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Gabrielle Marion-Rivard grew up in a musical family. From a very young age, she attended many concerts, operas and ballets. From 1997 to 2006, she took ballet lessons with Entre-Jambes troupe in Beloeil, as well as private courses in singing and piano. In 2006 she became a member of Les Démasqués de l’Association de la Vallée du Richelieu pour la déficience intellectuelle, a theatre group for the intellectually disabled. Gabrielle joined the Centre des arts de la scène Les Muses in 2007 and participated in the group’s annual cabaret presented at the Salle Astral in 2010. That same year the troupe performed a song in Club Soda’s Cabaret citoyen. Also in 2010, the artist Marie-Claude de Souza enlisted Gabrielle’s talents for a poetic intervention as part of a video for the Musée des costumes et du textile du Québec. In 2011, Gabrielle participated in the 4th Biennale de gigue contemporaine as a performer and dancer in the show Dans ta tête by the choreographer Maïgwenn Desbois. The show was performed again in 2012 at the Festival Vue sur la relève, then again in 2013 at the Espace culturel Georges-Émilie-Lapalme in the Place des Arts. Gabrielle was also part of the cast of the end-of-the-year show Dinde et Farces, le cabaret de Noël performed at the Théâtre Espace Libre in December 2012. She once again worked with the choreographer Maïgween Desbois in 2013 for the dance performance Six pieds sous terre presented as part of the 5th edition of the Biennale de gigue contemporaine at the Monument National. The same show was also performed at the 2013 edition of the Festival Vue sur la relève. Her title role in the 2013 film Gabrielle marks her film debut.
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