FRAGILE The Lost Spring by Denis Poulin will open Cinédanse Rouyn-Noranda 2022 on March 9th

World Premiere on March 9th
FRAGILE The Lost Spring by Denis Poulin will open Cinédanse Rouyn-Noranda 2022!

Montréal, Wednesday, December 1, 2021 – Presented in world premiere at the Petit Théâtre du Vieux-Noranda, the new creation FRAGILE The Lost Spring by the Montrealer Denis Poulin will open the 4th edition of Cinédanse which will be held – after Montréal, Québec City and Ottawa – in Rouyn-Noranda from March 9 to 16.

This hybrid artwork, inspired by the Rite of Spring signed by his life partner Martine Époque, the great pioneer of contemporary dance in Québec, is the result of new technologies, notably motion capture (MoCap), which has made Denis Poulain famous all over the world, all the way to Hollywood. It was produced with the collaboration of REAL by Fake studios, based in Montréal and Los Angeles. On the stage and on the screen: three of the original cast members, Manon Levac, Charles St-Onge and Philippe Vita.

FRAGILE is the passing of time and the learning process of growing old. FRAGILE, because it is a consciousness that life imposes on us, sooner or later. There is a moment when each individual has to realize that life is FRAGILE.

In the first part of the evening, the new short films of two Quebec artists who are distinguished in dancing on the screen in the international scene:

Axiomata by Béatriz Mediavilla from Rouyn-Noranda
No matter what the color of our skin, our origins, our gender or our age, we are all bodies in motion.

Going North by Chantal Caron from Saint-Jean-Port-Joli

Going north with the snow geese in their great migration. “Today, with my interpreters, I want to be a witness of it.”

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On the event’s menu

Which thematic is To love, to grow old and to dance! : 

  • Half a dozen performances;
  • About forty art films, including half a dozen documentaries and eight short films directed by young natives people and produced by Wapikoni Mobile ;
  • The exhibition-installation Yes! From Refus Global to the Time of Inclusion and Gender Fluidity, resulting from the France-Québec curatorship between Ciné-Corps (France) and Cinédanse, presented at the Rouyn-Noranda’s Musée d’art (MA) ;
  • The professional meetings open to the public, Our dances in the digital era intended to network 20 strategic actors from Québec, Canada and abroad with the invited artists ;
  • The 3rd edition of the Lumière Prize, awarded by an international jury to an artist for an exceptional work of art;
  • The second edition of the Symposium Healing Scars – New Perspectives in Dance and Health in our Communities – three days of screenings and exchanges between artists, researchers and the public, organized in collaboration with the School of Native Studies of the Université du Québec en Abitibi Témiscamingue (UQAT) ;
  • Dancing cocktails with DJs;

Stay tuned to our social networks and our website for the detailed program that will be unveiled at a press conference in February.

And we will dance in the snow!

© FRAGILE The Lost Spring, by Denis Poulin

About Cinédanse

Founded by Sylvain Bleau in 2011, La Caravane de Phœbus, an organization driven by humanist and progressive values – producer of the Cinédanse event and related activities, promotes dance and several other disciplines that revolve around it: cinema, visual arts and digital arts. After previous editions in Montreal in 2012, Quebec City in 2015 and Ottawa in 2019, the fourth edition of Cinédanse will take place in Rouyn-Noranda, in Abitibi, under the theme “Love, grow old and dance!”

In the summer of 2017, Cinédanse invited the filmmaker Béatriz Mediavilla from Rouyn-Noranda to follow the tour of workshops offered by the inspiring French choreographer Thierry Thieû Niang. Groups of seniors joined by young people, all over Quebec, questioned our troubled relationship to old age, and redefined the links between generations. His film-poem According to Movement (A story in 10 chapters) moves and wins, here and abroad, numerous awards. In particular, Ms Mediavilla was awarded the Best Canadian Work Award at the most recent International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) last March.


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