Les jeux du crépuscule invites us to question our individual and collective relationship to aging and illness. With a performance, a visual installation, a poetry collection, a workshop on copresence, a sharing circle for caregivers and a dream circle, this polyphonic event seeks to expand perspectives on the topic and foremost, to incite experiences and inner shifts.
A co·presentation with Tangente.
Artistic direction & creation:
Nicolas Filion, Sophie Michaud, Sarah-Ève Grant
Researcher in technologies of consciousness and presence:
Danse-Cité, Je suis Julio
Conseil des arts du Canada, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Conseil des arts de Montréal, Ville de Montréal
Illustration Lucy M. May · Photo Emily Gan
Musical direction & composition:
Audrey Bergeron, Joannie Douville, Lucy May, Isabelle Poirier, David Rancourt, Georges-Nicolas Tremblay, Julie Tymchuk
Lighting & set design:
Mediator & psychologist:
Poet & psychiatrist:
Residencies & partners:
Pôle Territoire Danse, en collaboration avec le Musée d’art de Joliette, le Centre culturel Desjardins, le Carrefour culturel de Notre-Dame-des-Prairies et Diffusion Hector-Charland, CCOV, Studio 303, Espace le vrai monde?, Maison de la culture Rosemont Petite-Patrie.
“Les jeux du crépuscule destines us to celebrate the dignity of a person’s entire existence, and to the embodied and metaphysical sites of its emergence: relationships, force fields and levels of consciousness. The work invites us to take root in life, acquiescing to its mystery and trusting underground sources of nourishment.
The event stems from six years of visiting and dancing in long-term care facilities with the project Movement de passage. I offer a witness-work that transcends the physical, sensory, and emotional memories of all the artists that have touched the project. I am asking the essential questions that emerged from this substantial and transformative experience. Movement de passage taught me that listening, being present and open to be touched by others could dissolve traditional socially assigned roles. The people living in long-term care facilities unexpectedly provoked this incredible upheaval, leading us to access something else.
With Jeux du crépuscule, we move beyond sharing accounts that metabolize the experience of participating dancers and musicians. My art reflects the deep and singular experience manifest in an encounter when strangers are fully present to each other. Recalling the surprising collection of people in one long-term care home in particular, I highlight both the humour and the depth of relationships in this location. I also hope to soften boundaries between generations and shift perceptions on the role and contribution of seniors in the social realm. Disrupting conventional beliefs, the event is conceived as a manifesto for illness as an integral part of health, as a process, as transformation. We age at the same rate. To encounter other generations is to encounter different parts of ourselves. Our inner frailty is tasked with enchanting the world anew.”
— Ariane Boulet
Ariane Boulet is a dance artist equally active as a performer and creator. She is also codirector of Je suis Julio, an organization that questions artistic practices through a horizontal management model and with values of listening and community. As a dancer, she has committed herself with enthusiasm both in the studio and on stage for about twenty choreographers since 2009. As a maker and through Je suis Julio, she weaves intimacy and politics through a variety of sites with a dozen works in film, for the stage as well as site-specific productions and performative installations. She completed an MA in 2014, exploring the creative process in care facilities on a quest for art that fosters encounters and sharing. Since 2015, she has led her flagship project of dancing in long-term care facilities that integrates dance into the living spaces of people experiencing a loss of autonomy and those in palliative care, inviting residents to a sensitive experience with their bodies and their creativity. She has facilitated over a hundred danced encounters in twenty long-term care facilities in Montréal and surrounding areas. She has gained expertise in management and facilitation through her unusual creative projects and her work codirecting an atypical organization. She also works in cultural mediation and teaches professional workshops to further support the importance of creating contexts to experience dance and transform our sensitive relation to the world.