Summer may be the slow season for our regular dance houses, but it’s the hot season for the festival track. After big Montreal titles like Festival TransAmériques and Fringe Festival, there is another world-class happening just outside the city limits. Celebrating a quarter century this year, the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur brings together dance and music in an oasis for artists and spectators alike. From August 3 to 13, intimate encounters with top performers take place in this quaint village at the foot of the picturesque Laurentian mountains.
Yesterday marked the fourth annual Prix de la Danse de Montreal, a celebration of the city’s vibrant dance scene and the dynamic artists who give it life. Founded in 2011 by Marie Chouinard, the idea came after she was awarded a Bessie Award in New York in 2000. Seeing how this award ceremony supported not only the choreographers and dancers but also the cultural scene of the city in which they perform, Chouinard dreamed of establishing a similar event for her home base of Montreal. Today the Prix de la Danse de Montreal (PDM) boasts three fantastic awards in collaboration with the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec (CALQ) and the Regroupement Québécois de la Danse (RQD).