Nicolas Zemmour

Choreographer and Dancer

Length: 30 min

Indoors programming
Wednesday, September 14th, 20:00 PM
Grands Ballets Canadiens's Studio-Théâtre at Wilder Building

L'enfer d'un monde


L’enfer d’un monde is a choreographic creation stamped with humanity. Inspired by the steep rise of domestic violence in the aftermath of the pandemic and subsequent lockdown, the piece explores both the depths of human violence and the hope for a redeeming strength to pull through and achieve rebirth.

Examining both violence and hope, while remaining carefully inclusive and non-gendered, Nicolas Zemmour explores inner thoughts, rites of passage within our deepest inner self. Realizing the world is quickly sliding towards intimate and daily violence brings the necessity to forge ties between the art of dance and the evil of violence.

Created during the pandemic, the piece is inevitably tainted by a climate of idleness, loneliness, violence, and isolation, but also of hope and renaissance. As it has been lacking for some time, the choreographer wishes to put sensibility back into the heart of our lives. L’enfer d’un monde is also a reference to humanity’s founding myths, inviting us to revisit the unending poetry of our consecutive rebirths. 


Nicolas Zemmour graduated from the Conservatoire à rayonnement régional du Grand Avignon and was trained in the Folkwang Universität Essen, learning Pina Bausch’s dance technique and philosophy. Dancer at the Ballet Prejlocaj for many years, he left France for Canada in 2019 and created the ZemmourBallet in Sherbrooke. The ZemmourBallet acquired the status of Permanent Resident Company at the CASJB (Centre des Arts de la Scène Jean Besré) in 2022. 

Artistic vision

I think of dance as a vital way of expressing emotions, meaning and shapes. I go back to the origins of the word “e-motion”, meaning what is outside of dance’s movement, time, and space. Emotion is meant to take you further, beyond a story, beyond a feeling, beyond an understanding. I let my creation process carry me away and I transcend these concepts in my choreography. Dance becomes alive in a living body, freed from the weight of gravity.

Performers : Nicolas Zemmour, Claire Campbell, Émilie Demers, Catherine Wilson, Chantal Carrier; Amandine Garrido