Dance Trip The Light Fantastic

Kyra Jean Green



Originally from France, choreographer Kyra Jean Green was raised in Florida and currently lives in Montreal. She obtained a baccalaureate in Dance from the Juilliard School. In 2017, she founded the Trip The Light Fantastic Company, debuting in the Quartiers Danses Festival, where she was awarded the Prix Coup de Coeur du Public (People’s Choice Award) in 2016 and 2018. Her choreography has been presented in Canada and in various countries (Germany, Denmark, Portugal, Panama and the United States).

Excerpt of the piece The Smile Club

Length : 45 min

Indoors programming
Friday, September 14th, 8:00 PM
Grands Ballets Canadiens's Studio-Théâtre at Wilder Building

The Smile Club


The Smile Club ‘s choreography , scenario and upcoming movie are inspired by psychiatric treatments that allegedly occurred in Budapest, Hungary, during the Great Depression. After WWI, the featured town is dubbed “Suicide City”. A school is opened with a very simple goal: teach inhabitants to smile, thus increasing their serotonin production. It is believed that smiling will cure the impoverished town and its citizens, collectively traumatized by war, of the desire to take their own life. 

The Smile Club explores how attractive, yet how ridiculous, this idea can be. Retrospectively, it seems odd to associate the temporary relief of a forced smile to the experience of real happiness. It now seems even more absurd to misunderstand the slow and autonomous process of replacing negative thought patterns linked to trauma from cancer treatments, a common occurrence in the history of psychiatry.

However, even nowadays, depressed people are often advised to smile more. The Smile Club imagines a fictitious version of the “forced smile” experiment.

Dancers : Alexandre Carlos, Charles-Alexis Desgagnes, Emanuelle Martin, Geneviève Gagné, Janelle Hacault, Marco Edouard, Sarah Harton

Performance photo credit : Damian Siqueiros

Wednesday, September 14th, 8:00 PM
Grands Ballets Canadiens's Studio-Théâtre at Wilder Building

Forgotten Feelings


Kyra Jean Green’s piece explores what life can be when one forgets their emotions and physical sensations. The main character suffers from alexithymia, the inability to identify and describe one’s own emotions, and anaphia, the inability to feel touch. She finds herself in a world where everything is numb. All alone on stage, she remembers what it is like to feel touch and emotions, but her memory falters. The intimate performance showcases the private world of an individual who is desperate to feel again. 

Length : 15 min

Artistic Vision

My company, Trip The Light Fantastic, and I (Kyra Jean Green) try to discover the truth hiding behind our perceptions. I question and explore the reality of individual psyche and the social stigma that prevent us from truly liberating ourselves. My objective is to brutally ask the tough questions through the language of dance and mixed media, in order to inspire positive change in the audience.

Dancer : Kyra Jean Green

Performance photo credit :Damian Siqueiros