Last part of the Climatology of bodies trilogy.

A Sylvain Émard Danse, Station Zuid (Netherlands), the Grand Théâtre de Lorient (France), and Usine C (Canada) co-production.

Following the success of Pluie (2004) and Temps de chien (2005), Sylvain Émard began work on Wave, the third and final chapter of the Climatology of bodies cycle. In this highly acclaimed trilogy, Sylvain Émard uses the climate as a metaphor for external influences that affects our lives.

Wave explores our capacity and our individual desire to melt, to become part of an increasingly vast and multidimensional environment as changes in the natural world, observable on a global scale, seem to be accelerating at a furious pace. Performed by five exceptional female dancers, this tidal wave sweeps forth to reveal dance as the exquisitely tuned music of bodies. Energetic, remarkable and moving beyond words.



DANCERS  Karissa Barry, Alanna Kraaijeveld*, Erika-Leigh Stirton, Sarah Murphy, Catherine Viau and Megan Walbaum




SET DESIGN  Richard Lacroix

LIGHTING  Etienne Boucher

COSTUMES  François Saint-Aubin

HAIR AND MAKE UP  Angelo Barsetti


* Alanna Kraaijeveld the role originally created for Sarah Murphy.



“Everything about Émard's work [...] has an intensely poetic feel to it. [...] These pieces [Temps de chien and Wave] are profound excursions into how we inhabit our skins, our relationships, our environment. Plenty of choreographers set out with ground-breaking artistic ambitions: Émard has the intellect and creative ability to see his through.” The Herald, Glasgow, United Kingdom, March 23, 2009

“In a fast-paced world marked by change (including climate change), Émard presents strong but gracious movement. The energy - very feminine energy – is vibrant, certainly not tranquil, and slightly magical.” Jeu, Montréal, Canada, February, 2009

“[...] a skilful integration of design and dance.” Dance Europe, London, United Kingdom, November, 2008

“[...] with an incredible mastery of dance vocabulary, Sylvain Émard presents [...] a very fluid piece that is visually and musically hypnotic, entrancing and captivating. [...] the five dancers perform with strength, conviction, magnetism and incredible sensuality, magnified by the geometric precision of gestures and movements that generate an energetic intensity. [...] It is an intense vision that remains with us long after leaving the theatre, pensive and suffused with sensation.”  La Presse, Montréal, Canada, September 11, 2008

“Like nymphs from the end of time, the dancers in Wave give life and form to the final segment of Sylvain Émard's trilogy the Climatology of bodies. Slipping into a universe that at times evokes an ancient sea bed, at other times a fallout shelter, they prance and romp under an extraordinary light and to the roar and rumble of a muffled wave.” Le Devoir, Montréal, Canada, September 11, 2008

“A splendid unity of image, light, sound, and dance. Émard once again enchants us.” PZC, Zeeland, Netherlands, August 28, 2008



April 2013 –  Espace Culturel Treulon, biennial Danse Toujours, Bruges, France

March 2010 – Théâtre Hector-Charland, Assomption, Canada

March 2010 – Théâtre Paul Éluard, Bezons, France

March 2010 – ONYX, Saint-Herblain, France

March 2010 – Grand Théâtre de Lorient, Les Antipodes, Lorient, France

February 2010 – Salle Jean-Marc-Dion, Sept-Îles, Canada

February 2010 – Théâtre de Baie-Comeau, Canada

February 2010 – Maison de la culture Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension, as part of CAM en tournée, Montréal, Canada

January 2010 – Théâtre Outremont, as part of CAM en tournée, Montréal, Canada

January 2010 – Timms Center, Brian Webb Dance Company, Edmonton, Canada

March 2009 – Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, Wales

March 2009 – Climatology of bodies trilogy: Pluie, Temps de chien and Wave, New Territories, Glasgow, Scotland

March 2009 – Sherman Cymru, Cardiff, Wales

February 2009 – Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique, Montréal, Canada (benefit event)

November 2008 – Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique, Montréal, Canada (OFF-CINARS)

September 2008 – Usine C, Montréal, Canada

August and September 2008 – Cultura Nova, Heerlen, The Netherlands

August 2008 – internationale tanzmesse nrw, Düsseldorf, Germany

August 2008 – Zeeland Nazomerfestival, Middelburg, The Netherlands (world premiere)