Beau Geste

She is huge, imposing, cold and threatening. Standing opposite her, he appears minuscule, fragile and vulnerable, yet is not frightened. To the fantastic voice of Maria Callas, he confidently initiates a pas de deux that will eventually seduce her and reveal her innermost sensitivity, making her curious, protective, tender and almost human.


With this astounding duet between a dancer and a mechanical shovel, the French choreographer Dominique Boivin has given concrete expression to a childhood fantasy, rendering the industrial world poetic, unifying man and machine in a relationship imbued with affectivity. Since its creation, Transports exceptionnels has fascinated audiences young and old in a surprising ritual that greatly expands the horizons of dance and live performance. Orchestrated by the company Beau Geste, an artists’ collective that reinvents forms by venturing into completely unexpected modes of representation, this unsettling ceremony will be presented five times in Montreal’s always charming Old Port.


Choreography : Dominique Boivin

Assistant to the Choreographer: Christine Erbé

Performer : Philippe Priasso

Shovel Operator : William Defresne

Lighting Design : Eric Lamy

Production : Beau Geste (Val-de-Reuil)

Coproduction : Scènes du Jura, Scène Conventionnée : nouveaux espaces, nouvelles formes (Lons-le-Saunier)

With the support of Service culturel du Consulat général de France à Québec

Copresentation : Les Quais du Vieux-Port de Montréal

Text: Fabienne Cabado

English Translation: Neil Kroetsch

Photos: Thierry Jourdain, Lucie Juneau, Jean-Louis Fernandez