“Somehow, we see both the victories and the defeats at the same time, and that is Demers’ greatness as a choreographer.” Paula Citron, The Globe and Mail
Mélanie Demers, choreographer and artistic director of MAYDAY, uses the stage as a platform to examine the role of the artist, and the theatre as a space to meditate on the fate of the world and individuals. Her works, created in collaboration with her core group of dancers, highlight the darker corners of the human condition – but are careful not to condemn or yield to a sterile defeatism; unquestionably committed, they are at the same time distress signals and an invitation to change. In the company’s name, MAYDAY, she perceives both hope and despair.
Animal Triste is a world premiere and a co-production of the Canada Dance Festival. MAYDAY was last seen at the CDF in 2012 with Demers powerful and poignant dancework Junkyard/Paradise.
Enhance your dance – Stay in your seats following the show to participate in an informal, enlightening post-show chat with Soraya Peerbaye.