Sens Production

Sens Production

 New York City, New York, USA

Melt by site-specific choreographer Noemie Lafrance will be presented outdoors for 4 weeks in August in Lower Manhattan attracting over 7000 people. Melt is inspired by NYC summer heat, features dancers perched on a wall and wrapped in sculptural beeswax and lanolin costumes, that slowly melt away.


Sens Production is an award winning production company founded in 2001 that specializes in staging the live performance work of Choreographer Noémie Lafrance in unusual sites and public spaces outside of the theater. The company has produced and co-produced original works that have attracted audiences in the thousands and held long performance runs (2 to 6 weeks). The work of Noémie Lafrance has received significant attention from the press and media and has been featured worldwide in the New York Times/Magazine, TIME Magazine, Reader’s Digest Selection, Vogue, Air Canada’s En Route Magazine, the Guggenheim Book, 2wice Magazine, NPR, A&E, CBC and many others. Sens‘ performance Agora reopened the abandoned McCarren Park Pool in Brooklyn as a venue in 2005 and attracted an audience of 15,000. Sens’ work invites audiences to participate in a creative experience of their own, immersing themselves in the architecture of their city, and offering them new vantage points from which to view the world.


Her acclaimed piece “Descent” was performed in a twelve-story stairwell designed by legendary architect Stanford White in lower Manhattan. The performance ran more than 80 times to a total audience of over 5000 people in 2001, 2002 and 2003. “Noir”, a piece staged in a parking garage and viewed by the audience through the windshield of their cars was presented as a part of the Whitney Biennial and was co-produced by Danspace Project in 2004. Lafrance was commissioned by the Neuberger Museum of Art to create “Unseen: Landscapes”, a performance inspired by April Gornik’s paintings and performed by the MFA students at Purchase College SUNY in fall of 2004. Her work “Migrations”, was commissioned by the Whitney Museum at Altria, and was performed as part of the 2005 Performance on 42nd Street. “Agora”, followed by its second version, “Agora II”, were produced and presented by Sens Production in the abandoned McCarren Park Pool site in Brooklyn in 2005 and 2006. The performance reopened the abandoned site to the public for the first time in 20 years, was seen by more than 15,000 people and was performed more than 30 times. In 2008, Lafrance was commissioned to create “Rapture” using the architecture of the Frank Gehry-designed Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College in the Hudson Valley, NY. Lafrance has since started a series of performances sponsored by Tiffany & Co. staging other Gehry designs worldwide. In 2009, she choreographed and performed a solo work called “Home” using her body as the site for the performance. Her work “Melt” originally created in 2003 in the Black and White Gallery’s courtyard in Brooklyn, features dancers covered in bee’s wax and lanolin performing on seats attached to a wall. Melt toured to the Festival TransAmerique, in Montreal, Mellemrum in Copenhagen and SESC in Sao Paolo, Brazil in 2008.

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