– a sensual and sensory interdisciplinary performance that enters the body to explore hitting rock bottom as a place of fruition and emancipation.

Photographer: Kinga Michalska


International guest performance

Dance, performance, text

Thursday 23.11 at 5:30pm


reaching rock bottom, what
does it do to the body?

thinking the movement by and from
the butt, this performance

invites the audience to ex-
plore the depth of their

interiority. A desire to tell one-
self through humiliation,

to make the bottom of the barrel
a space of connection.

a movement performance

that forms an intestine
with the gut feelings of

Emile Pineault and
Gabriel Cholette

Photographer: Kinga Michalska

Emile Pineault is a choreographer, performer and curator based in Montréal, first known as Tiohtiá:ke in Kanyen'kéha and Mooniyang in Anishinaabemowin. Through a multidisciplinary practice rooted in body-based research and performance, his work explores desire and sexualities. Bodies and objects mingle and become heaps of textures, shapes, sounds, vibrations, narratives and affects. He develops choreographies which oscillate between, on the one hand, messiness, clumsiness, and unruliness, and on the other hand, intense textures, exacerbated physicalities and a deep sensuality. He composes his creations like sensory poems and he uses duration and repetition to shift the experience of spectatorship.

Gabriel Cholette holds a doctorate in medieval literature and is a lecturer at the Université de Montréal. His book Les carnets de l'underground was published by Triptyque in the "Queer" collection (2021), it has been translated in English at the House of Anansi (2022) and a reworking of the book without the illustrations was also published in France by Le Gospel (2023). The book was shortlisted for the Dayne Ogilvy Prize for emergent LGBTQ2S+ writers. In a short period of time, he has established himself as an essential voice of queer literature in Québec.

Choreography and performance: Emile Pineault
Text and dramaturgy: Gabriel Cholette
Light design: Nien Tzu Weng
Sound design: Simon Grenier-Poirier
Video design: Timothy Thomasson
Outside hearts: Katie Ward, Winnie Ho
Olfactory design: Raed Moussa 
Technical direction: Darah Miah
Production assistance: François Bouvier 
Development Support: Fabien Marcil
Creative Residencies: Salon58, Agora de la danse, Arts Printing House, Montréal arts interculturels (MAI), LA SERRE – arts vivants, Parbleux
With the support of: Conseil des Arts du Canada, Conseil des arts de Montréal, Montréal arts interculturels (MAI)