Createur en Mouvement
A Danse Danse Project

Danse Danse established the Createur en Mouvement program to support the development of new contemporary dance pieces. The program’s web platform provides a public showcase for the participating artists.

Through Createur en Mouvement, Danse Danse invites the public to take a sneak peek at the research and creative process, follow the evolution of a dance piece in real time, and experience a different side of dance.

Creator in the Spotlight
Virginie Brunelle

The artist selected for the 2017–18 edition of Créateur en Mouvement is rising young Montreal choreographer Virginie Brunelle. Virginie will choreograph a work for Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart, based in Stuttgart, Germany, and directed by Quebec dancer and choreographer Eric Gauthier.

It’s a double first for Virginie: first work presented in the Théâtre Maisonneuve at Place des Arts, and first commissioned work—and by an international company at that!

The work will be performed as part of a mixed program of several pieces, by renowned international choreographers. It will have its world premiere at the Theaterhaus Stuttgart on July 13, 2018, and its Canadian premiere (presented by Danse Danse) in Montreal on October 31, 2018. As well, Quebec, Canadian and international tours are in the works.

Through the Créateur en Mouvement platform, you can follow the development of this new work from its earliest stages to its Canadian tour. Discover this rich universe through rehearsal photos and videos, interviews with members of the creative team, and the choreographer’s own remarks.

A little more on Virginie Brunelle

Photo © Sasha Onyshchenko/

A behind-the-scenes look at the creative process

Producing the kind of large-scale works presented by Danse Danse and major venues around the world doesn’t happen overnight. The lengthy creative process involves research, work in the studio, technical run-throughs … Each step is essential to bringing an artist’s vision, ideas and feelings to life.

The creative process also involves a whole lot of people: dancers, writers, rehearsal directors, sound designers, lighting designers, costume designers … Let us introduce you to this backstage world!

More than 400 hours of preparation can go into a single one hour work for public performance.

The various stages of the creative process are described below. Join us as we unveil and explore the creative world of dance through the Créateur en Mouvement platform!



Researching a new contemporary dance work is a special experience for the choreographer and the creative team. During this stage, the team tries out different ideas, experiments with various dance moves and how they work in the performance space, and researches the theme of the piece.



This is the stage when the choreographer has to make decisions-and that's not always easy! Selecting the elements that will make up the final work can be instinctive, or it can be agonizing. At this point, the choreographer collaborates with other artists to develop the work: set designer, lighting designer, sound designer, rehearsal director, technical director, etc.



This is the stage when the choreographer and the creative team share their work with the public. A few days before the show opens, the company moves into the theatre and sets up the technical framework of the show-sets, lights, props, and other elements-and rehearses on stage. During the run, a technical crew is on hand to ensure that every performance runs smoothly.



Going on tour is a magical moment, as the entire team travels to present the show to other communities and new audiences. Besides extending the run of a show, touring plays an important part in the artists' professional development and helps build connections among artists, companies and audiences at home and abroad.


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