Jacques Poulin-Denis is a composer, choreographer, director and performer. Undertaking projects that blur the boundaries between dance, music and theater, he creates humanistic and uncanny works that are both sensorial and thought provoking. To gently knock the spectator off center, he puts forth the strength within the vulnerability of the characters he brings to life. Counting over twelve different productions, Jacques Poulin-Denis’ work has been seen in over twenty cities across Canada, as well as in the United States, Europe and Asia. An associated artist of La Chapelle Theater in Montreal since 2012, he was awarded a two month residency in Berlin during the Tanz Im August Festival, as well as several choreographic research periods in Montreal, Victoria, Vancouver, Bassano and Seoul. He develops an interdisciplinary approach to creation, which he regularly teaches through workshops and master classes. He is a close collaborator of choreographer Mélanie Demers and has been active with her company, Mayday, as a composer and performer since 2006. Jacques Poulin-Denis is the winner of an Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, San Francisco in 2004 and a Saskatoon Area Theater Award in 2009.

Portrait © Dominique Skoltz


Theme 02 – Urbanism and Infrastructures
Tuesday, February 21, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Places-des-Arts Metro Station


You are not stuck in traffic, you are traffic.
Every hour, radio gives us a traffic update, like a small prayer that highlights our obsession for road conditions, the rush hour and subway failures. But what about the human beings that are continually navigating this web of routes? What place do we give the bodies that run, walk, roll, and saunter? From the closed circuit commuter, to the devoted February cyclist, our comings and goings are the waltz that animates the city.

Waltz is a tribute to mobility. In the Place-des-Arts metro station, an oversized treadmill is the rolling stage where imagined stations and travellers succeed one another. Its rythme is synchronized to the trains and every departure offers a new and abstract look into our transportation culture.

Creative Partner – Dance

Tangente has been a major figure in contemporary dance for 36 years. Forerunner of young artists and new tendencies, year after year Tangente offers innovative and imaginative programming. Every performance is a journey of discovery to remarkable choreographic experimentations at the meeting point of artistic disciplines.


Show Credits

Design, choreography, music Jacques Poulin-Denis
Electronic design Samuel St-Aubin
Dancers Nicolas Boivin, Charles Brecard, Laurent Chalifour, Matéo Chauchat, Justine Chevalier-Martineau, Sara Cousineau, Julian Czenze, Jessica Dupont-Roux, Roxanne Dupuis, José Flores, Cyndie Forget Gravel, Maïka Giasson, Gina Grant, Chloe Hart, Julien Mercille Barrette, Danny Morissette, Brontë Poiré-Prest, Emma Simon, Camille Trudel-Vigeant, Émilie Wilson, Luis Alberto Cabanzo, Margaux Dorsal and Susannah Haight from the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal.
Rehearsal director Jean-François Légaré
Text Daniel Canty
Costumes Julie Espinasse, Marilène Bastien
Set fabrication Omnifab, L’autre Atelier
Administration Stéphanie Murphy (Diagramme gestion culturelle)
Production Grand Poney