Artistic Direction

Contemporary dance is challenging and compelling. It makes us react and reflect. It proclaims its existence! For 20 years, Danse Danse has been celebrating this art form and showcasing the talent of local and international dance artists. This anniversary season is our most ambitious yet, with 15 shows by 14 companies (including 6 from Quebec) poised to conquer Montreal audiences. Each show offers its own particular language and unique vision, from Barcelona and La Veronal to Oslo and zero visibility corp. by way of Vancouver with Dancers of Damelahamid and New York with the Martha Graham Dance Company.

In 1998, Marie Chouinard kicked off our first contemporary dance season devoted exclusively to Quebec artists. That inaugural season attracted a few thousand people; today, 35,000 of you attend our shows every year. Compagnie Marie Chouinard is back with us to perform an opening show befitting a 20th anniversary.

Through the performances, our aim is to offer you a season of experiences. Danse Danse is reviving a work —Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Sutra—that profoundly marked our collective imagination. We will also welcome guests from Nordic countries, and we’ll meet you at the rink for an off-site adventure with Le Patin Libre.

Resolutely looking to the future, the season is packed with new works that make us particularly proud. It’s an opportunity to discover or rediscover Andrew Skeels Choreography, BJM – Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Clara Furey, Hofesh Shechter Company, Legend Lin Dance Theatre, Alan Lake Factori(e) and Tero Saarinen Company. This 20th anniversary is as much yours as it is ours.

Thank you for being there for 20 years, curious, receptive, and more open-minded than ever! Together, we will continue to innovate for the next 20 years at least. We look forward to welcoming you to the dance, 

Pierre Des Marais
Artistic and Executive Director

Caroline Ohrt
Director, Development and Programming