espaces recherche: the new work platform of Danse-Cité

In the context of an ongoing health crisis that continues to disrupt the normal course of things, Danse-Cité is determined to keep artists working by offering them space(s) and time, with no production obligations.

Work labs and pure research are crucial elements in the chain of creation leading to the emergence and/or blossoming of new and innovative works. By setting up espaces recherche, Danse-Cité is aiming to strengthen the research and creation spheres that are integral to its mission.

From February 22 to March 14, espaces recherche will launch its platform, hosting six creative teams at MainLine Theatre's studio and performance hall. Each group of artists will have access to the venue for a period of seven days, at hours convenient to them.

Dreaming, creating, experimenting, observing, taking the time, conversing.

Exchanges and discussions between the teams occupying the two spaces, each for one week, will take place at midday on Fridays.

The first artists invited to Espaces recherche
— Kim-Sanh Châu + Louise Michel Jackson
— Hanako Hoshimi-Caines + Erin Hill
— Alexandra Landé “Spicey” + Jean-Édouard “Sangwn” Pierre Toussaint +  Samuel “Ssam” Lord + Frédérique “Pax” Dumas
— Victoria MacKenzie “VicVersa” + Ja + Nubian Nene + Shash’U + Easy C
— Pénélope Martel Gromko + Silvia Sanchez + Pamela Gómez Widman

Since the beginning of the season, six artists have already benefited from paid residencies offered by Danse-Cité, thanks to the collaboration of MAI, Studio 303, Par B.L.eux and the Maison de la culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal. These partners have provided support to artists Jordan Brown, Justin de Luna, Marie-Reine Kabasha, Maria Kefirova, Soleil Launière, Nassim Lootij and (soon) Andrew Turnerespaces recherche is giving a new impetus to this initiative, one that we hope will continue over time.

Danse-Cité would like to thank its partners, as well as the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, whose emergency funds allotted during the pandemic have made this initiative possible.