Unique dance and performance from Québec/Canada

With the series depARTures, JOINT ADVENTURES presents choreographic works from specific countries or regions every year as part of ACCESS TO DANCE and with the support of varying cultural institutes building bridges to other art forms and thus expanding the possibilities of dance and performance.
This fall, works by important artists of the Québec/Canada dance scene are invited to present their work to the Munich audience. The selected artists are not only important in Québec and Canada. In their artistic approaches, they are at the forefront of artistic development in contemporary dance worldwide, each defining a unique, individual choreographic way of working.

This project is part of Canada’s cultural program as Guest of Honour at the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2020/2021 with the support of the Embassy of Canada, the Québec Representation and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.


The performances were followed by talks with the artists. For all those who were not able to attend, we made them available online on YoutTube!


Louise Lecavalier

October 7 & 8, 2020

The Canadian dance icon Louise Lecavalier was an internationally celebrated star in Edouard Lock's dance company LaLaLa Human Steps for two decades. With her unique dance technique, the platinum blonde rebel from Montréal is one of the most brilliant contemporary dancers of our time. In her latest work “Stations”, a vital impulse thrusts her back into the arena, like always with body and soul. One moment introverted, the next moment like possessed, animalistic or fluid – her body reaches for ever new states, as if they were the source to survive.

Daniel Léveillé
“Solitudes Solo”

October 13 & 14, 2020

Daniel Léveillé has been one of the most important representatives of the Canadian dance scene for forty years. Typical for his work is a radically physical minimalism – dance as if drawn with a scalpel into empty space. “Solitudes Solo” marks a turning point within his work: Each part offers a sequence that is in essence questioning the power of discontinuity. while moving between sweeping and precise gestures, and receptions accomplished at the limits of disequilibrium, the dancers must each show how their dance favours immobility over time. Each dancer in his or her performance exposes a particular figure of ourselves, a temporal moment in a life tending toward unity and beauty, while knowing it can only reach such heights at the risk of breaking and falling.

Mélanie Demers
“Icône Pop”

October 16 & 17, 2020
Schwere Reiter

Which saint should one pray to? “Icône Pop” incarnates the ambivalence of a society that has lost its bearings, that sanctifies self-glorification. A playful clash between religious and pop icons, from Beyoncé to the Virgin Mary.

Daina Ashbee

October 19 & 21, 2020

“Serpentine” ivibrates the essence of Daina Ashbee’s dark and feminine pieces and is intended as an intense summary of her previous three works, “Unrelated” (2014), “When the ice melts, will we drink the water?” (2016) and “Pour” (2016). The research explored the occupation of space/time/attention in what became a cathartic solo for Areli Moran (Mexico) based in repetition and insistence accompanied by an original electric organ composition by Jean-Francois Blouin. Sometimes things need to be insisted upon, and I believe repetition is powerful because it insists, because we remember and we absorb. The body is powerful and Serpentine allows one body to speak - to occupy space – and our attention, over and over, insistently revealing the enormous strength of the interpreter.

Van Grimde Corps Secrets
“Eve 2050”

November 5 & 6, 2020
Installation 19.00 – 23.00 h
Performance 20.30 h
November 7, 2020
Installation 14.00 – 23.00 h
Performance 20.30 & 21.30 h
November 8, 2020
Installation 11.00 – 18.00 h

How will the boundaries of the body and its identity be redefined in the near future? With her interactive digital installation Eve 2050, Isabelle Van Grimde and her company Van Grimde Corps Secrets invites the audience to engage in an artistic reflection on the future of man and body in an age of digital technology, biomedical advances and artificial intelligence.

Organizer: Muffatwerk as part of ACCESS TO DANCE




If not otherwise indicated, all venues have wheelchair access, i.e. the entrance is at ground level or accessible via an elevator. Please note that some locations in the programme are not accessible to wheelchair users.


Im Gasteig
Rosenheimer Straße 5

S-Bahn all lines Rosenheimer Platz
Tram 15, 25 Rosenheimer Platz
Tram 17 Am Gasteig


Zellstraße 4
81667 München

S-Bahn alle Linien Rosenheimer Platz, Isartor
Bus 132 Isartor / Zweibrückenstraße
Tram 17 Isartor, Deutsches Museum
Tram 25 Rosenheimer Platz



Entenbachstraße 37
81541 München

U-Bahn U1, U2, U7, U8 Kolumbusplatz
Bus 132 Fraunhoferstraße


Schwere Reiter

Dachauer Straße 114
80636 München

Bus 53 Leonrodplatz
Nachtbus 43, 44 Leonrodplatz
Tram 20, 21 Leonrodplatz