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très loin

très loin by Sylvie Bouchard, photo by Dahlia Katz

très loin is a visual and kinetic 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, costume designer Cheryl Lalonde and four performers: Sierra Chin Sawdy, Sully Malaeb Proulx, Raelyn Metcalfe and Pulga Muchochoma.

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, with the performers

Visual Installation: Ed Pien

Composer: Phil Strong

Music Consultant: Laurel MacDonald

Dramaturg: Anne-Marie Donovan

Lighting Designer: André du Toit

Costume Designer: Cheryl Lalonde

Performers: Sierra Chin Sawdy, Sully Malaeb Proulx, Raelyn Metcalfe and Pulga Muchochoma

Understudy: Michael Mortley

Original Performers: Michael Caldwell, Luke Garwood, Molly Johnson and Meredith Thompson

Technical Director: Remington North

Associate Technical Director: Geoffrey Armour

Stage Manager: Jeff Soucy

Assistant Stage Manager: Patrick Lynn

Production Manager: Markéta Toková

Assistant Production Manager: Melanie Hall

BoucharDanse would like to acknowledge and deeply thank Arts Orillia for the Dance & Design residency in January 2023, where important development of très loin took place.


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

October 11 at 8pm (opening)

October 12 at 8pm

October 13 at 8pm

October 14 at 2pm and 8pm

October 15 at 2pm


65 minutes


photos  by Dahlia Katz

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