Festival Quartiers Danses
The first mission of the Quartiers Danses Festival is to democratize contemporary dance by making it more accessible to all audiences in traditional and unusual venues, and by offering shows that are presented by local, national and international artists using a multidisciplinary approach of original dance that comprises show distribution, performances, installations, films, exhibits, meetings, discussions, and, finally, cultural mediation workshops. Its second mission is to support all forms and hybrids of original dance.
1. Promoting artistic diversity
Convinced that dance is a universal language that speaks to all of us, the festival welcomes artists of all generations – emerging talents and renowned contemporary choreographers alike – and diversity. Quartiers Danses presents debut works, works in progress or new versions (creative laboratories) and reconstructed performances from the choreographic heritage, sometimes performed by pre-professionals.
2. Encouraging artistic development
The festival affords an enviable visibility to local and international artists. Exchanges with other cities, provinces and countries are organized to promote Quebec dance performers, choreographers and directors.
3. Bringing dance closer to its audience
The festival is presented in a variety of venues throughout the city of Montreal – in keeping with the specifics of each work – in partnership with known performance venues, atypical venues, the Maisons de la culture from different neighbourhoods, universities, CEGEPS, public and community spaces (museums, hospitals, churches, pools, markets, parks, public squares, streets and sidewalks) and other organizations, so as to ensure that the largest possible number of people has access to these artistic events.
4. Widening the dance audience
The festival strives to make the work of artists from the world of dance accessible to all audiences, whose participation is encouraged. The festival’s policy is to offer attractive prices or free admission to its shows, in keeping with its mandate of democratizing contemporary dance and increasing its reach.
ORGANIZATION’S DETAILED HISTORY
Founded in May 2000 by Rafik Hubert Sabbagh (Montreal) and Thierry Gourmelen (Montpellier, France).
Traces Montreal 2001, from September 27 to 29
The first edition was presented at Maison de la culture Frontenac: three Quebec companies and a French company gave five performances. A photo exhibit about dance and a conference about cultural policies in Canada, Europe and the United States were added to the program.
Danse Aquitaine Quebec 2002, from November 20 to 22
This edition, which included six performances, was held in four Maisons de la culture in Montreal, at the Jean-Pierre-Perreault Foundation and at Salle Pauline-Julien. Two Quebec companies and three French companies were presented.
April 2004, 3-year partnership and codirecting agreement between Rafik Hubert Sabbagh and Pierre Larivière (cultural worker, Maison de la culture Maisonneuve) to create a yearly activity in Montreal’s Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighbourhood.
Transatlantique Montreal 2005, from September 19 to 24
Ten premieres, including eight show performances, from seven Montreal companies and other emerging Quebec artists. Artistic residencies, meetings and master classes. Presented in four venues of Montreal’s Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighbourhood.
Transatlantique Montreal 2006, from September 19 to 24
Four local companies and performers, two national schools, two international companies and performers, including six show performances. Master classes at Circuit-Est. One conference/performance and two meetings with the audience. Presented in three venues of Montreal’s Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighbourhood.
Transatlantique Montreal 2007, from September 14 to 20
Four local companies and performers, a national company, two international choreographers, and an original work from young emerging artists performed outdoors. Five conferences/meetings between the artists and the audience. Two artistic residencies. Presented in two venues of Montreal’s Hochelaga-Maisonneuve neighbourhood and in the Verdun neighbourhood.
Transatlantique Montreal 2008, from September 20 to October 4
Nineteen performances including twelve premieres, some of which were in situ performances in an urban setting, fourteen different works, four film evenings about dance, and seven conferences/meetings. Presented in five neighbourhoods of Montreal, including nine cultural venues and partners.
Quartiers Danses Festival 2009, from September 17 to October 4
Eleven venues, twenty-seven performances including three films, twenty-two choreographers, ten film directors, four visual artists presenting photo and video exhibits about dance; ten conferences/meetings between the artists and the audience, and two workshops. Eight original works, four Montreal premieres and seven reprise performances of older works in eight neighbourhoods including six Montreal boroughs.
Quartiers Danses Quebec and Vancouver: first collaborations outside of Montreal
La Rotonde – Quebec City, a 3-day presentation of short films about dance at Le Cercle bar. Vancouver’s Dance Centre, short film co-presentation, and two performances from emerging Montreal artists in Vancouver.
Quartiers Danses Festival 2010, from September 10 to 26
Twenty-three choreographers gave thirty performances in seven venues and eight outdoor locations, in ten Montreal neighbourhoods. Moreover, six film presentations about dance, including thirteen national and international directors, along with two photo and visual arts exhibits about dance. Eleven world premieres. Three Montreal premieres Ten reprise performances of older works and nine original works presented in an urban setting.
Quartiers Danses in Vancouver, second collaboration
The Quartiers Danses Festival welcomed choreographers Serge Benatan and Josh Beamish from Vancouver. The Dance Centre presented a day-long film program as recommended by Quartiers Danses.
Quartiers Danses Festival 2011, from September 16 to 25
Quartiers Danses presented 38 choreographers who gave 50 performances and activities in nine venues and indoor locations, along with six outdoor locations, in six neighbourhoods of the metropolis. Moreover, there was a projection of films about dance from four Canadian directors that filmed four choreographers who performed at the festival. There were also three photo exhibits about the previous edition of Quartiers Danses.
Quartiers Danses Festival 2012, from September 12 to 23
Quartiers Danses welcomed 37 emerging artists, ten established artists and five foreign artists. All in all, 24 works were presented in 20 locations within seven neighbourhoods of the city. 16 shows were performed in-theatre at Monument National while 32 were performed outdoors. From these 48 shows, 11 were offered at a preferential rate and 37 were free. In addition to two photo exhibits, an evening of film projections about dance along with six workshops/activities.
Quartiers Danses in Vancouver, third collaboration
The Dance Centre welcomed Fabien Prioville, Morgan Nardi and de Silke Z., German artists (Pina Bausch’s dancers) that were presented at the 10th edition of the Quartiers Danses Festival.
In return, Quartiers Danses welcomed artist Ziyian Kwan, who was presented at the Dance Centre.
Quartiers Danses Festival 2013, from September 11 to 23
Quartiers Danses presented 37 choreographers, including 21 known artists, 11 emerging artists, five international artists and two artists from the rest of Canada, who gave 53 performances and activities. A total of 34 choreographic works were presented and 14 locations were taken over in eight Montreal neighbourhoods. 18 shows were presented at Monument National, 1 at Bourgie Hall along with 34 outdoors. The festival also presented two projections of short-films about dance, a projection of feature films, three retrospective photo exhibits from two photographers, including one foreign photographer.
Cultural Mediation Section
The cultural mediation section supplements the activities of the festival starting this year when Quartiers Danses gave 20 workshops in community, social and health centres of Montreal.
Quartiers Danses in Vancouver, fourth collaboration
The Dance Centre welcomed Pedro Pauwels, a Paris artist who was presented at the 11th edition of the Quartiers Danses Festival.
Quartiers Danses Festival 2014, from September 12 to 20
Quartiers Danses explored Montreal through and through, and was present in 19 unprecedented locations in 9 neighbourhoods. A diverse program – 68 shows and performances, 3 discussions, 5 film projections and 2 photo exhibits – Quartiers Danses brought forth the works of 31 local choreographers, 4 foreign choreographers, 11 directors and 2 photographers. This year, Quartiers Danses transformed the Gesù | Centre de créativité into its headquarters. Moreover, Quartiers Danses invited the audience and dance professionals to a day-long forum. Three discussions opened up the dialogue about current themes: intergenerational choreographic interactions, dance in institutions, and the challenges of dance in an urban setting.
Cultural Mediation Section
Quartiers Danses has developed its cultural mediation section; 67 workshops took place within two years, 56 organizations and associations were visited, more than 800 participants of all ages in collaboration with 31 artists, and 25 shows presented in local institutions.
Quartiers Danses in Vancouver, fifth collaboration
The Dance Centre welcomed the Ballet Preljocaj, an Aix-en-Provence company, presented at the 12th edition of the Quartiers Danses Festival.
Quartiers Danses Festival 2015, from September 9 to 20
The Quartiers Danses Festival took Montreal by storm and revealed the daring, limitless universe of contemporary dance. In 14 unprecedented locations within 6 neighbourhoods, Quartiers Danses presented 71 performances and shows, a discussion, two projections of short-films about dance, and 2 photo exhibits. The festival brought forth the works of 25 local choreographers, 8 foreign choreographers, 13 directors, and one photographer. This year, Quartiers Danses transformed Maison Théâtre and Place des Arts’ Cinquième Salle into its headquarters. 25 works were presented at 14 in-venue performances while 14 works were presented at 46 performances in an urban setting.
Cultural Mediation Section
The success of the cultural mediation section, for a third year in a row, translates into 69 workshops offered to 16 local organizations. Since its beginning, 136 workshops were given in 72 organizations and associations. More than 1000 participants have benefited from these workshops, which took place in collaboration with 34 artists, and 30 shows were presented in local institutions.
For the first time this year, Quartiers Danses presented two community projects at the heart of its program.
Since it was founded in May 2000 by Rafik Hubert Sabbagh (Montreal), Quartiers Danses (formerly called Transatlantique Montreal) presented 13 contemporary dance events including 373 show performances, 42 feature and short films, 21 visual arts and photo exhibits about dance, and 61 conferences/meetings with the audience. A total of 910 artists have taken part in the festival, 247 choreographic works were presented, and more than 63 locations were taken over in Montreal for an audience of over 68,041 people.