Déplacements sonores – Season 1 : DANSE ET ÉPHÉMÉRITÉ


Production : Francis Thibault
Music : Musical direction by Virginie Reid in collaboration with Anne Thériault

Two dance creators, Marie Béland and Anne Thériault, invite nine artists to come, discuss and reflect while experimenting performative paths conceived as choreographic walks. Somewhere between reflections, experiments, encounters, discussions, funny moments, meals, detour and movements weaves a soundscape around and about what is sometimes called dance.

11 artists.
1 city. 3 neighborhoods. 3 paths.
1 big theme.
1 form : the podcast.
Sensory paths. Sensitive reflections. Sound works.
Thought paths in the form of circuits, to live and to tell.

Walking in silence, together.
While moving, talking.
By pedaling on the Lachine Canal.
Place your feet in the white sand, momentarily.
Walking on the river, perspective.
Enjoy a frozen treat.
Living the cosmos, virtually.
To move, to be moved.


▶ Listen to episode 1 : TRACES 

With Karen Fennell, Dimitri Haddad, Emmanuelle Martin
What are the traces of the dance? What remains, what we keep, what do we throw away? In this episode, we focus on the works and their meeting with the public, and we look at the issue in institutional terms.
Launch of episode 1 on October 6, 2021, as part of Actoral 2021 à l’Usine C.
Photos : Dimitri Haddad


▶ Listen to episode 2 : MÉMOIRES

With Philippe Dépelteau, Olivier Rousseau, Liane Thériault
What is the link between artistic practice, memory and everyday life? In this episode, we approach the issue from a more personal angle, we talk about processes, the practice of the arts as a way of life.
Photos : Dimitri Haddad

▶ Listen to episode 3 : HISTOIRES

With Dimitri Haddad, Bernard Martin
Guest : Annabelle Fiset
What place for the notion of lightness in the face of the weight of history? In this episode, we find ourselves in the great thread of history, and we wonder how the notions of historical weight and lightness influence our practice.
Photos : Dimitri Haddad 


Project history

Marie Béland and Anne Thériault have been in artistic dialogue on several levels since 2005.

This podcast project is a continuation of a research they began in 2017, when they united around their interest in the physicality of words, and the body of a text. In 2018, the search forked towards the question of the multiple traces that dance leaves or what disappears. From this research, the performance of De et avec… was born, through which they became interested in the archives of the places of the living arts diffusion since their foundation, and especially of what remains of the shows in the form of written traces that are the seasonal programs.

In times of pandemic, they decide to open up their practice and find a way to connect verbal language and dance in a form of sound. Marie Béland infuses the idea of designing a podcast series. They unite around the practice of Parcours Doux initiated by Anne Thériault, and develop a new hybrid artistic project. Wishing to make new encounters and open reflexive dialogues, they launch a call for applications to finally draw lots six artists who are invited to take part in the experience.

This is how the project slowly and significantly develops. Dimitri Haddad, the project’s photographer, then tells us his terrible journey between the explosion in Lebanon and the arrival in Canada, and his story is the main thread of the episodes.

RECréation accompanies the project, which is directed by Francis Thibault. The composer and musician Virginie Reid is invited to design, together with Anne Thériault, the musical identity of the episodes.

The tours take place in three distinct neighbourhoods of Montréal/Tiohtià:ke/Mooniyang, an unceded Indigenous territory.


Photo gallery (Credit : Dimitri Haddad)


This project is possible thanks to the support of the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, Jardin Botanique de Montréal à Espace pour la vie,  Centre PHI and Usine C.

Anne Thériault and Marie Béland would like to thank the Jardin Botanique de Montréal à Espace pour la vie, Le petit navire, l’Arsenal art contemporain, le Centre Phi and RECréation.


Photo : Liane Thériault, Philippe Dépelteau, Marie Béland, Anne Thériault, Olivier Rousseau © Dimitri Haddad




bernard martin
Bernard Martin / Interprète collaborateur

Since 1979, Bernard Martin mixes types and styles, oscillating between ballet-jazz, classical and contemporary dance. He began his professional career in 1991. Since then, he has visited a wide range of companies and collaborated with several choreographers: Les Grands Ballets Canadiens (Nacho Duato, Ohad Naharin, Jiry Kilian, Mark Morris, Georges Balanchine, Fernand Nault and more), Montréal Danse (Jose Navas, Paula de Vasconcelos, Marie Béland and more) , La Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault, Système D/Dominique Porte, La La La Human Steps (Édouard Lock), Le Carré des Lombes (Danièle Desnoyers), Louise Bédard Danse, Creations Estelle Clareton and Susanna Hood. Since 2009, Bernard Martin has been teaching ballet for contemporary dancers and performing at the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal. Finally, Bernard Martin was a member of the company La La La Human Steps, directed by Édouard Lock, from 2001 to 2009, with which he performed on the stages of the world’s major cultural capitals. He played prominent roles in AMJAD, AMÉLIA – ballet and film – as well as in LES BORÉADES, an opera by Jean-Philippe Rameau, choreographed by Édouard Lock and presented at the Opéra de Paris. More recently, Bernard Martin participated in the last creation of Danièle Desnoyers, DÉVORER LE CIEL.

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Karen Fennell

Karen Fennell is a contemporary dance artist from Newfoundland who has been based in Montreal since 2004. As a performer and choreographer, she works on a variety of projects for the stage, video, installation and in situ performance. She has participated in the work of choreographers Martin Messier, Tedd Robinson, Dana Gingras, Sasha Kleinplatz, and Maria Kefirova (among others), and frequently collaborates with visual artists and musicians, including Chloe Lum and Yannick Desranleau, Jackie Gallant, and Sarah Wendt and Pascal Dufaux. Karen is currently developing her first solo work, which will be presented in Montreal and elsewhere in Canada between 2021 and 2023.

Related work: Déplacements sonores

Photo : Andrea de Keijzer

Emmanuelle Martin

With a baccalaureate in dance, Emmanuelle studied in France, the United States and Canada. She worked with artists such as Bruno Guillore (Hofesh Shechter), Rudy Bryans (Opéra de Marseille), Linda-Denise Fisher-Harrell (Alvin Ailey), Tom Weinberger (Batsheva) and Victor Quijada (RUBBERBAND). Specialized in contemporary and urban dance, Emmanuelle performs on four continents (Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America) and is associated with the works of Eva Kolarova, Kim-Sanh Châu, Johanne Gour, Sébastien Cliche, Céline Dion, without forgetting Les dix commandements, Imprudanses, Ampleman Danse, Valetto Dance Company, PPS Danse, Saxon Fraser or the Opéra de Québec… In 2017-2018, she joined P7:1SMA and Maya Dance Theatre, Singaporean companies with which she will explore traditional dances from Southeast Asia. Currently, she works for Trip the Light Fantastic, Bouge de là, Van Grimde Corps Secrets, maribé – sors de ce corps, Audrey Gaussiran, Bettina Hoffmann and Sinha Danse. She also choreographed in various projects, including her solo Encounter and the trio Chimion, both presented at the Quartier Danses Festival in September 2021.

Related work: Déplacements sonores

Photo : Basheo

Philippe Dépelteau

Based in Montreal/ Tio’tia:ke (Québec, Canada), Philippe works as a dancer and collaborator in the performing arts. Inhabited by a skilful and pure gesture, he communicates a dance both sensitive and thoughtful. Since 2019, he has been developing an ecological performative approach with Lauranne Heulot, thanks to the Ni d’Ève and Adam project. In parallel to his research, he collaborates with PPS Danse as an interpreter. As the concepts take shape, his artistic practice is a meeting place, a way to create a bond, all in poetry.

Related work: Déplacements sonores

Photo : Julie Artacho

Liane Thériault

After studying film (Université de Montréal, 2008) and contemporary dance (UQAM, 2012), Liane Thériault embodied several postures as an artist in contemporary dance. First of all as an interpreter, she also worked on creation, directing rehearsals, teaching, video, and more recently, training dancers. As an interpreter, she collaborated, among others, with Les Soeurs Schmutt, Les Archipels (Philippe Meunier and Ian Yaworski), Liliane Moussa, Anne-Flore de Rochambeau, Foolish Operations Society (Julie Lebel, Vancouver), Tuque et capuche (Delphine Véronneau) and Claudia Chan Tak. Her creations have been presented in Montreal since 2015 (Person (one) – Festival Bouge d’ici 2015, Somebody – Festival Vue sur la Relève 2015, Mine de rien – OFFTA 2015). Liane has been working on a solo creation project since 2018, with a regional audience development component. Since 2013, she has been a member of the company Dans son salon, first as a videographer, then as director of rehearsals and performer.

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Photo : Maude Turcot

Olivier Rousseau

Olivier Rousseau is graduated of the École de théâtre de St-Hyacinthe and the dance department of UQAM. Since graduation, he has had the opportunity to perform in the creations of Estelle Clareton, Christophe Garcia, Les Archipels (Philippe Meunier and Ian Yaworski), Lucie Vigneault and several others. Soon, he will continue the creation of Duos en morceaux from the INK Theatre in which he rubs shoulders with the fantastic creators Marilyn Perreault, Annie Ranger, Marie Béland, Anne Thériault and Alix Dufresne. With a path that mixes theatre and dance, it offers a different approach to movement and embodies dance in a sensitive way. Olivier is a performer, creator, actor and we can see him from winter 2022 in the new series Love & Lajoie on TFO.

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Photo : Guillaume Boucher

Dimitri Haddad

Dimitri Haddad is a multidisciplinary artist of Lebanese origin. Recently arrived in Montreal, he used his acquired skills to orient himself towards communication and production in the dance milieu.

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Photo : Dimitri Haddad

Francis Thibault

Francis Thibault is a director for the podcast studio for which he directed the children’s series Bododo (Ohdio). He also directed the youth fiction Le facteur de l’espace (La Puce à l’oreille) based on the comic strip of the same name (La Pastèque). Francis is a sound goldsmith who combines scriptwriting and sound design to create immersive podcasts where audio is at the service of storytelling.

Related work: Réunion.s – titre provisoire, Déplacements sonores

Photo : Andréa Portilla

Virginie Reid

Virginie Reid is a pianist, keyboardist and composer living in Montréal. Her creations reveal a sensitive universe of both touching and powerful depth. Working on an interdisciplinary approach, she works regularly with artists from the fields of contemporary dance, theatre, visual arts and film. At the same time, the various musical projects in which she participates often lead her to perform internationally.

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Photo : Marion Desjardins

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