Pauline Berndsen Danse

Pauline Gervais


Excerpt of the piece MMXX.

Length : 20 minutes.

Indoors programming
Sunday, September 18th, 4:00 PM
Grands Ballets Canadiens's Studio-Théâtre at Wilder Building



In a dimension altered by technology, four characters try to create new bearings. Together, they do their best to connect their own matrix to the matrix of others, searching for a shared identity. Previously women and men, the individuals now live together as people on a territory with virtual borders. 

The new MMXX process allows digital entities to fight isolation. With movements restricted by an alienating web, four android dancers succeed in transcending distance and loneliness, despite everything. Their disarticulated, frenzied, and synchronous movements give an impression of unity and tenderness. She and He, He and She, the cloudy nature of this foursome survives thanks to the power of numbers and the repeated multiplication of MMXX… 


As a graduate from l’École supérieure de ballet du Québec, Pauline Gervais works with Ballet Ouest in Montreal and Johanne Madore, and collaborated with visual artist Herman Kolgen. With the Pauline Berndsen Danse company, she participated in the Festival Quartiers Danse, Festival Vue sur la Relève, Guelph Dance Festival, Westfest, Festival St-Ambroise Fringe,  Plateforme Danse and even more. Fascinated by the exploration of the body’s depth, fluidity, and disarticulation, she creates unique scenic worlds where several states of being coexist.

Artistic vision

I like to work with movement systems. They are physical states, just like imagining having a power that is trying to escape from your hands. Our body’s complexity and the various paths we can take to move through space fascinate me. Through creating physical paths, I look at the body as malleable, flowing and flexible

Dancers : Aicha Ben Chaaboune, Jake Poloz, Leah Tremblay, Mariya Kyrychenko, Rony Joaquin Figueroa


Portrait photo : Charlotte Gervais