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Rencontres Fragmentaires

by Nicholas Castel, Fannie Côté


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What do we leave behind? What stays inside?

words from the filmmaker

From Sandrine: My master thesis in 2018 looked into how each individual relationship to gravity reveals a very unique and authentic posture (and movement signature!), thus affecting our many relationships to others. I am still fascinated by how expressive human movement is, and how the body is a rich universe of memories. RF started as a dance research/creation for two dancers (with a grant from CALQ). I proposed to the choreographer Fannie Côté e few key words: imprints, trace (time-generation, sensations) and two questions : « what do we leave behind? » & « what stays inside? ». Fannie was interested in playing with the idea of space : how it affects movement and relationship (inner/outer, intimate/distance). Our showing after 30h of studio research/creation and a day of residency in the theatre was cancelled due to the arrival of Omicron (COVID) in Dec 2021. We then decided to do a dance film; a new project with the same essence of movement and original theme, still playing with space but with a cinematographic approach. We received a new Grant (CALQ) in 2022, editing was finished early 2023. I wanted young dancers to appear (all of them are-were my dance students) and we liked the idea of duality (inside/outside, dirty/chic, nature/city). The rest is the director’s vision and talent!!!

From Nicholas: Rencontres Fragmentaires is an incursion into the universe of a woman, her encounters and the traces left by them. The piece focuses on the relationship of physical closeness and emotional connection of human beings and the paradox that sometimes arises from this: how we can be so far from someone but feel so close and connected to them and vice versa, how we can be so physically close to someone but feel so far away.

why we love this film

This project is exceptionally well-executed with remarkable cinematography. The compelling narrative, intertwined with expressive movement phrasing, creates a captivating viewing experience.




Choreographer / Art Direction

Director of Photography


1st AC


Drummondville Dancers 

Montreal Dancers 



Original Music

Fannie Côté

Nicholas Castel

Sandrine Vachon 

Dominic Caron

Fannie Côté

Nicholas Castel

Nicholas Castel

Curtis Halladay

Lucasie Kiatainaq

Ryley Remedios

Laurence Gagnon 

Isabella Gomez 

Scottie Ayrton Au Yeng Kong 

Gabrielle Matte 

Anabelle provencher 

Charlie Drolet 

Lili Malo  

Audrey Roy 

Olivier Dion 

Florence Charette 

Juliette Beaudoin 

Anaïs Bonneau 

Angèle Ledoux 

Nicholas Castel

Peinture Boréale par RossoModo

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