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Dance is a means for change


Petrikor Danse focuses on interdisciplinary collaborative work. Its mandate is to provide audiences with complete artistic experiences that generate a place of reflection and dialogue. Petrikor seeks to democratize art by combining different art forms and investing in socially engaged subjects.

Bettina Szabo, a woman with dark jaw-length hair looks out the window, creating a reflection on the pane of glass.


Artist Statement

Being an activist at heart, my work gravitates towards subjects like the environment and women's issues. My creations are triggered by a need to denounce injustices and to generate collective reflection. I transpose this quest into fictional worlds where I invite the audience to a gentle revolt, through empathy and compassion.

Curious and invested in the crusade for the "feminine gaze", I favor female collaborations. I seek to communicate through emotion, questioning our contemporary values ​​and their roots. As a result, the notions of beauty and ugliness have no place in my work, they are simply replaced by curiosity.

Over the years, I have developed a somatic approach to movement research called "moving subconscious". This method allows to associate academic research and intuition, subconscious and body. It generates unique, raw and sensitive movement that deeply inhabits the performer. 

This fluid, unbridled movement reveals the choreographic structure of the work. Then, I organize it in space and time, playing with perspective and rhythm, unveiling new potential interpretations. The resulting choreographic composition requires a mastery of the body that is both imperceptible yet extremely demanding.

The music, composed specifically for each project, is considered early in the process. It interacts with dance forming an entity whose sound emerges as much from the movement as from the soundtrack.

The dramaturgical line is jointly built with collaborators from different mediums, thus creating a multi-faceted work that has a unique poetic universe specific to each piece.

Inspired by artists like Kent Monkman, Tim Burton and Remedios Varo, I create work with striking imagery, with multiple interpretations that intrigue or disturb while revealing a singular aesthetic. They carry within themselves a meaning, a message that once witnessed belongs to the viewer. 

Bettina Szabo sits in costume for her piece Hélichryse, a layered honey-coloured dress with a veil wrapped around her neck


Artistic director | choreographer | dancer

Born in Uruguay, Bettina Szabo is a dancer and choreographer. Before she arrived in Montreal in 2007, she studied with Hebe Rosa (Uruguay), and Rami Be’er (Israel). She graduated from the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal (EDCM) in 2013, and obtained her BFA in Choreography at Concordia University (Montreal) in 2017. She has participated in many workshops with renowned artists such as Marie Chouinard, Dave St Pierre, Hildegard De Vyust, Guy Cools, Benoit Lachambre, and Clara Furey.

In 2006, Bettina formed the collective Jeli-Mien, with whom she was awarded the emerging choreographer award given by the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Uruguay. She also performed for the Ballet de Camara de Montevideo (2004-2007), the KCDC (2010), the collective Interlope (2013-2014) and for Jason Cutler in 2019.

She founded Petrikor Danse in 2016, which has allowed her to fully realize her multidisciplinary works mixing contemporary dance, music and visual arts. Bettina first created Noir=+ (2014) for dancer and vibraphone, and later presented Séquelles (2017), and Habitat (2020). Her work has been presented in Geneva, Paris, Lyon, Düsseldorf, Vienna, Seoul, Montreal, Quebec City, Toronto and Bilbao. She was invited on multiple occasions to work with musicians such as the Bakalari ensemble, the Architekt ensemble and composer Laurence Jobidon.

She is a member of Diversité Artistique Montreal (DAM) and a former elected board member of the Quebec Dance association RQD). She actively fights for a more culturally diverse art scene in Montreal.

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