In case you were wondering, Montreal’s ties with the homeland are as strong as ever. Case in point, Jean-Paul Montanari’s visit just yesterday to the Quartier Général of the Festival Transamériques to cross-promote the latest work by Benoit Lachambre and Fabrice Ramalingom with the 35th anniversary of Montpellier Danse. As director of this dance festival for several decades and collaborator since its very beginnings, who better than Montanari to spread the word on this international scale event, and who better to listen than the dance lovers of Nouvelle France’s cultural capital?
If the summers in North America were as long as the winters, there’d be nowhere better in the world. Sunshine, patios, festivals… We really have it all. Only the dance world seems to go into hiding during the summer months. Most companies’ seasons wrap up well before the summer solstice, leaving show-goers with a bit of dance dry spell until the fall. If like me you can no longer stand the wait until the September premieres, fear not! The SummerWorks festival for theatre, music, live art and dance kicks off August 7th in Toronto boasting a full week of performances to quench your pre-season craving.
Dance is an inclusive art form, movement and emoting is accessible for all to practice, but a career in dance is much more select. How then does a new group forge a name for itself among the restrictive list of elite companies with success worldwide? The key may lie in imperfection, members of the burgeoning company ImPerfect Dancers might say.
This young company is currently in its fifth year and is growing strongly as it adds new works to its repertory and extends its reach to increasingly more stages around the world. Coming up next for ImPerfect Dancers is their world premiere of ANNE FRANK. Words from the Shadows. due to take the stage on May 11. Continue reading
Fresh off their tour in the Balkans, Montreal’s Les Grands Ballets Canadiens return home to perform the final piece of their 2013-2014 season. True to the company’s vision of being “differently classic”, they will be closing their season with a world premiere by Stijn Celis that promises to highlight the company’s technique, versatility and creative imagination.
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.