Past event

15 June 2024

Sala Teatro


The new creation by Canadian choreographer-documentalist Rhodnie Désir is a social symphony in constant evolution, a work that proposes a tempest of bodies, sound compositions and immersive installations inspired by data culled from citizens and scientists. 

In Symphony of hearts, the musicians and dancers transform the stage of the Sala Teatro into a great heart pulsing humanity. Tensions in a dance-music duet, a decagon of violins combining the impressive physicality of plural bodies, and even songs in invented language: the sum of all these flows forth like an ode to the polyrhythmic power of the heart. 
The work features original music by the French-Canadian singer/cellist Jorane, performed live by the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana conducted by Naomi Woo, and accompanied by the beatmaker and sound designer Engone Endong and the percussionist and flutist Lasso Sanou.
Resulting from a documentary research at two institutions specialising in heart health and the testimony of more than forty people, Symphony of hearts combines arts and sciences to address the beauty and flaws of the heart and the cardiovascular system.

creative director (choreographer, documentalist, artistic director, vocal composer)
Rhodnie Désir

Naomi Woo

Mara Dupas
Camille Gendron
Aly Keita
Luce Lainé
Emmanuelle Martin
Mya Metellus
Carlos-Alexis Mendoza-Bustinza
Ernesto Queseda Perez
Greg “Krypto” Selinger
Abe Simon Mijnheer

Orchestra della Svizzera italiana 
House Band of RD Créations (Engone Endong, Lasso Sanou) 

musical composition 
Engone Endong
Rhodnie Désir
Aly Keita

beatmaker and sound designer 
Engone Endong

percussion arrangements
Rhodnie Désir

François Vallières

Olivier Landreville

costume designer 
Mélanie Ferrero

lighting designer  
Chantal Labonté

video and digital designer
Chélanie Beaudin-Quintin

creative support
Isabelle Poirier

artistic consultant 
Philip Szporer

Pascale Bilodeau (ONF)

RD Créations

in co-production with 
LAC Lugano Arte e Cultura,
Danse Danse, 
National Arts Centre

staging in Lugano in collaboration with
Orchestra della Svizzera italiana 

majors partners
National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund, 
Canada Council for the Arts

principal partner 
Fonds de Recherche du Québec

creative partners
Montreal Heart Institute (MHI), 
Istituto Cardiocentro Ticino, 
National Film Board (NFB), 
Place des arts, 
Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, 
Conseil des Arts de Montréal

artistic associate
Orchestre Métropolitain

developed with the support from 
the NAC’s National Creation Fund

special thanks to 
Michel Gagnon for his commitment, attentiveness and sincere interest in the project

thanks to 
the entire LAC team, to the heart health specialists and patients of the Istituto Cardiocentro Ticino for their testimonials, and to doctor Tiziano Cassina for his precious time

thanks also to 
the Montreal Heart Institute, the young people at Collège Jean-Eudes (Montreal) and all the people who agreed to testify during the Symphony of hearts documentary research begun in 2022

Choreographer-documentalist and artistic director of the company RD Créations, she has created over twenty works. Among other awards, she won the Prix Envol and the Grand Prix from the Prix de la danse de Montréal for Bow’t Trail Retrospek in 2020. In 2021 she was chosen as one of the “25 to watch” by Dance Magazine in New York and nominated for the prestigious career award “The APAP Award of Merit”. In 2022 she received the “Danseuse de l’année” award at the Gala Dynastie, she became the first Associate Artist of the famous Place des Arts institution in Montreal and she makes her entry at the Dance Collection Danse Hall of Fame (Sandra Faire Next Génération Award). Her choreographic-documentary and Afro-contemporary signature is deeply rooted in the polyrhythmic languages. As a performer and an orator, her words and her international civic actions makes her shine as far as at the UNESCO

Rhodnie Désir tells us about Symphony of hearts


Interview with conductor Naomi Woo

Barbara Widmer Artistic Director of the Orchestra della Svizzera italiana

Foto di scena