertoire Crazy Dance and 4-OR

Then, the exploration around two pieces with very different processes and qualities:
Crazy Dance”, a furious, rhythmic, groovy and physically demanding dance (ideally in running shoes), but written and counted, whither how to find a space of freedom (state of grace?) in a rigorous context.
4-OR”, a minimalist, raw partition that emphasize meditative and sensitive attention where the performer must make choices to create a common, renewed, vibratory experience.


Around this repertoire, discussion on the notions of presence, experience, integrity and the context of representation.


After studying theatre and circus at École nationale de cirque in Montréal, Manuel Roque worked with Cirque Éloïze before transitioning into dance. Sowing diversity he immersed himself equally in playful universes (such as that of Hélène Langevin - cie de danse jeune public), formal universes (Dominique Porte, Sylvain Emard, Paul-Andre Fortier) and the more theatrical universes (Peter James). He then spent three years with Compagnie Marie Chouinard performing in the company’s repertoire, participating in the creation of Orpheus and Eurydice, and receiving a Gemini Award for television bODY_rEMIX/gOLDBERG_vARIATIONS. He also danced the solo Des feux dans la nuits at théâtre La Chapelle in May of 2011.

In addition to his performance career, Manuel took on the role of choreographer creating Brendon and Brenda (2002) and Ô mon bateau in (2004) before creating RAW-me (2010), a solo which received a warm welcome and numerous prizes at Festival Vue sur la Relève in 2011. The piece was presented by OFFTA in June of 2011 and toured with les Maisons de la Culture in February 2012 as well as the Festival of New Dance in St John in October of 2013.

In September 2012, Tangente and Festival Quartier Danse presented Ne meurs pas tout de suite, on nous regarde, a duo which was also reprised for Vue sur la Relève and OFFTA 2013 and subsequent tour in 2014 and 2015. Manuel choreographed for les Minutes Complètement Cirque and Babel at the Festival Complètement Cirques from 2010 to 2014 as well as for the end of the year performance of École Nationale de Cirque de Montréal - Génération 2.0 in June of 2012.


In July of 2013 he founded Cie Manuel Roque and created the project In Situ for the public space at Place des Arts de Montréal. The solo Data, which explores the mutation of matter, was presented at Usine C in 2014 and reprised in 2015 for the Festival TransAmérique as well as for an International tour with stops at the June Event Festival in Paris, Festival B-Motion (Bassano Del Grappa) and Festival Ailleurs en Folies. Manuel partook in Migrant Bodies, an international research project, supported by the European Council, involving Canada, Italy, France and Croatia in which he created Black Matter. In addition, he created Aurora for the graduating class of École de danse contemporaine de Montréal. He, along with Lucie Vigneault, were the recipients of a 2 month creation residency in Postdam (Germany) thanks to the support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and la Fabrik. In December 2015, 4-OR  was presented in Montréal by Tangente and Parcours Danse.


His latest solo 'bang bang’ premiered in 2017 in Lyon followed by performances in Barcelona, Festival TransAmérique 2017 and the June Event in Paris. He was awarded the Prix Interprète as well as the Prix de l’Oeuvre chorégraphique at Les Prix de la Danse for bang bang

His creative drive is generally fueled by a natural taste for themes of absurdity, nothingness, imbalance, contorted impulses, grey matter, raw materials (...) .


Manuel Roque is drawn to the hybridization of contemporary languages, and his work blends a kinesthetic virtuosity with a polymorphous exploration of the contemporary human condition.


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