Montreal-based modern dance company. It specializes in high-tech staging and in a style of fast, athletic dance choreographed by Édouard Lock and for many years embodied in the virtuoso performances of its leading female dancer, Louise Lecavalier. It emerged out of Lock's company Lock-Danseurs (formed 1980) and in 1981 won Canada's prestigious Jean A. Chalmers choreographic award for the production Oranges, followed by a Bessie for Human Sex in 1985. With New Demons (1987) the company established an international reputation, which was expanded by worldwide broadcasts of their performance with rock star David Bowie in 1990 and by European concert appearances with Frank Zappa (1992). Later productions have included 2 (mus. various, 1995), Amelia (mus. David Lang, 2002), and Amjad (mus. Gavin Bryars and others, 2007).