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Anne-Marie Jourdenais, Mélanie Demers and Artists of

Photo ©David Wong

Workshop - MAYDAY

Designed to allow participants to familiarize themselves with the curiosities and priorities of Mélanie Demers, this workshop is a real dive into the MAYDAY universe. It offers tools to meet the questions and intuitions that permeate the company's entire repertoire. Directed by Anne-Marie Jourdenais, accompanied by the choreographer and the performers throughout the days, it will retrace the path that leads from the quivering of an idea to the deployment of a reality. Body work, heart work, voice work, acting work… Creation at MAYDAY is like an equation with multiple variables, impossible to solve without embracing the unknown.

Anne-Marie Jourdenais with Mélanie Demers and Artists of MAYDAY


Workshop - MAYDAY

May 29 to June 2

10:00 a.m. to 13:00 a.m.

(15 hours)

Wilder Building

Studio: to be confirmed

Pricing and


DAC pro - $ 135 ($ 9 / hr) | Standard- $ 225 ($ 15 / hr)


Mélanie Demers

Multidisciplinary artist, Mélanie Demers founded the MAYDAY company in Montreal in 2007, exploring the powerful link between the poetic and the political. All of her works were created from this perspective. With each new creation, she deepens her commitment to multi-inspired works and hybrid forms. Her fascination with the interplay between word and gesture crystallized with WOULD (2015), which won the CALQ prize for best choreography. In 2016, Mélanie Demers began a new creative cycle with Animal Triste and Icône Pop; both works toured internationally. In 2017, Laïla Diallo invited Mélanie Demers to work alongside her as a guest choreographer at the Skånes Dansteater in Malmö (Sweden) for the creation of Something About Wilderness. After the success of the ambitious Danse Mutante project on stage, La Goddam Voie Lactée (2021), Confession Publique (2021) and Cabaret Noir (2022) are entering the limelight in various prestigious venues and festivals. In 2021, Mélanie Demers received the GRAND PRIX de la danse de Montréal, which recognizes the unique mark she leaves on her time. The following year, she received the CALQ prize for best choreography for Confession Publique and Angélique Willkie received the prize for best interpretation for the same work at the Prix de la danse de Montréal 2022 ceremony. Finally, she turned to the theater and staged the play Declarations by acclaimed author Jordan Tannahill. She teaches in the largest theater schools in Canada and regularly participates in radio and television programs. To date, she has choreographed thirty pieces which have been presented in around forty cities in Europe, America, Africa and Asia.

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