Duos pour corps et instruments, une [re]création


A choreographic work and sound installation featuring an instinctive, visceral dialogue between movement and sound, Duos pour corps et instruments today bears the stamp of a new contemporaneity. Its three exceptional dancers, each of them preeminent figures in Quebec dance, are as charismatic and emblematic of the Desnoyers style as the original trio in 2003. The choreography—composed of light and sublime distortions, variations on a theme, situational interplay, crossings and uncrossings of legs—remains unchanged. The expenditure of the bodies reveals the raw energy, sensuality and boldness of a generation accustomed to performance art.

The release of weight leads to a certain nonchalance, while the relationship to the ground and to sound is all the more spirited and physical. At once liberated, sensual and languid, the dancers’ entire bodies vibrate with the interferences produced by their interactions with the amplifiers as they brazenly perform in close proximity to the audience. In turn mischievous, rebellious and explosive, they weave their relationships of complicity and rivalry in a refined and unfettered dance that seeks to eliminate the distance between stage and audience, between seeing and experiencing. A pivotal work in the artistic path of the Montreal choreographer, the piece has lost none of its charm, power or relevance. 

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Artistic director and choreographer
Danièle Desnoyers

Concept and sound design
Nancy Tobin

Dancers at the time of the creation
Sophie Corriveau
AnneBruce Falconer
Siôned Watkins

Dancers in 2014
Karina Champoux
Clara Furey
Anne Thériault

Rehearsal Master
Sophie Corriveau

Marc Parent

Denis Lavoie

Danièle Desnoyers
Steve Montambault

Steve Montambault

Musical research
Kevin Ei-Ichi de Forest


Danièle Desnoyers / Le Carré des Lombes would like to acknowledge the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault and Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique for their involvement in the archival process of the [re] creation of Duos pour corps et instruments, as well as the dance departement of UQÀM.

Duos pour corps et instruments (2003) is a co-production of Le Carré des Lombes and Montreal’s Contemporary Art Museum (residency project).