1.2 Presenters

Presenters can be divided into two general categories: those offering a regular season (usually September to April or May) and are often venue-based; and festivals, occuring yearly or every two years, at the same time of year. There are a half-dozen dance-exclusive presenters in Montréal, and about as many multidisciplinary presenters that include dance in their programming.

Among the season-based dance-focused presenters, Danse Danse/Productions Loma offers a season of national and international established dance talent using high profile venues such as Théâtre Maisonneuve at Place des Arts and Centre Pierre-Péladeau. Situated in its own theatre, which is housed in the same building as UQÀM’s dance department, l’Agora de la danse’s season serves predominantly local mid-sized companies and choreographers, but occasionally programs international works. Danse-Cité offers a variety of “formules”, dance creation productions that may be initiated by choreographers, dancers or musicians. Place des Arts’ Cinquième Salle offers a full season of dance programming, combining local, national and international productions. Well-known in the emerging dance scene, Tangente packs their season with a four night run nearly every weekend with performances by emerging (often shared evenings), mid-career and established (solo evening) artists. Studio 303, a multidisciplinary work and performance space, fills its season with experimental artists and independent choreographers who present short works on shared programs and longer pieces, occasionally using other venues.

There are some emerging presenters who do not base their programming on a time of year, but organize specific events on a sporadic basis. A few of them, such as Pixel Projects, Wants and Needs danse (Piss in the Pool and Short and Sweet) and La 2e Porte à Gauche, give opportunities mainly to local emerging and mid-career artists.

Multidisciplinary venues that regularly program dance include Usine C, Théâtre La Chapelle, Montréal, arts interculturels (MAI), the Gesù and the neighbourhood-based Maisons de la culture (MDC). Occasionally, dance is presented at a primarily theatrical venue such as Théâtre de Quat’Sous or Théâtre du Rideau Vert.

If Montréal is a city of festivals, dance has its fair share of the market. Held yearly over two weeks during late-May/early-June, Festival TransAmériques (FTA) is international in scope and programs both choreographers and theatre directors. It is distinctly biased towards contemporary hybrid creation, at the confluence of dance and theatre. The OFF.T.A., held at the same time every year as the FTA, programs dance, theatre and hybrid creations. Geared more toward emerging artists, it provides good visibility and opportunities for your work to be seen by visiting presenters. Held every year in early fall, Festival Transatlantique (not to be confused with the FTA) provides many dance performances and film screenings in multiple venues.

Certain multidisciplinary festivals also reliably present dance. The Vue sur la Relève festival offers a performance platform to emerging artists in all performing arts disciplines every April. On the opposite extreme, the Montréal Highlights Festival in February presents a small number of high-profile dance companies. The Escales Improbables, a festival of ‘art without borders’, held every September, occasionally presents site-specific dance pieces in the Old Port.

Learn more about presenting opportunities for emerging artists (festivals, co-presentations, curated presenting, affordable rentals) in our Local Organizations Directory.

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