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la complainte du givre

January 12-14, 2023
8pm @ The Citadel


Two women jump body and soul in a work exploring the vulnerability of our relationships across its spectrum. The ghost of what love, friendship, absence leaves us, their memory in our body, their forgotten trace that resurface. 

la complainte du givre is a creation situated on the thin line of fiction, abstraction, dream and reality. The performance is punctuated by audio excerpts from a residency in Denmark in 2020, as one learned to dance and the other to sing. We can hear the tensions of the past, the insecurities of one and the other in the face of their abilities, but also the candor of these women and the laughter that can occur at any time. While the past is present in our ears, we witness an intimacy, a gentleness and a trust firmly rooted in the present, the fruit of this past that we decide to share. Without being in the position of a voyeur, this experience is a gift offered by its preciousness and the rarity of being able to witness the beginning of an adventure that unfolds and continues to grow before our eyes. 

Approximate run time is 60 minutes.


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Meet the Artist

Photo of Simon Renaud Photo by Pierre-Olivier Cadieux

Simon Renaud


Twins full time, epileptic part time, Simon Renaud is the artistic director of the new dance company, amour amour. He is an artist with a deep reverence for the viewer. His work invites an active curiosity, in fact, it demands to be seen and defined by the viewer. He questions what defines us as individuals, and offers an invitation to participate and to change.

Ultimately, he creates community, a sense of belonging that does not separate, exclude or marginalize. Simon’s choreographic work has been performed nationally and nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award. As a dancer, he worked for major companies in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Paris and toured internationally. la complainte du givre, received a residency in Aarhus, Denmark from Circuit-Est Centre Chorégraphique in collaboration with the Bora Bora Residency Centre in march 2020. 

Photo of Marie-Pier Gilbert Photo by Marie-Ève Dion

Marie-Pier Gilbert


Marie-Pier completed her studies in contemporary dance at The School of Dance in Ottawa and has since worked as a performer, choreographer, curator and educator. Over the years and through her projects, she has developed an interest in site-specific dance where she can investigate different places of exchange with the audience.

These encounters allow her to develop a sensitive listening and presence that allows a rich and personalized dialogue with people of all backgrounds. HELMUT, her first site-specific creation (with Julie Tymchuk), was presented several times in Montreal, France, Gaspésie and the Magdalen Islands. In 2020, she and Geneviève Lauzon created the music and dance ambulatory Connexions Momentanées, which allows her to reach out to citizens. As a performer, Marie-Pier also collaborates with Simon Renaud, Julie Lebel (Foolish Operations), Geneviève Lauzon, Meagan O’Shea and Sébastien Cossette-Masse.  

In 2015, she founded, with Jocelyn Todd and Nicola Fridgen, the contemporary dance creation and dissemination platform Dark Horse Dance Projects (DHDP) in Ottawa. The three founders have celebrated the sixth year of activity in 2022. 


Photo of Joanie Michaud Photo by Joanie Michaud

Joanie Michaud


A libra in search of a constant balance, Gatineau-born singer-songwriter, Joanie Michaud disguises herself as a civil servant by day to better create the rest of the time.

Following her training at l’École nationale de la chanson de Granby in 2012, she was a semi-finalist at the Festival international de la chanson de Granby, a participant in the 18th edition of Les Francouvertes, and a winner in the “singer-songwriter” category at the 21st edition of Ma Première Place des Arts and at the Festival de la chanson de Saint- Ambroise. In 2019, after a long break from the stage, her friend, Simon Renaud, dancer/choreographer, challenged her to be a performer in one of his creations: La complainte du givre. After a residency at the Bora Bora Residency center in Aarhus, Denmark and another one at LA SERRE -arts vivants in Montreal, somewhere between humility, restlessness and vulnerability, she decided to fully assume a brand new title that of being a dancer.


Simon Renaud (
amour amour)
Joanie Michaud
Marie-Pier Gilbert

Félix-Antoine Boutin

Music design:
Andrew Beaudoin

Lighting design:
Tiffanie Boffa

Costume design:
Ariane Michaud

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