Le super méga continental
375 Montrealers perform a gigantic Continental in unison on a colossal dance floor, the biggest line dance ever. Sheer bliss!
First he presented a big version, then a bigger one, then an XL… and now he’s back with a super mega version! Sylvain Émard will be inviting the public — in September this time — to a gigantic Continental performed by 375 extremely enthusiastic amateur dancers. No doubt about it, the Super méga continental will transform Place des Festivals into a colossal dance floor featuring the biggest line dance in Montréal. Sheer bliss!
After electrifying nine other big cities around the world, the event created in 2009 at the FTA is coming back home. Citizens of all ages and backgrounds and from every neighbourhood will assemble to perform in unison an undeniably contemporary line dance, a grand twirling and very human kaleidoscope, a unique and entertaining collective experience. Chances are, as often happens, the party will continue after the final bows with an energetic post-show propelled by DJ Poirier for the evening performances. Party time indeed!
Produced by Sylvain Émard Danse
Choreographed by Sylvain Émard
Sound design Martin Tétreault + Poirier
Lighting design Bruno Rafie
Rehearsal coach Nathalie Blanchet
Rehearsal assistants Maryse Carrier + Claudia Chan Tak + Stéphane
Deligny + Mark Eden-Towle +Geneviève Gauvreau + Audrée Juteau + Nicolas Patry + Amélie
Rajotte + David Rancourt + Julie Siméon + Catherine Viau + Daniel Villeneuve
Production manager Pierre Koch
Technical director Karine Gauthier
Media partners La Presse +, Rythme FM
Co-produced by Festival TransAmériques
An event part of the official programming of the 375th anniversary of Montreal
Co-presented by Sylvain Émard Danse + Festival TransAmériques
Also part of KM3, a public art event presented throughout the Quartier des spectacles
Written by Mylène Joly
Translated by Neil Kroetsch
Promotional video MAS Vidéo Film
Premiered at Festival TransAmériques, Montreal, on September 15, 2017
Sylvain Émard (Montreal)
Sylvain Émard Danse
Sylvain Émard is at the forefront of contemporary dance in Canada. Initially adopting a theatrical approach, his works soon took on the formal, poetic aesthetics for which he is well known.
He has created some thirty choreographies to date, notably the impressive Climatologie des corps trilogy consisting of Pluie (2004), Temps de chien (2005) and Wave (2007). He has also collaborated with other artists in theatre, opera and cinema, including the choreography for Demain matin, Montréal m’attend, presented this spring at Théâtre du Nouveau Monde. His prolific career has been rewarded with numerous distinctions such as the Jacqueline Lemieux Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts (1990) and the Jean A. Chalmers Award for creativity and excellence in the arts (1996).
In 2017 Sylvain Émard is reconnecting with both the intimate and the monumental, returning to the stage after a 15-year absence to present at Agora de la danse his new solo Le chant des sirènes, followed by a plunge into the invigorating energy of Super méga continental and its 375 participants. It is an offshoot of Grand continental (FTA, 2009), a performance remounted the two following years to the delight of festivalgoers, growing in size from 65 dancers in 2009 to 210 in 2011. Whether small, intimate works or large-scale ensemble projects, the dance is always rich in refined movement, imbued with profound humanity.