Part-time Instructor, Contemporary Dance
Choreographer and director, performer, pedagogue, dramaturge and singer, Marie-Stéphane Ledoux possesses an extensive experience in the creative process and choreography. She first studied literature and theatre, then choreography at Concordia University, and also holds a master's degree in dance from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).
She has worked intensively over the last 20 years as an active artist with a strong and distinctive signature and as a pedagogue, and for the last 15 years has shared her experience with students at the Contemporary Dance department at Concordia, at the Université du Québec à Montréal and at L'Ecole supérieure de ballet contemporain de Montréal.
As a professional dance artist, Ledoux's career has encompassed in an intertwined manner creation and teaching. Co-founder and co-artistic director of Mia maure danse with her long-time collaborator Jacques Brochu, she has an extensive background in creative work in contemporary dance that employs integrated multimedia, voice and theatre approaches. Works such as Les Pierreuses, Sur tes hanches comme montagne and L'hygiène de l'orateur received outstanding reviews and an excellent public response. She has received several research and production grants throughout her career.
Marie-Stéphane has also been a rehearsal mistress and served as the artistic director on tour for the Marie Chouinard dance company. She coaches and mentors several dance and interdisciplinary emerging artists. In her teaching, Ledoux wants to bring a broad vision of what can be part of a creative process, including somatics, esthetics and current theoretical trends on composition and pedagogy. Under her guidance, students gain an awareness and understanding of the intuitive and intellectual processes to help them bring each creation to its fullest expression possible of their artistic vision and abilities.