Fables // Compagnie Virginie Brunelle


Year of creation: 2022

Duration: 60 min

12 dancers + 1 live musician

A sensitive observer of the upheavals of a world in turmoil, Virginie Brunelle dares to tackle a highly ambitious work for 12 performers and a live musician, a series of disturbing tableaux that will shake you to the core.

Over the last decade, Virginie Brunelle has made a name for herself with a rigorous, intensely physical, uncompromising movement vocabulary. The starting point of Fables, whose world premiere took place at Danza Lugano (Switzerland), was the theme of that festival, centring on Monte Verità, the famous mountain that was the cradle of an idealistic micro-society in the early 1900s. This liberated community, precursor of the hippie counterculture of the 1960s, sparked the choreographer’s desire to examine feminism. Against the backdrop of the chaos of an era turned upside down, Fables projects us into fantastical spaces from which larger-than-life characters emerge—contemporary female archetypes who paved the way to freedom from invisible yet real barriers. A universe of great evocative power, close to dance theatre, echoing a crying need for utopia, hope and humanity.


Choreographer | Virginie Brunelle
Dancers | Isabelle Arcand, Nicholas Bellefleur, Sophie Breton, Alexandre Carlos, Julien Derradj, Chi Long, Milan Panet-Gigon, Ernesto Quesada Perez, Marine Rixhon, Peter Trosztmer, Lucie Vigneault, Evelynn Yan
Pianist | Laurier Rajotte
Dramaturgy | Nicolas Berzi
Rehearsal director | Claudine Hébert
Piano composition et soundtrack composition | Laurier Rajotte
Soundtrack composition and sound environment | Philippe Brault
Sound engineer | Joël Lavoie
Costume designer | Elen Ewing
Scenography designer | Marilène Bastien
Light designer| Martin Labrecque
Production director | Charlotte Ménard
Technical director | François Marceau
Administrative director | Sylvie Lavoie
Coproducers | LAC - Lugano Arte e Cultura, Fonds de création du Centre National des Arts, Danse Danse, Centre National des Arts d’Ottawa, Harbourfront Centre

Fables is a work produced with the precious support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts de Montréal.

Photos : Raphael Ouellet

Text : Anne Viau for Danse Danse, translated by Diana Tyndale