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Danse Carpe Diem/Emmanuel Jouthe is a nonprofit organization founded in 1995. In its first four years, six members serving as choreographers or performers jointly assumed the company’s artistic direction. In 1999, Emmanuel Jouthe became sole artistic director.


Beyond creating, producing and performing choreographic works, DCD/EJ contributes significantly to developing audiences in contemporary dance, with a strong focus on educational and cultural mediation activities. DCD/EJ’s mission is to foster exploration and experimentation within an ongoing research process. In this way, the company contributes to the growth and development of the contemporary dance milieu.


The company has premiered and performed over fifteen original works, several of which have been presented throughout Canada and in Europe. 


Danse Carpe Diem/Emmanuel Jouthe receives financial support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Conseil des arts de Montréal.


Official Selection - RIDEAU 2019 (Québec)

Official Selection - « Jouer Dehors », La danse sur la route du Québec, 2019-2020

Official SelectionParcours Danse (Montréal), 2017


SUITES PERMÉABLES is intended as a basis for questioning intimacy at the limits of its physical expression. In every culture, a certain physical distance is unconsciously established between two people. The interaction is delimited by an invisible boundary, by a personal space that enables us to enter in contact with the world, to breathe it in, exude it, and above all, to sense it.

Set in an atypical performance space, this choreographic piece is deeply engaged in bringing audience members outside of their comfort zone, shaking up their expectations and coaxing them into an unexpected encounter with the other, in a hidden dimension.

Often at skin level, SUITES PERMÉABLES is intended to be perceived in much the same way as one gives a look, reaches out a hand, or whispers in someone’s ear. The performers’ bodies in this piece are extremely malleable, in turn vibrating and withdrawing from the outside world; their presence is both gentle and unsettling.



Emmanuel Jouthe, en collaboration avec les interprètes


Artistic Consultant and Rehearsal Coach

Christine Charles

Dancers (actual cast)

Marilyne St-Sauveur - Élise Bergeron - Jessica Serli - 

James Phillips - Nicolas Labelle - Frédéric Gagnon

Dancers (original cast)

Élise Bergeron - Nicolas Labelle - Frédéric Gagnon
Eve Lalonde - Philippe Poirier - Laurence Fournier Campeau

Sarah Dell’Ava

Technical Direction and Lighting

Mélanie Primeau

Coproduction and Creative Support

Les Escales Improbables de Montréal


Le caractère personnalisé de la proposition a permis aux personnes âgées de rompre avec l’ennui, de s’abandonner quelques minutes au plaisir d’une musique et de se laisser porter par une danse invitante."

Pascal Perron

Centre d’étude et d’action sociales

En effet, le projet Écoute pour voir, se déroulant dans le cadre de l’événement annuel Semaine Québec Danse, repousse les limites du rapport scène-salle en occupant des lieux où le spectateur est surpris par l’action culturelle"

La médiation culturelle

Ville de Montréal


Artistic Direction

Emmanuel Jouthe


Emmanuel Jouthe en collaboration avec les interprètes

Dancers (alternation)

(original and actual cast)

Élise Bergeron

Alex-Ann Boucher

Rosie Contant

Sarah Dell’Ava

Laurence Fournier Campeau

Frédéric Gagnon

Marie-Joële Hadd

Nicolas Labelle

Eve Lalonde

Jean-François Légaré

Sonia Montminy

Alexandre Parenteau

Raphaëlle Perreault

James Phillips

Philippe Poirier

Andrée-Anne Ratthé

Gabrielle Surprenant-Lacasse

Marilyne St-Sauveur

Mélanie Thérrien


ÉCOUTE POUR VOIR is made up of various solos dispersed throughout the space and danced simultaneously. Dancers and spectators wear headphones connected to an iPod and share in a choreography for the duration of a piece of music.


Participants can experience different versions and a variety of dances by moving from one performer to another, but they can also enjoy the totality of a shifting and dynamic ensemble from a distance. Participants are thus free to come into the dance according to their impulses or as they please.

The purpose of this piece is to create privileged moments between two individuals and to discover such proximal connections. ÉCOUTE POUR VOIR, with its intimate choreographies, offers a new experience of the body’s movement as associated with different melodies, featuring two people in tune with one other, wrapped up in a shared world of sound.

United for a moment and bound up together in movement, dancers and spectators engage in singular encounters and each solo becomes a close dialogue, an interaction that is at once unique and momentous.


Over the years, the company has successfully adapted the piece, developing individual options to be articulated in different contexts.


CORPS DE TEXTE is a series of solos unfolding in a world where literature and poetry occupy the foreground. The concept is an outgrowth of the ÉCOUTE POUR VOIR project, and gives movement to words, excerpts from novels, poems and other literary works, in the space of 3 to 4-minute solos. Again, emanating from the theme of proximity in which the choreographer is deeply invested, the dancers’ bodies take on the shape of the text within intimate individual encounters, or tête-à-têtes. While hearing the power in the meaning of the words, the physical language expressed becomes a meeting and sharing medium, both delicate and invigorating. Using several languages in the recording of texts (Arabic, Spanish, English, French, Japanese, etc.), the piece reinitializes the spectator’s imagination, both provoking and facilitating openness to the other.


Artistic Direction

Emmanuel Jouthe


Emmanuel Jouthe en collaboration avec les interprètes


Élise Bergeron, Nicolas Labelle, James Phillips, Marilyne St-Sauveur

Sound Conception

Jérémie Jones


© 2017 par Résonances. 

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