A blend of contemporary dance, circus arts, theatrical movement and baroque dance, five choreographers invite us to discover their worlds.


Essaim* is a collection of short choreographies, danced as solos or duos, that illuminate the talent of young choreographers.


With Essaim, the company wanted to bring together, support and acknowledge the region’s up-and-coming artists who each have a unique creative process, creating a show that is fresh, modern and diverse.


Essaim is the French word for swarm, and in this context, a large group of people all moving together.


Choreographers: Stéphanie Brochard, Danika Cormier, Julie Duguay, Simon Durocher-Gosselin, Elise Legrand
Artistic Director: Francine Châteauvert
Lighting: Julien St-Pierre


November 9th & 10th 2018, 8:00 p.m.
Centennial Theatre
2600, College Street, Sherbrooke
$25 regular | $15 student (taxes included)



La Bëte (The Beast)
Choreography: Julie Duguay
The Beast is a solo work that draws inspiration from a variety of somatic approaches, with the themes of embryology and child development weaving a common thread throughout the piece. Julie Duguay is fascinated by the way the body expresses itself in its entirety, physical, fluidic and spiritual.

The Beast


Allégorie d’un poteau (Allegory of a Pole)
Choreography: Simon Durocher-Gosselin
Has he lost the signal, his bearings or his mind? One thing is for sure, he holds on. The fascinating ways he climbs, falls and holds on give the impression he is toying with gravity. Through the constant danger, will his pole lead him back to reason, or will it show him for once and for all the end?

Allegory of a Pole


Compromis improbable (Improbable Compromise)
Choreography: Stéphanie Brochard
A woman. Her debacle. The chaotic path of her history, her cultural heritage. Through a series of improbable compromises, she tries to reconcile her past and her present in order to create herself. This work is above all a convergence of two dances; that of the 16th/17th century and that of the 21st century. Between two bodies shaped by their time; that of restraint and formality and that of audacity and liberty. A meeting at once improbable, explosive and conflicting. A dialogue begins, harmonious, but fragile. Precarious. Like every certainty that is thought to be acquired.

Improbable Compromise


Choreography: Danika Cormier
In a flooded forest
Two curious beings keep watch
They wait
The water is calm, boredom takes over
Then suddenly!
Out of nowhere…



Le rêve de l’oxymore (The Oxymoronic Dream)
Choreography: Elise Legrand
A short piece created by Elise Legrand that explores the puppet-like quality of the body and its many metamorphoses. A series of timeless images enveloped in a strange and surreal world, a meeting between the body’s different levels and contradictions, where dream, reality, unconsciousness, humanity, animal, life, death and spirit live together. The oxymoron expresses that which is inconceivable. From it, a new poetic reality is born. A figure of speech that hints at a dreamlike or hallucinatory state, provoking amazement and highlighting a paradoxical reality.

The Oxymoronic Dream