To go below the surface of things

Artistic statement

At the beginning of her career, Aurélie Pedron directed and produced 11 art videos that have been shown in 17 countries. She then undertook a MA program in dance creation at UQAM before exploring the space and the body with a few solos and the stage works CHAIR (2011) and CORPS CAVERNEUX (coproduced by Danse-Cité, 2013).

With the creation of Lilith & Cie in 2013, Aurélie starts inventing the very sites of her installation performances, where the performers’ bodies convey perceptions and reveal invisible images. ENTRE (presented by Tangente, 2014), a nano-performance offered for one spectator at a time, becomes a signature piece for the company, earning the discovery award from the Prix de la danse de Montréal. In 2016, with the support of Danse-Cité, she creates LA LOBA, a choreographic circuit of 12 live installations at the former Institute for Deaf-Mute Girls in Montréal. ANTICHAMBRE, an immersive work putting movement at the heart of the experience, is presented at Agora de la danse in 2019. INVISIBLE, an unusual piece with 72 hours of uninterrupted dance, is part of Danse-Cité’s season and will be shown in 2022, coproduced by Montréal Danse.

Alongside these works, the choreographer collaborates with marginalized youths. With them and through the support of the artist-run multidisciplinary centre DARE DARE, she created the micro-performances RÛE and MARGE (2014-2015). INDEEP, presented in 2016 and 2017, is a moving 10-hour performance for 10 blindfolded youth.

Concerned with inclusion and social ethics, Aurélie Pedron collaborates with marginalized or self-identifying as marginalized youth. With them and the support of the artist-run multidisciplinary centre DARE-DARE, she creates the micro-performances RÛE and MARGE (2014-2015). INDEEP (2016), a 10-hour performance for 10 blindfolded youths, offers a fascinating transformation questioning our gaze on the social body freed from recognizable codes and references. IN THE HEART OF THE HERON, originally programmed by the OFFTA in 2020, was created in collaboration with Inuit sculptor Simiuni Nauya and finally presented at the Arts Museum in Rouyn-Noranda in 2021.

Lilith & Cie is supported by the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts. 

Aurélie Pedron

Photo: Jean François Paré

At the beginning of her career, Aurélie Pedron produced 11 art videos that have been screened in 17 countries. She then undertook a master’s in dance creation at UQAM before investing space and the live body with a few solos and stage pieces: CHAIR (2011) and CORPS CAVERNEUX (2013, presented by Danse-Cité).

In 2013, Aurélie Pedron’s artistic quest was honed with the founding of Lilith & Cie. She invents the very sites for her installation performances, where artists channel perceptions and reveal images unthought of. ENTRE (2014, presented by Tangente), a nano-performance offered to one spectator at a time, became a signature piece for the company, earning the discovery award from the Prix de la danse de Montréal, presented by Agora de la danse and Tangente. In 2016, Danse-Cité presented LA LOBA, a choreographic circuit of 12 live installations in the former Institut des Sourdes-muettes in Montréal.

Alongside these works, the choreographer collaborates with marginalized youths. With them and through the support of the artist-run multidisciplinary centre DARE DARE, she created the micro-performances RÛE and MARGE (2014-2015). INDEEP, presented in 2016 and 2017, is a moving 10-hour performance for 10 blindfolded youth.

Lilith & Cie is supported by the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Arts Council. 

Lilith in History

According to legend, Lilith was Adam’s first wife. Banned from the Garden of Eden for standing up to him, and then excluded from History, Lilith has been demonized and associated to darkness.

Her name’s diverse etymologies (Hebrew and Sumerian) relate to night and wind. Under the auspices of this rebellious woman of the shadows, a nighthawk or immaterial goddess of wind, Lilith & Cie invites us to reclaim embodiment, perceive the untellable, and move beyond sensory understanding.