In the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic, through emergency funding from the Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) and Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ), Danse-Cité was able to offer research and creation residencies to seven dance artists. These residencies, realized in partnership with the MAI, Montréal, arts interculturels, the Maison de la culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal, Par B.L.eux and Studio 303, include an artist fee for one week. In the fall of 2020 and winter of 2021, Jordan Brown, Justin de Luna, Marie-Reine Kabasha, Maria Kefirova, Soleil Launière, Andrew Turner and Nasim Lootij are participating in this new initiative. Danse-Cité wishes to integrate research residencies into its annual programming and is seeking ways to fund this program outside of the context specific of the CCA and CALQ emergency supports.

Currently there is no call for submissions for these residencies. Artists were selected by the Artistic Advisor and the Artistic and General Director.


In residency at Studio 303, week of November 2, 2020
Jordan Brown's artistic practice includes performance, sculpture and text.They are interested in processes of recombination and continual reconstructions of spirit, body and family as informed by an ongoing decolonial praxis. Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, Jordan’s work has been shown in residencies and performances contexts in Berlin, Lisbon, Toronto and Tokyo, as well as in Montreal.

Photo : David Wong

In residency at MAI, Montréal, arts interculturels, week of October 5, 2020

Justin de Luna is a queer second-generation Filipino-Canadian from Toronto, currently based in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. He identifies as a millennial and participates in the world as a dance artist. As a dancer, he has had the opportunity to work with such artists as Dana Gingras, Ame Henderson, Jeanine Durning, Francesca Chudnoff, Sasha Kleinplatz, Simon Portigal, and Sébastien Provencher. Between 2015 and 2017, he danced with the Toronto Dance Theatre for two seasons. Justin de Luna has participated in several choreography-related gatherings, including 8 DAYS and the CLEaR Forum (Choreographic Lab, Exploration and Research), a collective research lab organized by Nova Scotia’s Mocean Dance. His work and collaborations have been presented and/or supported by the CanAsian KickStart Festival, Dance Matters, the Love-In ps:we’re all here, FLOWCHART, the Céline Bureau, Studio 303 and the Centre de création O Vertigo. In the spring of 2020, he participated in Studio 303’s web-based project Queer Body Politic, curated by Aaron Pollard. In 2015, he travelled to Vienna to participate in the ATLAS programme at the Impulstanz festival, with the support of the Hnatyshyn Foundation. Justin de Luna holds a BFA in dance.

Photo : Royal Albert  

In residency at Par B.L.eux, week of September 28, 2020
Active on the Montreal dance scene since 2013, Marie-Reine “MQueen” Kabasha combines her love of movement of all kinds with her pleasure in sharing in all her practices. Whether she is working freestyle or in the theater, every opportunity for expression nourishes her. Her collaborations have led her to work with leading figures in urban dance in Montreal and internationally. She joined the company EBNFLOH (founded by Alexandra “Spicey” Landé) as a performer in 2014, and became a part of the company Tentacle Tribe in 2016. In 2019 she also collaborated with the Parisian waacking collective Ma Dame Paris. Marie-Reine Kabasha has an ever-growing interest in research and creation. With Christina Paquette, she co-created the piece TNM in 2013, which was presented at the Festival de danses urbaines 100Lux, and Orbite in 2018, presented as part of the OFFta festival. She is currently undertaking a research project on her own language called Trigger point

In residency the week of November 9, 2020
Maria Kefirova is a dance artist, she makes performances, installations and videos; she performs, writes, does research and gives artistic advice. Her interest in the correlation between internal and external realities and the human body’s role as an interface between the two is at the heart of many of her works (The Nutcracker, Corps. Relations, Gold Meat, Manufacturing Tears). Through choreography she builds physical spaces for movement of attention, thought and energy (Measuring distance, The Paradise, Why are dogs successful on stage?). Her work has been presented in different festivals and venues in Canada, US, Europe (Londres, Amsterdam, Arnhem, Torino, Bordeaux, Cork, Grenade, Bulgarie) and Mexico. Maria graduated from DasArts-Amsterdam, a residential laboratory for performing arts, research and innovation. She teaches and expands her choreographic practice through collaborations with other artists (Miguel Melgarez, Jean -Francois Laporte, Hanako Hoshimi- Caines, Katie Ward, Paul Chambers, Florence Figols, Brice Noeser and Diego Gil among others).

In residency at Par B.L.eux, week of January 18, 2021

Soleil Launière is Pekuakamiulnu from Mashteuiatsh, and she lives and works in Tiöhtià:ke (Montreal). As a multidisciplinary artist working with voice, movement, theatre and performance art, she intertwines the presence of the two-spirited body with experimental audiovisual elements. Her inspiration is drawn from the cosmogony and the sacred spirit of animals of the Innu world.

Since 2008, Soleil Launière has performed at Indigenous and non-Indigenous artistic gatherings and events, both inside and outside the conventional networks. She has explored physical theatre, dance and traditional and contemporary song in Canada, New Zealand and the United States.

In 2019, her first production, Umanishish, was presented at Usine C. She was stage director for Nikamotan-Nicto, presented as part of Présences autochtones, and has performed on the stages of the National Arts Centre and Le Diamant. She will soon unveil her second production, Sheuetamu, the product of a two-year residency at the National Theatre School of Canada.

In residency at Maison de la culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal, week of February 15, 2021
Leaving his studies in history and philosophy, and with no prior dance training, Andrew Turner was inexplicably accepted into Concordia University‘s Contemporary Dance Department in 2001. There he discovered a passion for both creation and performance. He has performed, both in Canada and abroad, for such choreographers as Marie-Julie Asselin, Marie Béland, Deborah Dunn, Milan Gervais, André Gingras, Thierry Huard, Sasha Kleinplatz, Benoit Lachambre, Ginette Laurin, Paula de Vasconcelos, Pierre-Paul Savoie and others. As a choreographer, Andrew's creations include Duet For One Plus Digressions (2008), Now I Got Worry, (2010), A Standard of Measure, Except Not Really (2015). His work has been presented in Canada, France Belgium, the United States and Mexico. He has received awards from the Office Québec-Amériques pour la jeunesse (OQAJ, 2008) and the Office Québec Wallonie-Bruxelles pour la jeunesse (OQWBJ, 2009), and Les Entrées en Scène Loto-Québec (2010). In 2015 he was a recipient of the DanceWEB Europe Scholarship at Impulstanz Vienna. He was an invited choreographer at the Banff Center for the Arts and Creativity (2016), as well as at Théatre Sévellin 36 in Lausanne (2018). He has choreographed commissioned works for ODD (2014) and the School of Dance, (Ottawa, 2016). He is currently completing his Master’s Degree in Choreography at l’Université du Québec à Montréal.

Photo : Frédéric Chais     Photo : Pedram Bermani

In residency at Maison de la culture du Plateau-Mont-Royal, week of November 23, 2020

Nasim Lootij is a choreographer, performer and teacher. Her initiation into dance began in Iran, where the art has been prohibited since 1979. After practising Iranian dance in clandestine classes in Tehran, she moved to Paris in 2006, where she studied contemporary dance at the Université de Paris 8, the RIDC and the Jean Wiener conservatory, before specializing in Labanotation at the CNSMDP. She worked with Odile Duboc, Christine Gérard, Natalie Pernette, Dominique Dupuy, Alban Richard and Nawel Oulad. She also created two pieces: Lalaï (2012) and Bouyé Jouyé Mouliân (2015). In 2014, she moved to Montreal with her partner in life and in art, dramaturge Kiasa Nazeran. Between 2017 and 2019, the duo created two solos: Moi-Me-Man and La chute, and founded their collective Vâtchik Danse. Their next solo will be entitled L’inconsistance. Nasim Lootij has also choreographed for Damascus Dreams (feature/Émilie Serrie/2019), Nowhereland (short film/Parisa Pajoohandeh/2020) and Black Balloon (play/Sophie El Assad/2020). She has also performed for France Geoffroy (Raconte-moi un souvenir/2016) and Su-Feh Lee (Dance Machine/2017).

Kiasa Nazeran is a mime by training and a researcher, stage director and dramaturge. He began his career in Iran as a translator of theatrical works. After working as a stage director and actor in Iran, he moved to Paris in 2009, where he attended the École Jacques Lecoq and Ella Jaroszewics’s Académie européenne du théâtre corporel. He completed a master’s in theatre studies at the Université de Sorbonne Nouvelle, where he has been teaching since 2014. He recently defended his doctoral thesis on the history of organic unity in the work of European actors from Stanislavski to Grotowski. For 10 years, he has been working with Nasim Lootij as a dramaturge, for, among others, the works Moi-Me-Man and La Chute. In 2019, he co-founds with her the collective Vâtchik Danse. Their inspiration is drawn from the art and sociopolitical history of their home country and modern artistic currents of the early 20th century, in particular German expressionism.