News

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 +]

May 6, 2020

It’s in our DNA to be together, to create, to share, to dream, not solely as artists, but as human beings. Theaters everywhere have closed for several weeks. Physical distancing is in order and we are adjusting to new normals that we’d hoped would be fleeting but seem less and less so. We don't know what the Fall will bring or what the whole of our next season will look like.

This is my first year as artistic director of Danse-Cité, imagining, learning, dreaming, talking, meeting, sharing, ruminating. And then, poof, everything is frozen. A  vertigo has set in and time no longer has the same thickness. At first, it was a sense of urgency: the urgency of cancellations, postponements, then astonishment and a desire to save as much as possible. Today, it is a sense of contemplation.

I love the togetherness of dance and the experiences we get to live through it. Dance lives in the relationship between the dancer and the audience and also in the relationship of the spectators to each other- the whole experience. So yes, we use this time to review our methods of creation and to support artists to find new ways to present what they’ve dreamt up and have been working on for months, if not years. And yes, we need to address and integrate the accessibility potentials that the current crisis has further highlighted. And also and above all, we need to imagine and prepare a return to the stage experience. The live arts are essential and will not so quickly fade away. I can't wait to go to the theater even if the parameters have to be redesigned.

The social scope and the poetic and political potential of performing arts, of dance, seem to me, again and again, the very things we must preserve and defend, tooth and nail, with resilience and creativity, and with an imagination that’s only broadened by current events.

So we continue, we stay present.

- Sophie Corriveau
Artistic and general director - Danse-Cité

 

 

February 3, 2020

Today, I am happy to announce that Ellen Furey is working with Danse-Cité as Advisor, Programming and Artistic Activities.

I hold Ellen in high esteem as an artist. Alongside her creative work, she is deeply committed to working on social and artistic issues in our community. Her perspective, the way she questions our practices, her curiosity and her benevolence towards artists and their processes make her a precious collaborator for both myself and the team at Danse-Cité.

We are working together on updating the company mission and values, and more specifically, Ellen is supporting me with upcoming programming decisions and new initiatives around future programs. Sharing this responsibility and being in constant reflection and discussion creates new ways of imagining what is important and possible for our organization’s future.

The advisory role is a new one in the Danse-Cité structure and while it is still modest in scope, we hope to secure the resources for it to flourish.

The Danse-Cité board members and team wish a warm welcome to our new collaborator. Bienvenue Ellen !

Sophie Corriveau
Co-directrice générale et artistique

>> ELLEN FUREY - BIOGRAPHY << 

 

November 18, 2019

The 2019–2020 season is well under way. Here at Danse-Cité, it’s a particular year, a year of transition and effervescence. Daniel Soulières and I are sharing the role of artistic director and general manager until the end of March. Daniel will then step down, opening himself to new horizons. Until then, there are many days, many conversations, many encounters, many questions. Within an organization that has almost 40 years of history and experience, there is a lot of knowledge to be passed on. A handover for Daniel and a time for the team—Éric Smith, Maud Mazo-Rothenbühler and I—to reflect on future possibilities, bring existing projects to life and consider what might change.

In a number of exchanges with artists and workers in the community, I have come to realize that several know the company well, but several do not know it so well. I’d like to take advantage of this opportunity to outline Danse-Cité’s current form.

Since 1982, the organization has constantly evolved to respond to the needs and realities of the dance community in Montréal and Québec. Its history is plural and complex, and I could describe it at length, but I prefer to delve directly into the here and now.

Danse-Cité has always supported artists from the inception of projects to their presentation. Every artist working with Danse-Cité has carte blanche. Danse-Cité is financially invested in every step of the creative process and invests in selling productions as well. Over the years, Daniel Soulières’ door has always been open to artists seeking to share their ideas and desires. He has also approached artists with an open invitation in hand for an upcoming season. As a dancer himself, he has contributed a great deal to the emancipation and celebration of dancers in contemporary dance.

Programming is generally prepared two years ahead of time so that artists can apply for and receive necessary funding. The artist’s contribution has always been fundamental to the work’s fruition as the company’s budget could not solely support four productions a year. The work becomes reality through a collaborative contract with the artist.

The 2020–2021 season was conceived of and prepared by Daniel Soulières, but it will also house new ideas and ways of working.

As of now, I am already supported by a programming advisor whom, for administrative reasons, I will introduce to you in January. This advisory role was essential for me to establish, so that I might build a conversation and exchange ideas with an artist from a younger generation, attuned to different modes of perception and imagination. Together, we shall both be listening to artists and building a renewed identity for Danse-Cité. A clearer definition of our artistic vision is in the works.

I greatly value sharing and listening. The door is open, always, for exchanges and discussions.

Looking forward,

Sophie

Sophie Corriveau
Co-executive & artistic director | Danse-Cité
sophiecorriveau@danse-cite.org

 

 

May 8, 2019

Press release

THE NEW EXECUTIVE AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR WILL CONTINUE TO FULFIL DANSE-CITÉ'S UNIQUE MISSION WHILE BREATHING NEW LIFE INTO ORGANIZATION

Montreal, May 9, 2019  - Thirty-seven years after the creation of Danse-Cité—a company supporting the research, creation, production and presentation of contemporary dance works—its founder and artistic director Daniel Soulières is stepping down. Danse-Cité’s board of directors salutes Mr. Soulière’s work and remarkable contribution to our cultural and artistic community, and is delighted to announce the appointment of artist Sophie Corriveau as the company’s new executive and artistic director.

Daniel Soulières plans to continue his artistic career, developing a new dancer training practice and offering the considerable expertise he has gained over a career spanning more than 40 years. He is keen to see Danse-Cité evolving in a new direction and, from September 2019, will work alongside Sophie Corriveau to ensure a smooth transition.

" For 37 years, I’ve been closely involved in the creative process—listening and learning through trial and error. I wanted to create and foster a dynamic structure that I believe is essential in the contemporary dance landscape.

Through its role as a company supporting the production, research and presentation of dance projects, Danse-Cité has carved out a unique space for itself while responding to evident needs in the community. Danse-Cité is a ‘work’ in its own right—one that will continue to grow and thrive. It is a truly original creation that has never borrowed from existing academic or private-sector models. Rather it has been built piece by piece, in response to the demands of the present and future.

The company’s unique structure has been fine-tuned with input from our dance artists and in-house teams. Since 1983, we’ve produced four to five works each year, presented over a two-week period during which some fifty artists get to meet, mingle and attend a variety of cultural mediation workshops. Danse-Cité has always encouraged artistic boldness, diversity and quality, and has always sought to create a special place for the artists it supports. Today I’m excited to see Danse-Cité move in a new direction. " - Daniel Soulières

The new director: an artists' artist

In recommending Sophie Corriveau to Danse-Cité’s board of directors, Daniel Soulières sought to pass the torch to a professional dancer who is fully committed to the community, who is intimately acquainted with Danse-Cité and its mode of operation, and who embodies the values the organization has endeavored to promote since the beginning. It was important that the new artistic director be a dancer rather than a resident choreographer in order for the company to continue embracing multiple artistic voices and signatures.

Sophie Corriveau has a rich and varied artistic background. She is a creator, researcher and teacher, and sits on several boards of directors. She is insatiably curious and fascinated by artists past, present and future. Familiar with both the realities of being a dance artist and the balancing of budgets, she is well positioned to play a leading role in the evolution of a company dedicated to the performing arts and contemporary dance. 

“ I’m honoured to take over from Daniel Soulières as the executive and artistic director of Danse-Cité. I wholeheartedly embrace the company’s role and aims, which are just as necessary today as they were at the time of its creation.

I applaud Daniel Soulières and the vision that led him to create Danse-Cité and build a company devoted to supporting artists and their works, from concept to performance. It’s a unique organization in Montreal’s contemporary dance landscape.

Being the executive and artistic director of Danse-Cité is a responsibility that I see as a creative project aimed at helping dance artists thrive—a project that is a part of the evolution of our discipline. It’s a stimulating challenge that will allow me to apply my experience and play an active role in creating environments that will help artists grow, create opportunities for fertile collaborative relationships, and allow us to continually question dance practices.

As I embark on this new adventure, I’m committed to working closely with community stakeholders, in a spirit of sharing and exchange, in order to contribute to our vibrant dance and performing arts scene.” - Sophie Corriveau

Together with her dedicated team, Sophie Corriveau will uphold the values and mission of Danse-Cité, at the same time moving the organization in a new direction and exploring new management and support strategies. She believes the strength of the organization lies in the personal qualities and unique cultural heritage of each artist. Danse-Cité will focus even more on the diversity and complexity of its associate creators and their works, supporting original and inclusive projects at all stages, and reflecting a wide range of ages and disciplines. True to its mission, the company will continue to help artists thrive as they pursue their creative journeys.

A gentle transition

As of September 2019, Sophie Corriveau and Daniel Soulières will join forces, seeing the company through a transition year during which Daniel’s 38th season of programming will be unveiled. The company’s 2020–2021 season (still in gestation) will be the fruit of their shared work as artistic directors. With a view to democratizing, innovating, including and promoting multiple practices, Sophie Corriveau will call on an emerging artist to act as an artistic consultant and assistant curator, bringing fresh ideas and practices to the company. In 2021–22, Danse-Cité will celebrate its 40th anniversary as a leading force in Quebec’s cultural landscape and Sophie Corriveau will present her first year of programming.

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Source :
Maud Mazo-Rothenbühler, directrice des communications
communication@danse-cite.org | 514-525-3595
Photo Sophie Corriveau © Alain Lefort  

August 31, 2018

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Une photo subtilisée au hasard dans les archives de Danse-Cité... Cette même photo proposée à Daniel Soulières pour convoquer un souvenir... Chaque mois, IL ÉTAIT UNE FOIS DANSE-CITÉ vous invitera à découvrir un instant du passé accompagné d'une note de Daniel Soulières, interprète, fondateur et directeur artistique de Danse-Cité. Amoureux de l'histoire, curieux du passé pour comprendre le présent, cette rubrique s'adresse à vous.

"Qu’était ce geste ? Je laisse deviner ! « À propos du grand homme » (1985) notion psychanalytique, laissait présager cette recherche d’équilibre dans ce triangle qu’est l’être entre l’animalité et le social convenu, de la naissance à la mort (rien de moins).

Cette chorégraphie fut pour moi une longue quête qui s’est bien résorbée. Elle fut aussi l’objet d’un texte signé Richard Simas quelque vingt-cinq ans plus tard qui m’aura bouleversé… La musique était de Guy Laramée… Une trace nécessaire… Comme il y avait une absence de salle pour nous, elle fut dansée dans un bar du Village, le HIGH TECH SUPER CLUB (rue Montcalm) pendant deux semaines (Most Modern2). Nous vendions pour 100 $ d’alcool, ainsi la salle ne nous coûtait rien! Ce fut toute une entente ! Il y avait aussi des œuvres de Ginette Laurin, Louise Bédard et Ginette Prévost."- Daniel Soulières, fondateur et directeur artistique

© "À PROPOS DU GRAND HOMME" 1985, chor. et int. D. Soulières Photo : Robert Etcheverry

April 16, 2018

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Une photo subtilisée au hasard dans les archives de Danse-Cité... Cette même photo proposée à Daniel Soulières pour convoquer un souvenir... Chaque mois, IL ÉTAIT UNE FOIS DANSE-CITÉ vous invitera à découvrir un instant du passé accompagné d'une note de Daniel Soulières, interprète, fondateur et directeur artistique de Danse-Cité. Amoureux de l'histoire, curieux du passé pour comprendre le présent, cette rubrique s'adresse à vous. 

"À l'Espace Go, du 16 au 26 avril 1987...'TOM', ma section solo de VIA MEMORIA.
Des traces de mon passé antérieur... J'allais discuter 
de TOM (dit ti-tom) pour des questions de feed-back et de lectures, avec le psychologue René Bernèche, qui m'avait enseigné durant mon BACC en psychologie à l'UQÀM. 'TOM' était ma réponse dansée à la thématique : que représente le héros à l'enfance, à l'adolescence, à l'âge adulte ? 

Hybridité vivante, c'était aussi un voeu d'explorer ensemble théâtre gestuel, danse et performance avec mes collègues de différentes formations Luana Santini, Nicole Renaud et Sylvie Tourangeau." - Daniel Soulières

**Note au programme de soirée : 
Ardu de chausser plus grand que soi! Et plus petit... enflures, boursoufflures, comme des "ti-cors" au coeur! Son premier héros, il s'est imposé de soi. Les suivants, ils les choisissait sur le marché moir du phantasme télévisé, standardisé, sexué. Se déparer de souvenirs accrocheurs, et s'ouvrir à toute empreinte qui surgira des nouveaux que TOM n'oublie pas, parce qu'il ne se rendra pas à une première fin, via son existence synthétique forte de mémoire.  

© "TOM"1987, chor.D.Soulières Photo : M.L'Abbé

April 16, 2018

Sorry, these texts are not available in english.

Une photo subtilisée au hasard dans les archives de Danse-Cité... Cette même photo proposée à Daniel Soulières pour convoquer un souvenir... Chaque mois, IL ÉTAIT UNE FOIS DANSE-CITÉ vous invitera à découvrir un instant du passé accompagné d'une note de Daniel Soulières, interprète, fondateur et directeur artistique de Danse-Cité. Amoureux de l'histoire, curieux du passé pour comprendre le présent, cette rubrique s'adresse à vous.

"Nous sommes en 1984, "Assis soient-ils" de Paul-André Fortier qui me demande de remplacer Christina Coleman dans le personnage de la vieille madame aux sacs. Un gros défi ! J'avais la langue sortie comme on le fait maintenant avec les selfies, mais cette langue était comme un signe de chien assoiffé." - Daniel Soulières, fondateur et directeur artistique de Danse-Cité 

© "ASSIS SOIENT-ILS" 1984, chor. P.A. Fortier int. D. Soulières Photo : D.Farley


April 16, 2018

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Une photo subtilisée au hasard dans les archives de Danse-Cité... Cette même photo proposée à Daniel Soulières pour convoquer un souvenir... Chaque mois, IL ÉTAIT UNE FOIS DANSE-CITÉ vous invitera à découvrir un instant du passé accompagné d'une note de Daniel Soulières, interprète, fondateur et directeur artistique de Danse-Cité. Amoureux de l'histoire, curieux du passé pour comprendre le présent, cette rubrique s'adresse à vous.

 

" Œuvre allégorique et fantaisiste de Kudelka, elle met en mouvements les derniers soubresauts d’une reine qui ne voulait pas mourir, telle une longue agonie après un règne de 40 ans que l’on a surnommé l’ ‘Âge d’or’ de l’Angleterre. Dans son lit, elle s’asseyait et mettait ses doigts dans sa bouche pour s’assurer qu’elle vivait encore… tout en se remémorant son amour pour Robert Dudley.

Beaucoup de lectures et de questions sur ce sujet, puisqu’il ne faisait pas partie de mes connaissances historiques, surpris aussi de danser sur des chants élisabéthains et de personnifier Élisabeth 1ère à la demande du chorégraphe. J’ai toujours gardé de ce moment un certain bonheur, une certaine révélation, même si c’était à côté de mon quotidien de danseur… Et que dire des magnifiques costumes de François Pilote et Daniel Butcher, à la fois colorés et inspirés de cette époque; les sept danseurs composaient une fresque abstraite et angulaire : surprenante.

Et que dire de la demande du chorégraphe de finir l’œuvre en soulevant la robe ! " - Daniel Soulières, interprète, fondateur et directeur artistique de Danse-Cité

« The death of an old Queen », de James Kudelka (1985) | Photo © Denis Farley | Interprètes sur la photo (de gauche à droite) : Cheryl Prophet, Daniel Soulières, Alain Thompson, James Saya, Marie-Andrée Gougeon. Dansée pour Fortier-Danse-Création.

October 11, 2012

We are happy to inform you about Luca "Lazylegz" Patuelli's new event with his group ILL-Abilities. Luca "Lazylegz" Patuelli has pesented a short show at Danse-Cité in 2010, just before Oiseaux de malheur.

Here is the press release.

And the promotionnal flyer :