La La La Human Steps

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La La La Human Steps was a Québécois contemporary dance group in Canada, active between 1980 and 2015, known for its energetic, acrobatic style involving fast-paced and athletic physical contact. Its signature move was the barrel jump, which resembled a horizontal pirouette in the air.

The first mention of the group in the New York Times, after the premiere of Human Sex, stated:

"This [performance] integrates punk art music into the dancing - which features the fearless physicality of a group of high-flying and nose-diving performers. There is also the added interest of the dancers producing sound by activating laser-beam instruments with their bodies. [...] Yet the style - Miss Lecavalier wears a Merry Widow corset, tights, running shoes and a mustache - is different. There is something touching about seeing a younger generation reinvent a wheel, however naively: this difference in attitude defines our times."[1]

The troupe collaborated with rock musicians, including David Bowie, David Lang, Frank Zappa, Skinny Puppy, Einstürzende Neubauten, Kevin Shields, David Van Tieghem, and Carole Laure. It was formed in 1980 by Édouard Lock under the name Lock-Danseurs and showcased for many years Louise Lecavalier. The group appeared regularly in its hometown of Montreal, Quebec, and all over the world.

In later years the leading soloist of La La La Human Steps was Grace-Anne Powers.[2]

On 2 September 2015 Lock announced that the company had been disbanded owing to insurmountable financial difficulties.[3]


  • Lily Marlene in the Jungle (1980)
  • Oranges (1981)
  • Businessman in the Process of Becoming an Angel (1983)
  • Human Sex (1985) - Video
  • New Demons (1987) - Video
  • Infante C'est Destroy (1991) - Video
  • 2 (1995)
  • Exaucé/Salt (1998) - Video
  • Amelia (2002) - Video
  • Amjad (2007)[4] - Video
  • Untitled (2011)


  1. ^ Anna Kisselgoff: Edouard Lock's Punk Style. New York Times, 6 October 1985
  2. ^ "Companies: La La La Human Steps". de Ballet. Retrieved March 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ Swoboda, Victor (2 September 2015). "La La La Human Steps is no more, Édouard Lock announces". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 3 September 2015. 
  4. ^ Susan Walker (2007-05-15). "La La La takes romantic steps". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2007-05-15. 

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