Since their victory almost a year ago, the winners of the second edition of “Revolution” have had to put several of their projects on hold. The duo, who are gradually resuming their activities, give us their news.
Marcio and Janie, you haven’t been idle since you won “Revolution”. Tell me about your respective projects.
MARCIO: At the start of the pandemic, it was difficult. We didn’t work for more than two months, but little by little we started to offer courses on the internet. We wanted to move and stay active, so we came up with the idea of teaching ballet online.
JANIE: Then schools contacted us during the summer and we were able to teach in the field. It is a fantastic and enriching experience. This period makes us realize how fragile everything is and how everything can stop overnight. We appreciate even more the chance we have to be able to dance.
Looking back, what are you most proud of?
J .: Honestly, it is to have been able to pass through the adventure “Revolution” as well as to have made known classical and contemporary dance. People stop me on the street to tell me that they don’t know this style and that they now want to dance. For me, our greatest achievement is to have made the public want to dance and move.
M .: I am also proud to have been able to highlight dance and to have made it accessible to everyone.
How did you experience this forced break of a few months?
J .: I am a girl of challenges and I didn’t want to sit there and do nothing. So I started to train with a “fitness” coach. It was a great challenge and it allowed me to keep in shape. Then in the afternoon I became a first year teacher for my daughter.
M .: For my part, I jogged to keep in shape. I also took the opportunity to get ahead in my work, since I am taking a course in scenography at the university.
How has your life changed since “Revolution”?
J .: We were already established in the dance world before participating, but “Revolution” allowed us to make ourselves known by other artistic circles. At the moment, we are participating in a project in collaboration with the TNM, which allows us to work with actors and to discover other types of projects.
M .: This experience had only positive effects on our lives. I’m really happy I did. But it all happened so quickly that we then had to take time to reconnect with ourselves. The tour with the other dancers was also fantastic, and I can’t wait to get back on this one in winter 2021.
What is the most defining moment in your career so far?
J .: I think “Revolution” was particularly striking for me, both personally and professionally. It is a beautiful gift that I gave to myself. I would even say that it was a great therapy that allowed me to find myself as a human being.
M .: It is certain that “Revolution” was a defining moment, but the most important moment for me is when I had the opportunity to leave Brazil to come and work here, in Quebec, with the company. La La La Human Steps. It completely changed my life; I am happy here, I feel at home. I’ve lived in the beautiful city of Montreal for 10 years now.
If you weren’t dancing for a living, what would you do?
J .: People don’t know it, but I’m also a travel agent. I have traveled a lot with dance and it has become a second passion. Let’s say that lately both my careers have been put to the test.
M .: I am very interested in design, but it is above all the stage that fascinates me and I want to explore the work of a scenographer. It would be a second career and I want to move forward. But when I was little, I wanted to be a journalist. I am very curious and I think I would be a good journalist.
If you could dance for an artist of your choice, who would you choose and why?
J .: The first name that comes to mind is Charlotte Cardin. I am connected to what she sings and I am sensitive to her art. I really love her, and I would make a dream come true if I worked with her.
M .: I totally fall for Celine Dion, I would love to work with her and share the stage with her as a dancer.
Do you have another talent?
J .: I love to cook and I do quite well. I love to cook with my mother and my daughter. It’s a little family ritual.
M .: I am really manual; i like to build and transform things. Lately Janie wanted a dresser that was very expensive, so we went out and bought a not so pretty one which I then transformed, taking inspiration from the one she initially coveted. She was very happy.
Which object is important to you?
J .: I still sleep with my blanket. She’s made so old that she looks like an old rag! I took her on tour and was afraid I would forget her in hotel rooms.
M .: I am not very religious, but I have an image of the Virgin Mary that my grandmother gave me, telling me that she would always protect me. As my grandmother passed away last year, this image took on a whole new meaning. It hangs in my room and I watch it every day.
If you could spend a whole day in someone else’s shoes, who would you choose and why?
M .: I would like to live the experience of being Chris Martin, the singer of Coldplay, to see what it feels like to play music in front of such a large audience.
J .: I am passionate about music, I have worked with conductors and I find it impressive to see them take charge of their musicians. So I would like to live a day in the shoes of a conductor, like Kent Nagano.
What will your next few months be like?
J .: We are working with the TNM on the production “Prélude à La nuit des rois”, which is a laboratory around a play which should be presented on stage in 2021. We also give lessons all over the region. province and we will soon be back on stage, in Quebec, to dance.
M .: The performances of the show “Revolution” on tour should also resume in February. We’re wishing for the best.
“Prelude to La nuit des rois” will be available online until October 18 at tnm.qc.ca.