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Gearshifting Performance Works presents Petites Danses

  • The Gas Station Arts Centre 445 River Avenue Winnipeg, MB, R3L 0C3 Canada (map)

GEARSHIFTING Performance Works
is pleased to present
"petites danses"
featuring the work of Guest Choreographer, Marie-Josee Chartier

Two performances only!
Friday, April 21 @ 8pm
Saturday, April 22 @ 8pm
The Gas Station Arts Centre, 445 River Ave.

Advance tickets available at, $20/$25

“Dancing can reveal all the mystery that music conceals.”
– Charles Baudelaire

Sixteen exceptional performers.
Eight dances: each a world of its own.

Toronto-based, Guest Choreographer, Marie-Josee Chartier, creates a dynamic visual score which enraptures both our eyes and our ears.

Set to the powerful music of Linda C. Smith, Rodney Sharman, James Tenney and Nick Storring, Chartier invites us to witness how movement transforms music and vice versa, inviting us to see the beauty, intimacy and complexity of each composition.

As we visualize the music through the dancers' bodies, each dance becomes a short story crafted by Chartier's contemporary imagination.

Concept, Choreography and Direction: Marie-Josee Chartier
Additional choreography in collaboration with the performers.

Performers include:
Guest Artist from Toronto - Darryl Tracy
Winnipeg dancers - Krista Nicholson, Jillian Groening, Helene Le Moullec Mancini, Elise Page, Carol-Ann Bohrn, Jessica Southgate, Camila Schujman, Natasha Torres-Garner, Jolene Bailie, Aaron Paul, Shawn Maclaine, Mark Dela Cruz, Philippe Alexandre-Jacques, plus Winnipeg actors - Arne MacPherson and Eric Blais.

Gearshifting Performance Works gratefully acknowledges the support of The Canada Council for the Arts, The Manitoba Arts Council and The Winnipeg Arts Council.


A multi-faceted artist, Marie-Josée Chartier moves easily between the worlds of dance, music, opera and multi-media in the roles of choreographer, performer, director, vocalist or teacher.

Her choreographic repertoire of thirty-five works is greatly influenced by contemporary visual art, music and literature in terms of concept, composition and dynamic structure. From there, personal themes weave themselves to create works that try to decipher, expose or deconstruct the vulnerability of human beings.

These choreographic works have been presented nationally in dance series and festivals such as the Canada Dance Festival, Dancing on the Edge, New Dance Horizons, Tangente, DanceWorks, and abroad in Potsdam, Prague, Vienna, Paris, Gent, Singapore, New York, Bogotà, Mexico and Santo Domingo. Ms. Chartier has received numerous choreographic commissions from solo artists and companies notably Vestige for Toronto Dance Theatre, fifty-one pieces of silver for Dancemakers, étude pour deux mammifères for Kaeja d’Dance, La Lourdeur des Cendres for Four Chambers dance project and How to Wrestle an Angel for Old Men Dancing. Her work has been the subject of documentary films shown on national television and in diverse film festivals.

She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards notably the 2001 K.M. Hunter Artist Award, the 2015 Jacqueline Lemieux Prize, nine Dora Mavor Moore Awards nominations in categories of choreography, direction and performance, a finalist for the Muriel Sherrin Award from the Toronto Arts Foundation honoring International Achievement in Dance. She won the 2002 Dora for fifty-one pieces of silver and shared with the multi-disciplinary collective URGE two Dora awards for And by the way Miss. Since 2000, Marie-Josée Chartier has been active as a choreographer and director in music, multi-media and opera productions and collaborates regularly with Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, the Gryphon Trio, Toca Loca, Tapestry Opera and l’Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal as a resident director since 2005.

Marie-Josée Chartier continues to dance and her performing career has taken her on international and national stages as a freelance artist and with dance companies from Montreal and Toronto. She is also active as a guest teacher in major training centres and universities in Canada as well as in Latin America in the field of modern dance, movement for singers and musicians, voice exploration and improvisation. She is the co-founder of the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists (CADA).

Gearshifting Performance Works was founded in Winnipeg, Manitoba, by Artistic Director, Jolene Bailie. Originally initiated in 2000 to support the growth of Jolene Bailie’s successful career as a solo artist, the company operates year round and has grown slowly, wisely and successfully over seventeen years, earning a reputation for presenting quality work, providing meaningful work for the community, professional development for artists, and a continuous history of engaging with the public. The company has worked with Guest Artists/Collaborators since its inception, hired project-based dancers since 2005 and has presented ensemble work since 2009. The company was incorporated in 2005 and gained charitable status in 2009.

Jolene Bailie/Gearshifting Performance Works has presented shows annually in Winnipeg since 2000 and toured extensively. The work has been self-presented and produced on hundreds of occasions as well as presented by nationally and internationally recognized companies, presenters, museums, festivals and art galleries including:

International Performances:
Today Art Museum (9 performances, Beijing, 2015), Bill Evans Dance Company (Guest Artist, Providence, Rhode Island, 2015), The Xi’an Art Museum (6 performances, China, 2014), Bill Evans Dance Company (Guest Artist, Rochester, New York, 2009), The American Dance Festival (American Dance Festival/Hollins MFA Program, 2012), the Inbound Festival at The Joyce SoHo in New York City (3 full length solo shows, 2008), New Dance Alliance’s 20th Anniversary Performance Mix Festival at the Joyce SoHo in New York City (2006), the 9th International Solo Dance-Theatre Festival in Stuttgart, Germany (2005), State University at Brockport, New York (Guest Artist, 2005, 2007), Bill Evans and Friends (Guest Artist, Port Townsend, Washington, 2005, 2006), The Limon Institute (in NYC at City Centre studios, 2005).

National Performances:
in/future, presented by Art Spin at Ontario Place (8 performances, 2016), The Dancing on the Edge Festival in Vancouver (2002, 2004, 2005, 2013), dance: made in canada (2009, 2013), The National Gallery of Canada (in conjunction with Wanda Koop… On the Edge of Experience, 2011), The National Arts Centre (Prairie Scene, 2011), Simon Fraser University (2008), Studio 303 in Montreal (2003, 2004, 2006, with 2006 earning a “best of dance: year in review” top three listing in Montreal Mirror Magazine), Perimeters Performance Symposium in Regina (2005), the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival (2005), The Her-icane Festival of Women’s Art in Saskatoon (2004), The Stream of Dance Festival in Regina (2002), and at 159 national fringe festival performances, including performances in: Montreal (2003), Toronto (2004, 2005, 2006), Saskatoon (2003, 2004, 2007), Calgary (2007), Edmonton (2004, 2006, 2007), Athabasca (2004), Victoria (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007) and Vancouver (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008), earning numerous “best of fest” awards and performing to full houses.

Winnipeg Performances:
Savarsati Productions’ Femfest (2012, 2016), The Winnipeg Art Gallery (in conjunction with the opening of the Chagall exhibit, 2016), Young Presidents’ Organization (2016), Nuit Blanche (2010, 2011, 2013, 2015), The Winnipeg Art Gallery (in conjunction with exhibition, Olympus: The Greco- Roman Collections of Berlin, 2015, 2016), The Canadian Museum for Human Rights’ RightsFest (2014), the Winnipeg Fringe Festival (42 performances total: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014), The Winnipeg Art Gallery (in conjunction with Wanda Koop… On the Edge of Experience, 2010), The Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Gallery Ball (2010, 2015), NAfro Dance Productions (2012, and upcoming in 2017), The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Dance Downtown (2011), The Ignacy Jan Paderewski Polish Musical Society (2010), The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival (2007), Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (2006), the Girls! Girls! Girls! annual fundraiser for The Gas Station Arts Centre (founding performer, performing annually 2005-2017), Young Lungs Dance Exchange (New Creation for fundraiser, 2013) and self-presenting and producing full-length shows annually.

Choreography for screen:
The company’s choreography and performance for video has been presented at The Winnipeg Art Gallery (2010), The National Gallery of Canada (2011), Xi’an Art Museum (China, 2014) and Today Art Museum (China, 2015).