On a bare stage dancers rise up, proud, fragile and as luminous as marble. One after another, nude bodies merge together, rushing toward each other. Their solitude persists beyond their embraces, their dreams tinged with sadness.

In counterpoint to the invisible lines delineated in the space, Daniel Léveillé evokes those hollow moments where time seems to be suspended, where melancholy threatens. He draws from that ambience a gentleness previously absent from his rigorous, minimalist and demanding aesthetics. A variable-geometry quartet, this new piece is a perfect echo of his previous works, clearly reflecting a choreographer in full mastery of his technique and dancers at the very peak of their artistry. Guiding this spirit of melancholy, the muted sound of music from another century accompanies the dancers in a performance where sadness loses its solemnity.

Frankly put, Sadness Quartet is a pure delight. A leading figure of the Quebec contemporary dance scene, Daniel Léveillé, an inspiring master for new generations of choreographers, continues to set the bar high as his art confines to perfection.
– Les Inrockuptibles, Paris

Created in 2018


Choreographed by Daniel Léveillé
Performed by Mathieu Campeau, Dany Desjardins, Ellen Furey, Esther Gaudette, Justin Gionet and Simon Renaud
Music John Dowland, Marin Marais, Luca Marenzio, Claudio Monteverdi, Josquin des Prés, Giovanni Salvatore and Giovanni Maria Trabaci
Lighting Design Marc Parent
Choreography Assistant Sophie Corriveau
Rehearsal Directors Sophie Corriveau and Frédéric Boivin
Participation in development of choreographic language Emmanuel Proulx


Produced by Daniel Léveillé Danse
Co-produced by Festival TransAmériques
With the support of Theater im Pumpenhaus (Münster) + Atelier de Paris / CDCN (Paris)
Creative Residency Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce

In memory of Martine Époque


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