14th edition

Festival Quartiers Danses

The Festival Quartiers Danses is the annual rendezvous for contemporary dance both on stage and in an urban context. The Festival will present a total of 21 in-theatre creations divided into 11 performances. Moreover, creations will be performed in an urban setting in every corner of Montreal for free. All in all, 26 performances in iconic locations of the city… not to mention the several complementary activities that will enhance the FQD programming. Plus: two discussions and conferences, two short film projections about dance and several other cultural mediation activities will allow the audience to discover today’s contemporary dance.

An Eclectic, High-level In-Theatre Programming
The programming will begin at Place des Arts’ Cinquième Salle (the main venue of the FQD) on September 9 at 8 pm. Axisturn stars well-known choreographers and dancers Jeffrey Hall, Lana Morton and Katia Gagné in a series of three powerful solos linked by multimedia. The next day, a shared evening will showcase the lively strength of renowned choreographers Howard Richard, Jo Leslie and Diane Carrière, accompanied by brilliant dancers and performers. A collaborative, multigenerational work!

The FQD is proud to welcome young choreographer Alex Neoral and his company Focus Cia de Dança that will bring the festival to an end with cult show As canções que você dançou pra mim. Furthermore, on September 14, Focus Cia de Dança will present 2 new repertoire works (duet and octet) at Place des Festivals and Place Émilie-Gamelin in Quartier des Spectacles. This Brazilian company will also be showcased in Focus Danse Bach on September 15 at MFAM’s Bourgie Hall. Without a doubt, the presence of such a promising and renowned company is the main thread and the must-see of this 14thedition

On the morning of September 11, friendly French choreographer Julie Dossavi will entertain the whole family. A free show where dance, music and humour coexist in a burlesque atmosphere and a fantasy world. Julie Dossavi will also be showcased in an urban setting at Place d’Armes, Promenade Wellington and Place des Festivals.

In the evening, a dual-show performance both energetic and passionate with Montrealer Morgane Le Tiec (FQD Audience Award 2015) will showcase Barouf; a passion-filled and humorous work. American artist Maya Orchin will also present Transport Fade to festival goers for the first time, a highly physical performance of exquisite precision and fluidity.

On September 12 and 15, the FQD presents the Local emerging artists I and II in-venue evenings that are specially dedicated to Montreal’s emerging talents. These young creators will throw themselves into sensitive, energetic performances that question our society. Local emerging artists I will include performances by Julia B. Laperrière, Louis-Elyan Martin and Collectif SEnfarger while the Local emerging artists II evening showcase Annabel Boissonneault & Alya Graham, Collectif LA TRESSE and Kyra Jean Green.

On September 13, the FQD will join the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Foundation and offer a benefit gala to collect funds for the two organizations. Thanks to these funds, the FQD will be able to provide more cultural mediation workshops to services that specialize in mental health. Jane Mappin will bring her poetic and intimate “Je marche à côté de moi” trilogy to an end with A Different Code signed by Marie Brassard.

On Wednesday, September 14, a show performance will put Ottawa’s ODD at the forefront with The Eventual De-Expression Of RGS2 and Imagine Now; two euphoric and spellbinding works by Yvonne Coutts. For the second half of this ODD evening, Mélanie Demers’ (MAYDAY) Mere Huma will be presented. This work is an existential questioning about who we are as human beings; a deeply introspective journey.

Out of the Ordinary Outdoor Shows and Diversified Performances

The FQD also presents several shows in an urban setting. All of them are as eclectic as they are unifying among Montreal communities. The following locations will be taken over: Place des Festivals and Jardins Gamelin in Quartier des Spectacles, Place d’Armes, and Promenade Wellington.

Muscular and varied performances will be presented by artists of the next generation including Sébastien Provencher (FQD Audience Award 2015), Andrea Peña, Roya The Destroya, Chloé Bourdages-Roy and Victoria Mackenzie. Chantal Caron and her company Fleuve | Espace Danse established in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli will also be returning to the FQD.

The FQD will also offer the opportunity to attend two film projections about dance from nine local directors. One at Cinema Beaubien and the other at MFAM’s Maxwell-Cummings Auditorium, which will also include a documentary movie conference about the Americas tour of choreographer and dancer Rhodnie Désir with one of her works.

Finally, two discussions about the artistic process of British choreographer Tim Casson will take place at the UQAM and Concordia University Dance Departments.

For a look at the full schedule of indoor and outdoor events, visit: www.quartiersdanses.com      514-751-2207

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