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
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