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Theatrical dance for wheelchairs

Caroline Robert and Vincent Morisset - Studio AATOAA
© Mikael Theimer
© Mikael Theimer
© MH Bellavance
© Marion Chuniau Lacau
  • In-person event

  • Ages 6-12

  • Approx. 40 minutes
Performance options Start time Language Availability
Wednesday, December 13, 2023 10:00 am Without words Seats available
Thursday, December 14, 2023 10:00 am Without words Seats available
Friday, December 15, 2023 10:00 am Without words sold out

“A free-wheeling ball”

Lively bodies and rolling wheelchairs. All this is unleashed on stage! Three impressive performers spin these great machines, dance with them, take them apart to transform them into puppets, luminous wheels, disco robots ... what else? The only limit is your imagination. 

When you see a wheelchair, what comes to your mind? Our three all-terrain perfomers see it as an amazing vehicle with endless play possibilities. You’ll even get a quick course in taking wheelchairs apart, and witness a balancing act on wheels between the reigning champion and a formidable contender. Arranged like a joyful string of theatrical pearls, this tender and playful show for dancers and objects draws us into a universe where bodies are often in unison, but where each one reveals itself and tells its own story through movement. 

In a word, it’s the story of a brilliant dancer with a disability, and of people who share, for the duration of a dance, all the fragility and beauty of being oneself. Together. 

Without words (except some passages in French) ● Ages 6+ 


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    Choreographed Guillaume Chouinard
  • georges-nicolastremblay-creditmarionchuniaudlacau-2
    Assistant choreographer and dramaturg Georges-Nicolas Tremblay
  • Choreographed and directed by Guillaume Chouinard
  • Assistant choreographer and dramaturg Georges-Nicolas Tremblay
  • With Ivanie Aubin-Malo, Maxime D.-Pomerleau and Jerémie Desbiens
  • Set Amélie Charbonneau and Éric Saindon
  • Lighting Karine Gauthier
  • Costumes and props Amélie Charbonneau
  • Original music Studio La Marcelle
  • Composer of "Nimihitôtan" song Moe Clark
  • Lyrics in Nêhiyawêwin Moe Clark
  • Lyrics in Wolastoqey Ivanie Aubin-Malo
  • Voices Moe Clark and Ivanie Aubin-Malo
  • Audio description Caroline Charbonneau
  • Technical director and Stage manager Antoine Lefebvre
  • Producer Corpuscule Danse
  • In association with National Arts Centre French Theatre

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