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Choregraphy : Harold Rhéaume

Audience: Ages 5 and up
Length: approx. 40 minutes

A Quebec-France co-production of Festival Escapades, la Maison des Arts de Créteil and Le fils d’Adrien danse.

A tiny, shiny piece of poetry

Think of the famous scene where Fred Astaire dances with a coat rack and you get the picture. Mechanical Variations finds Harold Rhéaume all alone on stage until he comes across two strange-looking sculptures. The Weeble wobbles; The Skater skedaddles. With tenderness and good-natured humour, the dancer brings them to life.

The Variations let us observe the inner world of a lonely, naïve man-child left to his own devices. Movement is pared-down to an expressive minimalism. With video technologies, the show is a nod to Norman McLaren’s movies and Charlie Chaplin’s fantasy-world.

This playful and unconventional meeting of contemporary dance and visual art came about in 2004 as a collaboration between Harold Rhéaume, art designer Yvan Dagenais and the French Escapades Festival. The first phase of the creation process and five shows took place at the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris.

In November 2007, the Maison des Arts de Créteil came on board as co-producer, providing the team with a residency at its Studio technologique, and hosting nine performances. The young French spectators were mesmerized.

En 2008-2009, Mechanical Variations brought joy to young audiences at Montreal’s Les Coups de Théâtre festival before crossing the Atlantic once again for 12 shows in the greater Paris region.



October and November 2007 — Maison des Arts de Créteil (France)
November 2004 — Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris (France)


Choreographer and Dancer
Harold Rhéaume

Original Concept and Sculptures
Yvan Dagenais

Martin Faucher

Pascal Robitaille

Caroline Ferland, Thomas Fernandez

Video Projection
MAC / Studio technologique

Costume Design
Janie Gagnon

Other Team Member
Catherine Desjardins-Jolin

Video Capture and Editing
MAC / Studio technologique

Jean-François Brière

Performances and tours

15-27 January 2009 — Tour in France

Salle Gérard Philippe (Bonneuil)
Bonlieu Scène Nationale (Annecy)
Centre des Arts Enghien-les-Bains

21 to 23 November 2008 — Festival Les Coups de Théâtre (Usine C • Montreal)
20 to 24 November 20-2, 2007 — Festival Escapades (Maison des Arts de Créteil • France)
8 to 11 December 2004 —Festival Escapades (Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris • France)