Masterclass with Compagnie Virginie Brunelle

In association with
Les corps avalés by Compagnie Virginie Brunnelle

Through warm-up exercises and sequences of movement specific to Virginie’s creations, the class will evolve towards the learning of an extract of Les corps avalés. Beyond the execution, what interests Virginie is accessibility to the human; the interpreter does not play a role, they are here and now, sometimes vulnerable, sometimes strong, but always true.

Skill Level

This class is intended for intermediate dancers and choreographers. Participants should have a minimum of 2 years of prior dance training.

Dress so you can move freely and have appropriate foot wear or bare feet.

Leader Bios

  • Virginie Brunelle
  • Sophie Breton

Choreographer Virginie Brunelle was introduced to the world of dance by way of music. Born in 1982, the Montérégie native first studied violin as a child and went on to play in the Orchestre des jeunes de la Montérégie as well as in a string quartet, where she discovered the importance of group work and fostered a love for the power of rhythm and the pleasure of performance. Impelled by this new-found musical knowledge, she auditioned and was accepted into the dance program at Cégep de Drummondville in 2002. In the years that followed, Virginie Brunelle explored a variety of choreographic techniques and styles, most notably as a student at UQAM, where she first embraced contemporary dance.

After graduating in 2008, Virginie Brunelle created Les cuisses à l’écart du cœur, a choreography for seven dancers that earned the 2009 Bourse RIDEAU at the Vue sur la Relève festival. Emboldened by this initial success, she founded her eponymous company (Compagnie Virginie Brunelle) in 2009, and in the same year created a second work, Foutrement, which won the 2017 Prix du public presented by the CAM en tournée (CAM touring program). In 2011, Virginie Brunelle opened La Chapelle’s fall season with the presentation of her third work, Complexe des genres, which received second prize at Denmark’s prestigious Aarhus International Choreography Competition. Three years later, she presented PLOMB, and in 2016 she created À la douleur que j’ai. These four works have since been toured across Europe and Canada.

Sophie Breton graduated from l’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal in 2008. Since then, we have seen her dance for choreographers such as Alan Lake, Frédéric Marier, Thierry Huard, Sasha Kleinplatz and Jacques Poulin-Denis while working alongside Ginelle Chagnon for the staging of excerpts from the work of Jean-Pierre Perreault. In 2012, she joined the company O Vertigo for a period of 3 years. Today, Sophie works alongside Virginie Brunelle in Complexe des genres, To the pain that lingers, and Isabelle Van Grimde in Les  Gestes, Le corps en Question(s), Corps Secret Corps Public, Symphonie 5.1, and Ève 2050.