October 8, 2020

At La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines
A show about chaos, created partly on ZOOM, during a pandemic.

Montreal, October 8, 2020 — The second Danse-Cité show of the season, PAPILLON, a new creation by Helen Simard, juxtaposes three solos and a live experimental soundtrack in a complex trio that explores the tenuous boundaries between order and disorder. 

The eight performances at La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines planned for October 28 to November 7, 2020, were already SOLD OUT before the recent announcement closing the theatres. The show will finally open on October 29 at 7:30 p.m. If no restrictions due to the pandemic are announced, the performances will continue until November 7. Stay tuned for possible additional performances! Also, to fulfill its desire to reach a broader audience, Danse-Cité is inviting spectators of all stripes, young and old, to watch a LIVE STREAM of the 60-minute piece on November 5 at 7:30 p.m., co-directed by Frédéric Baune and Helen Simard from the La Chapelle stage. Also available on the Web from November 13, noon, to November 15, 6 pm. Tickets at

Mecdy Jean-Pierre, Victoria Mackenzie  © Claudia Chan Tak


Last March, Helen Simard and her team quickly readjusted their creative processes and threw themselves into the research of PAPILLON on Zoom. Now in the last stretch of creation, the work is woven through with all the restrictions required by the pandemic, but above all with all the possibilities that emerged from it. It was built on a shifting surface, in a changing and uncertain reality. The work is supported by three dancers and three extraordinary musicians: Nindy Banks, Victoria Mackenzie and Mecdy Jean-Pierre, as well as Rémy Saminadin, Roger White and Ted Yates. This is no longer merely a show, but an entire process of adaptation and living. From the aridity of mandatory physical distancing, and the suddenly apparent lack of empathy in our society, PAPILLON emerges wings beating.

The concepts of repetition, fractals, strange attractors, feedback loops and spontaneous order – all constitutive elements of chaos theory – were sources of inspiration that oriented the composition of the three distinct but complementary solos and an improvised musical score. 

Like a puzzle, PAPILLON speaks of metamorphosis, the cyclical nature of the self – change, loss, grief, acceptance and growth – the strangeness that lives inside us, finding freedom in confinement, loneliness and togetherness, and the importance of human connection. The piece is a structured improvisation. The work brings together movement phrases, concepts, embodied states and poetic images. Starting from common movements, the initial material has been stretched and manipulated by each performer’s reinterpretation, bringing to light their singularity. 

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A compelling personality in contemporary dance, Helen Simard holds a BFA in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University (2000) and an MA in dance from UQAM (2014). Since the beginning of her career, she has been interested in street dance, contemporary dance and performative practices. From 2000 to 2011, she worked with the urban contemporary dance collective Solid State Breakdance, where she emerged as a unique creator. With Solid State, she collaborated on nine shows that were presented throughout Canada and Europe. Since then she has worked with dancers and musicians in studio on unconventional interdisciplinary performances. Her works include On the Subject of Compassion (2011), Can You Hear Me? (2017) and Dance Side of the Moon (2018), as well as the trilogy of NO FUN (2014), IDIOT (2017) and REQUIEM POP (2019), inspired by the American punk icon Iggy Pop. Helen is currently artist-in-residence at Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal until 2021. She is using this opportunity to write her first play, when your baby dies. She recently founded her own company, Créations Interdisciplinaires We All Fall Down, with musician and composer Roger White. Under their joint artistic direction, WAFD promotes live performance as a site of experimentation and risk-taking to deconstruct/reinvent the body and its ways of relating to time and space. 


For the last 39 years, Danse-Cité has contributed to the evolution of dance practices and contemporary creation. The organization supports artists as they develop and unfold their artistic process, from the inception of an idea to its presentation before an audience. It supports the emergence of new authorship, is invested in self-critical and sustainable structural work, with a view to redefining its relationships with racialized and Indigenous artists. It also seeks to promote universal access to the arts. 



Oct. 29. 30. > 7:30 p.m. | Nov. 1 > 2:00 p.m. + 7:30 p.m. | Nov. 2. 6. 7. > 7:30 p.m.
La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines, 3700 Saint-Dominique, Montreal
Tickets: $20 to $30 | | 514 843-7738


Nov. 5 > 7:30 p.m.
Co-directed by Frédéric Baune & Helen Simard, from the stage of La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines
Tickets: $6.50 |


Nov.13 > Noon, to Nov.15 > 6 p.m.
Tickets: $6.50 |


PAPILLON will be preceded by a performance by Marie-Reine Kabasha on November 2 


French-language media
Francine Arsenault   
Communications, Danse-Cité  
514 525-3595 |

English-language media
Sarah G. LaForce
Créations Interdisciplinaires We All Fall Down
438 350-0212 |

October 4, 2020

October marks the arrival of Martin Bélanger as the new Administrative Director of Danse-Cité. Martin is taking over from Éric Smith, who will be taking his well-deserved retirement after eight years of loyal service.

“I’m truly delighted that Martin has agreed to join the Danse-Cité team," said Executive and Artistic Director Sophie Corriveau. “His diverse experience, knowledge of the community, open-mindedness and artistic sensitivity will be great assets to the organization. The Danse-Cité team is small, and every person plays a key role. In this era of transformation that is the spirit behind Danse-Cité, he’ll be a valuable accomplice.”

A graduate in dance from the Université du Québec à Montréal, Martin has been active on the art scene since 1992. As a performer, actor, collaborator, consultant and choreographer, he has been involved in fields ranging from experimental theatre to contemporary dance and multidisciplinary work. He has created and presented shows around the world and worked with numerous dance creators as an independent artist or with his own company, Productions Laps, which he founded in 2004. As a cultural worker, he has collaborated on various production and management projects with DLD - Daniel Léveillé Danse, PME-Art and Par B.L.eux. He also held the position of Program Officer at the Canada Council for the Arts from 2013 to 2016.

The members of the Board of Directors join the Danse-Cité team in welcoming Martin and in warmly thanking Éric Smith for his significant contribution to the development of Danse-Cité.

September 4, 2020

VERSO s'anime sur le Web, en direct du Théâtre Prospero, le 11 septembre à 20 h et le 12 septembre à 14 h. 

Soyez les témoins de cette œuvre qui s'inspire des codes du cinéma et qui se déploie sur scène avec finesse et volupté, pour mieux rebasculer dans l'œil de la caméra.

Verso     © Marjorie Guindon

Durée : 40 minutes
Billets : 6,50 $ |

Première expérience en webdiffusion chez Danse-Cité, VERSO est une chorégraphie d'Audrey Bergeron, adaptée et réalisée en direct par Frédéric Baune et interprétée par le quatuor féminin Kim Henry, Merryn Kritzinger, Jessica Serli et Audrey Bergeron, avec la complicité du pianiste Roman Zavada.

Audrey Bergeron, Jessica Serli, Kim Henry, Merryn Kritzinger     © Marjorie Guindon

Depuis 2005, Audrey Bergeron s’est distinguée dans plusieurs productions, notamment avec Destins Croisés, Bouge de là, Omnibus et O Vertigo. Elle a fait partie de l’équipe d’impro-mouvement Les Imprudanses pendant plus de huit ans. VERSO marque son retour à Danse-Cité, quatre ans après Par le chas de l’aiguille (2016). Audrey Bergeron a également participé à des créations de vidéodanse, qui ont fait partie de la programmation de plusieurs manifestations internationales.


Merci à l'équipe du Théâtre Prospero pour l'accueil attentionné dans des conditions hors du commun !

 Théatre Prospero

September 2, 2020

Making the living art of dance possible, real, meaningful, and exciting

Danse-Cité is pleased to launch its new season today. Inspiring moments are to come with five presentations at La Chapelle Scènes contemporaines and LAVI Laboratoire Arts Vivants et Interdisciplinarité or transmitted virtually, from the stage of Prospero theatre and La Chapelle . The new works to discover are: Verso by Audrey Bergeron, Papillon by Helen Simard, Invisible by Aurélie Pedron, Face-à-Face by Jérémie Niel, and 18 P_R_A_C_T_I_C_E_S by Andrew Turner. These artists and their artistic collaborators will take you with them in their questioning of the world, art, and theatrical convention.

The 2020-2021 program was conceived by Daniel Soulières, who, after 38 years at the helm of Danse-Cité, recently passed the torch to Sophie Corriveau. Her long career in dance fortified her decision to move ahead with this season’s programming amid the exceptional context of the pandemic, a challenge faced by many others in the arts. Since January 2020, she has been accompanied by Ellen Furey, adviser for programming and activities.

In Sophie’s words: “We are living through a complex and vertiginous time. Our landmarks have been profoundly shaken. The pandemic and the imperative for social change in matters of equity and justice are leading us to transform our practices and actions. This first year as artistic and executive director of Danse-Cité has been intense and unsettling as well. However, it reinforces my conviction that our commitments and reflections must be directed, first and foremost, towards those who make the living art of dance possible, real, meaningful and exciting.”

This year, works will be presented in adaptations and in new formats for reduced audiences. We have also started new initiatives, including Lever de rideau | Opening Act, which consists of pairing works-in-progress by emerging artists and/or artists exploring new horizons with the creations in the official program. Supported by the Caisse de la culture Desjardins, the first Lever de rideau | Opening Act program will comprise a short piece by Marie-Reine Kabasha, preceding the performance of PAPILLON by Helen Simard.

In addition, starting this season, Danse-Cité will host research-and-creation residencies. In autumn 2020, artists Jordan Brown, Marie-Reine Kabasha, Soleil Launière, Nasim Lootij, and Justin de Luna will benefit from this initiative, thanks to collaborations with MAI | Montréal, arts interculturels, Maison de la culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal, the company Par B.L.eux, and Studio 303.

Discover our new season! We hope, thanks to this season, that we’ll be together in a theatre, studio, or online to celebrate dance.

Danse-Cité thanks the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and the Conseil des arts de Montréal for their financial support.

Francine Arsenault | Danse-Cité
514 525-3595 |

August 12, 2020

Danse-Cité cherche à combler le poste de Direction administrative au sein de son équipe.

Danse-Cité est un organisme qui contribue à l’évolution des pratiques de la danse et de la création contemporaine en soutenant les artistes en recherche, création, production et/ou diffusion. L’équipe de Danse-Cité développe des partenariats singuliers selon les projets qu’elle soutient.

Description du poste

Sous l’autorité de la direction générale, directeur.trice assure la direction financière et juridique de l’organisme, veille à l’équilibre budgétaire et est responsable des besoins logistiques des projets de création et des autres activités de la compagnie.

L’équipe de Danse-Cité est petite, et chacun.e de ses employé.e.s est appelé.e. à exercer ses fonctions avec polyvalence et en collégialité. L’intérêt pour l’apprentissage de nouvelles expertises est pris en considération.

Tâches spécifiques

Direction administrative
- Préparer les budgets, effectuer la tenue de livre, gérer la paie et assurer le contrôle financier ;
- Coordonner l’accompagnement administratif auprès des artistes ;
- Recherche de financement public ;
- Coordonner et participer à la rédaction de demandes de subvention ;
- Assurer la gestion des ressources matérielles ;
- Coordonner les stratégies de développement avec le consortium Art Circulation, voué à la diffusion des oeuvres ;
- Négocier, recommander et assurer les ententes financières avec les différents partenaires de l’organisme ;
- S’assurer du respect, par tous les intervenant.e.s, des lois en vigueur, des ententes syndicales et des autres contrats qui peuvent lier la compagnie et des tiers ;
- Contribuer à la planification des ressources humaines et matérielles nécessaires à la création et la production des spectacles ;
- Recherche de financement privé en collaboration avec les membres du conseil d’administration.

Toutes autres tâches connexes.

Profil recherché

- Expérience pertinente minimale de 4 ans ;
- Connaissance et intérêt pour les arts vivants sont des atouts ;
- Excellente connaissance de la comptabilité et des outils de gestion (environnement Mac) ;
- Faire preuve de leadership, de créativité, d’ouverture d’esprit ;
- Excellentes capacités de communication et de rédaction ;
- Rigueur, polyvalence et facilité à travailler en équipe.
- Intérêt pour la direction de production et la gestion de projets, un atout.

Une attention particulière sera portée aux candidatures issues de la diversité culturelle et autochtones.

Conditions de l’emploi

- Lieu : 3680, rue Jeanne-Mance, bureau 426, Montréal (Québec) H2X 2K5.
- Poste salarié à temps plein. Un poste à 4 jours/semaine peut-être envisageable.
- Horaire variable
- Salaire à négocier selon expérience

Les bureaux de Danse-Cité sont accessibles aux personnes à mobilité réduite.

- Date d’entrée en fonction visée : 28 septembre 2020

Pour postuler, veuillez envoyer votre curriculum vitae ainsi qu’une courte lettre de motivation à l’attention de Sophie Corriveau, directrice artistique et générale, d’ici vendredi 4 septembre 2020, 17h, au courriel suivant :

Danse-Cité s’engage à offrir un environnement de travail inclusif et accessible à tou.te.s les employé.e.s.

Nous remercions d’avance tou.te.s les candidat.e.s de leur intérêt. Un accusé de réception sera envoyé. Cependant, seules les personnes dont la candidature aura été retenue seront contactées.

Danse-Cité reconnaît que les terres sur lesquelles nous travaillons font partie du territoire noncédé des Kanien’keha :ka (Mohawks) qui a longtemps servi de lieu de rassemblement et d’échanges entre les nations.

July 3, 2020

While waiting until August to present all the programming and activities that will make up the 20-21 season, Danse-Cité is pleased to reveal that choreographer and artistic director Helen Simard will be the author of one of the season’s creations. Her new work Papillon will bring together performers Nindy Banks, Victoria Mackenzie & Mecdy Jean-Pierre, and musicians Rémy Saminadin, Roger White & Ted Yates. Full cast, dates and location to follow. Stay tuned!

Helen Simard is a choreographer who has been working since 2000 in Tiohtiá: ke/Montreal. After working with Solid State Breakdance for 12 years, an artist collective that combined street and contemporary dance, and participating in the creation of 9 shows, she switched gears in 2012 to lead her own artistic projects. [read +]