Archive for ‘Ensemble Indépendant’

August 27, 2013

Stroller Dance Short Films Premiere in Vancouver!

Choreographer and film maker Julie Lebel is premiering her two short films featuring parents dancing with their babies in a stroller. You are invited to come on Sunday September 29 at 11:30am at Creekside Community and Recreation Centre (#1 Athletes Way, Vancouver) in the multipurpose room 4 to watch the films and share snacks. A drawing station for children and a set of mats for babies will be installed.

The Stroller Dance Flash Mob Document was produced in 2011 with Josh Hite as director of photography and editing. The film documents the flash mob performed in March 2011, a culmination of a  five month community dance process at Creekside Community Recreation Centre  and sponsored by the City of Vancouver. The film features the participants and their babies as well as Yi Zhang playing the accordion.

Avec toi (With You) is a short dance film with original music by Scott Thomson and played by the Woodshed Orchestra. The film features mothers dancing with their baby in a stroller. Filmed in the remote town of Sept-Iles, in Québec, the film shows families dancing their way through town and assembling on the “Vieux Quai”, (the old warf) for a communal dance by the water, on beautiful summer day. With You is a short film in HD produced in Sept-Iles in 2012-2013 with Gabriel Rochette as director of photography and editing. This film was made possible with the support of le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec Télé-Québec Côte-Nord, COGECO Cable Sept-Îles, L’Envol maison de la famille, la Ville de Sept-Iles, la Salle de Spectacle Jean-Marc Dion and Optik 360.

March 14, 2013

Avec toi / With you

The Stroller Dance Short Film was presented today, on March 14 2013 in Sept-Iles, at the Musée Régional de la Côte-Nord to the participants, friends of Ensemble indépendant, partners and volunteers. Here is With You (Avec toi)

Click on vimeo to view the film in better resolution.

December 3, 2012

December 2012 News

The Foolish Operations Ensemble is a group of parents who dance and play music with their children. We meet twice a week, at Creekside Community Recreation Centre and Moberly Arts and Culture. To join, watch videos or for more information click here.

Since March 2012, I am fortunate to be under the mentorship of Karen Jamieson in my exploration of the intersections of community engaged and professional dance. As part of this project, I am exploring choreographic ideas drawn from my research in community engaged setting with professional dancers Justine Chambers, Meredith Kalaman, Anne Cooper, Mirae Rosner, Jane Osborne and Miriam Colvin. The theme of joy in presence is an important thread.

Finally, the Stroller Dance Short Film is about to be finished! For more info on this project, visit:


September 19, 2009

Field Notes / Relevé de terrain

The choreography, music and video projections work together to reveal the sensory details of our physical responses to the natural landscape. Danced by Quebec-based dancer Karine Gagné, the work was created in collaboration with musicians Sébastien Cliche and Christian Miron and videographer Gabriel Rochette.

April 16, 2009


A Drift-Walk can take place in a park or any quiet place outdoors. Drift-Walk booklets are given to participants at a meeting point; they include questions and spaces to write or draw. The questions aim to awaken physical awareness: by looking, touching and listening, our minds will make associations tied to physical sensations, something that I ask participants to investigate. Visit this page to download the booklet and consult documentation.

August 10, 2005

Échelle humaine / Scale:human

Scale: Human July 13 to August 25 2005: Vieux-Poste, Sept-Îles. (QC) L’échelle humaine, research on relationship of art with public spaces, Sept-Îles, QC. (In situ performance: Julie Lebel, visual art: Sébastien Cliche, text: Dawne Carleton & Emmanuelle Roy, video: Gabriel Rochette & Myriam Caron.) Project site.

November 15, 2001

Isabelle, Duet for a Woman and a Girl

This duet was composed for a woman, Isabelle Chevrier, a professional dancer and a Geneviève Tremblay, a little girl who was ten year old when we finished the process. I was inspired by the duality of maturity and childhood. I wanted to witness a dance where touch is natural, where the maturity and strength of the grown woman would blend in with the spontaneity and fragility of the child.