José Navas/Compagnie Flak, a co-presentation with La Rotonde

Hydro-Québec Auditorium


Contemporary dance and chamber music come together in this adaptation of Franz Schubert’s Winterreise song cycle for piano, voice and dance.

Winterreise (Winter Journey) is a long, emotion-filled Romantic poem about the power of nature, suffering, pain, death and love. The music masterfully expresses the various moods, and the text is narrative, even contemplative. Through Franz Schubert’s Winterreise and movement, José Navas tells the story of a journey to the edges of winter. Accompanied onstage by a singer and pianist, he creates a stunning choreographic performance that is effervescent and beautiful.

About José Navas/Compagnie Flak

Compagnie Flak founder and artistic director José Navas’s choreographic work has three main expressions: he performs intense, emotional solo creations; he creates abstract, enchanting group works; and he is commissioned to develop contemporary ballet works integrating classical elements with sensitivity.

As resident choreographer of Vancouver’s Ballet BC for three years, he successfully delivered his first works on pointe, including an iconoclastic version of Giselle in 2013, followed by a creation for the National Ballet of Canada. José Navas is also an associate dance artist with the National Arts Centre of Canada. His work has already been presented in more than 30 countries in the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Mar 10 to 11, 2022 — 70 minutes with no intermission $34 — $45


Photo — Damian Siqueros
Photo — Damian Siqueros
Photo — Nina Konjini
Photo — Damian Siqueros
Photo — Nina Konjini
Photo — Damian Siqueros
Photo — Damian Siqueros
Photo — Damian Siqueros

What People Are Saying...

"Through the depth and resulting multiple layers of his choreography, José Navas explores his ideas with elegance and subtlety in this work of planes, revealing all the beauty of a winter journey. A journey of aching beauty"

Le Devoir

"Winterreise is a long elegiac poem that grabs you by the heart and hits you in the gut, shaking you up and pulling you into an inevitable interiority. [...] This piece is a selfless gift—an offering—with a lot of humility and a lot of strength, with deep acceptance as well as elegant resistance"

"A poignant piece, permeated with humanity and pure emotion, where the maturity and refinement of the exceptional dancer José Navas radiate and go straight to the heart"


Choreographer and Performer José Navas
Musicians Francis Perron (piano) and Emmanuel Hasler (tenor)


Music Franz Schubert's Winterreise
Texts Wilhelm Müller

Lighting Designer Marc Parent
Technical Director Pierre Lavoie
Costume Designer Sonya Bayer
Costume Construction Sonya Bayer, L’Atelier de couture Sonya B and Nathon Kong
Production and Development Director Adrien Bussy
Production Compagnie Flak


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Public Sponsors of the Programming

  • Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
  • Canada
  • Canada Council for the Arts
  • Ville de Québec