A word from Sophie Corriveau, artistic and general director of Danse-Cité

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