Virginie Brunelle

A Prodigious Career

Virginie Brunelle is a graduated from the Département de danse de l'Université du Québec à Montréal in december 2007. Since her first piece, the young choreographer has stood out in the dance community, both in Quebec and internationally.

Virginie Brunelle ©Anne-Marie Baribeau

© Anne-Marie Baribeau

In 2009, Virginie Brunelle founded her eponymous company and choreographed her first full-length work, Les cuisses à l’écart du cœur, presented in Montreal and Italy. It was followed by Foutrement, produced with support from Théâtre La Chapelle (Montreal); excerpts were performed at the 2009 Francophone Games in Lebanon. Foutrement was a huge critical success and toured to a dozen European cities.

Virginie’s third work, Complexe des genres, opened Théâtre La Chapelle’s 2011–12 season. It was also selected as the official opening show at CINARS 2012 and won second prize at the 2013 Aarhus International Choreography Competition in Denmark. Quickly picked up by international presenters, Complexe des genres was presented in Europe, Latin America, Korea, and several cities in Quebec.

In 2013, Virginie premiered PLOMB.

The company’s most recent work, À la douleur que j’ai (2017), received funding from the CANDANCE network. This support from the Canadian dance community was a clear indication of the growing interest in Virginie’s work. À la douleur que j’ai is touring in Canada and the Netherlands in 2017–18.

Over the course of her career Virginie Brunelle has received several awards and honours, including the David Kilburn Prize, a professional development internship in Wallonia–Brussels from the Quebec/Wallonia–Brussels Youth Office (OQWBJ), a residency and coproduction at Montreal’s Studio 303, the 2009 Bourse RIDEAU from the Vue sur la Relève festival, and second prize at the 2013 Aarhus International Choreography Competition in Denmark.

Her Career

  • 2008 – Creation of Les cuisses à l’écart du cœur
  • 2009 – Fondation of Compagnie Virginie Brunelle
  • 2009 – Creation of Gastro affective in first part of Dave St-Pierre
  • 2010 – Creation of Foutrement presented in more than 12 European cities
  • 2011 – Creation of Complexe des genres is presented internationally and award by the second prize at Denmark International Aarhus Choreography Competition
  • 2012 – Complexe des genres open the CINARS 2012 edition
  • 2013 – Creation of PLOMB
  • 2016 – Creation of To the pain that lingers with the support of the canadian network of dance presenters CANDANCE
  • 2017 – Virginie Brunelle is the first artist of the website Créateur en Mouvement, a Danse Danse project
  • 2017 – A recreation of PLOMP is presented in Italy at the Operaestate Festival Venato
  • 2018 – Quebec and European tour of To the pain that lingers


Les cuisses à l’écart du cœur


« This show was the main step for me, this is why I keep on loving it as my first child. I am glad I explore the link between heart and sex’s truth. The relationship between the body and interpersonal relation are constantly present in my works, but on this one it was more frontal. My other works are more intimist, closer to myself. »

Virginie Brunelle get herself noticed by her graduation work at UQAM. In this show Virginie Brunelle use the theme of hyper-sexualization. The young choregrapher works with the Studio 33 and did the opening act of Dave St-Pierre.



Foutrement explores infidelity: men and women at the mercy of temptation and primal instincts. Three dancers, a man and two women, in love, ripped apart, wounded, betrayed, move with racked bodies, sagging under the weight of Love’s disillusionment. Throughout their sexual adventures, the illusion of love persists, doubt mixes with desire, and what began as attraction ends in obsession. When reason becomes passion’s slave, love and sex are confused, and the game of seduction mixes with the game of the forbidden, ecstasy and suffering become one. A string of scenes expertly interwoven by light and music, Foutrement draws its inspiration from classical dance, yet is unashamedly contemporary. At times lyrical, at times agitated and choppy, Virginie Brunelle’s work is always physically powerful and remarkably emotive.

Information supplémentaire

  • Length : 65 minutes
  • Original cast : Isabelle Arcand, Claudine Hébert, Simon-Xavier Lefebvre
  • Choreographer  : Virginie Brunelle
  • Light  : Alexandre Pilon-Guay
  • Rehearsal director  : Anne Le Beau
  • Music  : Bellini, Garrett Mason, Goldmund, Handel, Patrick Watson, Amiina

Photo© Tobie Marier Robitaille
Interprètes Isabelle Arcand, Simon-Xavier Lefebvre

Complexe des genres


How can we define ourselves through the constraint of traditional gender concepts ? Overwhelmed by their fears, men and women collide in a forlorn attempt to validate their own existence. Their excesses lead them on the road to ruin, guided by their desperate desire to feel something, to feel alive. A poetic reflection of the human psyche, Complexe des genres explores the search for oneself through relationships. Doubt is looming and the cold, obsessive quest for perfection is pervasive, but still, there is hope. As righteous, thinking beings, men and women can experience growth, acceptance and love. A physical and acrobatic choreography imbued with remarkable visual poetry.

Information supplémentaire

  • Length : 65 minutes
  • Original cast : Isabelle Arcand, Luc Bouchard-Boissonneault, Sophie Breton, Claudine Hébert, Simon-Xavier Lefebvre, Frédéric Tavernini
  • Choreographer : Virginie Brunelle
  • Light : Alexandre Pilon-Guay
  • Rehearsal director : Anne Le Beau
  • Music : Mozart, Schubert, Chopin, Beethoven, Max Richter, Phillip Glass, Peter Broderick

Photo © Mathieu Doyon
Interprètes Simon-Xavier Lefebvre, Luc Bouchard-Boissonneault, Frédéric Tavernini, Isabelle Arcand, Sophie Breton, Claudine



PLOMB is a dark journey where our fragile self is put to the test. Strong images carve out the essential stepping-stones through which human sensitivity and vulnerability are revealed, evoking the many moments of mourning and grief that burn the heart to ashes. Passion, tenderness and laughter suddenly slip through our fingers and leave us lingering in their silence. PLOMB is a deep pit where memories are stored and slowly fade in time.

Information supplémentaire

  • Length : 75 minutes
  • Original cast : Isabelle Arcand, Luc Bouchard-Boissonneault, Sophie Corriveau, Karina Champoux, Claudine Hébert, Anne La Beau, Francis La Haye, Simon-Xavier Lefebvre, Nicolas Patry
  • Choreographer : Virginie Brunelle
  • Light : Alexandre Pilon-Guay
  • Rehearsal director : Jamie Wright
  • Music : Purcell, Quartetto Cetra, Schubert, Peter Broderick, Julianna Barwick, Nils Frahm, Max Richter & Alexander Balanescu, Gillian Welch, Alain Delorme, Jóhann Jóhannsson

Photo © Alexandre Trudeau
Interprètes Isabelle Arcand,  Nicolas Patry.

To the pain that lingers


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.

Information supplémentaire

  • Original cast : 65 minutes
  • Distribution originale : Isabelle Arcand, Sophie Breton, Claudine Hébert, Chi Long, Milan Panet-Gigon, Peter Trosztmer
  • Choreographer : Virginie Brunelle
  • Light : Alexandre Pilon-Guay
  • Dramaturgy : Stéphanie Jasmin
  • Rehearsal director : Anne Le Beau
  • Sound design : Jean Gaudreau et Virginie Brunelle
  • Costumes : Marilène Bastien et Elen Ewing
  • Co-producers : National Arts Center and CanDance Creation Fund, (Agora de la danse, Banff Arts Centre, Théâtre Junction GRAND, Vancouver International Dance Festival)

Photo © Chris Randel
Interprètes Isabelle Arcand, Milan Panet-Gigon.

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