Claudel’s creative approach is immersed in the interdisciplinary. With a background rooted in circus arts, she co-founded the contemporary circus collective Cie du Poivre Rose in Belgium, whose eponymous show has toured Europe, and has played more than 70 performances in 7 countries. Currently she is studying in “Performance Creation” at Concordia University. On top of this she has recently taught at the Stockholm University of Dance and Circus and continues to pursue her own performance career in various projects as a hand to hand porter, contortionist, aerialist, and dancer. A graduate of the National Circus School of Montreal in 2004, Claudel was once an aerial artist for Cirque Du Soleil in Japan, took part in numerous cabaret productions in Germany (GOP Variétes, Chämaleon), and toured with Circus Monti in Switzerland.

Portrait © Adèle Godefroy

Theme 03 – Equality + Diversity
Thursday, March 16
2 performances – 7 pm and 8 pm
Paul-Gérin-Lajoie-d’Outremont School
at the school library

Que nous soyons

Newcomers who learn to speak French.
A couple, dancers, acrobats, try to push forward one against the other.
A plane crosses the sky above a school library.

It is a project of constraint and opportunity, of our dependence on one another, of our lives in motion. Because we all try to move forward, confident in our trajectories or lost in uncertainty.
Because sometimes we move forward at the expense of others. We lose and we win, and we move forward.
– C.D.

Que nous soyons is an interdisciplinary work, which through its creative process, questions diversity and equality. The presentation on march 16th bears witness to the outcome resulting from the encounter between Claudel Doucet and the students from the francization classe from École Paul-Gérin-Lajoie. Together, they have created this piece, collaborating with artists Christine Daigle and Mathias Reymond (dancers/acrobats), Joël Lavoie (sound designer) and Jérôme Delapierre (video designer).

Que nous soyons will be presented at the school’s library, a place that is important in the process of learning a language, of opening up to new cultures; a space of infinite possibilities.

Creative Partner – Circus

The 7 Fingers
By perpetually blurring artistic boundaries, The 7 Fingers strive to reach the universal, extraordinary, indefinable, visceral, and intimate worlds in each human being. Created in 2002 and now made up of 200 artists, administrators, and technicians, the collective offers roughly 1 000 performances a year — both artistic collaborations and signature shows.In 2017, The 7 Fingers will inaugurate its own Creation and Production Centre. The centre, based in heart of Montreal’s Quartier des Spectacles, will house the collective’s trademark creation and production activities all under one roof.


We Cry
by Emmanuelle Walter

In a library, at night. The audience sits in two rows facing each other. The performance begins. We look around discreetly to try and identify which of the spectators are the parents, sisters and brothers of the 17 adolescents about to take the space.

Let’s be clear: Claudel Doucet’s Que nous Soyons is a gem. Created with a reception class of recently immigrated students, the work interweaves choreography, theatre and circus. Its canvas is the library of the Paul-Gérin-Lajoie-d’Outremont high school, where they study. To witness the teenagers’ unquiet grace in this space – their space – is a joy. They circulate, telling us their names. The world materializes before our very eyes. They come from Moldavia, Bulgaria, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Brazil, the Philippines, Venezuela, Iran, Vietnam, South Korea, China and the Ukraine. Through staging and texts from a writing workshop delivered in a myriad of accents, they carry us into their inner worlds. “I dream of a mountain of ice cream,” “I’m afraid of losing my native tongue,” “I am of few words,” “I do not understand Donald Trump,” “I will become a Québécois,”… And also this address to Venezuela’s president, “You have destroyed our freedom.” And the troubling statement: “Hello father, … I wonder if I might come back and live with you. I miss you terribly… May I live with you?” In the audience, we cry. The dancer-acrobats Christine Daigle and Mathias Reymond gently slip into the world of the young performers, illustrating encounters, defiance and solidarity. Arad, the Iranian, began the show with this insolent statement: “In Iran, we speak of oil and poetry.” He closes the event reading a French translation of a Persian poem. And it is the end. And it is a triumph, with whooping, standing audiences, flowers, moved parents, a beaming dramaturge, and the radiant youth who dared reveal their souls with the utmost dignity.

That you may be, that we may be, with you, in a library, at night.