Compagnie Wu Xing Wu Shi (Cie WXWS)
Founded in 2014 by Mikaël Xystra Montminy, Wu Xing Wu Shi is a contemporary dance company with a mandate to teach, create, produce and disseminate choreographic works. Since its foundation, WXWS has responded to choreographic commissions and has offered advanced workshops for pre-professionals and professionals in the art of movement. Under the WXWS banner, break-ballet has become a mature style that Mikaël has been able to teach since 2017 during a tour of workshops at Domaine Forget, Maison pour la danse, Artère danse de QC, École de Cirque de Québec and RED.
In 2015, WXWS presented a choreographic excerpt from a creation called Collages d’extraits at the media opening of Québec Danse, organized by La Rotonde. The same year, Mikaël did a creation residency at the Musée de la Civilisation de Québec. The Therion project was born on this occasion.
In the fall of 2015, WXWS created a choreographic commission for the official opening of the performance hall Le Carré 150 in Victoriaville, in addition to presenting his first full-length piece Symbol as part of La Petite Scène au Cercle, in Quebec City. In 2016, the Musée de la Civilisation again invited the choreographer to direct a two-week residency with six dancers.
In 2017, he was one of the choreographers invited by Karine Ledoyen’s company Danse K par K to create a site-specific work for the Osez! project, headed by the Maison pour la danse in Quebec City.
In 2018, Mikaël’s activities are mainly oriented towards teaching technical and choreographic workshops for the pre-professional and professional movement art network. Among others, he is invited by l’Artère, l’École de cirque de Québec and Laval University. He also collaborates as acreative performer with Le CRue, in Québec City.
In 2019, WXWS was mainly working on his next show Transire for the stage. This critically acclaimed choreographic work is a reinterpretation of Jean Cocteau’s classic piece Le jeune homme et la mort, originally choreographed by Roland Petit in 1946.
In 2020, Mikaël was invited to join the company Danse K par K again, this time as a performer and choreographer for the new formula of Osez en solo!
In 2021, WXWS in collaboration with La Rotonde, presented an adaptation of his production Transire. This production was finally released as a webcast in November 2021 due to pandemic circumstances. On this occasion, Mikaël turned to fighting fires where he now makes a career in Sept-Îles as a firefighter while pursuing the artistic activities of his company.
In 2022, Mikaël was invited to collaborate with Robert Lepage, in Quebec City, for the launch of the next season of Les Amants du Diamant. He is also involved as a martial choreographer in the research and creation laboratory Lutte d’Exmachina in collaboration with the Musée de la civilisation de