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Artists at school


Emmanuelle Calvé
Lara Kramer

Performing arts


Emmanuelle Calvé

Emmanuelle Calvé trained in visual arts before studying contemporary dance (Concordia University, 2006). Since 2007, she has created a number of works: Ayah (Studio 303, 2007), Lampe intérieure (Tangente, Maison de la culture Frontenac, 2007), La Selva au temps des cerises (Gesù, 2008), Peau d’Or, sors de l’Ombre (Tangente, 2010; Maisons de la culture Mont-Royal, Frontenac, and Côte-des-Neiges; Parcours Danse, 2011). Femmes marines, her new production developed with artistic collaborators Marc Béland, Richard Lacroix, Jean Cummings, Louise Laprade, and Silvy Panet-Raymond will premiere at MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) in 2012. Emmanuelle is currently preparing a research and residency project for First Nations communities in Québec and Ontario with Lara Kramer. She has served as a teaching assistant for Florence Figols at Concordia University and taken part in projects with Cirque du Soleil (Canada, Russia).

Despite four generations of alienation from her Algonquin roots, Emmanuelle feels a deep connection to this culture, which influences her creative process and sense of identity. Throughout her studies her artistic vision was shaped by her research in movement, narrative tales, puppetry, theatre, and voice work. “My body and spirit fuel my creations and inspire the stories created from my internal world. Stories are connected to magic and humour, with a richness of poetic emotions. The body’s transformation in my creations exposes beauty, revealing the femininity of the human form and a childlike spirit.” Since 2003 Emmanuelle has been actively committed to social and community support, using dance as a transformative, expressive art. She has taught workshops in several shelters and outreach organizations for youth and for women and children who are victims of violence.

Proposed approach and type of activities

Children of the Crow

Children of the Crow is a dance-theatre project offered by Emmanuelle Calvé and Lara Kramer. Our connection to our aboriginal roots inspires and influences our creative process. The project aims to offer children the opportunity to create outdoors in nature and to experience a shared creative dance-theatre process by focusing on an animal, the crow. Participants will explore movement and theatre as they develop their own crow within the natural environment. The crow totem animal offers many teachings that are embedded in the creative process with participants. The simplicity and magic of the crow is accessible to everyone.

Schedule of Activities: Warm-up of body and voice, short discussion around the crow and native culture, creation of the crow’s nose, creation of a choreography working with composition techniques, creation of the physical properties of their version of the character—the crow in nature—discussion of their experience and the importance of dance. Objectives: Participants will gain theatre and dance experience in a group setting and learn how to create a choreography using their composition tools and build a character. They will also learn about the professional dance-theatre world. Students will establish a deeply-felt personal connection to nature and an awareness of First Nations culture. They will explore their imagination and creativity through healthy physical activity, and build autonomy in their own creative ideas.

Other examples of activities

  • Storytelling around the totem animals. (We will supply stories to the teacher).
  • Produce a drawing of the totem animal that best represents you.
  • Explore other totem animals through movement by using composition techniques (space, time, and rhythm).
  • Create a profile of each student’s crow by photographing students wearing their noses for an in-school exhibition.
  • The game of the tree. In a group of two, one of the children is a tree and the other is the wind. The one who is the tree cannot move his legs, the other moves around the tree gently manipulating the arms and torso in clear directions to create the sensation of the wind.

Further activities available upon request.

Special conditions

Large black paper for constructing crow’s noses. 13 sheets of black paper per group x 3 groups = 39 sheets. Approximately $40.

Access to the outdoors:

  • Suitable outdoor clothing that lets participants move freely.
  • If the teacher wishes, the crow’s nose can be created prior to the activity with the artists.

For information

Emmanuelle Calvé
Phone : 514 273-9894
Email :

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Primary 3, Primary 4, Primary 5, Primary 6

Available in

Bas-Saint-Laurent, Capitale-Nationale, Mauricie, Estrie, Montréal, Outaouais, Laval, Lanaudière, Laurentides, Montérégie, Centre-du-Québec

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