La Démarquise

  La Démarquise

La Démarquise is Louise, it’s me, her, us, and you… La Démarquise is the poetry of bodies, in union and as individuals. “Like the reflection transmitted by a prism, creating an image that can not satisfy her, La Démarquise makes light of herself.” Five powerful dancers take the stage, five strong personalities.

La Démarquise is the acknowledgment given to the feminine condition. It also echoes society’s view of a natural phenomenon: aging and the frantic race to fight it. Louise Bédard takes on femininity, the state of being “feminine,” and transports us into worlds that unsettle and astonish us.

Inspired by the iconographic and narrative work of Portuguese artist Paula Rego, this invitation from Louise Bédard is an opportunity to reflect on social discourses about aging. Through magnified, wounded images of women, accompanied by audio, visual, physical and material stimuli, La Démarquise opens a dialogue of contrasts and liberation, pain and pleasure, carried by the poetry of the bodies on stage.


La Démarquise from Louise Bedard Danse on Vimeo.



Conseil des arts de Montréal in tour :

Tuesday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m. – Maison de la culture Frontenac
OFF-FTA 2017: The full-length version of La Démarquise has been presented on Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st May at 3 p.m.

OFF-CINARS 2016: A one hour extract of La Démarquise has been presented on Thursday November 17th 2016 at 12.30 p.m. and 9.45 p.m.

La Démarquise was performed on the 16th, 17th and 18th, March 2016 at 7 p.m. and 19th March 2016 at 3 p.m.

OFF-FTA 29th may 2015. Public work in progress at Studio Jeanne-Renaud – Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique.


Choreography Louise Bédard

Performers (for the first presentations) Miriah Brennan - Marie Claire Forté - Alanna Kraaijeveld - Sarah Williams - Gabrielle Surprenant-Lacasse
Performers (for Conseil des arts de Montréal in tour) Miriah Brennan - Marie Claire Forté - Eve Garnier - Sarah Williams - Lauren Semeschuk - Gabrielle Surprenant-Lacasse

Coach and artistic consultant Christine Charles

Composer Diane Labrosse

Stage designer Marilène Bastien

Lighting Bruno Rafie

Costumes Valeska G.

Makeup Angelo Barsetti

Technical director Catherine Germain
Technical director (for Conseil des arts de Montréal Touring Program) Rasmus Sylvest

Production manager Émilie Martel

Production Louise Bédard Danse 

Performance : 120 minutes (long version) – 70 minutes (short version)


«Se démarquiser» said Louise Bédard, everyone understands what he wants. We certainly take a curious look, almost loving, towards these women who exquisitely stand out. Word game aside, La Démarquise is original and well done. It provides a poetic’s form and a very solid choreographic landscape.

Élise Boileau,, 17th, March 2016

An expressionist work of a great choreographer from Québec that allows us to see better the complexity of women, this is what La Démarquise is.

Robert St Amour, Sur les pas du spectateur, 19th, March 2016

I couldn’t look away. La Démarquise is visually arresting throughout and full of sharp humour, such as when a unicorn slices a red gash in a blank canvas. Tonally, it feels like the mood at the end of a long road trip: dangerously weird, full of inspiration and unexpected intimacy, verging on out-of-control.

Mark Mann, The Dance Current, 8th, April 2016


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Photomontage 1  Sarah Williams, Marie Claire Forté / Crédit : Photomontage by Éliot B.Lafrenière and Guillaume Lépine, from Valeska G. pictures
Photo 2 > Alanna Kraaijeveld, Miriah Brennan, Sarah Williams, Marie Claire Forté, Gabrielle Surprenant-Lacasse / Credit : Valeska G.
Photo 3 > Alanna Kraaijeveld / Credit : Valeska G.
Photo 4 > Alanna Kraaijeveld, Miriah Brennan, Marie Claire Forté, Gabrielle Surprenant-Lacasses / Credit : Claudia Chan Tak
Photo 5 > Gabrielle Surprenant-Lacasse / Credit : Claudia Chan Tak
Photo 6 > Miriah Brennan, Marie Claire Forté, Alanna Kraaijeveld, Gabrielle Surprenant-Lacasse / Credit : Valeska G.
Photo 7 > Miriah Brennan, Marie Claire Forté, Gabrielle Surprenant-Lacasse, Alanna Kraaijeveld / Credit : Valeska G.
Photo 8 > Sarah Williams,  Alanna Kraaijeveld / Credit : Claudia Chan Tak
Photo 9 > Miriah Brennan, Alanna Kraaijeveld / Credit : Claudia Chan Tak
Photo 10 > Sarah Williams / Credit : Claudia Chan Tak