The company

MARKETS: Quebec and Canada (depending on shows)

PPS Danse was founded in 1989 by Pierre-Paul Savoie. Over the years the company has created some 20 works and given more than 700 performances in a dozen countries in the Americas and Europe.

Openness, creativity, humanism, sharing and commitment underpin and nourish the company's activities. These values are exemplified in its choreographic works and the steadfast efforts by PPS Danse to democratize contemporary dance. By investing in areas of creation, production and cultural mediation PPS Danse continues to affirm its position as a pillar of Quebec's dance community.

The company's artistry is inspired by the principle of encounter and its creations join the realm of dance-theatre. Characterized by an interdisciplinary form and an inherent humanity, the works reach out to general and youth audiences alike.  

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Shows


 

Playing Hooky

MARKETS: Quebec and Canada
Audiences: 4 to 10 years (school) / 4 years and over (family)

Following upon Tales for Naughty Children, Pierre-Paul Savoie again draws on the unique and captivating world of poet Jacques Prévert, this time with Playing Hooky. Dance, music, the words of the poet celebrate the fantasies of children seen through their games and lessons. Featured are a quartet of dancers whose spirited antics reflect the child's imagination in all its boisterous beauty. The classroom and the schoolyard burst with inventiveness and freeform exuberance. 

Once again Pierre-Paul Savoie calls upon Benoît Côté who wrote the music for Tales for Naughty Children and The Chairs. In a modern, original mode the composer breathes new life into the musical forms of nursery rhymes and ritournelles, expressed through the voices of Alexandre Désilets and Amylie.

A celebration in dance, song, music and the poetry of children, filled with creativity, tenacity and camaraderie. 

Creative team

Collage, Choreography and Staging: Pierre-Paul Savoie
Texts: Jacques Prévert
Performers: Mathilde Addy-Laird, Chantal Baudouin, Dany Desjardins and Amélie Rajotte
Music: Benoît Côté 
Voices: Alexandre Désilets and Amylie
Original composers: Joseph Kosma and Pierre Arimi
Drama consultant: Lise Vaillancourt
Costumes: Linda Brunelle
Lighting: Jocelyn Proulx and Valérie Bourque
Rehearsal directors: Annie Gagnon and Ève Lalonde

 A coproduction of PPS Danse and Moncton's DansEncorps

Good to know

Duration: 55 minutes
Capacity: 300 spectators
Performance space requirements: W35' x D25' x H14'
Audience outreach activities also available

Downloads

Press review (available soon)
Teacher guide (available soon)
Technical rider (available soon)

 
 

Calendar

AUTUMN 2016

Montréal - La Tohu
Thursday 27 October
Friday 28 October
Sunday 30 October 11AM

 

 

WINTER SPRING 2017

Montréal - Théâtre Outremont 
Sunday 5 February 11AM
Monday 6 February  

Rimouski - Salle Desjardins Télus
Sunday 12 February 2PM

Baie-Comeau - Centre des arts de Baie-Comeau
Friday 21 April 

Sept-Îles - Salle de spectacle Jean-Marc Dion 
Saturday 22 April 3PM


 

BAGNE

MARKETS: Quebec and Canada (specific territories)
Re-creation: 2015
Audience: General public

Confined in a stunning metallic structure, two men embrace under the watchful eyes of a captive audience. In this work at the crossroads of dance and theatre, the raw strength of the protagonists merges with a universal tenderness. The imprisoned bodies play out their energies in stark and sensitive gestures, offering a poignant ode to liberty and love.

It was in Montreal in 1993 that the choreographers/performers Pierre-Paul Savoie and Jeff Hall created Bagne, one of their greatest triumphs. In 1998, they produced an equally successful female version. By 2001 they had given more than 100 performances of Bagne, the last one at the Joyce Theatre in New York where it won a prestigious Bessie Award for set design. In 2015, more than 22 years after the original version, the creators revived the production, updating the theme of this powerful and timeless work.

Creative team

Concept, Choreography and Staging: Pierre-Paul Savoie and Jeff Hall
Performers: Milan Panet-Gigon and Lael Stellick
Substitute: Jonathan Fortin
Original Soundtrack: Berdard Falaise
Sound Design: Larsen Lupin
Scenography: Bernard Lagacé
Lighting: Marc Parent
Costume Design: Linda Brunelle
Makeup Design: Florence Cornet
Photographer: Rolline Laporte

Coproduction between PPS Danse and Danse Danse

Good to know

Duration: 60 minutes
Capacity: 500 spectators
Performance space requirements: W30' x D27' x H20'

Downloads

Press kit

 
 

Calendar

AUTUMN 2016

Sept-Îles - Salle de spectacle Jean-Marc Dion 
Saturday 24 September 8PM

Baie-Comeau - Théâtre de Baie-Comeau
Monday 26 September 8PM

 

 

 

WINTER SPRING 2017

Rimouski - Salle Desjardins Télus
Friday 10 February 8PM

Laval - Maison des arts de Laval
Wednesday 1th March 8PM

Rouyn-Noranda - Théâtre du Cuivre
Friday 3 March 8PM

Val D’or - Théâtre Télébec
Saturday 4 March 8PM

 

Critics excerpts

More than 20 years after its first creation, Bagne resonates as strongly as ever with us.  This reworking shows just how contemporary the work is. (…) Bagne demands athleticism, aggressivity, physical strength, gentleness, and elicits a proud, outstanding performance by the two dancers.

— Daphnée Bédard, Le Soleil

# 4 Stars. Created in 1993, Bagne remains a monumental work. In scenes of cruel beauty punctuated with gestures of supreme virility and tenderness, Bagne depicts the imprisonment of human beings.

 Luc BoulangerLa Presse

Relevant and powerful. A part of Montreal's choreographic heritage, in its own renaissance. (...) most of all this work evokes our inner prisons, our inability to break the chains of our egos, our difficulty to reach out to the other.

 Odile Tremblay, Le Devoir


 

The Chairs

MARKETS: Quebec and Canada
Audiences: General public 8 years old and over

In this choreographic tragicomedy, an elderly couple, aged 94 and 95, to ward off boredom, solitude and isolation, welcome a steady stream of imaginary guests at their door. Among them we find a colonel, a Sleeping Beauty, a group of children, animal reporters and even the King himself.

An absurd melee ensues with an endless shifting of chairs for the phantom guests. Then suddenly, for all to hear, the awaited Orator arrives!

To everyone’s surprise, it is a dancing deaf-mute child who, through the language of dance, speaks a universal message, conveying the shared thoughts of the elderly and the children, and their hopes for a future world. This original adaptation of Eugène Ionescu’s play seamlessly integrates dance, theatre and music.

Creative team

Adaptation and dramaturgy: Lise Vaillancourt
Choreography and staging: Pierre-Paul Savoie
Choreographic collaboration: David Rancourt
Performers: Sylvain Lafortune, Heather Mah and David Rancourt
Music: Benoît Coté
Sound: Thierry Gauthier and Benoît Côté
Set design and lighting: Jocelyn Proulx
Costumes: Linda Brunelle
Make-up: Florence Cornet
Accessories: Rachel Tremblay and Ève Turcotte

A PPS Danse production in collaboration with Place des Arts

 
 

Good to know

Duration: 60 minutes
Capacity: 300 spectators
Performance space requirements: : W40' x D28' x H16'
Audience outreach activities also available

Downloads

Technical rider

 

Critics excerpts

Avec son adaptation des Chaises, le chorégraphe Pierre-Paul Savoie s’approprie avec bonheur, tendresse et sensibilité un joyau du théâtre mondial pour le jeune public.

 Olivier DumasMon Théâtre

 

 

Toujours aussi pertinente la pièce… fait résonner plusieurs couches de sens … Leurs dialogues et monologues font valser le sublime et l’ordinaire. Leurs petites routines et querelle, et surtout leurs gestes de vieux un peu fourbus par la vie faisaient bien rigoler le jeune public… Car la danse se mêle aux dialogues surtout sous forme d’acrobaties livrées avec la drôle de maladresse que leur âge impose.

 Frédérique Doyon, Le Devoir

Un petit bijou …

 Mélanye Boissonnault, Radio-Canada (Montreal)


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