A sensitive observer of the upheavals of a world in turmoil, Virginie Brunelle dares to tackle a highly ambitious work for 12 performers, 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 Lugano Dance Project, 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

Understudy dancer
Marie Eve Quilicot

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

Co Producers
LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura
Danse Danse
Centre National des Arts d’Ottawa
Harbourfront Centre

With the support of
Fonds de création du Centre National des Arts 
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
Canada Council for the Arts
Conseil des arts de Montréal

It is first through the spectrum of music that Virginie Brunelle discovered her artistic fiber. After dedicating her childhood to the violin, she transfers this musical knowledge and her mastery of rhythm to a dance training (UQAM, 2007) creation profile.
After graduating, Virginie Brunelle created Les cuisses à l’écart du cœur, a choreography for seven dancers that earned the 2009 Bourse RIDEAU at the Vue sur la Relève festival. Emboldened by this initial success, she founded her eponymous company (Compagnie Virginie Brunelle) in 2009, and in the same year created a second work, Foutrement, which won the 2017 Prix du public presented by the CAM en tournée (CAM touring program). In 2011, Virginie Brunelle opened La Chapelle’s fall season with the presentation of her third work, Complexe des genres, which received second prize at Denmark’s prestigious Aarhus International Choreography Competition. Three years later, she presented PLOMB, and in 2016 she created À la douleur que j’ai. These four works have since been toured across Europe and Canada, thus allowing the choreographer to gain recognition on the world stage, culminating in an invitation, in 2018, to create a show for the Gauthier Dance Theaterhaus Stuttgart company. The result was Beating, a work that was first presented in Germany, with a Canadian tour scheduled in 2018-2019. Then, in 2020, she created Les corps avalés, a piece for seven dancers, accompanied on stage by the Quatuor Molinari; Presented by Danse Danse at Théâtre Maisonneuve, this work was a resounding success with critics and audiences alike. Finally, since the spring of 2021, Virginie has been working on the creation of Fables, a major work for twelve performers whose presentation is scheduled for May 2022 at the Lugano Danza Festival in Switzerland. Finally, very recently, Virginie signs the production of a first dance short film entitled Réminiscences.
Deploying a choreographic approach that is both sensible and intuitive, her works form a repertoire characterized by the raw emotion and by the humanity of the subjects tackled.

Isabelle Arcand 
She obtained her DEC in cinema and communication before beginning her bachelor's degree in contemporary dance, performance profile, at UQAM. She graduated in 2007 and joined Virginie Brunelle's first creation, Les cuisses à l'écart du cœur. It is with this company that she represented Canada at the 2009 Jeux de la Francophonie in Beirut. Since then, she has been part of all the company's productions. She also works for choreographers Marie Béland, Geneviève Bolla, Dany Desjardins, Daniel Léveillé and Caroline Dusseault.

Nicholas Bellefleur
Queer person living and working in Tiohtià:ke/Montréal, dance artist, choreographer, associate director of Lo Fi Dance Theory. Graduated from École supérieure de Ballet du Québec, then joining Ballet BC. With Cas Public, they perform on stages like Opéra de Paris and Royal Opera House. Then begins the process of unlearning classical forms with trainings by Jermaine Spivey (Kidd Pivot), Tilman O’Donnell (Cullberg Ballet), James O’Hara (Sidi Larbi Sherkaoui) and Adi Salant (Batsheva), Andrea Peña & Artists,Gioconda Barbuto and Virginie Brunelle.

Sophie Breton 
She graduated from the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal in 2008. She has danced for choreographers such as Alan Lake, Frédéric Marier, Thierry Huard, Sasha Kleinplatz and Jacques Poulin-Denis while working alongside Ginelle Chagnon in the staging of excerpts from the work of Jean-Pierre Perreault. In 2012 she joined the company O Vertigo for a period of 3 years. Today she works with Virginie Brunelle, Isabelle Van Grimde and Sylvain Émard.

Alexandre Carlos 
Since graduating from École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal in 2010, he has worked for Cas Public until 2016 and now works as a freelance dancer for choreographers and companies such as Virginie Brunelle, Peter Chu, Geneviève Dorion-Coupal, Kyra Jean Green, Anne Plamondon, Tedd Robinson, Pierre-Paul Savoie, Andrew Skeels, 7 fingers, Cirque du Soleil and Opéra de Québec. He is one half of the duo Alex & Alex. He signed his first solo creation Bourrasques, presented during the Festival Quartiers Danses (Montréal). He co-founded La Compagnie d'Été, which presented Kaléïdoscope (2015) and Emprise (2017). He was co-choreographer and dancer for the short film Carte Mère project by Catherine Major.

Julien Derradj 
Originally from the Loire countryside, Julien began his dance training at the Conservatoire Georges Guillot in Thiers. He then continued his training by joining the training center/Compagnie Au Fait in Lyon in 2014, and the Centre national de danse contemporaine d'Angers (Cndc) in 2015. Since his arrival in Quebec, he has collaborated with various artists - Geneviève Gagné (Mitsouko), Snövit Hedstierna, Georges Stamos (Nice Try), James O'Hara (Transformation) - in projects mixing dance and theater and has worked as a performer for several dance companies in Quebec such as Sursaut, Axile, Virginie Brunelle, Ample Man Danse or Sylvain Émard Danse. He works in several schools in Montreal and in Sherbrooke.

Chi Long
She discovered her love for dance at the age of 14. She had the opportunity to develop her passion as a performer with Canberra Dance Theatre in her native Australia. In 1990, she travelled to Montreal and joined O Vertigo, a company she fell in love with at first sight. She spent the next 11 years dancing and touring each of the company’s creations. In 2002, she joined the Compagnie Marie Chouinard and participated in the creation of bODY_rEMIX/gOLDBERG_vARIATIONS in 2005. 
Today, as an independent performer, she continues to dance and collaborate closely with the Compagnie Virginie Brunelle and with Mélanie Demers for Mayday Danse.

Milan Panet-Gigon 
At first a reckless sportsman, he discovered urban dance as a teenager and became interested in the fusion of different styles, leading to contemporary dance. A graduate of Concordia University's choreography in contemporary dance program, he collaborated in the creation of multiple works with various artists, notably Dave St-Pierre, Virginie Brunelle, Sasha Kleinplatz, PPS Danse, Part+Labour_Danse and Le Carré des Lombes. Through these different projects, he developed a particular interest in partnering and floor work, which led him to develop intensive workshops in Quebec, France and Italy.

Ernesto Quesada Perez 
Originally from Havana, Cuba and now based in Montreal, he started dancing at the age of 9 in his native country, where he learned the popular and traditional Cuban styles. Upon his arrival in Canada, he continued his high school studies in Dance, where he made his first forays into contemporary dance, hip hop and other variety dances. At the same time, he became a member of the Titosalsabor Dance Academy. After completing the DEC program in Contemporary Dance at Collège Montmorency, he continues his professional training at the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, graduating in 2021.

Marine Rixhon 
Of Belgian origin, afetr her training in classical and contemporary dance in Liège, Toulouse and Montreal (UQÀM 2013), she has developed her practice as a performer alongside numerous Montreal choreographers. Among her collaborations, we have seen her in the work of Les Soeurs Schmutt, Milan Gervais/Human Playground, Martin Messier, Isabelle Van Grimde/Van Grimde Corps Secrets, David Albert-Toth and Emily Gualtieri/Parts+Labour_Danse. She had the chance to explore the solo form through the projects of Caroline Laurin-Beaucage and Karine Ledoyen. Recently, she began a new collaboration with Virginie Brunelle for her latest creation: Fables.

Peter Trosztmer
After earning his BA in Classics, he studied at Concordia University's Department of Contemporary Dance before moving to Toronto to complete the School of the Toronto Dance Theater training program. He stands out as a top-level interpreter, working with many national and international choreographers. Many of his early and formative creations came about through his collaborations with dance artist Thea Patterson. His current research includes fascia – intercellular communication and the healing of transgenerational trauma through dance and movement. As a choreographer he creates five solo works. Over the last four years he has been collaborating with Zack Settle and Osman Zeki developing a work centered on principles of remote experiencing using Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality technologies.

Lucie Vigneault
She studied dance at Université du Québec à Montréal where she graduated with a bachelor in performing arts in 2001 along with a dance teaching diploma in 2008. For the past twenty years she has worked as a performer, teacher, rehearsal director and choreographer, covering a wide range of dance approaches and styles. She has collaborated, among others, with Frédérick Gravel, Manuel Roque, Tony Chong, Marie Chouinard and Daniel Léveillé. In 2004, she participated in the international tour for the 20th anniversary of Joe, the work of choreographer Jean-Pierre Perreault.  She has been seen in Louise Bédard’s work and has danced two solos from the company's repertoire. In 2015 she was awarded the Prix de la danse de Montréal Performer Award.

Evelynn Yan 
Originally from Vancouver Island, she started her dance training as a child. She started her training of contemporary dance while attending the École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal class of 2021, where she had the opportunity to train and work with many established artists. After graduation, she worked as a dancer with  Isabelle Van Grimde’s company Corps Secret. In 2021 she has performed at Festival Quartier Danse with Charles Brecard, with whom she continues to work. 

Marie Eve Quilicot
After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in dance at UQAM in 2004, she began her career with the Compagnie Dave St-Pierre and was part of the cast of the shows La pornographie des âmes, Un peu de tendresse bordel de merde and Foudre. In 2005 she took part in the creation of the Cirque du Soleil show Love in Las Vegas. Since her return in 2008, she has worked for various choreographers including Alix Dufresne and Anne Thériault while returning to Dave’s work on tour. She regularly collaborates as an artist with Cirque Éloize on various projects such as the show Seul Ensemble. As a choreographer, she has worked on various projects, notably with Philippe Falardeau for the film My Salinger Year as well as for the Bien Joué Productions.

Laurier Rajotte 
Composer and pianist, after internships in France, Italy and New York, he obtained a master's degree in piano from the Université de Montréal at the age of 21 with a scholarship from the Fonds de recherche du Québec. As a young pianist, he has won the Canadian Music Competition several times. His compositions have been performed in several cities in Quebec and Canada as well as on stages and in festivals in Europe, the United States and Asia. He has collaborated with many of Canada’s leading directors, as well as with choreographers Christophe Garcia, Virginie Brunelle, Dominique Porte, Andrea Peña and Hélène Blackburn. He has worked in the main theaters of Quebec and he is also a producer for Radio-Canada.

 

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