Every year since 2014, we have continued the Danse Communautaire project, a series of workshops based on collaborative creation between a choreographer-dancer and community participants. This year, we decided to enrich the concept by inviting new partners.
Les corps-poèmes [The poem-bodies] is a series of 14 workshops that unite dance and poetry, conducted in collaboration with the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) and Debout: Actes de parole. The latter of the two is a creative company that develops projects around performance speech: that which weaves connection, leads to meetings, and becomes an inclusive space. For these workshops, Debout has prepared a corpus of poems from four contemporary poets (Joséphine Bacon, Laurie Bédard, Laurence Brunelle-Côté, and Sébastien Dulude) along with several poetry classics from Quebec found in the BAnQ collections. The last 4 workshops of the series in fact take place in this superb location.
We have extended the opportunity to participate in the workshops to two organisations: Compagnons de Montréal and the Centre d’Intégration à la Vie Active (CIVA). Compagnons de Montreal offers environments for living, training, and inclusion for adults with intellectual impairments, and the CIVA develops programs to help persons with physical impairments actively participate in and integrate community life.
The first ten workshops are geared towards dance. The two dancer-choreographers, Estelle Lavoie and Kristen Cere, introduce the participants from the two organizations to contemporary dance. Poetry acts as a point of departure from which to imagine movement and to create rhythms for dancing. The last four workshops start with dance and movement to then play with words and create poetry. These workshops are open to the wider public as the activity takes place in the Grande Bibliothèque’s gardens.