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Premiere of Winterreise and European premiere

© Damian Siqueiros



Compagnie Flak is pleased to announce the world premiere and a European tour of its next creation, Winterreise, in Belgium next season!


José Navas will be accompanied by Francis Perron (piano) and Jacques-Olivier Chartier (tenor) for this adaptation of Schubert’s masterpiece.

January 17, 2020, De Werf – Aalst
January 24, 2020, CC Sint-Niklaas
January 26, 2020, Cultuurcentrum Het Perron



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A rite this spring

Accompanied by the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM) under the musical direction of Lorraine Vaillancourt, José Navas will perform the role of the Chosen One in the Rite of Spring on 14 June, at 7:30 p.m., at the Salle Claude-Champagne of Université de Montréal. On that occasion, the NEM will hold its 2018 fundraising gala, offering a cocktail reception to its donors following the show. It’s a unique opportunity to relive highlights of the solo show Rites, on tour throughout Quebec and Europe since Danse Danse and Place des Arts copresented its premiere in November 2015.

The Rite of Spring

14 June 2018, 7:30 p.m.
Salle Claude-Champagne (220, Vincent-D’Indy Ave., Montreal)
Reservations online or by phone at 514-343-5636

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CAM on tour with Rites

The new year kicks off on a high note as Rites takes part in the CAM en tournée, in February. José Navas will present his intimate solo show at Maisons de la culture throughout Montreal. Tickets will be available on Accès culture from 30 January 2018.

Upcoming dates of Rites

13 February 2018, 7:30 pm, Maison de la culture Frontenac, Montreal
15 February 2018, 7:30 pm, Maison culturelle et communautaire de Montréal-Nord, Montreal
17 February 2018, 8 pm, Maison de la culture Villeray-St-Michel-Parc-Extension, Montreal


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Rites in Europe!

After performing at Centre culturel Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, in Montreal, on 3 March, José Navas will continue his tour in Europe in the weeks following! The choreographer and dancer will be travelling in Belgium and the Netherlands, from 15 March to 1 April, to present his solo Rites. Last September the show was a huge success at its European avant-premiere in Münster, Germany.

The media on Rites

“A lone figure, torn between aggression, shame and despair – modern dance at its best.” Westfälische Nachrichten, Münster.

“[…] the vulnerability of the continuous movement goes hand-in-hand with the grace of a creator at the height of his artistic powers.” Cinéma Le clap, Québec, 2016.

Tour of Rites in Europe
March 15, 2017, Stadsschouwburg, Brugge, Belgium
March 17, 2017, De Werf, Aalst, Belgium
March 22, 2017, Stadsschouwburg Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
March 24, 2017, Schouwburg Kortrijk, Courtrai, Belgium
April 1st, 2017, Parktheater, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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José Navas at EDCMTL


Choreographer and dancer José Navas is keen to teach excerpts from his solo show Miniatures to second-year students at the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal (EDCMTL). The coaching will take place from January 24 to February 10, 2017, at the school’s premises in the new Espace Danse, in the Wilder Building. The results of this collaboration will be performed for an audience at EDCMTL on February 15 at 6 p.m.

About Miniatures
In painting, miniatures are fastidiously small, highly detailed representations of reality. At first the naked eye sees a tangle of colours on the tiny surface. But if you look closely, the details reveal a surprising landscape and a whole reality. Miniatures consists of movement landscapes, translations into movement of José Navas’s fields of memories. They are short glimpses of love stories and of carnal desire.

Miniatures had its world premiere at Montreal’s Agora de la danse on October 23, 2008.



The inspiration for Dénouement/Auflösung was Montreal. In this new piece created for the dancers of the German company tanzmainz, José Navas gives us his abstract vision of a city that’s always in movement.

Constructed in three parts, the piece opens with a section that illustrates the tumult and effervescence of morning rushhour in Quebec’s metropolis. Movements of incredible rapidity and precision arise from the rhythm of music composed by Alexander MacSween. This longtime collaborator used the special sounds of the Quebec accent to create a fascinating brouhaha of voices mixed with instruments such as piano and cello. The second part, more sensual and carnal, throws us into the heart of passion of two couples. Strength and poetry rise and resonate to the words of the Montreal poet and singer Leonard Cohen, whose song Suzanne opens and closes the piece. In a third part, which brings together the company’s 19 virtuosic dancers, the movement’s organic fluidity opens into a highly architectural structure. Echoing Montreal’s architecture and the its various and colourful neighbourhoods, the costumes by Sonya Bayer elegantly reveal the dancers’ bodies in a rainbow of festive, springtime colours.

The portrait of a vibrant, effervescent, and passionate city, Dénouement/Auflösung sends a message of humanity and bears the imprint of a tenderness that goes straight to the heart.


Critical acclaims

  • “With the piece’s repeated comings and goings between softness and silence, fire and noise, anguish and confusion, José Navas knows how to delight the audience of his new show. Enchantment and fascination are working from the opening sequence of Dénouement[…].”Allgemeine Zeitung, Mainz
  • “José Navas […] offers moments of jubilation. Here, turns, jumps, lifts and multiple dynamic variations unfold with virtuosity.” Die deutsche Bühne, Mainz
  • “The piece opens with a couple standing, holding, lifting, embracing each other in a voluptuous surrendering […]; at the end, the two dancers no longer touch but still exert on each other their influence, only with their gesture. It is as if one breathed into the other a movement and as if the other let himself be carried away by this breath. By combining pas de deux – which frame the piece – and Leonard Cohen’s famous song, Suzanne[…], José Navas shows great refinement.”Frankfurter Rundschau, Mainz
  • “In the duo is enshrined a development that, almost following in the footsteps of the form of classical ballet,suggests a dream or a memory – play that is sometimes satirical, sometimes athletic, and sometimes poetic. The movement is propelled by the gazes of the group of dancers who sit in a row of chairs placed upstage, who follow and replace one another in the relay of successive sequences of movement.” Rhein-Zeitung, Mainz



  • Choreography and stage design: José Navas
  • Assistant to the Choreographer: Lars Anderstram
  • Female dancers: Mariya Bushuyeva, Alessandra Corti, Ada Daniele, Gili Goverman, Amy Josh, Bojana Mitrović, Charlotte Petersen, Tijana Prendović, Maasa Sakano, Lena Schattenberg, Giulia Torri
  • Male dancers: Rueben Albelda Giner, Marc Borràs, Zachary Chant, Marin Lemić, Cornelius Mickel, Thomas Van Preat,Mattia De Salve, Lewis Seivwright
  • Music: Alexander MacSween, Leonard Cohen
  • Lighting: Philipp Wiechert
  • Costumes: Sonya Bayer
  • Length: 40 minutes
  • World premiere: May 16, 2015, Staatstheater Mainz, Mainz

Dénouement/Auflösung is a production of the Staatstheater Mainz..


Dates Country City Venue
July 3 & 12, 2015 Germany Mainz Staatstheater Mainz.
September 6 & 13, 2015 Germany Mainz Staatstheater Mainz.
October 14, 2015 Germany Mainz Staatstheater Mainz.
Apris 5, 2016 Germany Ludwigshafen Staatstheater Mainz.



José’s Rite of Spring

Invited to Belgium as part of the festival Chacun son Sacre, José Navas celebrated the centenary of The Rite of Spring by taking up the challenge of tackling this legendary music as a solo, accompanied by nearly a hundred musicians of the Brussels Philharmonic. Developing an organic connection with Stravinsky’s music, he offered his vision of the figure of the Chosen One, who dances to death. From the iconic figure he made garbed in a long black dress to the fragility of his naked body at the end, he danced to the point of physical and mental exhaustion, in symbiosis with the orchestra and its maestro, Michel Tabachnik. Utterly seduced, the 1,200 audience members of the Concertgebouw of Bruges leapt to their feet, greeting this world premiere with a long ovation. Fulfilled and excited, the dancer and choreographer is eager to repeat this experience in Montreal and elsewhere. Meanwhile, you can steal a glance of the experience in Bruges via our Facebook album and enjoy this excerpt from that powerful and memorable performance.