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To the pain that lingers © Mathieu Doyon

Compagnie Virginie Brunelle

To the pain that lingers

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To the pain that lingers © Mathieu Doyon
Dance Contemporary
“Virginie Brunelle (...) has a very bold, brutally honest and inspiringly innovative voice that you cannot ignore if you are anywhere within shouting distance.”  Susan Hickman, The Ottawa Dance Blog

NAC Co-production

An instinct for beauty? An instinct for pain? In this piece, choreographer Virginie Brunelle raises a toast to raw emotion with bitter poetry that questions the unfinished, the incomplete – what might remain between two people – offering this sustained action frozen in time like a memory, an aching pain. A mark, a link, a point of reference that is both timeless and of a specific time, the piece casts a gaze at the group, the family and the self. In a contemporary society nourished by this dangerous substance, Virginie Brunelle proves that pain can also be an emotional bridge, a source for encounters between the six performers and the audience, an experience that leaves no one unscathed.

Virginie Brunelle is an exciting young choreographer at the forefront of the Montreal dance scene. With this new creation, she offers a poetic work that is sometimes romantic, sometimes crude, but always informed by her ongoing investigation of human relations. Here, she explores our connection to each other, a link that can never be truly broken, one that leaves behind traces, residue, a memory.


To the pain that lingers is a co-production of the National Arts Centre and The CanDance Network Creation Fund (Agora de la danse, The Banff Centre, Theatre Junction GRAND, Vancouver International Dance Festival), and is supported by the Dance Section of the Canada Council for the Arts.

To the pain that lingers © Mathieu Doyon
Virginie Brunelle © Penguin


  • Featuring Compagnie Virginie Brunelle
  • Choregraphy Virginie Brunelle
  • Dancers Isabelle Arcand, Sophie Breton, Claudine Hébert, Chi Long, Milan Panet-Gigon, Peter Trosztmer
  • Dramaturgy Stéphanie Jasmin
  • Light design Alexandre Pilon-Guay
  • Collaborator to sound design Jean Gaudreau
  • Costumes Marilène Bastien and Elen Ewing
  • Rehearsal Director Anne Lebeau
  • Technical Director and Stage Manager Julien Véronneau
  • Production Director Émilie Martel