Virginie Brunelle celebrates raw emotion. Through bitter poetry, the choreographer concerns herself with the idea of incompleteness and the fragments that may remain between two people, a sustained struggle seemingly frozen in time like pain or like a memory. While contrasting both fleeting and immutable connections and reference points, an examination of group dynamics, of family and self emerges. Virginie Brunelle proves that pain - that dangerous substance gnawing at contemporary society – can be used as an emotional bridge flowing between her six dancers and the public. Nobody will come away unscathed.
has an intense power that touches upon something raw and universal. It throws us kicking and screaming into our own memories. In that respect, Brunelle has fully succeeded. - Iris Gagnon-Paradis, LA PRESSE
Esthetically refined and precise, the piece has a cinematic quality. The tableaux move with fluency, and there is consistency and coherence throughout. This show should not be missed. - Julie Timchuk, DF DANSE
We are witnesses of a distillation of power and vulnerability pertaining to a kind poetry of everyday life. Once again, this young choreographer asserts her singular and very human approach.- Margot Baffet, MA CULTURE.FRFiche Technique
PLOMB is a dark journey where our fragile self is put to the test. Strong images carve out the essential stepping-stones through which human sensitivity and vulnerability are revealed, evoking the many moments of mourning and grief that burn the heart to ashes. Passion, tenderness and laughter suddenly slip through our fingers and leave us lingering in their silence. PLOMB is a deep pit where memories are stored and slowly fade in time.
PLOMB is her most mature work and her dance is more colorful and more beautiful than ever.- Philippe Couture, VOIR.CA
The cast delivers strikingly diverse and unique performances.- Brigitte Manolo, DF DANSE
The interchaining scenes carry the audience back and forth between extreme and intense emotions.- Frédérique Doyon, LE DEVOIRTECHNICAL RIDER
How can we define ourselves through the constraint of traditional gender concepts? Overwhelmed by their fears, men and women collide in a forlorn attempt to validate their own existence. Their excesses lead them on the road to ruin, guided by their desperate desire to feel something, to feel alive. A poetic reflection of the human psyche, Complexe des genres explores the search for oneself through relationships. Doubt is looming and the cold, obsessive quest for perfection is pervasive, but still, there is hope. As righteous, thinking beings, men and women can experience growth, acceptance and love. A physical and acrobatic choreography imbued with remarkable visual poetry.
We are touched at the sight of this poetic «danse-vérité.- Stéphanie Brody, LA PRESSE
Very early in the piece, you feel your stomach tie into a knot: something inexplicable moves you viscerally, and presumably surpasses the ambition of the creation.- Marion Gerbier, DF DANSE
She has a talent for strong images, without a doubt.- Frédérique Doyon, LE DEVOIRTECHNICAL RIDER
Foutrement explores inﬁdelity: men and women at the mercy of temptation and primal instincts. Three dancers - a man and two women, in love, ripped apart, wounded, betrayed - move with racked bodies, sagging under the weight of Love’s disillusionment. Throughout their sexual adventures, the illusion of love persists, doubt mixes with desire, and what began as attraction ends in obsession. When reason becomes passion’s slave, love and sex are confused, and the game of seduction mixes with the game of the forbidden, ecstasy and suffering become one.
A string of scenes expertly interwoven by light and music, Foutrement draws its inspiration from classical dance, yet is unashamedly contemporary. At times lyrical, at times agitated and choppy, Virginie Brunelle's work is always physically powerful and remarkably emotive.
The most captivating new talent in Montreal’s dance community.- Lili Marin, RADIO-CANADA.CA
A local young choreographer to watch out for. Beyond the boldness and the frankness of rebellions youth, her work shows signs of a personal vision that compels attention.- Victor Swoboda, THE GAZETTE
Foutrement is an umpteeth tale of love. Yet, this one is refreshingly touching - and deeply moving.- Félix Dyotte, NOMAGTECHNICAL RIDER
Compagnie Virginie Brunelle was founded in Montreal in 2009. From the start, Virginie Brunelle has acted as its Artistic and Executive Director. The company’s repertoire now includes five works: Les cuisses à l’écart du cœur (2009), Foutrement (2010), Complexe des genres (2011), PLOMB (2013), À la douleur que j’ai (2016). These productions have been presented on local, national and international stages, in 10 countries and in over 50 cities, notably Aarhus, Amsterdam, Bassano del Grappa, Beirut, Bruges, Budapest, Mexico, Milan, Montreal, São Paulo, Seoul, Turin and Vancouver.
With authenticity and human emotion, as well as through her themes and choice of performers, Virginie wishes to establish an intimate connection with her audience, stirring them with singular and powerful pieces.
Her work can be recognized in the sensitive but raw performances, the cinematic tableaux and a vocabulary that seeks to deconstruct traditional codes, using staccato rhythms and coarse movement, constantly alternating between tension and release. Above all, Virginie is interested in humans, their emotions, and the poetry of everyday existence.