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J'ai pleuré avec les chiens (2020) (cancelled)



Bodies in synergy merge in a floating garden. Human sculptures make a quiet appeal for meditation. J’ai pleuré avec les chiens (I Cried with the Dogs), the first ensemble piece by the extreme choreographer Daina Ashbee, unfolds like a ritual celebration dedicated to the female body. Quiet contemplation composed of meditative waves and the rustlings and murmurs of nature.


In a minimalist landscape driven by cycles of change, the dancers fluctuate between possibilities: from animal to woman, mundane to spiritual, from pain and sorrow to ecstasy. Renowned for her intimate solos and duos that probe the turmoil of violence, in this piece Daina Ashbee portrays a resurgence of the power to act in a community of five women aged 24 to 58. Down on all fours, they experience the elation of a new harmony and equilibrium but soon are flipped upside down, eluding the weight of gravity. Alone together, they breathe into the wound.



Artistic Direction, Choreography: Daina Ashbee


Production: Daina Ashbee


Performers: Élise Vanderborght, Imara Bosco, Angelique Wilkie, Francesca Frewer


Lighting Design: Karine Gauthier


Duration: 75 minutes

Photo: David Wong

Video: Alejandro Jiménez, Kim-Sanh Châu


Co-production partners: KVS Brussels Stadstheater, Festival TransAmériques – FTA, Agora de la danse, Rencontres chorégraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis (FR), BIT Teatergarasjen (NO), National Arts Centre, Centre de Création O Vertigo - CCOV


Residency partners: Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Harbourfront Centre (Toronto) Agora de la danse, Centre de Création O Vertigo – CCOV, KVS Brussels Stadstheater, Cardiff Dance Festival (Wales), The Dance Centre (Vancouver)


Funding partners: Developed with support from the National Art Centre’s National Creation Fund, Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec


World Premiere

December 10 & 11, 2020

KVS - Brussels City Theatre

Brussels, Belgium


June 4 & 5 2020

Les Rencontres Chorégraphiques de Saint Seine-Denis

Paris, France


World Premiere

May 27 - 30, 2020

FTA Festival TransAmériques 

Montréal, QC


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