big bang training
BIG BANG is a 4-month dance program in contemporary dance held in Montreal
The program provides PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT for artists by strengthening their technical skills in dance and exposing them to diverse artistic, cultural, and interdisciplinary approaches. It also offers a CREATIVE RESIDENCY, which offers personalized support and guidance to artists as they conduct research and create their own work. Artists are given the opportunity to perform their work in a public showcase at the end of each session. BIG BANG is dance program open to artists from Canada and from abroad.
Who should apply ?
This training program is designed for artists who are 18 years or older and have a strong background in dance, performance art, circus, or acting. The curriculum is transdisciplinary, catering to a wide range of physical and artistic practices. Whether you're a self-taught artist or have completed a previous training program, this program is open to anyone who has a solid technical approach to dance, a mature physicality, and a clear understanding and ease of movement.
What are the educational objectives?
The BIG BANG team focuses on supporting artists in acquiring a solid technical toolkit in dance, opening up and learning a valuable artistic, cultural and interdisciplinary approaches around the body in motion. Throughout the duration of the program, artists will confront their personal technical and physical challenges. Seeing these challenges through will allow the artist to progressively and naturally let go, and enable them to be fully connected with their body, the sensations and the emotions that arise throughout the process. This element of authenticity will allow artists to listen to their instincts and recognize the creative freedom and trust in their process. Through questioning, exchanges, and personalized accompaniment, the artist will develop artistic maturity and their own signature body language.
Discover the artistic and creative experience of the artists who participated in BIG BANG 9. Captured through the lens of Marc-Antoine Turcotte, this video showcases the incredible journey of the program. Thanks to Marc-Antoine, the artists, and the teachers of this program.
What is the content of the dance program?
The BIG BANG dance program includes technical dance classes (contemporary dance, contemporary ballet barre and urban dance), partnering workshops, floor work, improvisation, choreographic exploration, contact-improvisation, choreographic creation, research and writing labs, workshops in anatomy and functional body movement analysis, discussion panels and workshops addressing various subjects in the dance world.
Choregraphic laboratories & "work-in-progress" solos
An important part of the BIG BANG is devoted to research and choreographic laboratories. The goal of these laboratories is to support each artist in order to help them to develop research work on their artistic and choreographic authenticity. At the end of each program, the artists will perform (in front of an audience), a “work-in-progress” version of their solo. A video captation will allow the artists to have quality video support so that they can share it with companies, funding organizations, etc.
About Stéphanie Decourteille
Founder, artistic and educational director
Professionally trained in both ballet and contemporary dance, Stephanie Decourteille has achieved the artistic role of instructor, choreographer, dancer and artistic counsellor. Throughout her years of training and acquaintances with leading heads in the scene (Rudy Bryans, Corinne Lanselle, Bruno Agati, Manon Barbeau etc.), she defines and tirelessly reinvents her signature choreographic style. "Vertiges", her first danced solo and short dance film reasoned the recognition from her peers and fueled her international visibility. In November 2015, Stephanie left Montreal for Guadeloupe (FR) to create a new dance center . She also supports professional and amateur artists by offering master classes and weekly classes in Montreal. Since January 2018, by creating BIG BANG an intensive training in contemporary dance, Stéphanie welcomes artists who wish to improve their and technical and artistic skills.
What are the dates of the next programs?
From August 28 to December 17, 2023
Deadline: April 3rd, 2023
From January 23 to May 12, 2023
To attend autunm dance program
Send your resume, along with a letter of intent, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also include a video of a dance improvisation (no longer than 2 minutes) and a video of a choreographic creation (no longer than 5 minutes) to complete your application.
April 3, 2023
What are the prices?
FEE FOR PROGRAM #12:
2 560$ (tx. incl.)
PAYMENT TERMS :
- Option 1 : 640$ before 01/07/2023 et 1920$ before 28/08/2023
- Option 2 : 640$ avant le 01/07/2023, 640$ before le 28/08, 640$ before 28/09 and 640$ before 28/10
- Artists, members of the RQD, can benefit from the dance training support program.
- Canadian artists can apply for a development grant from Conseil des Arts et de Lettres du Québec (CALQ) and/or the Conseil des Art du Canada (CAC).
Team of teachers and guests speakers - program #9
Director and contemporary dance : Stéphanie Decourteille
Coordinator: Sarah Lafortune
Acrodanse: Nicole Jacobs and Brin Schoellkopf
Partner work: Stéphanie Decourteille and Simon Gélinas-Beauregard
Directed improvisation workshops: Stéphanie Decourteille
Multidisciplinary workshops: Mariela Borello
Choreographic workshops: Stéphanie Decourteille and Louise Michelle Jackson
Choreographic workshop: Stacey Désilier
Creation workshop: Audrey Bergeron, Bétina Szabo and Melusine Bonillo
Ballet : Stéphanie Decourteille
Clown: Soléne Laurin-Laliberté
Contemporary dance: Lauranne Faubert-Guay
Contemporary dance: Louise Michelle Jackson
Warm-up, prevention and strengthening: Liliane Moussa
Essentric: Maude Desjardins
Handbalancing: Eliane Bonin
Floorwork: Victoria Mackenzie and Stéphanie Decourteille
Flow & floorwork: Charles Brécard
Hip Hop FreeStyle: Jaleesa Coligny
House: Dominique Sophie
Gaga: Sarah Gibson
Theatre: Agathe Foucault
Jumpstyle: Camille Dubé
Lindy Hop: Alice Bourgassier and Florent Liamas
Research and creation lab: Stéphanie Decourteille
LFTDCLASS : Lauri-Ann Lauzon
Acrobatics: Gisle Henriet and Jérémie Robert
Video: Rozenn Lecompte
Voguing: Brian Mendez
Wushu: Phi Nguyen
Yoga: Sarah Buono-Fredette
"Big Bang created a space that was open and encouraged everybody’s personal artistic development. I always felt that this idea was at the forefront of the program’s agenda. There were no limits imposed, nothing one couldn’t explore.
The support in all areas of such a program (technique, artistry, mental and emotional) was outstanding. I felt that humanity was equally as important as the dance aspects throughout the program. That same sense of support was present among my peers in the group. This environment made the workload feel light and always driven by a positive energy. I think that Big Bang is a great way to step outside your comfort zone without feeling lost. The program allows you to indulge in a variety of different dance styles and discover yourself as a dancer, artist, and human being. Personally, this program has created unforgettable memories and remains one of the most important events in my life to date."
BIG BANG graduate - Program 10
(Photo : David Wong)
Immerse yourself in the creative and inspiring world of the program 7 of BIG BANG through this video directed by Etienne De Durocher. Hear the stories of the artists of this program and learn how BIG BANG has impacted their lives.
Graduates program #10
29/08 to 17/12/2022
Sarah Marie Benninghoff
Graduates program #9
17/01 to 13/05/2022
Lisa Natalia Cabrera Lozano
Solana Del Bel Belluz
Graduates program #8
23/08 to 17/12/2021
Fanny B. Poulin
Rachelle Alexandra Fleury
Graduates program #7
25/01 to 21/05/2021
Laura Borello Bellemare
Graduates program #6
24/08 to 18/12/2020
Laura Borello Bellemare
Graduates program #4
26/08 to 19/12/2019
Julia Soares Weiss
Graduates program #3
14/01 to 09/05/2019
Sophia El Iraki
Graduates program #2
28/08 to 16/12/2018
Graduates program #1
16/01 to 04/05/2018