April 2022
28 29 30 — 19h
May 2022
01 — 16h
Tangente, ÉDIFICE WILDER - Espace Danse

Les jeux du crépuscule

Ariane Boulet



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:
Ariane Boulet 

Musical direction, composition & performance:
Marie Vallée 

Lighting & set design:
Audrée Lewka 

Outside eye:
Nicolas Filion, Sarah-Ève Grant, Sophie Michaud

Visual artist:
Marie-Hélène Bellavance 

Researcher in technologies of consciousness and presence:
Stefanie Blain-Moraes

Poet & psychiatrist:
Ouanessa Younsi

Danse-Cité, Le Radeau - Je suis Julio

Financial supports:
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

Audrey Bergeron, Lucy May, Isabelle Poirier, David Rancourt, Georges-Nicolas Tremblay, Julie Tymchuk

Soundscapes design:
Tom Demers

Dancer in creative process:
Joannie Douville

Robin Pineda-Gould

Florence Vinit

Workshops guidance:
Marco Pronovost

Poetic text:
Clémence Dumas-Côté

Danse-Cité, Tangente

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, Tangente


Workshop: An Encounter With the Technology of Presence* (30 minutes, multiple time slots – Espace Vert)

Led by Stefanie Blain-Moraes and Marco Pronovost, this 30-minute workshop is open to 6 people at a time and opens a sensory door onto Ariane Boulet’s show. Multiple time slots are available between 5:30pm and 6pm from April 28 to 30, and from 2:30pm to 3pm on Sunday, May 1.

Stefanie Blain-Moraes is the Canada Research Chair in Consciousness and Personhood Technology. She is the creator of biomusic, a technology that converts emotionally salient physiological changes into musical output. Biomusic has been shown to enhance the perception of personhood in minimally communicative individuals, and to detect moments of interpersonal synchrony in persons with dementia moving with others.


Visual Installation: 
La maison que j’habite, moi (Café-Bar)

Inspired by the mediation project La maison que j’habite, moi developed since 2018 in collaboration with CHSLD residents and the caretakers who were moved by Mouvement de passage, this eponymous visual installation invites the spectator into a transition space where they might unload before entering the performance space. The artworks and installation were created by artist Marie-Hélène Bellavance in collaboration with the residents of the CHSLD Sylvie-Lespérance.


Show: Les jeux du crépuscule (75 minutes – Espace Orange)

This choreographic work is fueled by the experiences of eight artists involved in the Mouvement de passage project carried out in a residential and long-term care centre (CHSLD) since 2014. The intention is to create a work that bears witness to their experiences, but that transcends the physical, sensory, and emotional memories of each artist who took part in the project. It is about asking the essential questions that arose from a substantial and transformative experience, and making the emotional states and the movements that carry with them feelings and reflections respond to one another. Ultimately, I hope for a work that, beyond its ability to decant the artists’ experience, can reflect the plurality of what is experienced in the invisible abundance of the coexistence of strangers united in dance.


After the Show: Dream Lodge (45 minutes – Espace Orange)

With Florence Vinit, to dream our relationship with aging and illness together.


FREE! Caregivers’ Talking Circles (60 minutes – Espace Vert), conducted in French

Spaces for sharing and providing support for caregivers and care attendants, led by Florence Vinit. Saturday, April 30, at 3pm, or Sunday, May 1, at noon. Reservation required. Please note that the talking circle will be conducted in French, but participants are free to communicate in English.

Aging, disease, and death aren’t topics we often discuss in our everyday lives. However, they are central to our existence and our decision-making. These talking circles will be an opportunity to share in a space that is safe and private. Based on a speaking ritual, in a small group, each person will be invited to share a word, a story, a question, or even a moment of silence. It is not therapy, but a moment to be together around themes at the centre of our humanity.