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2023 FQD bilan

A landmark 21st edition

Festival Quartiers Danses announces positive results for its 21st edition, with 14 award-winning artists

Montreal, October 11, 2023 – From September 6th to 17th, 2023, for the 21st edition of the festival, Festival Quartiers Danses reunited with its audience in theaters and urban settings. In theaters, 14 international choreographers/companies (including two world premieres and 12 North American premieres), featuring a Czech focus with four companies from the Czech Republic, and 25 Montreal-based artists/choreographers presented their works as world premieres, national premieres, North American premieres, or restagings. The festival also offered 34 free urban performances for all audiences, featuring 18 Montreal-based choreographers/companies and 4 international choreographers and companies, as well as a dozen dance films, some of which were created by FQD.


FQD is delighted to announce the 14 artists awarded during its 21st edition:

Awarded Works indoor

Two creations received the Choreographic Work / National Award, Cie Sursaut/Morgane Le Tiec’s “Messe en KA” and Pauline Gervais’s “MMXX.” Two others were honored with the Coup de cœur / National Award: “Play Dead” by People Watching and “Encrypted” by Tentacle Tribe. The National Rising Star Award was presented to Amara Barner for her magnificent work “The Songbird Dreams of Singing.” Rebecca Margolick (USA) who presented “Reservoir,” Àngel Duran (ES) who left a mark with “The Beauty of It,” and Sarah Hopfinger (GB) behind “Pain and I” received the Choreographic and Performance in Theater / International Award. The International Coup de cœur Award, on the other hand, was given to Armande Sanseverino and Gaël Germain (FR) for “En pièce jointe.”


Awarded Works outdoor

The Urban Interpretation Award was presented to Charles Brecard, and the International Rising Star Award in Urban Context went to Yannis Tsakalos from Greece. The Emerging National Coup de cœur Award in Urban Context was given to the duo Jake Poloz & Eleanor Van Veen. Finally, Louise Bédard and Jane Mappin both received Meritorious Awards, acknowledging the excellence of their choreography and performance.


Invaluable Partners Essential to FQD

FQD would like to warmly thank the following partners for their support:

Institutional Partners

Canadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Ministry of Culture and Communications of Quebec, Services Quebec, Conseil des arts de Montreal, Bureau des festivals et des évènements culturels de Montreal, Tourisme Montreal, the Borough of Sud-Ouest, City of Montreal, Quartiers des spectacles de Montreal

Local Cultural Partners

Quartiers des spectacles de Montreal, Place des Arts, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Fonds GB, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, McCord Stewart Museum, Pointe-à-Callière Museum, Cinema of the MMFA, CRCS Saint-Zotique, Debout: Actes de Parole, Margie Gillis Dance Foundation, MR63

International Cultural Partners

Tanec Praha, Next Generation EU, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, Czech Recovery Plan, Colectivo DOOS, Balletto di Sardegna, FIND

Corporate Partners

Georges Laoun Opticien, La Clinique Rue Roy, Lola Rosa, Desjardins, AOD, Tabasko, Patchil

Media Partners

Quebecor, Pirolo Média, Propaganda, MATv

Artist Residency Partners

École supérieure de ballet du Québec, Conseil des arts de Montreal, Les 7 doigts de la main, Zeugma Danse, La Cenne, Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay