Photo credit: Véro Boncompagni

ONLINE: CATHERINE FABIOLA LESSARD (MTL) — The Constellation of Archetypes

Feb. 20 to 21, 2021 – 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.), break from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
$40 with the support of *Emploi-Québec (or $80, non-eligible rate)
Open to artists of all disciplines / Bilingual teacher
Capacity: 25 people, priority for full week attendance


CONTENT // a process of dance and human development,
a school of Mysteries

… an opportunity to learn how to generate your own dance from the inexhaustible supply of universal human experiences,

… the opportunity to enrich one’s capacity for expression, to experience oneself, and to refine one’s understanding of the world.

This approach is deeply poetic and supportive. A combination of introspection and externalization, to reveal the greatness of our archetypal nature, to go to the source of the creative process, to unveil all the richness of our movement, and to reinforce our primordial connection to Humanity and Nature.

This workshop provides a glimpse of this vast vocabulary. It welcomes dancers in search of justice and artistic depth, and connection to the root of their movement through life.

In this process, each sequence of exercise is a return to our primary knowledge. This knowledge sometimes comes from our vital and developmental unconscious, and is therefore linked to our genetics and instincts. Other times it comes from our collective unconscious, linked to our vast heritage of images, symbols and ancestral myths.

Each dance will be a deep “metaphorical act”, allowing us to draw from our unconscious matrix, in order to receive all the force of expression, creation and transformation.

BIO // Catherine Fabiola Lessard is an educator and poet of gesture. She’s conveyed the art of improvisation and connection with dance for 25 years. She is an Authentic Movement guide, researcher in Somatic Education and teacher of Contact Improvisation. More recently, she is a self-taught facilitator of Biodanza. She is also trained in music, literature, Gestalt, art therapy and communication. Her passion is the human, all its body-mind reality and in all its states.


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training. There is a regular rate, and a rate subsidized by Emploi-Québec.

Who has to pay the full rate (regular)?
– People residing outside of Montreal Island
– Full-time or foreign students

To benefit from the subsidized rate by Emploi-Québec, you must:
– Live on the island of Montreal (civic address)
– Be an artist or cultural professional
– Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident or temporary foreign worker with a work permit (open or closed)

Are accepted: Part-time students, Employment Insurance (EI) or Income Assistance (IA) recipients (please notify your agent at Services Canada or MTESS).

Reimbursement policy – No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.