The Danse Danse series is forging ahead promoting its upcoming 17th season, before the current season has even run out, and we’re very excited for what the future has in store. This year-long dance series located in Montreal, Canada, is a personal favourite of Dance Profiler, serving up a delicious medley of big international names and astounding local talent. The whole is presented on the stages of the Place des Arts in the heart of one of the world’s most culturally vibrant cities.
The 2014-2015 season will be highlighting Quebec artists, with six local companies on the program: O Vertigo, Tentacle Tribe, Wants&Needs Danse, Montréal Danse, Alan Lake Factori(e) and Le Carré des Lombes. International artists joining the festival this year are Akram Khan Company (UK), Sadler’s Wells (UK), ICKamsterdam (Netherlands) and Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch (Germany). A bold mix of new and newer, influential veteran choreographers are linked with the influencers of tomorrow in an exciting program designed for indulgence.
Danse Danse co-directors Clothilde Cardinal and Pierre Des Marais have set a wonderful intention for this festival. Beyond simply bringing top performances to Montreal audiences, they aim to encourage engagement in the world of the arts and push creative development above passive enjoyment. Reflecting on the importance of the audience, they write: “To experience all the richness of the senses offered by dance artists from here and elsewhere is to affirm the importance of culture for mankind and for society, the need to be involved and to act on the world around us.”
Three companies will be performing new works this year. O Vertigo’s Soif and Alan Lake Factori(e)’s Ravages are certain to show two very different sides of the Quebec dance scene. Ginette Laurin is known for producing deeply touching, human choreographies that are equally explosive and youthful, and her newest piece with 30 year old company O Vertigo can be expected to reaffirm Quebec as a creative powerhouse for contemporary dance. Alan Lake on the other hand is an exciting, new, multidisciplinary artist taking dance beyond the body. Ravages is set in “a mysterious garden tended by high-flying dancers“, a mystical concept I can’t wait to see come to life.
The third new work of the 2014-2015 season is Paradoxe Mélodie danced by Le Carré des Lombes, a piece for 10 dancers set to the sounds of the harp and mixed with electro-acoustic beats. This current work in progress is in co-production with Danse Danse, showing further the series’ commitment to continually pushing the artform into new ground. Danse Danse is also co-producing Tentacle Tribe’s Nobody Likes a Pixelated Squid, the final version of which has been highly anticipated following a year of work-in-progress teaser performances. Tentacle Tribe is an urban contemporary duo I have been following since their inception in 2012 and are my must-see pick for the series.
Undoubtedly the most anticipated event of Danse Danse’s 17th season is Tanztheatre Wuppertal Pina Bausch, performing in Montreal for the first time in 30 years. They will be presenting Vollmond, meaning “full moon”, the last work created by the illustrious Pina Bausch before her passing in 2009. Pina is among the most important dance figures of our time, pioneering the dance theatre movement which is pervasive in dance performance today. A notice for those interested, tickets for Vollmond are already near sold out!
Danse Danse 2014-2015 kicks off in September and subscriptions are on sale now. Individual tickets go on sale as of May 1. If you want a taste of what Danse Danse is all about, three shows still remain to the 2013-2014 season. Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan presents Songs of the Wanderers this weekend, March 27-29, The Dietrich Group (CAN) presents The Land of Fuck (a Fable) from April 15-19 and Compagnie Olivier Dubois (FRA) presents Tragédie May 1-3.
For all information on Danse Danse check out their website.
Tentacle Tribe image by Yura Liamin
Vollmond image by Laurent Philippe