Site Specific Performances
La gigue en souvenirs
First commissionned by Dusk Dances in 2008
Choreography: Sylvie Bouchard
A contemporary expression of the traditional gigue, this piece sings and dances the past. An audience favorite, La gigue en souvenirs brings highly physical and intricate choreography to the magnificent music of the Charbonniers de l’enfer.
Mairéad Filgate, Meredith Thompson, Neena Jayarajan, Molly Johnson
Photo: Ömer Yükseker
What the press is saying about La gigue en souvenirs:
“Sylvie Bouchard’s wonderful La gigue en souvenirs evokes a summer evening in a francophone community centre. The dance is lively and celebratory, a hoedown for particularly light-footed and strong-limbed performers.
Seated at the picnic table, Neena Jayarajan was no wall-flower. When her turn came, she performed alone, doing classical Indian dance moves to the same music. It was a surprising development, the music somehow making the perfect accompaniment to the eastern dance. The sense of community expressed in this dance makes an appropriate wrap-up to an evening of dancing for families in the park.” – Susan Walker, The Toronto Star
“Dusk Dances founder Sylvie Bouchard’s La gigue en souvenirs, animated by the lively Quebecois folk songs of traditionalist a capella group Les charbonniers de l’enfer, is so infectiously spirited that two girls in the crowd on Tuesday couldn’t resist dancing along.” – Michael Crabb, The National Post