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L’appel des braises

April 3, 2024 @ 7PM
April 4, 2024 @ 7PM
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Toronto Premiere

Presented in collaboration with The National Ballet of Canada’s CreativAction Programme, with support from DanceWorks.

Citadel Spring Mix Presents

L’appel des braises (The call of the embers)
Choreographed and Performed by Charles-Alexis Desgagnés

In an oneiric liminal space, a being goes through a profound metamorphosis, shedding skin after skin, taming the fire within. This virtuosic and visceral composition blends conversations about solitude, spirituality, queerness and our divine essence, immersing the audience in a sensory triangular experience where music, lights and movement intertwine. Alternating between dizzying vulnerability, animalistic physicality and a black box science-fiction esthetique, this first full evening solo from Charles-Alexis Desgagnés is an introduction to his choreographic universe and the first piece of a trilogy of works. The piece was cocreated in close and intimate collaboration with the whole team.


Approximate run time is 50 minutes.

Meet the Artists

Photo of Charles-Alexis Desgagnés Photo by Marc-Antoine Hallé

Charles-Alexis Desgagnés

Choreographer / Performer

Charles-Alexis Desgagnés is a queer choreographer, dancer and multidisciplinary performer. Self-taught and curious, he explores the realm of dance, improvisation, film, and teaching. His company, Personne Danse, which simultaneously translates to “Nobody’s Dancing” and “People Dancing” reflects his unconventional path and his desire to bring together and celebrate unique journeys.

With the dancing body at its core, the company’s focus is on embracing individuality, vulnerability and spirituality as healing modalities throughout the works. Currently, he is working on the postproduction of the short film La peau de l’autre (The skin of the other) in collaboration with the 2023 Oscar nominated director Vincent René-Lortie. He is also in the research stage of his first group piece, The silence of the ashes (which will be the second part of a trilogy, following The call of the embers). L’Agora de la danse in Montreal presented this 50 min solo piece as a world premiere in October 2023. He currently resides in New-York City working with Emursive, the producers of Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More, on a new immersive production as a performer. Known for his embodied strength and sensitivity, Charles-Alexis Desgagnés develops an artistic vision centered around the human experience and the need for collaborative circular creation.

Personne Danse
Charles-Alexis Desgagnés

Show Credits

Choreographer: Charles-Alexis Desgagnés (Personne Danse) in collaboration with the creative team
Performer: Charles-Alexis Desgagnés
Rehearsal Direction and Dramaturgy Advisor: Sophie Michaud
Lighting Design and Technical Direction: Claire Seyller
Music and Sound Design: Mada Mada
Scenographic Design: Olivia Pia Audet
Costume Design: Amélie Charbonneau

Choreographic Mentor: José Navas (Flak Company)
Sporadic External Eye: Harold Rhéaume and Janelle Hacault
Photographer: Damian Siqueiros
Production Management: Charles-Alexis Desgagnés

Artist Notes

Un gros merci à Sophie, Claire, Alexis, Amélie et Olivia pour votre travail phénoménal, to my mentor José Navas, to the board of directors of Personne Danse and to the presenters who believed in me, Francine Bernier, Lana Morton et Laurence Lemieux ; thank you for wholeheartedly supporting full-on physical dancing. Un gros merci!


Coproduction: Agora de la danse
Residency Partners: Agora de la danse, École supérieure de ballet du Québec, Circuit-Est center chorégraphique, La Rotonde, José Navas / Compagnie FLAK and Ottawa Dance Directive / Dance 10 Series.

Created with the financial support from the Conseil des arts du Canada and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, through a coproduction with l’Agora de la danse.

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Alexis Leroy-Pleshoyano AKA Mada Mada

Music and Sound Design

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Sophie Michaud

Rehearsal Direction | Dramaturgy Advisor

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Claire Seyller

Lighting Design | Technical Direction

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