Project Description


La gigue en souvenir – In-Person Performance

La gigue en souvenir makes the past come alive through the energy, the complexity and the vigour of the “gigue” – a traditional dance seen in Québec and in other parts of the world. Choreographer Sylvie Bouchard has reinvented this folk tradition in a contemporary fashion, with six dancers performing on the music of Les Charbonniers de l’enfer.

The performance is preceded by a short talk on the history of the gigue and on the music used in the performance. La gigue en souvenir contains four sections, each performed on a different song by Les Charbonniers de l’enfer. The dancers’ movements truly become part of the musical score.

After the performance, we will teach a few students a traditional Square Dance that they will demonstrate. We will then invite more students to dance, and the others to participate by clapping and encouraging their classmates.

In-Person Booking Inquiry

Connections & Themes

Evolution of dance and music through cross-cultural migration and contact 

Exploring Canadian culture through time 

Exploration of new rhythms and sounds through dance and music

Imagination, rhythm and movement

Cross Curriculur Connections

French Education

Character Development

Booking Details

School Fee: $1000 +HST
Audience Size: 300
Grades: 4-8 & 9-12
Language: Bilingual, French
Availability: Limited Run – February 2021

About Artist

BoucharDanse was created in 2009 by choreographer Sylvie Bouchard. We are interested in developing new artistic concepts and projects at the intersection of dance and theatre. BoucharDanse’s repertoire includes in-theatre performances, site-specific performances and performances for young audiences. BoucharDanse successfully presented La gigue en souvenir around Québec and Ontario in 2016 and in 2018, as well as its production Histoire d’amour – an introduction to dance for audiences of all ages – in Hearst, Kingston and Toronto.

“Sylvie Bouchard’s La gigue en souvenir, 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