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La Goddam Voie Lactée

Mélanie Demers

A pagan Mass as a reaction to the harshness of the world. Inspired by the constant mourning brought about by our age, the artist and five female performers reflect upon the notion of incompletion. 


We are all weathering the same storm, but not necessarily in the same boat. How can we embrace the comings and goings, the alternating rises and falls? With La Goddam Voie Lactée, Mélanie Demers offers a pagan mass, a response to the harshness of the world. Reflecting on incompleteness and the need for solidarity in the face of limitation and adversity, this piece, a space for experimentation, ravels and unravels the connectedness of a small discordant society.  

This is an all-female community: five women settled on their own observation posts jump into the arena, seize the gestures, words, and music, take turns soaring with the wind and creating for the sake of it, for pleasure alone. A series of work-in-progress scenes, of brief disrupted tableaux, La Goddam Voie Lactée is a return to the origins of creation, where everything is possible. A celebration of a united body in the face of hardship, an aesthetic Big Bang where nothing dies as long as there is life. 


Produced by MAYDAY
Created and directed by Mélanie Demers
Choreography and texts Mélanie Demers  + Performers
Performed by Stacey Désilier + Frannie Holder + Brianna Lombardo + Chi Long + Léa Noblet Di Ziranaldi
Music Frannie Holder
Apprentice Misheel Ganbold
Rehearsal Director Anne-Marie Jourdenais
Dramaturgy Angélique Willkie
Lighting Design Claire Seyller
Costume Design Elen Ewing
Sound Benoit Bouchard
Technical Director and Stage Manager Hannah Kirby
Production Manager Mélanie Primeau

Co-produced by Festival TransAmériques + Agora de la danse + Centre chorégraphique national de Tours + Centro per la Scena Contemporanea (Bassano del Grappa) + The Dance Centre (Vancouver)

Thanks to Alexandre Pilon-Guay

MAYDAY is a member of Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique + Art Circulation, associate company at the Agora de la danse, in artistic collaboration with Centro per la Scena Contemporanea/Operaestate Festival (Bassano del Grappa)

Presented in association with Théâtre Rouge du Conservatoire

Written by Elsa Pépin
Translated by Luba Markovskaia

Premiered at Festival TransAmériques, Montreal, on June 3, 2021


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Mélanie Demers (Montreal)

Choreographer and dancer Mélanie Demers founded the MAYDAY dance company in 2007.

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