Vision & History
Co-founded by Sylvie Bouchard and artistic director David Danzon, CORPUS is known for its precise and surrealist humour that combines movement with theatrical imagery.
CORPUS' unique and engaging performances are presented in both traditional and unusual locations, for large and diverse audiences. Created in 1997, CORPUS has now 14 pieces in its repertoire and has presented over 2000 performances at venues and events across Canada and around the world including the Milk International Children Festival (Toronto), Just for Laughs (Montreal & Toronto), Canada Dance Festival, (Ottawa), Dancing On the Edge Festival (Vancouver), Awesome Children Festival (Australia); the prestigious Singapore Arts festival; La Fira de teatre de Tarréga (Spain); Festival International de théâtre au Benin (West Africa) and International Straattheaterfestival (Belgium). All together, the company has visited more than 30 countries on four continents.
CORPUS' work can also be seen on television and on film. The Bravo!FACT short Peep Show has been programmed in over 40 film festivals around the world and won the Audience Award at Cinedans (Netherlands) in 2004. CORPUS also co-created with Treehouse TV 4-square, an increasingly popular educational television series for pre-schoolers.
Several of CORPUS' productions have been nominated for Dora Mavor Moore awards an in 2002 CORPUS was the recipient of the Prix Hommage for Arts awarded by the Fédération Culturelle Canadienne Française. In 2001, CORPUS was also the gold-medal winner at the IV Games of la francophonie (Street Theatre category).
In 1993, Sylvie Bouchard created Dusk Dances, a summer outdoor dance festival, which takes place in urban public parks. In 1996, Bouchard and Danzon partnered to produce the festival annually. Dusk Dances was produced by CORPUS for 8 years. Dusk Dances, now an independent entity, is one of the most popular events in Toronto and Ontario.