Photo: Guzzo Desforges

Danse-Cité / David Albert-Toth & Emily Gualtieri

La vie attend


Five performers face the audience, tackling a delicate balancing act. They are teammates, enemies, victors and mourners, instigators and witnesses. Life in all of its visceral and vulnerable contradictions, its pride and its shame, its hope and its fear, is laid out on the stage. Life as a game waiting to be played.

A theatrical work born of an intuitive and intellectual inspiration, seducing on the surface, physical and deceptively playful, LA VIE ATTEND deftly manipulates the deep primal tendencies we often avoid. Creative duo Emily Gualtieri and David Albert-Toth offer an illusory work, performed by five dancers who will no doubt win you over. It’s anyone’s game.


  • David Albert-Toth, Emily Gualtieri (Parts+Labour_Danse)
  • Joe-Danny Aurélien, Marc Boivin, Simon-Xavier Lefebvre, Milan Panet-Gigon, Nicolas Patry
  • Les danseurs-collaborateurs / The dancers-collaborators
  • David Drury
Lighting designer
  • Paul Chambers
Outside eyes
  • Mélanie Demers, Ginelle Chagnon, Étienne Lepage, Jamie Wright
Project made possible thanks to the generous support of
  • Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) et du Conseil des Arts du Canada / Canada Council for the Arts
Residencies offered graciously by
  • Circuit-est centre chorégraphique + CCOV (Centre de création O Vertigo)

Since being founded in 2011 by co-creators Emily Gualtieri and David Albert-Toth, Montreal-based Parts+Labour_Danse has held the mandate to invest in creating physically engaging experiences. The duo continuously seeks to dive deeper into the formulation, creation, and presentation of contemporary dance.

To date, the company has presented its work extensively throughout Canada. Its repertoire includes The Calculated Risk Project (2010), In Mixed Company (2013) (Coup de pouce prize winner, VSLR Festival 2015), La chute (2013), a solo performed by Albert-Toth noted as one of 2013’s top ten Canadian moments in dance by the Dance Current’s Philip Szporer and winner of the Audience Choice Award at Toronto’s Dance: Made in Canada Festival in 2015. They are currently involved in several new creations.