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Molly Johnson and Zhenya Cerneacov in Sylvie Bouchard's La gigue en souvenir. © Photo: John Lauener
Sylvie Bouchard’s La gigue en souvenir, animated by the lively Quebecois folk songs of traditional a cappella group Les Charbonniers de l’enfer, is so infectiously spirited that two girls in the crowd on Tuesday couldn’t resist dancing along. Michael Crabb, National Post

As part of Canada Scene’s daily offerings for family audiences, La gigue en souvenir brings the past to life in an enchanting journey through Quebec traditional dance.

Before the show begins, get into the spirit with a square dance workshop – no experience required! All you need are comfy clothes and shoes, and there’s no need to register. Anyone of any age can join in.

Afterwards, three pairs of Canada’ best contemporary dancers will round out the hour, performing to the exhilarating music of a cappella folk group Les Charbonniers de l'enfer and reinventing the folk tradition of the gigue in contemporary style. The dance becomes a bridge between past and present and an ode to the expressive heritage of the tradition.

Founded by artistic director Sylvie Bouchard in 2009, BoucharDanse combines the poetry of contemporary dance with the narrative element of theatre. With a strong background in character-driven work, Bouchard creates projects that speak passionately and poetically by layering stories and evocative imagery.

This show is part of Canada Scene’s free Family Scene series. Running every morning at 11:00 from July 2 to 23, the series showcases theatre, dance, and music for kids of all ages in the NAC’s new Atrium.

Duration

Performance is approximately 1 hour with no intermission.

Molly Johnson and Zhenya Cerneacov in Sylvie Bouchard's La gigue en souvenir. © Photo: John Lauener
Molly Johnson and Zhenya Cerneacov in Sylvie Bouchard's La gigue en souvenir. © Photo: John Lauener

Artists

  • Choreography Sylvie Bouchard
  • Music Les Charbonniers de l’enfer
  • Square dance workshop Hannah Shira Naiman
  • Performers Zhenya Cerneacov
    Molly Johnson
    Meredith Thompson
    Sebastian Hirtenstein
    Brendan Wyatt
    Kathleen Legassick
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