In 2020, through the Canada Arts Council and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec’s emergency funds and in partnership with the MAI, Montréal, arts interculturels, the Maison de la culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal, Par B.L.eux and Studio 303, Danse-Cité offered research and creation residencies to seven dance artists.
Research and creation spaces are the heart and soul of an artist’s practice and integral to its sustainability. Danse-Cité is working to establish these residencies periods as an ongoing activity of the organization to foster the development of dance and choreographic practice as an expanding artistic discipline.
Extended residency + open rehearsal site + event
La Factory: A Femme/A Role Model N0 QT3XP0C acts as the research and creation site for Ayibobo™ III: Little Dollhouse on the Prairie. Taking up residence for 1 month in Montréal, La Factory: A Femme/A Role Model No QT3XP0C is a site for experimentation for the community, supporting the production of experimental films and some one-off events. There will also be a harm-reduction information table and a workshop that will be facilitated by ASTTeQ, a trans health organization in Montréal. This autonomous space is geared toward empowering community members to appear and define practices on their own terms, and to engage in sustained artistic exchange with one another. The venue will serve as a drop-in site for the public, giving an exclusive peek into the creative hub that is La Factory.
In winter 2021, Danse-Cité launched a new platform, Espace Recherche, to help contribute to the wellness and support of the artistic milieu and to keep artists working by offering a space and time where they could concentrate on research, creative process and experimenting without the obligation to produce. Through Espace Recherche, each artist receives a cachet for one week. A meeting/conversation between the teams of artists takes place at the end of the week, lead by a facilitator, with the goal of sharing, exchanging, and offering solidarity. Last February, for 3 weeks, 5 artistic teams (15 artists in total) occupied the spaces at Mainline Theatre for 7 days each.
We are delighted to be able to offer this initiative for a second consecutive edition. This season, Espace Recherche is happening from October 18th-31st. Danse-Cité invited 4 artists who in turn invited two collaborators for the entire duration of their residency. The 4 teams have 24hr access to one of the two spaces at Mainline Theatre.
Espace Recherche 2021-2022 is comprised of:
Nien Tzu Weng with Sebastian Kann and Basile Herrmann Philippe
Vlad 7Starr Laurore with Mathilde Mercier-Beloin and Gara Nlandu
Kim Ninkuru with Stina Baudin and Assiyah Jamilla
Frédérique Rodier with Simon Chioini and Andréanne Martel
In addition to our facilitator Winnie Ho
Danse-Cité would like to thank our public partners, The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts who have made this initiative possible with the support of emergency artist relief funds. Danse-Cité would also like to thank the Caisse de la Culture Desjardins who in-turn contributed to making Espace Recherche possible through the Support funds for development in the milieu.