Les Productions des pieds des mains

productions des pieds des mains Founded by choreographer Menka Nagrani, Les Productions des pieds des mains is a socially committed company that features well-known actors and dancers alongside atypically cast artists, with a view to provoking thought on artistic and social issues. The interdisciplinary shows appeal to fans of both contemporary dance and experimental theatre.

The shows : Leçons [Lessons], L’Ombre [The Shadow], Le Temps des Marguerites . . . à la folie ou pas du tout! [Daisy Time: Loves Me, Loves Me Not!] and Pharmakon and short films—Leçons, le making-of [The Making of Lessons] and Le Songe chorégraphique de M. Malade [Mr. Patient’s Choreographic Dream] have been presented many times, not just in Montreal (Espace Tangente, Théâtre La Chapelle, cultural centres), but at international festivals in Ontario, Belgium, France and Japan. The Globe and Mail rated Le Temps des Marguerites . . . à la folie ou pas du tout! the fourth best dance-theatre show in Canada in 2007.

In 2010, the company won the Janine Sutto Award. In 2011, Pharmakon won a social commitment award and an honourable mention for most remarkable production at the Gala des Cochons d’or, Quebec awards for emerging theatre. In 2012, founder Menka Nagrani received an award for her artistic achievements from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec [Quebec arts and letters council].

Historique des activités

Premiere of the short film, Eurêka !, at Festival Quartier Danses, Montreal

A collaboration with the company Bouge de là: Menka Nagrani creates a short piece that is part of the show Abécédaire, premiere at Théâtre Outremont and tour in Quebec.

The tour of Down Dangerous Passes Road (Maison de la culture Frontenac, Salle Maria Chapdelaine in Dolbeau-Mistassini, the Fernand Bilodeau Auditorium in Roberval, Salle Michel Côté in Alma, CD Spectacles in Gaspé, Théâtre du Bic in Rimouski).

Down Dangerous Passes Road, premiere at Théâtre Prospero throughout the month of February and at the Cégep de St-Jérôme.

In collaboration with Zogma Collectif, a percussion dance company, Menka Nagrani creates a short piece for the “Projet Sept”.

Excerpts from the production Chemin des passes-dangereuses were presented at OFF CINARS in Montreal and also at the FrancoFête en Acadie in Moncton.

Creation of Eureka! , a short dance film set in a fairground aesthetic and featuring Marilyn Castonguay, Geneviève Morin Dupont, Jean-François Hupé and Carl Hennebert Faulkner, as well as 20 other extras with Down syndrome. This piece was in collaboration with film director by David Ricard.

Pharmakon toured in Cégeps including Cégep de St-Laurent, Cégep du Vieux Montréal, Cégep de St-Jean- sur-le-Richelieu, and also in high schools in both Toronto and Barrie. The piece was also featured at the Tangled Art Festival in Toronto and the Cité d'Or in Charlevoix.

Pharmakon presented to humanities students at Édouard Montpetit College and at Festival Art et Déchirure in Rouen, France.

Pharmakon created. Premieres at Théâtre Gesù, tours a number of Montreal-area cultural centres (Ahuntsic, Frontenac, Rosemont and Plateau Mont-Royal) and presented at Sydenham Street United Church in Kingston, Ontario. Leçons, the making-of, screened at Espace Tangente as part of Corps-Atypik series and at Abilities Arts Festival in Toronto.

Interactive theatre event Soirée H1N1 coproduced with Espace Forain and Nomades Urbains at La Cenne arts space.

Le Temps des Marguerites... à la folie ou pas du tout! tours, playing Côte-des-Neiges, Rosemont and Plateau Mont-Royal cultural centres and Théâtre Côte à Côte in Mascouche.

Le Temps des Marguerites... à la folie ou pas du tout! revised and expanded. Plays at Espace Tangente.

L'Ombre, a choreographic duet inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale “The Shadow,” created as a coproduction by five dance companies from various countries as part of an international event in honour of Andersen. Presented in Tsukuba and Tokyo, Japan.

Le temps des Marguerites created. First version staged at Espace Tangente in joint show with Corpuscule Danse. Reprise of Leçons, inspired by Eugène Ionesco’s The Lesson, at Théâtre La Chapelle.

Leçons, inspired by Eugène Ionesco’s The Lesson, created. Premiered at Mercier cultural centre, then presented at inaugural edition of Rencontres Théâtrales du Créahm festival in Liège, Belgium.