maribé - sors de ce corps /
Montréal Danse



  • "Jour de fête" 15$



*Thursday October 17th's show will be presented in English.

**Public talks will be held before the show, guided by Line Grenier and Hilary Bergen on October 16 and 17, from 6 pm to 6:40 pm.

How are speeches constructed today, and how does the body become their support, their vehicle? Live radio as a vocal score becomes here a pretext to question the role of the body in this political and social act of communicating opinions and information to the greatest number of people. Where do identity and understanding reside in the overabundance of information ?

In BESIDE, the 3rd opus of the B+B+B trilogy, Marie Béland continues exploring the communicating body, but this time through the body of the Other. By borrowing the words and movements that fill our radios and televisions, the performers abandon their identity to assume those of speakers in the public arena.

Read the program for BESIDE here

Since 2012, Marie Béland has been interested in the link between dance and the movement our body produces while talking. For her, a person who is talking has a dancing body, especially when speaking to a group. She is interested in all the daily movements we do without thinking, which are reflections of our personality and our culture.

In BESIDE, she wants to see what happens when we embody words and movements that are not our own. How does borrowing others’ words influence how we speak and the credibility we have while doing so? How do we communicate today? And how do we digest the ocean of information and news from the media without even being able to separate true from false? This brings another preoccupation: contamination. Do our ideas belong to us? Is what I am saying what I really think? Who speaks through me?

For 16 years, Marie Béland has been choreographing works where the body exceeds dance: danced bodies an real, everyday, ordinary bodies are at the center of a fine and complex organization. Marie invites the public to reflect on live performance as a social and aesthetic phenomenon, and how our bodies transform in contact of the stage. Each of her creations (for example Dieu ne t’a pas créé juste pour danser (2008-2018), RAYON X : a true decoy story (2010), BEHIND : une danse dont vous êtes le héros (2010), BLEU – VERT – ROUGE (2013), Révélations (2014), BETWEEN (2015) or BESIDE (2019)) is an attempt to reconcile body and mind, and to explore the discourse and counter-discourses that are tied to movement. Recently, Marie has been interested in the choreography produced by bodies while talking. She is a founding member of La 2e Porte à Gauche and a member of Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique.

  • Marie Béland
  • Rachel Harris, Sylvain Lafortune, Bernard Martin
  • Kathy Casey
Light Design & Technical Management
  • Karine Gauthier
  • Dave St-Pierre
Parnership & Coproduction
  • maribé – sors de ce corps & Montréal Danse

October 16 at 6 pm – “Communication | (Re)Configurations” – talk in french
Speaker : Line Grenier
Participation. Transmission. Sharing. Dialogue. Exchange. Dissimination. What if communication was not only a matter of ideas to be expressed and information to be shared, agreements to be achieved and misunderstandings to be avoided ? What if medias were not only the institutions and businesses conveying them ?

Line Grenier
Full Professor at the Department of Communication of the Université de Montréal, Line Grenier is a popular music studies scholar. For the last few years, she has been conducting research on music and ageing within the framework of the international research partnership ACT (Ageing, Communication, Technology), for which she is coordinating the « critical mediations » stream. Her current work is devoted to the deaf cultures of ageing and, more specifically, to the musical experiences of deaf adult signers in Montréal.

October 17 at 6 pm – “Dancing Automata” – talk in english
Speaker : Hilary Bergen
The word “automaton,” which comes from the Greek term for “self-mover,” can mean both a machine capable of independent motion and a person incapable of independent action or thought. The conflict at the heart of this uncanny definition maps well onto binary tensions such as animacy/mimesis, freedom/control, order/chaos and slavery/revolt. This talk examines the role of dance—in which the body is both a “self-mover” and an entity mechanized through repetition—in relation to histories and theories of automation, with special attention paid to choreographies of work and mediation. 

Hilary Bergen
Hilary Bergen is a PhD candidate in Interdisciplinary Humanities at Concordia University, where she studies screendance, posthumanism and media studies. Her dissertation takes up notions of relation and the embodied trace in mediated corporeality to define a posthuman theory of dance. Her work has been published with Screening the Past, Culture Machine, PUBLIC (forthcoming) and Word and Text.