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 now has 14 pieces in its repertoire and has presented over 2300 performances at venues and events across Canada and around the world in 35 countries on six continents. CORPUS is particularly acclaimed in Japan where the company has performed annually since 2008.
CORPUS’ work can also be seen on television and on film. The Bravo!FACT short Peep Show has been programmed in over 50 film festivals around the world and won the Audience Award at Cinedans (Netherlands) in 2004. CORPUS also co-created with Treehouse TV, 4-square, a popular educational television series for pre-schoolers.
Several of CORPUS’ productions have been nominated for Dora Mavor Moore awards and 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) with A Flock of Flyers.
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.
With the arrival of COVID-19, CORPUS has made a point to continue developing projects in Toronto and Ontario, favoring in-person presentations rather than virtual, while respecting all sanitary restrictions. During the in-person performances we produced in 2020, the response from our audience was overwhelmingly positive. The need to connect in-person is real and necessary.
In 2022, CORPUS will proudly celebrate its 25th anniversary.