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Photo : J. Delapierre / Interprètes / Performers : G-N Tremblay, M-È Lafontaine, M.Robitaille, S.Maurice

Symphonie 5.1

In an era of increasing virtualization, Isabelle Van Grimde immerses her dancers into an interactive visual environment orchestrated by live music. Here the choreographer ex- plores questions of identity fluctuation, perceptions and the future body. A thousand and one stories overlap, forming the framework of a dreamlike and eerily poetic work.

Two young dancers from the École supérieure de ballet du Québec

For this production, Isabelle Van Grimde invited two young dancers, students from the École supérieure de ballet du Québec: Samaël Maurice (aged 12) and Maya Robitaille (aged 14). Their presence reveals other aspects of the choreographer’s gestural language, provides another perspective on the dancing body, and other identification possibilities for the audience.

An atmospheric and enveloping sound environment

Composing a symphonic work in a choreographic context was the challenge facing Tim Brady and Thom Gossage in creating the musical environment for Symphonie 5.1. The result is a composition for guitar and percussion, an open work with structured improvisation.

An immersive and interactive visual environment

Generated primarily in real time, the dreamlike landscapes by artist Jérôme Delapierre capture the essence of the ever-increasing virtual world in which we live. Combining an infrared motion-capture system and a technology as unobtrusive as it is complex, the interactive design propels the choreographic language, while the visuals lend the dancers a second skin.


Artistic Team :

Artistic direction and choreography

Isabelle Van Grimde

Created with and performed by

Marie-Ève Lafontaine or Sophie Breton, Samaël Maurice, Maya Robitaille, Georges-Nicolas Tremblay

Live music composed and performed by

Tim Brady, Thom Gossage

Video, Interaction and Stage Design

Jérôme Delapierre

Choreographer’s assistants

Marie-Ève Lafontaine, Sophie Breton

Technical Director

Émilie Bérubé-Dionne

Sound Engineer

Bernard Grenon


Van Grimde Corps Secrets

In co-production with

Agora de la danse, Bradyworks, Brian Webb Dance Company, École supérieure de ballet du Québec.


For more information :

Press kit – Symphonie 5.1

Press release – Agora – Janvier 2016