Animal Triste

In the great march of the world, humans are nothing more than sad little
animals. But animals that console themselves in beauty and in desire for
immortality. For this, men will invent religions, philosophies and
civilizations. They will make up stories and write History. But very
rarely will they understand where they stand and never really escape
their condition. And deep down, men are those animals of no significance
who only aspire to more and better.
Animal Triste might be a freeze frame to try to understand the nature
and posture of Man in all his humanity.

Choreographer: Mélanie Demers

Dancers On stage during the creation: Marc Boivin, James Gnam, Brianna Lombardo
and Riley Sims

Dancers: Marc Boivin, James Gnam, Brianna Lombardo and Léa Noblet Di
Original music: Jacques Poulin-Denis, Antoine Berthiaume
Dramaturgy: Angélique Willkie
Rehearsal Direction: Anne-Marie Jourdenais
Lighting: Alexandre Pilon-Guay

Mélanie Demers

A multidisciplinary artist, Mélanie Demers founded in Montreal her own dance company, MAYDAY, in 2007. Her work has charmed by its originality, intensity and its complexity, exploring the darker zones of the human condition. Socially engaged as an artist, Mélanie Demers travelled to teach dance in Kenya, Niger, Brazil and Haiti, amongst other destinations. The harsh reality of the developing countries challenged her understanding of the role of art in society. Addressing political issues in a poetic form, Les Angles Morts (2006), Sense of Self (2008), Junkyard/Paradis (2010), Goodbye (2012) and MAYDAY remix (2014) have all been created from this perspective. Lately, WOULD (2015) won the CALQ Prize for best choreography, highlighting the artistic excellence of a work presented in Québec. In 2016, Mélanie Demers began a new creative cycle with Animal Triste and Icône Pop; both works are touring internationally. In August 2017, Icône Popwas awarded the Buddies in Bad Times Vanguard Award for Risk and Innovation by Toronto’s SummerWorks Performance Festival. Recently, Mélanie Demers was invited to work as a guest choreographer at the Skånes Dansteater in Malmö (Sweden) for the creation of Something About Wilderness, and at Operaestate Festival in Bassano del Grappa. With Danse Mutante (2019), she elaborates a choreographic project unfolding on three continents. Destined for multiple mutations, this duo passes through the hands of four female choreographers, and will culminate in Montreal in the Fall of 2019 with a marathon event.

To date, Mélanie Demers choreographed twenty works and was presented in some thirty cities across Europe, America, Africa and Asia.

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