Melanie Demers is a choreographer, word lover, moviegoer and art addict established in Montreal where she founded the dance company Mayday in 2007. Having studied literature and theatre, Melanie Demers pursued her professional training as a dancer at LADMMI. She graduated in 1996 and started her career working with emerging choreographers before joining O Vertigo with whom she collaborated for nearly ten years. In parallel, she was already developing and building her craft as a creator. Her work has charmed by its originality, intensity and its complexity, exploring the darker zones of the human condition. Socially engaged as an artist, Melanie Demers travelled to teach dance in Kenya, Niger, Brazil and Haiti, amongst other destinations. The harsh reality of the developing countries strengthened her beliefs that the role of art is to address political issues and to stimulate a debate of ideas. Les Angles Morts (2006), Sauver sa peau (2008), Junkyard/Paradis (2010) and Goodbye (2012) have all been created from this perspective. To date, Melanie Demers choreographed fifteen works and was presented in some thirty cities across Europe, America, Africa and Asia.
Class Description: Melanie Demers and Marc Boivin’s class is designed in a way to create a territory where performers warm up minds, bodies and creativity between calculated risks and safety zones. The classes are tailored around a mix of different contemporary techniques including release and floor work. The emphasis of the class is put on the individual responsibility of each dancer to connect with a creative potential in the appropriation of the movement. In this class in particular, Melanie Demers and Marc Boivin will propose to the participant to work on extract of , Animal Triste, the last piece of Melanie Demer’s company MAYDAY.