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Le Cycle des parades

During this creative lab, Alan Lake Factori(e) will share the foundations of his multidisciplinary approach to dance. The dancers will be invited to dive into the heart of the creative process of his latest work, Le Cycle des parades. At the source of Le Cycle des parades: three artistic paths, three distinct forms of expression (In Situ, Films and Scene) that constantly nourish, enrich and communicate with each other to create a choreographic trilogy that reveals a raw and symbolic universe to the spectators. During this lab, the dancers will have the chance to familiarize themselves with the company's choreographic language. Alternating between solo, duet and group work, they will then be able to explore and incorporate gestures in which the body is directly influenced by its own internal climate as well as by the environment that surrounds it.



Alan Lake Factori [e]

Creation Laboratory

May 24 to 28

2:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

(20 hours)

Location: Wilder Building

Studio: to be confirmed

Pricing and


DAC pro - $180 ($ 9 / hr)

Standard- $260 ($ 13 / hr)


Alan Lake is a performer, choreographer, director and visual artist. He studied visual arts for five years (DEC and BAC in Visual Arts). He undertook and obtained his technical DEC in Dance-interpretation in 2007 at l’École de danse de Québec. Since then, it is with the accumulation of experience and a multidisciplinary practice that he now approaches gesture, devoting his daily life to dance. The objective of his work is to make these disciplines cohabit in a common place at the service of movement.

He presents his work as a choreographer in Quebec City, Montreal and Canada: Suite pour trois assiettes (2003), Le blé près de chez nous (2004), L'après-midi-oiseaux (2006), Dany and Me too (2009), Chaudières, déplacements et paysages (2010), Là-bas, le lointain (2012), Ravages (2015), Les caveaux (2016), Le cri des méduses (2018) and Gratter la pénombre (2019).

Alan Lake's artistic approach includes the dance films he directs: Battement Bleu (2003) and 9 Minutes, 2 Fois (2004), which won the audience award at Vidéastes Recherchés, Chaudières, déplacements et paysages (2009), Là-bas, le lointain (2012), Jardins Catastrophe (2014), Ravages (2015) and L'étreinte des Valkyries (2019). 

Ravages, the latest dance work to be screened is the winner of the "Best Director" at the San Francisco Dance Film Festival 2016 - Jury Prize at the Festival Pleins Écrans de Montréal in 2016 - Best Experimental Dance Work at the Fiver International Screendance Movement in Spain in January 2017 - Audience Award - Dance: made in Canada / Danse: made in Canada in Toronto in August 2017 - Best Direction, FuoriFormato dance festival in Italy in June 2018 and is currently touring festivals around the world.

Alan Lake has been invited by l’École de danse de Québec as choreographer and pedagogue to create works: Huard-Éléphant (2011), La peau chargé d'étreinte (2012), Gratter la pénombre (2013), Résilience (2014), Les yeux plein d'effroi (2016). Alan Lake creates: Le cri des méduses (2017) and Lupercales (2019) for the graduates of l’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal.

Since 2007, Alan Lake has joined the following companies as a performer: Adrien's son dances with Harold Rhéaume in NU, Jumeaux - a co-creation with French choreographer Yvann Alexandre - and in the creation: Fluide. He is part of the cast of Le Carré des Lombes by Danièle Desnoyers for the pieces: Là où je vis and Dévorer le Ciel. He participated in the first Grand continental of the company Sylvain Émard Danse. He is a performer for Dana Gingras’ Animal of distinction in a music video by Arcade Fire. He will be in the next work of Le Fils d'Adrien danse by Harold Rhéaume Partitions Blanches.


Alan Lake Factori[e] is a multidisciplinary contemporary dance company created and directed by choreographer and director Alan Lake. Lake's approach is at the crossroads of dance, film and visual arts. This crossroads contributes directly to defining the company's unique language by giving birth to raw and symbolist universes in which the human being, totally impregnated by his environment, evolves. Based in Quebec City, Alan Lake Factori[e] is entirely dedicated to the creation and dissemination of choreographic works, dance installations and films that stage this interconnection between the body in movement, the space it occupies, and the cycle of life and death that underlies them. It is also dedicated to promoting contemporary dance and choreographic research through performances, workshops, courses, conferences and other related activities. Deeply involved in the dance community in Quebec City, the company carries out large-scale projects that contribute to the effervescence of this art form in the national capital and elsewhere.

Created in 2007, Alan Lake Factori[e] has already produced several stage and film projects. All of his works have been acclaimed by critics and the public alike, and are enjoying an ever-increasing number of viewers. Thus, the projects Chaudière, déplacement et paysages (2009) and Là-bas le lointain (2012) each give rise to a film and a stage work and are broadcast notably by La Rotonde in Quebec City. In 2015, the show Ravages, presented in Montreal and Quebec City, takes the approach proposed in the previous productions even further. This time, two dance films emerge from the project: Jardins-Catastrophes (2014), which will be broadcast in Quebec and in various countries, and Ravages (2015), a multi-award winning film that is currently touring festivals around the world. In 2016 the "in situ" creation Les Caveaux, a daring piece created and presented in an old disused warehouse in Limoilou, opens the final season of La Rotonde. Afterwards, Alan Lake Factori[e] continues his research by creating Le cri des méduses (2018), a colossal project that includes a dance film and a Great Form inspired by the famous painting The Raft of the Medusa by Theodore Gericault. In 2021 the company returned to the stage and presented its most recent work L'effritement des parades.

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