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Agora du Coeur des sciences de l’UQÀM
175 President-Kennedy Avenue
Montréal (Québec) H2X 3P2



Places limited.

Reservation deadline: February 29, 2024

All audiences, 8 years +


DESSAIM is a performance-installation featuring various types of bio-inspired robotic swarms. The audience is invited to wander among these swarms, observing both the large and the small, in the light and in the shadows, hearing and perceiving them from different perspectives, and interacting with them.

DESSAIM is the result of an interdisciplinary engineering and performing arts research project which explores the expressiveness of three types of robotic swarms. The audience watches the as reclaimed/recycled materials transform their appearance and environment, and become, either collectively or individually, an expressive and poetic substance in constant motion.



Language: Without words
Running time: 60 minutes
Techniques: Robotics and shadows






Collectif DESSAIM is composed of expert engineers in robotics, computer science and biomechanics; artists in dance, movement, puppetry, and shadow theatre; and specialists in movement analysis and learning. A research grant from the FRQ-Prisme/art supports their study of the expressive possibilities generated by varying the movements of aerial and terrestrial robotic swarms.



Stage direction: Collectif DESSAIM          

Set design and puppets: Hélène Duval, Danielle Lecourtois and Marcelle Hudon        

Music: Magali Babin

Lighting: Manon Poch St-Joan

Performance: Collectif DESSAIM and robotic swarms


Collectif DESSAIM wishes to thank the Fonds de recherche du Québec, Prisme-art for its support, as welll as the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS), Hexagram, the dance department at UQAM, Alain Bolduc, Éliane Cantin, Carolanne Létouneau, Elektra, Casteliers, Victor Brayant, Max Boutin, Beast, Jean-Christian Gagnon, Manon Poch Saint-Joan, Alex Larrègle, Tiffanie Boffa, Matéo Barrera and Gabriel Duquette.



The show you had in mind is sold out? Try your luck at the door! Arrive early. If reserved tickets are cancelled at the last minute, we will gladly to put them up for sale. Credit card and Interac transfers only. No cash payments.