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Fables // Compagnie Virginie Brunelle


Year of creation: 2022

Duration: 60 min

10 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 10 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

Support - Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts de Montréal

Photos : Vanessa Fortin, David Wong

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

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