Chantal Cadieux, Artistic director
Chantal Cadieux lives and breathes dance. Her name is intimately linked to the development and flourishing of dance in Acadia. For as long as she can remember, dance has been part of her life. For more than 35 years Chantal, a committed artist, has been sharing her knowledge, love, passion and her vision for dance.
Born in Moncton, this choreographer and dancer is a key figure in the world of dance in New Brunswick. Going beyond her childhood dream of performing original dance creations in Acadia, throughout the past thirty years, she has been the main instigator for the development of the dance sector in the province as well as a source of inspiration for many dancers.
Chantal’s greatest wish has always been to dance and choreograph, but teaching soon became unavoidable. She has trained many generations of dancers and theater performers, who were able to further their passion for performance arts. After completing training at the Royal Academy of Dance, she took classes at l’École Mansio in Aix-en-Provence, the National Ballet School of Toronto, the Université de Montréal, Duke University in North Carolina and the Bates College in Maine. She is constantly looking for new dance trends and keeps her training up to date. Recently, she acquired a white belt in Nia, a Qigong certificate, and participated in various intensive programs such as The Peggy Baker Summer Intensive, the National Ballet of Canada and a writing workshop with Larry Tremblay from Zones théâtrales Ottawa.
In 1979, Chantal Cadieux founded the DansEncorps Productions, the first French dance school and Professional Dance Company in New Brunswick. Her goal was to make dance accessible to more people and demystify this art that was unknown to many. At the time, there was next to no knowledge of dance in Acadia.
Since its beginnings, under the artistic supervision of Chantal, the DansEncorps Company has produced shows that stand out for their originality and creativity. She has choreographed over a hundred works, whether for the Company, the Jeune Troupe, the school or outside contracts. Teaching movement education at the Université de Moncton since 1980, she works alongside the theater world; thus, she is a founding member of the theatre l’Escaouette. Chantal is also a professor at the School of Kinesiology of the Université de Moncton, training physical educators since 1995.
One of her creations, “Sébömatik” featuring Sébastien Belzile, is a 60 minute piece in which Cadieux wanted to express her point of view of the Darwin Theory and man’s evolution in the 21st century. This piece was the first one man dance show in Acadia and was performed over 35 times throughout theatres and schools in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in 2004. In January 2005, the tour continued in France with a dozen shows performed throughout the country.
In December 2005, Chantal created Sans Frontières, for three dancers. This piece was performed in Nigeria, Africa, at the 5th edition of the Jeux de la Francophonie internationale, where DansEncorps received an honorable mention. In 2006, Borderline, which included music from Sting and Piazzelo was performed as part of the new Company show entitled “Noces d’argent – 25 ans en movement”, which she created to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the DansEncorps Company. That same year, the Company premiered “Noces d’argent – 25 ans en movement” on April 29th in Moncton and continued with a tour in May performing the show a dozen times as well as offering numerous workshops. 2007 was marked by four new important creations for the Moncton artist. First, “En Panne”, written by André Roy, a 50 minute dance-theatre comedy for 5 performers, toured throughout New Brunswick with 16 shows. Second, “En attente”, a choreography danced to the wonderful music of Loreena McKennett, was first performed on June 10th in honor of Françoise Cadieux. The third piece, a choreography based on the book “Respire par le nez” by Judith Hamel, was created in memory of the author. Fourth, performed on a text by Marie Cadieux, “Chant de l’heure”, a20 minute choreography for 6 performers, premiered at the international festival “À Corps” in Poitiers, France. Theatre students from the Université de Moncton accompanied Chantal and her sister Marie in Poitiers. In 2008, DansEncorps produced the show “Borderline” whichincluded one of her newest works, a trio entitled “Les arrives”. In this show, she performed the solo “Les passeurs”, allowing her to dance after many years of being backstage. It is then that the Company welcomed Pierre-Paul Savoie who choreographed Va-et-vient for three dancers, one of them being Chantal. Then, in 2010, Chantal created “Bella”, a 12 minute piece for the Company’s newest member, Abra Lagacé (Abra Morrison at the time) which was performed to an original song composed by emerging artist, Jean-Michel Robichaud.
With the desire to put dance on the road again, Chantal designed the “5 à 7 particip-actif” to revive the dissemination of dance. This unplugged concept, is meant for performances in non-conventional spaces. In 2010-2011, the “5 à 7 particip-actif” show toured across New-Brunswick and Quebec in 12 different venues.
In December 2011, the Company presented the show “Triade”, premiering its newest work by Serge Bennathan, “Éloge du rêve”, a trio that included Chantal Cadieux. Recently, Chantal created the piece “Fess” for the daCi conference in Taiwan, and French choreographer Jackie Taffanel’s “Allons –y” premiered in August 2013.
In November 2010, Chantal Cadieux received the Lieutenant-Gouvernor’s Award for High Achievement in Arts in New Brunswick.