An award-winning choreographer and multidisciplinary artist based in Montreal, Mélanie Demers dives into the political and the poetic with audacious works which fuse dance, theatre, literature and music with explosive effect. La Goddam Voie Lactée is her response to the harshness of the world: a pagan mass, both celebration and challenge, inspired by the constant mourning that marks our current age. Five charismatic women deploy their bodies, voices and instruments in a series of visceral scenes full of raw physicality and emotion. Reflecting on the need for solidarity in the face of adversity, this work is an exercise in self-imagination and creativity, and a means of finding our bearings in this imperfect world.
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Presented with PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
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Ideation, choreography, and direction: Mélanie Demers
Performers: Stacey Désilier, Frannie Holder, Brianna Lombardo, Chi Long, Léa Noblet Di Ziranaldi
Understudy: Misheel Ganbold
Rehearsal director: Anne-Marie Jourdenais
Dramaturgy: Angélique Willkie
Music: Frannie Holder
Lighting design: Claire Seyller
Costumes and accessories consultants: Elen Ewing
Technical director and management: Hannah Kirby
Sonorisator: Benoit Bouchard
Production director: Mélanie Primeau
Special thanks: Alexandre Pilon-Guay
Co-producers: Festival TransAmériques (Montreal, Canada) | Agora de la danse (Montreal, Canada) | Centre chorégraphique national de Tours (Tours, France) | Centro per la Scena Contemporanea (Bassano del Grappa, Italy) | The Dance Centre (Vancouver, Canada)
This project is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Conseil des arts de Montréal.
Photos by Mathieu Doyon and Cloe Pluquet