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still from the short movie SHE DOP @Kris

Dorotea Saykaly

Mathieu Leroux



This lab is an opportunity to de-program the dancing body, its patterns and rebuild it within a choreographic context while questioning what makes us human. Drawing from our most recent creative collaborations, SHE and RELIC, we will investigate how to go beyond our known physical boundaries to find new pathways in the body, as well as subtle ways to address the notions of interpretation and presence.

We will navigate the themes of artificial creation of life, cloning and birth of awareness through physical tasks, improvisations, physical meetings, theatrical games and breathing exercises; a chance to develop material from the ground up with a body that is discovering its surrounding and assembling itself. As interprètes, we will focus on listening while performing, being present without being presentational, and explore states of immersion while still diving deeply into physical language.

AI, cloning and science often provoke debates about identity, freedom and control, and questions about what it is to be human. We are inspired by these questions and will explore and discuss them with you throughout this creative lab. We will build material together, individually, and dive into the world of cells, evolution, the human body and birth of consciousness.

Our creative process 

We approach movement through various sources: our physical expertise of dance and choreography, of course, but we also draw inspiration from films, scientific literature, Renaissance fresco, and (yes) YouTube videos.

Working as a pair provides us with a unique way to complement one another, and allows us to further our craft and curiosity as creatives. Going deeper into our chosen themes, theatrically and physically, we springboard off of each other's experience, skills and knowledge to bring a hybrid form of investigation and creative process.

Dorotea Saykaly
Mathieu Leroux

Reprogram Creation Laboratory

May 31 to June 4

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

(20 hours)

Wilder Building

Studio: to be confirmed

Pricing and


DAC pro - $180 ($ 9 / hr)

Standard- $260 ($ 13 / hr)


Dorotea Saykaly

Originally from Montreal, Dorotea Saykaly started her professional career with Compagnie Marie Chouinard in 2006, touring internationally and performing lead roles such as Prélude à l'après midi d'un faune. During the next 8 years with the company, Dorotea also experimented with the mediums of screen dance. She co-created, choreographed and performed in the screen dance films PAINTED (2012) and Brief Candle (2013) which were featured in international film festivals. In 2014, Dorotea relocated to Sweden to join the Goteborg Danskompani where she has worked with renown choreographers such as Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Damien Jalet, Marcos Morau, Sharon Eyal and Alan Lucien Oyen. Initiating opportunities to create herself, she choreographed her first solo UNraveling which was later awarded the Audience Prize at the Warsaw Zawirowania Competition. She has since then created Try Not To Spill (a collaboration with Arika Yamada) for NUDANS 2017, a creation program with the Goteborg Danskompani; Sing to me a deeper Song, May 2017; Rosy Retrospection, as part of the 3D National project by the Goteborg Danskompani in 2018; DOUBLE BLINDED, June 2019; SHE, her second solo which premiered in Montreal 2019 and based on the the novel “The Passion According to G.H.” by Brazilian author, Clarice Lispector. Her short film SHE, inspired from her stage solo, will be released in 2021. Dorotea is the recipient of the inaugural Emily Molnar Emerging Choreographer Award and is currently creating her new work RELIC for Ballet BC.

Mathieu Leroux 

Writer, theatre director, actor/dancer, and dance dramaturge, Mathieu Leroux is a graduate of L'École Supérieure de théâtre of UQAM (performance profile). He created the solo work, La naissance de Superman (2009); his play, Scrap, ended the season at Espace Libre in 2012. In 2013, Mathieu was part of the impressive cast in the cycle, Les Atrides, after co-signing the adaptation of the six-part greek tragedy with director Louis-Karl Tremblay. More recently, he acted as dramaturge on the tanzmainz production Twist for Mainz’s Staatstheater and performed in Michelle Parent’s play Le sixième sens at Théâtre Denise-Pelletier. He created and is performing the dance duet Bones & Wires with Sébastien Provencher at Tangente. 

Leroux has built sustainable partnerships with prominent choreographers and has been dramaturge for Victor Quijada, Helen Simard, Andrea Peña & Alexandre Morin for many years. He his part of the Danse à la carte mentoring team and is the editor of L’instant même’s theatre collection. Leroux earned his master’s degree in French literature at l'Université de Montréal (2011). His first novel, Dans la cage, was published to rave reviews by Héliotrope, and his short plays accompanying an essay on performing the self, Quelque chose en moi choisit le coup de poing, can be found at La Mèche. He recently published his new novel, Avec un poignard (Héliotrope).

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