big bang training
BIG BANG is a 4-month dance program in contemporary dance held in Montreal
As a PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT, the program supports artists as they solidify their technical toolkit in dance and exposes them to various artistic, cultural and interdisciplinary approaches. Additionally, it provides the students with the opportunity to open their individual practice with a CREATIVE RESIDENCY, which gives personalized support to each student throughout their research and the creation of their work. Artists are given the opportunity to perform their work in a public showcase at the end of each session. BIG BANG is training open to artists from Canada and artists from abroad.
Who should apply ?
This training is suited for artists age 18 and over. Rooted in its transdisciplinary curriculum, it is offered to dancers, performance artists, circus performers, actors or any other individual with a physical and artistic practice. Whether you are self-taught or have previously completed a training program, only artists with a solid and developed technical approach to dance, or a mature physicality and an evident ease and understanding of movement will be admitted into the program. BIG BANG is a dance training program open to foreign students.
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 lived by the artists participating in BIG BANG. This video directed by Marc-Antoine Turcotte was shot during the BIG BANG 9 program which ended on May 13. Thanks to Marc-Antoine, the artists and 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.
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 programm
Send your resume, along with a letter of intent, a video of a dance improvisation (less than 2 minutes long) and a video of choreographic creation that is less than 5 minutes long to
April 3, 2023
What are the prices?
FEE FOR PROGRAM #10:
2 520$ (tx. incl.)
PAYMENT TERMS :
- Option 1 : 630$ before 01/12/2022 et 1890$ before 23/01/2023
- Option 2 : 630$ avant le 01/12/2022, 630$ before le 23/01, 630$ before 20/02 and 630$ before 20/03
SOUTIENS FINANCIERS :
- Les artistes, membres du RQD, peuvent bénéficier du programme de soutien à l’entraînement en danse
Team of teachers and guests speakers - program #9
Director and contemporary dance : Stéphanie Decourteille
Coordinator: Sarah Lafortune
Acrodanse: Nicole Jacobs & Vincent Jutras
Bungee danse : Johanna Simon
Partner work: Stéphanie Decourteille
Directed improvisation workshops: Stéphanie Decourteille
Multidisciplinary workshops: Mariela Borello
Choreographic workshops: Stéphanie Decourteille &Louise Michelle Jackson
Choreographic workshop: Corpus Collective - José Flores et Cyndie Gravel
Creation workshop: Audrey Bergeron and Vincent Jutras
Repertoire workshop: Sophie Breton
Ballet : Stéphanie Decourteille
Capoeira Angola: Fabrice Koffy
Contemporary dance: Charles Alexis Dégagné
Contemporary dance: Louise Michelle Jackson
Warm-up, prevention and strengthening: Liliane Moussa
Essentric: Ellyn Ochs
Handbalancing: Eliane Bonin
Floorwork: Victoria Mackenzie
Floorwork: Stéphanie Decourteille
Flow & floorwork: Charles Brécard
Hip Hop FreeStyle: Jaleesa Coligny
Theatre: Agathe Foucault
Jumpstyle: Camille Dubé
Krump: Vlad Laurore (7Star)
Research and creation lab: Stéphanie Decourteille
LFTDCLASS : Nicholas Bellefleur
Nutrition &performance : Alexia De Macar
Acrobatics: Gisle Henriet et Jérémie Robert
Video: Julien Blais
Wushu: Phi Nguyen
Yoga: Sarah Buono-Fredette &Ajouna Bao-Lavoie
"With Big Bang I was introduced to so many artists, not only the ones I danced alongside with, but also the many teachers and professionals that came to teach us. All of them were very human and open to make connections inside and outside of the classroom. I felt like I matured a lot during Big Bang. I had many "firsts", as in taking classes I had never taken before, creating my own work, speaking a new language, meeting people from around the world, ... I felt like it was the perfect place to face all of this novelty and now I feel more confident and experienced for future experiences. I don’t think I could have fallen into better hands than Stéphanie’s. She is an amazing artist, wonderful teacher, marvelous director and an incredibly sensible person. The intensive is carefully crafted in a beautiful studio, bringing vitality and creativity to the artists for their creations."
BIG BANG graduate - Program 9
(Photo : Helena Valles)
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.
Discover the testimonies of the artists of the BIG BANG 7 program in a video directed by Etienne De Durocher.
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