La vie is a path forward. We let the past settle and move towards the unknown not without fear, but willingly. Our lives flow from rivers to meadows to mountains, and through these changes, we should always trust the pounding of our hearts.


  • Choreographer: Sylvie Bouchard
  • Performer: Mairéad Filgate
  • Music: Lhasa de Sela
  • Costumes: Emily Tench
  • Lighting Design: Arun Srinivasan


[…]Bouchard’s solo La Vie for dancer Mairéad Filgate contained her usual mix of the whimsical and the serious.” Paula Citron, The Globe and Mail, August 14th, 2011

“… Bouchard’s choreography was masterful, full of starts, stops, hesitations, pull backs and pull forwards…” The Globe and Mail

Paula Citron also made special mention of La vie in her best of 2011 dance awards.

Performance history

La vie premiered on August 12th and 13th 2011 as part of dance: made in canada/fait au canada, Late-Night Series – What you See is What you Get! at the Betty Oliphant Theatre. The piece was then adapted for a park setting for Dusk Dances 2014 at Withrow Park.