Part-time Instructor, Contemporary Dance
A native of Sherbrooke, Québec, Jacques Brochu studied visual arts before discovering dance. In 1986, he completed his contemporary dance training at Concordia under the supervision of Elizabeth Langley and in 2001 he earned a DESS in dance from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Fascinated by the Feldenkrais Method, he has also pursued studies in Functional Integration.
Brochu is a founding member of Mia maure danse (1985). In 1988 he created Kitch Café with Sylvie Piedalue, which became his main source of inspiration for questioning the relationship between dance, voice, theatre and image. Brochu, who has received many research and production grants throughout his career, has served as a co-artistic director, co-administrator, choreographer and stage director, all the while pursuing research as a video maker.
Since 1991, Brochu has shared his creative process with Marie-Stéphane Ledoux; they are credited as co-creators in all they do together. Some of their best creations are Des noyés descendaient dormir à reculons, which won FIND award, and La femme sans tête. Les Figurants, Sur tes hanche comme montagne and L'Hygiène de l'orateur also met with outstanding critical reviews and great public response.
For the last 15 years, Brochu has taught in Concordia's Department of Contemporary Dance. This inspired the creation of the course Body and Imagination, which is offered to all students through the FFAR program. He's also had the privilege of teaching at L'Ecole supérieure de ballet contemporain de Montréal since 1996.