Eurêka !

Directed by: : David Ricard, Menka Nagrani
2016 / 17 minutes

A society of people with Down syndrome is living in the ruins of a former fairgrounds. They find a mechanical doll, played by the only nondisabled artist of the troupe. The disabled artists grab the doll, manipulating and making her into a circus number. Beyond bringing attention to the unique artistic movement and corporal aesthetics of artists with Down syndrome, this piece questions social norms and reverses power relations in our society.

Screenplay : David Ricard and Menka Nagrani   Choreography: Menka Nagrani   Principal dancers : Marylin Castonguay, Geneviève Morin-Dupont, Jean François Hupé and Carl Hennebert Faulkner   Sound operator : Andrew Beaudoin   Camera operator: David Ricard, Yves Whissell   Production manager / production assistant: Karine Charbonneau   Screened at: Festival Quartiers Danses, 2016

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Le Songe chorégraphique de M. Malade

Directed by : Frédéric St-Hilaire
2011 / 3 minutes

Laying down in his hospital bed, Mr. Malade imagines himself in the middle of a joyful ballet, covered in flowers, being praised by disabled dancers, surrounded by acrobatic nurses and wounded men— a choreographic ode to his endured solitude and immobility. Created by Menka Nagrani, this short film leads us to reconsider the limits of contemporary dance and our perception of any form of movement as a form of dance. The choreographic dream of Mr. Malade is a stop motion fantasy, a nod to contemporary and integrated dance, a critical critique of our current healthcare system and an aesthetic presentation of individualism.

Original idea, scenario and choreography: Menka Nagrani   Music: Maëva Clermont   Animation: Nancy Belisle Screened at: Festival International des Films sur l’Art (FIFA), 2013 ; Festival Bouge d’ici, 2014

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Leçons/Rehearsing The Lesson

Directed by : Yannick Alexis Roy
2005 / 19 minutes / French, English subtitles

This is a documentary on the creation of our show Leçons adapted from a LeçonL by Eugène Ionesco. An innovated piece played, danced, and adapted for 8 dancers/actors. The themes of knowledge and education are revealed in two universes: the one of the disability and the other of so-called “normality.” The piece confronts the aesthetics of both worlds. A contemporary language emerges in the piece that ultimately transforms what we deem as normal. The film shows backstage footage and moments from the rehearsal process, underscoring the unique and committed artistic approach of Les Productions des pieds des mains.

Choreographer and Artistic Director: Menka Nagrani   Directed by: Richard Gaulin   Collaborators/Artistic Interpreters: Marc Barakat, Claude-Michel Bogina, Éric Vincent Carrié, Edon Descollines, Carl Hennebert Faulkner, Geneviève Morin-Dupont, Marie-Soleil Pilette, Richard Gaulin   Costumes: Karine Lasalle   Music: Gabriel Fauré, Claude Lamothe, St-Germain, Nils Peter Molvaer   Screened: Espace Tangente 2011, Abilities Dance Festival Toronto 2012

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