Thus Spoke...

Frédérick Gravel and Étienne Lepage (Montreal)


Artistic Team

Duration: 70 minutes
Text: Étienne Lepage
Movement: Frédérick Gravel
Artistic Direction: Étienne Lepage and Frédérick Gravel
Performers at Creation: Daniel Parent, Marilyn Perreault, Éric Robidoux, Anne Thériault
Set design: Frédérick Gravel and Étienne Lepage
Lighting design: Frédérick Gravel
Costumes: Ellen Ewing
Sound: Stéphane Boucher
Technical Direction: Caroline Nadeau
Translation (Text): Chantal Bilodeau

A production of Étienne Lepage AND Frédérick Gravel
Executive producer Daniel Léveillé Danse
Coproduction Automne en Normandie ; Festival TransAmériques
Creative Resiednces Maison de la culture Frontenac ; Agora de la Danse
Development Marie Andrée Gougeon; George Skalkogiannis
With the support of Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec AND Canada Council for the Arts  This production receives administrative/development support from Daniel Léveillé Danse company (Montreal, Canada) as part of its sponsorship project. 

Artist Bio:
Étienne Lepage | Author, Co-Director

Graduated in Dramatic Writing from the National Theatre School of Montréal in 2007, Étienne Lepage is a playwright, screenwriter, translator and transdisciplinary creator. Based in Montreal, his work is shown all over North America and Europe. Rouge Gueule, L'Enclos de l'éléphant, Ainsi parlait... and Histoires pour faire des cauchemars are just a few of his many noteworthy creations. Their astonishing richness and diversity have revealed his huge talent.

Frédérick Gravel | Choreographer, Co-Director

The choreographer, dancer, musician and lighting designer Frédérick Gravel has been active on the Montreal scene for the past dozen years. He turns the structures of choreography upside down, merging into his work various elements from rock and performance art. His productions Tout se pète la gueule chérie, Gravel Works, Usually Beauty Fails, This Duet That We’ve Already Done (so many times) and the work Ainsi parlait... co-created with the author Étienne Lepage, have received great national and international reviews.


Radical System Art
Shay Kuebler (Vancouver)

Show credits:

Duration: 60 minutes
Choreographer: Shay Kuebler
Performers: Maxine Chadburn, Hayden Fong, Tyler Layton Olson, Shay Kuebler, Lexi Vajda and Danny Nielsen
Lighting designer: Craig Alfredson and Shay Kuebler
Composer/sound design: Shay Kuebler
Video and projection design: Eric Chad
Technical Director: Ian Low

Artist Bio:
Shay has been an independent dance artist in the city of Vancouver and Montreal for the past 8 years. Along with his successes as a collaborator and co-director, he has had the honor of performing and creating his own work for international dance festivals and dance companies across Canada. As a performer, he’s performed with Kidd Pivot, Holy Body Tattoo, Animals of Distinction, and The 605 Collective. As a choreographer he’s worked with Les Grands Ballet Canadiens, Citieballet, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, L’Ecole de Danse du Quebec, Simon Fraser University and London Contemporary Dance School and as a co-founder of The 605 Collective, he co-directed and co-choreographed 3 projects with the company. With a foundation in the martial arts, he is constantly searching for how physical performance can be finely tuned yet retain an instinctual and raw quality. As a dance artist, whose professional performing and choreographic career has spanned the disciplines of Tap, Hip Hop, neo-classical Ballet and Contemporary, Shay also looks at how all techniques can reinforce and strengthen each other. That technique, when used in an instinctive manner, can be integrated into any other form – creating cross-disciplinary works that have a greater capacity to affect and reach audiences.

This Duet That We've Already Done
(so many times) 

Frédérick Gravel & Étienne Lepage

Duration: 75 minutes
Concept and artistic direction: Frédérick Gravel
Created by: Frédérick Gravel, Brianna Lombardo
Lighting: Alexandre Pilon-Guay
Sound environment: Stéphane Boucher, Frédérick Gravel
Original musics: Stéphane Boucher
Artistic assistant: Ivana Milicevic, Jamie Wright
Costumes assistant: Elen Ewing
Artistic advisors: Stéphane Boucher, Clara Furey, Étienne Lepage, Katya Montaignac
Technical direction: Olivier Chopinet
Production assistant: Jamie Wright
A production of Frédérick Gravel
Executive producer: Daniel Léveillé danse
Co-production: Agora de la danse
Development: Marie-Andrée Gougeon; George Skalkogiannis

With the support of: Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Canada Council for the Arts

This production receives administrative/development support from Daniel Léveillé Danse company (Montréal, Canada) as part of its sponsorship project. Frédérick Gravel is a member of Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique. / Run from me, a song by Timber Timbre, performed by Frédérick Gravel, is a courtesy of Arts & Crafts Musique Publishing. / Hotel Kiss and Hotel Blues Returns, musical works by Last Ex, composed by Olivier Fairfield and Simon Trottier and performed by Frédérick Gravel and Stéphane Boucher, are a courtesy of Costellation Records.

Artist Bio:
The choreographer, dancer, musician and lighting designer Frédérick Gravel turns the structures of choreography upside down, merging into his work various elements from rock and performance art. Advocating the intermingling of cultures and disciplines, t he works of Frédérick Gravel are created in close collaboration with all members of Grouped’ArtGravelArtGroup (GAG), a shifting collective of dancers and musicians . His productions Gravel Works (2009), Tout se pète la gueule, chérie (2010), Usually Beauty Fails (2012) have received great national and international reviews. He co-created with the author Étienne Lepage Ainsi parlait... (2013) and Logique du pire ( 2016). In February 2015, he revisited the cabaret style at Usine C, presenting Cabaret Gravel with 20 guest artists, including Dear Criminals and the Molinari Quartet. Always present where least expected, he collaborated with Pierre Lapointe on Mutantès (2008). More and more active as a teacher, Frédérick Gravel regularly gives creative workshops as well as teaching at CÉGEP Saint-Hyacinthe’s theater department, at Université du Québec à Montréal and at l’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal



Artist / Company: Linnea Swan

Duration: 30 minutes
Choreographer: Linnea Swan
Performers: Linnea Swan
Lighting designer: Steve Isom
Outside eye: Helen Husak

Artist Bio: Born and raised in Saskatchewan, for over twenty years Linnea Swan has had
the pleasure of working with many of Canada’s esteemed dance / theatre
companies and artists. As a creator, she has collaborated with a number of
artists, including with David Danzon of Corpus to create and perform the one-
woman show Swan Lake Syndrome, toured to Japan this summer. Also a
filmmaker, her work includes dance film, documentary shorts, web series, as well
as numerous commissions for video to accompany live performance and
promotional videos for productions. Linnea has received a Dora Mavor Moore
Award for Outstanding Performance in Dance, and the K.M. Hunter Artist Award
in Dance. Linnea is a member of Dancers’ Studio West’s Dance Action Group.

Sara does a solo

Artist / Company: Sara Porter

Duration: 27 minutes
Choreographer: Sara Porter
Performer: Sara Porter
Text, video, costume: Sara Porter
Original LX designer: Simon Rossitor, James Kendal
Composer: Mary Margaret O’Hara, Bette Midler
Creative consultants: Katherine Duncanson, Gerry Trentham

Artist Bio: Sara Porter is a performer, writer and teacher with a distinctive voice and broad palette, celebrated for her “daring imagination” (Toronto Star) and being "wickedly funny" (Dance International). Since 1990, she has created over 20 works including Blossom – about erotic poetry that compares women to flowers, Those Penetrating Dreams - a spoof on Harlequin Romances, and Neap Tide - a caricature of ocean detritus. She performed her iconic clown solo Opus Ornithologicus: the great bird work at Scotland’s Holyrood Palace for Prince Charles in 2000. Her Sara does a Solo has toured across Canada and US to acclaim. She is author of the biography Peter in Process: Peter Boneham’s sixty years in dance. Originally from Nova Scotia, Porter was based in Montreal, then Edinburgh, before settling in Toronto in 1998.

Submission to Entropy

Artist / Company: Karissa Barry

Duration: 18-20 minutes
Created by: Karissa Barry (in collaboration with the performers)
Performed by: Karissa Barry & Elissa Hanson
Previous Performers & Collaborators: Elya Grant, Lexi Vajda, Jess Wilkie
Sound Composed and Performed by: Stefana Fratila
Original Lighting Design by Rob Sondergaard
Development & Financial support: BC Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Small Stage, The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, private donors

Artist Bio: Karissa has worked as a freelance contemporary dance artist for 15 years, as a collaborator, creator, performer, and instructor. She has worked with companies and choreographers such as Serge Bennathan/Les Productions Figlio, Vanessa Goodman/Action at a Distance, Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, Anne Plamondon, Out Innerspace Dance Theatre, Raven Spirit Dance, Sylvain Émard Danse, and Wen Wei Dance, to name a few. She has performed throughout Canada, China, Europe, and the U.K., as well as Singapore, and NYC. As a creator, her work has been presented at Brief Encounters, Dancing on the Edge, Expanse Festival, Fluid Festival, Small Stage, la Petite Scène, Modus Operandi Training Program, and the self-produced project, “STRATEGY THREE”. She has produced two dance on film projects that have been screened in both local and international festivals. As an instructor, Karissa frequently teaches for the professional community, as well as emerging professionals in various institutions.

It began with watching

Artist / Company: Melanie Kloetzel

Duration: 35 minutes
Choreographer and Director: Melanie Kloetzel
Script: Melanie Kloetzel
Performers: Jocelyn Hoover with Brenna Heer, Margarita Kozhevnikova, Meghann Michalsky, Sylvie Moquin, Sarah Murray, and Taylor Ritchie
Composers: Gyorgy Ligeti, Kevin Houben, Carl Davis, Patsy Cline, and Len Barry
Voiceover: Andy Lilley
Special thank you to: Kevin Leiver, Jen DeWolf, Megan Fraser, Terra Plum, Janelle Schiffner, Marie France Forcier, Tania Alvarado, Laura Hynes, Brooks Peterson, CrossCurrents, and The Works Art & Design Festival for their generous input on this project.
It began with watching has received support from the Province of Alberta through Alberta FOundation for the Arts, its arts funding agency.

Artist Bio: Melanie Kloetzel is the artistic director of kloetzel&co., a dance theatre company founded in New York and now based in Calgary. Since 1997, kloetzel&co. Has presented over forty theatre works, site-specific performances, and dance films across three continents. Kloetzel’s research focuses on performance, place, text, and characterization and her creations have appeared in spaces as varied as a defunct rail station, a corporate skyway system, and an abandoned egg farm. Her works have also been presented in more conventional sites such as New York’s Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church and Movement Research at Judson Church, as well as at On the Boards in Seattle, Dusk Dances in Toronto, and The House Theatre in Plymouth, UK. Kloetzel is an associate professor of dance at the University of Calgary.


Artist / Company: Brian Webb / Brian Webb Dance Company

Duration: 20 minutes
Choreography: Brian Webb
Dancer and collaborator: Tony Olivares
Music: The Gypsy Kings, The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face sung by George Michael & Johnny Cash

Artist bio: Brian Webb has developed a national reputation as a contemporary dancer, choreographer and artistic leader. He has brought an international array of contemporary dance companies to Edmonton through the BWDC which he founded 32 years ago. Amongst many other honours, Brian won Edmonton’s prestigious Artistic Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.

What Is Left Of Us

Artist / Company: Justin Manyfingers (Calgary) & Brian Solomon (Toronto)

We are a disability theatre company in sunny Calgary Alberta and believe theatre is for every body; onstage, in the community, and in our audiences. We produce and present plays created by artists with disabilities and their allies that insist on and celebrate their place in the public sphere. We offer community-based drama programs to Calgarians with disabilities that foster a love of theatre, the joy of community, and the rewards of self-expression. And we work to improve theatre’s accessibility for audience members and to ensure their equity and dignity in attending performing arts in Calgary.

See and Be Seen & Verbatim

All Bodies Dance Project (Vancouver)

See & Be Seen
Choreographed by Naomi Brand and Adam Grant Warren
Performed by Carolina Bergonzoni and Adam Grant Warren

Choreographed by Naomi Brand and Adam Grant Warren
Performed by Carolina Bergonzoni and Adam Grant Warren
Text by Naomi Brand and Adam Grant Warren

All Bodies Dance Project is an inclusive dance company located on unceded Coast Salish Territory (Vancouver, BC). Our work brings together artists with and without disabilities to explore movement as a means of creative expression. In our inclusive dance practice, differences are regarded as a creative strength as we explore the choreographic possibilities of wheelchairs, crutches and canes diverse ways of moving and perceiving. We want to widen the spectrum of who dances and what dance can be.

Physical Therapy Cabaret

Calgary Artists & National Guests

Coming soon!