Kyra Jean Green
Choreographer and dancer
Saturday, September 18th 2:30PM
Cinquième Salle de la Place des Arts
The Smile Club
The choreography and storyline of The Smile Club were inspired by psychiatric practices alleged to have taken place in Budapest, Hungary, during the Great Depression. In the aftermath of World War I, the city was dubbed the “City of Suicides.” The Smile Club features a group of individuals confined to a psychiatric hospital because they suffer from mental health disorders. They are subjected to an experimental treatment designed to redirect their negativity by forcing them to smile even when they are not inclined to. In reality, however, it teaches them to mask their true emotions and feelings and simply pretend to be happy.
Kyra Jean Green was born in France and raised in Florida, and she currently resides in Montréal. She holds a BFA in dance from The Juilliard School. From 2015 to 2019, she collaborated with Les 7 Doigts de la Main as an assistant choreographer, teacher and dancer. In 2017, she founded the Trip The Light Fantastic dance company, and it made its debut at Festival Quartiers Danses, where Green won the festival’s audience choice award in 2016 and 2018. In 2019, her works were showcased in Germany and the U.S.A., as well as at the Prisma Dance Festival in Panama.
My goal as an artist is to initiate and inspire change. I do this in an attempt to better understand things I cannot grasp and share them with the audience. I draw inspiration from social stigmas and challenge these ideas through dance. Improvisation is an important part of my creative process, as it allows me to discover and construct choreographic themes.
Photo credits portrait : Hunish Parmar
Photo credits performance : Damian Siqueiros