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très loin

très loin by Sylvie Bouchard, photo by Dahlia Katz

très loin is a visual and kinesthetic installation created in collaborative partnership with choreographer Sylvie Bouchard, visual artist Ed Pien, composer Phil Strong with music consultant Laurel MacDonald, dramaturg Anne-Marie Donovan, lighting designer André du Toit and four performers: Sierra Chin Sawdy, Sully Malaeb Proulx, Raelyn Metcalfe and Michael Mortley.

très loin marries dance, visual art and sound to explore childhood trauma, dissociation, roads to recovery and the search for resilience. The piece looks closely at how our mind and body deal with the consequences of trauma, but most importantly, it portrays the incredible strength, courage and perseverance needed to surmount these experiences and to reintegrate parts of ourselves that get lost, or split off, when traumatic experiences take place.


très loin is inviting the audiences into a unique and sensory-filled art installation, an ethereal landscape where four divided parts are striving, with all their might, to become whole again.


Choreography: Sylvie Bouchard

Visual Installation: Ed Pien

Composer: Phil Strong

Music Consultant: Laurel MacDonald

Dramaturg: Anne-Marie Donovan

Lighting Design: André du Toit

Costume Design: Cheryl Lalonde

Performers: Sierra Chin Sawdy, Sully Malaeb Proulx, Raelyn Metcalfe and Michael Mortley

Understudy: Pulga Muchochoma

Original Performers: Michael Caldwell, Luke Garwood, Molly Johnson, Benjamin Landsberg, Natasha Poon Woo, Lucy Rupert and Meredith Thompson

Technical Director: Remington North

Associate Technical Director: Geoffrey Armour

Production Manager: Markéta Toková

Stage Manager: Jeff Soucy

Assistant Stage Manager: Patrick Lynn


A very special thank you to K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation, Lindy Green and Sam Chaiton, the SOCAN Foundation and the Théâtre français de Toronto for their support towards the development of très loin.


October 11 - 15, 2023

Theatre Centre, Toronto, ON


75 minutes


photos  by Dahlia Katz

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