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.