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[ imagine, create, propagate ]


[creation 2020-2021]

In 2018, author, dramaturge, choreographer and visionary Élian Mata created the unforgettable Forêt with a first collective of performers; this year he returns to the MAI with Trajectoires, a performance installation involving eight collaborators. Moving through this rich, moving tableau that deals with the nuance and complexity of being human, the audience encounters these living works of art embodied by the performers: six creations dedicated to representation. And on this journey, we seek to understand Anima, Animus and Androgyny; and we reflect on this Narcissus that exists in each of us, each one evoking in their own way the complexity and profundity of the human psyche through a series of enigmatic tales whose collective voice is as singular as it is manifold.



“ [...]Trajectories presented at beginning of Journées de la Culture 2020 at Maison de la Culture Marie-Uguay took our breath away [...]
Journées de la Culture 2020. Montréal.

Trajectories explores the many shades of human being, in a series of encounters and dialogues of what exists in each of us. Different geographic and emotional paths to follow, in order to come into contact with each other. Eight women and men embody several archetypes, powerful and vulnerable at the same time – in a performative installation of six scenes; Narcissus, Skennen'kó: Wa, Magna Mater, Anima, Animus, Androgynous. Through the audience wandering, they come to life, then die, each with strength and modesty. Further than the scenes they symbolize, their simple presence and diversity is a testimony of their richness: age, sexe, ethnicity, origins, genres, orientations, personalities, etc.  Enigmatic narratives, singular paths, Trajectories thus blurs certain codes between audience and performers to create a being-ensemble capable of opening the range of new sensitive and transcultural approaches. Trajectories evokes the complexity and the profusion of the human psyche – and invites to rethink.

photos : Vanessa Fortin & David Wong

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[création 2017-2019]

unveils the stigmas of bodies rooted to wild nature, undertaking with ardour to explore the immediacy of the being, and sending back to where it all begun, to the origin. Between abandon and exaltation, then begins the intimate movement, this primal beat, almost animal, that precedes thought. The immanence of the being in its greatest fragility and its most authentic natural, at this very precise moment becomes reality through its existence, its explanation, its value. 

“ [...] strong in images 
[...] like a contemplative look at a human vivarium … 
Catherine Lalonde. LE DEVOIR.

[...] a tremendous experience [...]

“ [...] naked bodies, political bodies [...] 
Alain-Martin Chartrand. JEU, Revue de Théâtre.

“ [...] six performers who have really different bodies, that's really cool [...] 
Stéphanie Dufresne.  ON DIRA CE QU'ON VOUDRA, ICI Première, Radio-Canada.

“ [...] gentle social allegory  about our different human origins [...]

" [...] A beautiful fable about innocence  and self-discovery, and especially about the genesis of humanity.
Denis-Martin Chabot. CULTURE AREA.

“ [...] this piece intrigues by how  it approaches its subject [...]
Lucie Lesclauze. DFDANSE.