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Presenters can be divided into two general categories: those offering a regular season (usually September to April or May), often venue-based, and festivals, occurring yearly or every two years at the same time of year. There are 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 high-caliber productions in eminent 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 dance creation productions that are initiated by choreographers, dancers or musicians. Place des Arts’ Cinquième Salle presents a full season of dance programming, combining local, national and international productions. Well-known in the emerging dance scene, Tangente proposes an abundant program often presented as double bills. Studio 303 is a center for interdisciplinary creation and dissemination, presenting short works often linked to a theme.

Other centers devoted to the dissemination of multidisciplinary works regularly include dance productions in their programming, as is the case with Usine C, Théâtre La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines, MAI (Montréal – arts interculturels), Gesù, and the Maisons de la culture (especially Centre Culturel NDG, Plateau Mont-Royal and Frontenac). The MAI is a theatre dedicated to artists, collectives and companies of diverse cultural backgrounds. Other organizations have similar mandates, such as the festival Accès Asie and the Black Theatre Workshop.

There also exist several DIY presenters who organize one-off projects and events. Some of them, such as Wants&Needs Danse (the producers of “Piss in the Pool” and “Short and Sweet”), present mostly emerging artists from Montreal. Every year, new and alternative events blossom in the Montreal scene. Their programming is in part shared through callouts and applications, but most often word of mouth and social media do the job.

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. The Festival is distinctly biased towards contemporary hybrid creation at the intersection of dance and theatre. The OFFTA, held at the same time every year as the FTA, programs dance, theatre and hybrid creations. These two events offer artists significant visibility, and the opportunity to be seen by both national and international dance presenters and programmers. Festivals such as Quartiers Danses, ZH, Vue sur la Relève, Festival Phénomena, and Les Escales Improbables are also springboards for emerging artists. These festivals take place mostly during the autumn and summer, and are accessible for the most part by a call for proposals approximately nine months in advance.

Consult the online bulletin boards of the RQD and Artère to find current open calls and applications.


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