October 21, from 12 to 2pm @ Left of Main
MAYDAY and plastic orchid factory are hosting a master class with Melanie Demers and Marc Bovin
Mélanie Demers and Marc Boivin’s class is designed in a way to create a territory where performers warm up minds, bodies and creativity between calculated risks and safety zones. The classes are tailored around a mix of different contemporary techniques including release and floor work. The emphasis of the class is put on the individual responsibility of each dancer to connect with a creative potential in the appropriation of the movement. In this classe in particular, Mélanie Demers and Marc Boivin will propose to the participant to work on extract of , Animal Triste, the last piece of Mélanie Demers’s company MAYDAY.
Left of Main, 211 Keefer Street (at Main).
$15 pre-registration by emailing the Training Society of Vancouver or $18 drop in (cash only)
Dancer, improviser, teacher and choreographer, Marc Boivin begins his dance career at Le Groupe de la Place Royale in Ottawa under the directorship of Peter Boneham and in 1985 joins Ginette Laurin and her newly formed company O Vertigo Danse, touring extensively throughout Europe and North America. Since 1991 he has worked as an independent dancer, performing among others for Louise Bédard, Mélanie Demers, Sylvain Émard, André Gingras, James Kudelka, Jean-Pierre Perreault, Dominique Porte, Tedd Robinson, Felix Ruckert and Catherine Tardif and since 2007 in some of his own works, R.A.F.T. 70, Impact and most recently Une idée sinon vraie... In improvisation, it is mainly alongside Andrew Harwood, Diane Labrosse, Peter Bingham, Chris Aiken et Helen Walkley that his practice is developed. Affiliated with L’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal since 1987 Boivin regularly guest teaches and choreographs in schools and professional organizations across Canada. He has been president of the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault since 2006, presided the board of the RQD (Regroupement québécois de la danse) from October 2010 to October 2014 and sat on the board of the Montreal Arts Council from 2005 to 2010.
Mélanie Demers is a choreographer, word lover, moviegoer and art addict established in Montreal where she founded the dance company Mayday in 2007. Having studied literature and theatre, Mélanie Demers pursued her professional training as a dancer at LADMMI. She graduated in 1996 and started her career working with emerging choreographers before joining O Vertigo with whom she collaborated for nearly ten years. In parallel, she was already developing and building her craft as a creator. Her work has charmed by its originality, intensity and its complexity, exploring the darker zones of the human condition. Socially engaged as an artist, Mélanie Demers travelled to teach dance in Kenya, Niger, Brazil and Haiti, amongst other destinations. The harsh reality of the developing countries strengthened her beliefs that the role of art is to address political issues and to stimulate a debate of ideas. Les Angles Morts (2006), Sauver sa peau (2008), Junkyard/Paradis (2010) and Goodbye (2012) have all been created from this perspective. To date, Mélanie Demers choreographed fifteen works and was presented in some thirty cities across Europe, America, Africa and Asia.