Words from the choreographer

A solo show that celebrates the importance of love and art.

Following his lineage of solo work, imbued with sobriety, abstraction, and simplicity, José Navas continues dancing his life on stage, as he has done for the last forty years.

This show comprises four dance solos that will invite the audience into the personal story of José Navas and Bill Douglas. The two artists met and lived together in NYC and later Montreal, sharing life and art until the death of Douglas from AIDS in 1996. The culmination of this artistic relationship, “While Waiting” – choreographed by Douglas and performed by Navas – was recognized in 1994 with a Bessie Award (New York Dance and Performance Award).

The choreographer–soloist will perform on a simple open stage, set with three chairs. There will be movement in the space to the music of Bach, PJ Harvey, Billie Holliday, and Dorothy Moore. He renews his longstanding collaborations with light designer Marc Parent and costume designer Sonya Bayer.

AVES is a luminous dance ritual of hope and optimism, Navas’ way to pay homage to Douglas.

Premiere at De Schakel, Waregem (BE), October 26, 2022

AVES is the recipient of the 2023 RIDEAU / Maisons de la culture Award

AVES is a luminous dance ritual of hope and optimism.

“A wonderfully moving experience. […] A truly exceptional night of dance.”
The Age, Melbourne, 2023

AVES [teaser]


  • De Schakel, Waregem, Belgium, October 26, 2022 | PREMIERE
  • Theater im Pumpenhaus, Münster, Germany, October 28, 29, 2022
  • Théâtre Capitole, Quebec, QC [Bourse RIDEAU], February 12, 2023
  • Maison de la culture Janine-Sutto, Montreal, September 26, 2023
  • Salle Émile Legault du cégep de Saint-Laurent, QC, October 11, 2023
  • Melbourne Fringe Festival 2023 at Temperance Hall, Melbourne, Australia, October 19, 20, 21, 2023
  • Théâtre Mirella et Lino Saputo, Montreal QC, Novembre 11, 2023
  • Centre Culturel Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Montreal QC, December 7, 2023
  • CultuurCentrum De Spil, Roulers, Belgique. March 13, 2024
  • CultuurCentrum De Werf, Alost, Belgique, March 15, 2024
  • Valspec, Salle Albert-Dumouchel, Salaberry de Valleyfield, QC, May 9, 2024


Choreographer and dancer: José Navas

Lighting design: Marc Parent

Costumes: José Navas

Fabrication: Sonya Bayer, L’Atelier de couture Sonya B

Production: Compagnie Flak

Coproduction: Theater im Pumpenhaus, Münster (Germany), Danse Danse (Canada)

Photos: Sasha Onyshchenko