FACE-À-FACE, the latest creation of JÉRÉMIE NIEL, presented at La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines, from April 6 to 11, 2021

Montreal, March 18, 2021 —  Danse-Cité and the company Pétrus are delighted to announce the presentation of FACE-À-FACE, a piece initially scheduled for April 2020. Running from April 6 to 11 for eight performances, this new creation by Jérémie Niel will mark the public's long-awaited return to Montreal theatres.

In FACE-À-FACE, choreographer-dancer Louise Bédard and director Félix-Antoine Boutin look into each other's eyes, question each other, attempt to put into words the quest for beauty and the absolute in their respective arts, looking for the threads and cracks in each of their disciplines.

For the first time, these performer-creators question each other about their creative processes, their conception of the performing arts, the various quests that have marked their path from project to project, studio to studio, production to production. Which leads them to talk about dance, theatre, romanticism, landscape, abstraction, politics, morality, critical thinking, sensitivity, ambiguity... Before the public, they transform the Théâtre La Chapelle into a forum in which the meeting of theatre and dance is reimagined.

What bridges will be erected? Where will all this lead? Is there a way out, a possible outcome?

Jérémie Niel, Stage Director and Artistic Director of Pétrus, orchestrates this head-to-head encounter, relying on the choreographic and dramaturgical assistance of his long-time collaborator, choreographer Catherine Gaudet. Following the success of his last creation, Noir, presented at the Théâtre de Quat'Sous in January 2019, he is continuing his quest to departition the codes of the performing arts, and to fuse—perhaps impossibly—the two solitudes within his artistic soul: dance and theatre.


Over the course of his career, Jérémie Niel has directed over a dozen works, presented at such venues as the Théâtre La Chapelle, Agora de la danse, Usine C, Théâtre Prospero, Théâtre de Quat'Sous, Festival TransAmériques, the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, and the Théâtre National de Chaillot in Paris. He also regularly collaborates, at the invitation of various producers, on the creation and staging of numerous projects with other companies, notably the musical groups We are Wolves and Dear Criminals.

FACE-À-FACE, not to be missed on April 6, 7, 8, 9 at 7 p.m.  and April 10, 11 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Limited seating.
At La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines: 3700 Saint-Dominique Street, Montreal
Tickets: billetterie.lachapelle.org | 514 843-7738  | $20 to $30 

Co-produced by Danse-Cité and Pétrus | Created and directed by Jérémie Niel | Choreographed by Catherine Gaudet | Assistant Director Ariane Lamarre | Performers Louise Bédard and Félix-Antoine Boutin | Lighting Design Cédric Delorme-Bouchard | Sound Design Jean-Sébastien Côté and Ariane Lamarre | Costume Design Léonie Blanchet | Props Karine Galarneau | Production Manager Kevin Bergeron | Technical Director and Stage Manager Jérôme Guilleaume | Video and Trailer Sylvio Arriola | Sound Recording and Mixing Julia Innes | Photos Fabrice Gaëtan.

Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts de Montréal.

For 39 years, Danse-Cité has contributed to the development of dance practices and contemporary creation. The organization assists artists with their artistic process, from the birth of an idea to its presentation to audiences. It also supports the emergence of new forms of creativity, and devotes its efforts to self-critical and sustainable structural work aimed at redefining its relationships with racialized and Indigenous artists. In addition, it seeks to promote universal access to the arts.

Founded in Montreal in 2005 by director Jérémie Niel, Pétrus has created, produced and presented 12 contemporary works. Pétrus creates landscape theatre, far from the noise, at the frontiers of disciplines. It strives to create full, romantic and ambiguous worlds for audiences that are wholly immersed, engaged by all the senses.

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Francine Arsenault, Danse-Cité | communication@danse-cite.org ­| 514 812-7068
Valérie Grig, RuGicomm | valerie@rugicomm.ca | 514 812-3858

Photo: Fabrice Gaëtan