Artistic Director's message

This year, Danse Danse is celebrating its 25th anniversary in style with a program inspired by exploration, exchange, discovery and pure enjoyment. This 25th program opens with Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, choreographed by Pina Bausch and performed by dancers from all over Africa. This powerful hymn to life sets the tone for the entire season, which features prestigious international companies as well as leading Canadian companies.

With our sights set firmly on the future after the violent storm that hit us so hard over two years ago, we are delighted to welcome our audiences back again. If it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a community to support an undertaking like Danse Danse. Since our beginnings in 1997–98, we have managed—step by step and gesture by gesture—to make our mark and establish our niche in the community. In good times and bad, you have been there for us and followed us faithfully. Your unwavering support has been a constant source of inspiration. It is for you that we strive, year after year, to present the best in dance; and needless to say, without you we wouldn’t be where we are today. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!

A quarter century is a milestone worth celebrating! It’s also an opportunity to thank the 200 or so companies that have graced our stages over the seasons, as well as all the choreographers and artists who have placed their faith in us during this fabulous adventure. They have given us 25 years of daring, passion, emotion and applause! To encourage them, to bring their creative vision to life, we are ready to move mountains. Finally, a thousand thanks to our team, to the board members, to the technical crews, to the volunteers, to all our partners and to our donors.

We look forward to sharing this rich and dynamic season with you, and we hope you’ll stay with us for many years to come!

Pierre Des Marais

Pierre Des Marais
Artistic and Executive Director




Territorial acknowledgement

Danse Danse acknowledges that we are gathered on the traditional and unceded territory of the Kanien’keha:ka Nation. We honour the continued presence of Indigenous peoples on the Tiohtiá:ke (Montreal) territory, which has long served as a meeting place for exchanges between nations. With respect for the links to the past, present and future, we thank the Indigenous peoples for reminding us of the
importance of living in harmony with ourselves, with each other and with nature, and we are grateful for the opportunity to present works of living art at Tiohtiá:ke.