Districts Dance Festival (Quartiers Danse Festival)

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Country and Region CanadaQuebec
Type of Festival Dance
Location of Festival Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Festival Contact Information

Transatlantique Montréal/Quartiers Danses
1336, avenue Valiquette
Montréal, Québec
H4H 2E7 Canada
Phone: +01 514-751-2207
Email: transatlantique.montreal@sympatico.ca

Festival Description

Quartiers Danses is a festival that is produced by Transatlantique Montréal and Rafik Hubert Sabbagh, its Executive and Artistic Director. This annual festival, began in 2002 with the aim to make contemporary dance more accessible to the general public by presenting performances in both traditional and unusual venues, with both Canadian and international artists and a multidisciplinary approach that also comprises films, exhibits and cultural mediation meetings between artists and their audience.

Quartiers Danses presents 36 choreographers, 55 performances and events in seven indoor and eight outdoor venues spread out around the city in seven different neighbourhoods. Our program this year will also include an evening of films on dance by four Canadian directors on four of this year’s featured choreographers, as well as three photo exhibits on the previous edition of the festival.

Festival Dates September 11 - 21, 2013
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Programming 2013:
  • Quartiers Danses always getting closer to the audience
    • In keeping with Montreal’s dynamic and lively spirit, Quartiers Danses never ceases to move, offering free and diverse outside performances in the morning, at lunchtime or at the end of the workday in new as well as more traditional urban spaces. Our audiences will be surprised by the aesthetic variety of this living art. Montreal residents will thus get the chance to rediscover its neighbourhoods from a most accessible, convivial and danceable angle.
  • A rich and diverse program
    • From September 11th to the 22nd of this year, more than 30 local, national and international choreographers and companies will be presenting their latest works in various Montreal neighbourhoods. Thanks to this great choreographic diversity, Quartiers Danses takes a broad view of aestheticism in contemporary dance so as to reach and seduce the spectators’ eye. Quartiers Danses is proud to showcase both renowned and emerging artists. This mix of new and established artists allows Quartiers Danses to continue supporting contemporary artistic creation by enabling a meeting of the generations, not only among artists, but also audiences.
      Quartiers Danses offers other dance-related artistic activities, such as a creation laboratory at Darling Bowling, three choreographic film projections, three photo exhibits about dance and a series of conferences and workshops - all guaranteed to pique our audience’s curiosity!
  • Young artist showcases: between surprise and discovery
    • Quartiers Danses is now unveiling its program of performances by young artists, which will take place at the Studio Hydro-Québec of the Monument-National. The first showcase will give our audience a taste of Philippe Meunier’s choreographic style, informed by the rhythms of Quebec jig. Spectators will be moved by Rhodnie Désir’s afro-contemporary solo, a work true to her history and her ancestors’, and carried away by a male duet from choreographer Sébastien Provencher, which explores the limits of the human body. Finally, Vanessa Bousquet’s groove-based piece will get the audience moving! The second showcase will give the public a taste of Olivier Arseneault’s percussive and acrobatic style and of Julienne Doko’s unusual gestural language, a mix of African dance, samba and hip hop. Catherine Lafleur’s raw and hard-hitting quartet will leave them breathless before the show’s closing piece by Alix Dufresne, with his moving and peculiar interior language, somewhere between theatre and dance. Finally, the third showcase will feature three young choreographers whose work is marked by neo-classical and contemporary influences, Benjamin Landsberg, Andrew Skeels and Jeremy Galdeano. That’s plenty of wonderful artistic discoveries to satisfy everyone!
  • Margie Gillis – Montreal premiere
    • In collaboration with the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ Arte Musica Foundation, Quartiers Danses presents Margie Gillis - a leading figure of Canadian contemporary dance and winner of the Governor General’s Award - and her intimate piece, Cavatinas and Counterpoints, a delightful choreographic and musical moment inspired by the intimacy of early 20th century parlour performances. A must-see event on September 15 at 3 p.m. at the Bourgie hall of the Museum.


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