Paul-André Fortier Dance Intensive  |  Paul-André Fortier, Simon Courchel & Robin Poitras

Scotiabank Dance Centre

July 4 + 5 10:30am - 4pm Scotiabank Dance Centre Call 604-689-0926 to book

–NOTE – This workshop has been CANCELLED. If you have questions call our box office – 604-689-0926.–

Sat July 4 & Sun July 5, 10:30 – 4pm

Cost: $100 regular. ($85 for Caulfield School of Dance students, festival artists, CADA, Dance Centre & DTRC members). Call 604-689-0926 to book (must register in advance).

An excellent chance to learn from internationally regarded choreographer and teacher Paul-André Fortier and collaborators Simon Courchel and Robin Poitras with this intensive two-day workshop. Over his extensive career, Fortier has developed a reputation for blending theatrical components with the high tensions of the modern world, creating a strong, determined and rigorous form. The workshop includes one ticket to Misfit Blues and one ticket to EDGE 1.

10:30am – noon: Technique class with Simon Courchel

1 – 4pm: Creative workshop based on Misfit Blues, improvisation scenarios and creation of sequences. Directed by Paul-André Fortier and Robin Poitras.


If you wish to just take the technique class, the rates are:

-per day is $25 regular or $20 for CADA/festival artists

-for both days – $45 regular or $35 CADA /festival artists. 

Advance registration only. Questions? Email or call 604-689-0926.

Paul-André Fortier has made an immense contribution to contemporary dance in Quebec over the past 40 years as a pioneering creator, performer and teacher. He has created nearly 50 choreographies, solos, group pieces and site-specific works. Interested in the crossover between different generations and art forms, he regularly features young dancers in his work, as well as other artists. In 2010, he
was appointed Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. In 2012, he received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award and an appointment to the Order of Canada as Officer. At the age of 67, Paul-André Fortier is still performing his unique take on dance polished by maturity.

Simon Courchel was born in Paris and studied dance at the Conservatoire
National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris, from where he graduated.
He then worked for the Opéra National du Rhin and the Centre Chorégraphique
National-Ballet de Lorraine. In 2006, he joined the Belgium choreographer
Frederic Flamand and his team in Marseille as a principal dancer. Since 2010,
Simon lives in New York, where he worked until 2013 as Deputy Director at
The Invisible Dog Art Center, a multidisciplinary creation center. Simon is
currently collaborating and dancing with John Japerse, Yanira Castro, Jon
Kinzel, Rebecca Lazier, Tere O’ Connor and Paul-André Fortier. In parallel,
Simon develops is own work as photographer.

Robin Poitras is one of Saskatchewan’s most prolific dance and performance
creators. Creating dance, performance and installation works, she has been
actively engaged in contemporary dance practice since the early 80s. Her
practice is rooted in a physical world comprised of choreography, dance and
actions/acts. She co-founded New Dance Horizons in 1986, where she
continues to act as Artistic Director. With an interest in research into diverse
fields of artistic and somatic practice she has developed a unique
interdisciplinary approach. Robin’s works have been presented across Canada,
in Spain, France, Germany, Mongolia and Mexico. She is a recipient of the
Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2006 Mayor’s Awards for Business & The
Arts in Regina, and the 2004 Women of Distinction Award for the Arts.

Photo: Xavier Curnillon