Choreographer Virginie Brunelle came to dance through music. Born in 1982 in Quebec’s Montérégie region, she studied violin as a child. Impelled by her musical ability, the power of rhythm and the joy of performance, she fell in love with contemporary dance during her studies at UQAM.
In 2008, shortly after graduating, she created Les cuisses à l’écart du cœur, a work for seven dancers that won, among others, the 2009 Bourse RIDEAU presented by the Festival Vue sur la Relève. Inspired by this early success, in 2009 she founded her own company, Compagnie Virginie Brunelle. That same year, she devoted herself to the creation of her second choreography, Foutrement, which won the Conseil des arts de Montréal’s “People’s Choice” award (2017 tour). In 2011, Virginie opened the Théâtre La Chapelle’s fall season with her third work, Complexe des genres, which placed second at the Aarhus International Choreography Competition in Denmark. Three years later, she premiered PLOMB, and in 2016, she created To the Pain that Lingers (À la douleur que j’ai). These latter four pieces have toured internationally and are presented regularly in Canada and Europe.
Virginie Brunelle is an alchemical choreographer who enjoys combining symbols, theatre, narration, movement and music. By borrowing elements of classical dance that she then warps and diverts, she invites her audiences to share a powerful, immersive and unsettling experience.