Manuel Roque

bang bang


© Marilène Bastien
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bang bang won the CALQ award for best choreographic work of the 2016-2017 season as well as the 2017 Prix de la danse de Montréal (Montreal dance award) for individual performer, performer category (2017).


bang bang is a personal and universal contemporary ritual that allows the body to express itself at its most combative and desperate, at its most free. A present-day study about surpassing the oneself, bang bang is a staged work  creation for a kamikaze no-holds-barred soloist  on the theme of resistancethat has resistance as a theme.

The work follows a score that is also an ordeal. It both literally and figuratively questions the notion of performance, from the space of representation to the metaphors of our contemporary Western pace of life.

Progressively, sweat begins to trickle, faultlines become alive, the intimacy of being existence appears in the backgroundgradually dawns. The performer dances until he loses himself, until the why and the how stop making sense, until the necessity of presence has vanished. All the while, the spectators travethe audience travels along through kinesthetic empathy.

No narrative, only a lonesome body, immersed in the exhilaration of an ordeal in which pleasure and suffering mix togetherintermingle and modestly discretely come to life in a paradoxical, ambiguous and multifaceted space.

Presented as part of 

In parallel to his career as a performer for leading Quebec choreographers (Marie Chouinard, Sylvain Émard, Daniel Léveillé, etc.), Manuel Roque has independently developed short choreographic workforms. His first solo, Raw-me (2010), distinguished itselfwas a stand-out work at the Festival Vue sur la Relève and at OFFTA. In 2012, he co-created with performer Lucie Vigneault the duo Ne meurs pas tout de suite, on nous regarde. In 2014, he created In Situ, presented at Espace Culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme atof Place des Arts, as well as the solo Data. He was then invited to participate in Migrant Bodies, a research project initiated by Canadian and European partners, in the context of which he created Matière Noire (2015). bang bang (2017), won the CALQ award for best choreographic work of the 2016-2017 season as well as the 2017 Prix de la danse de Montréal (Montréal dance award) for individual performer., performer category (2017).

"The question of ecstasy is one of the mainbig subjectsissues of bang bang., as it Since ecstasy cannot be reached each and every time, but rather only in small moments, t. The most important thing perhaps is to pursue paths that might lead us there. I still have difficulty expressing in words thatfinding works for this desire to achieve a sort of disappearance or surrender of self. I’m the only thing to see in a black box space. What occurs is that we no longer see the person after a time; we perceive only matter that moved for a while with, of course, all sorts of flaws and emotions. What I aspire to is the obliteration of something human; I want something of the self to be erased. We live in an era where we are compelled to show, to flaunt, to express ourselves, a time when communication has taken on excessive importanceions have been blown all out of proportion. Given this, I find anonymity and disappearance to be more interesting. That’s a driving force in this piece — how can I dance yet disappear at the same time?" - Manuel Roque

Choreographer, performer
  • Manuel Roque
Coach and Artistic Advisor
  • Sophie Corriveau, Lucie Vigneault
  • Peter James
  • Cie Manuel Roque
Light Design
  • Marc Parent
Soundtrack Manuel Roque including excerpts from  Debussy, Chopin, Merzbow, 2001 Space Odyssey, Tarkowky
  • Festival TransAmériques
Executive Producer
  • DLD - Daniel Léveillé Danse
  • Indiana Escach, Élise Bergeron et Alexia Martel
With the support of
  • fabrik Potsdam, Maison de la culture Frontenac, Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique, Théâtre Hector-Charland, Les Subsistances, Agora de la danseConseil des arts du Canada, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Conseil des arts de Montréal
Costumes and Set Design
  • Marilène Bastien
Production manager
  • Judith Allen
This production receives administrative/development support from DLD - Daniel Léveillé Danse as part of its sponsorship project. | Cie Manuel Roque is a member of Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique.