2020 - 2021 | BALCONS DANSES
2019 - 2021 | DANSE TES MOTS
2021 | COMM_UNION
2020 - 2021 | À PETITS PAS
2020 - 2021 | D'UN ÂGE À L'AUTRE
2016-2017 : COMMUNITY DANCE | RÊVANOUS
2015 : COMMUNITY DANCE | ACHIM and VERDUN WOMEN CENTRE
2014 : HOME SHOWS
2020 - 2021 | BALCONS DANSES

BALCONS DANSES

Festival Quartiers Danses (FQD) is proud to present BALCONS DANSES, a series of six intimate performances which took place in seniors’ residences and residential and long-term care centers from six different neigborhoods in Montreal. The project comes from a collaboration in between the FQD and the choreographer and dancer Jannelle Hacault and the harpist Coralie Gauthier.

BALCONS DANSES comes from a preocupation of the elder’s well-being. The year 2020 blew the whistle on the fate Quebec’s society reserves for its elderly while a global pandemic hit them in a particularly aggressive way. In an effort to brighten the day to day life of the elder’s residences and centers and to fight against isolation, FQD organized performances in 6 of Montreal’s centers across 6 of the city’s boroughs.

The performances took place outside, in the center’s gardens, terrasses and parkings for a reduced and distanced audience. After a long and lonely isolation period, the residents were happy and grateful to assist to a performance specially destined for them.

BALCONS DANSES is funded under the agreement Agir pour l’animation du Centre-Ville from the City of Montréal, by the Arrondissement du Sud-Ouest, City of Montreal and by the Caisses Desjardins Coeur-de-l’Île, Plateau Mont-Royal and the SouthWest.

Partners

Collaborating artists 2021

Janelle Hacault

Janelle Hacault Choreographer and dancer Extract from the work Ce Moment Où…. {{ vc_btn: title=See+the+performance+schedule&shape=square&color=purple&align=center&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fquartiersdanses.com%252Fen%252Fprogram-schedule%252F%7Ctarget%3A_blank }} Length: 25 minutes. Outdoor program Monday, September 13th 11:35AM Place des Festivals Monday, September 13th 3:30PM Avenue Bernard Ce Moment Où… Duet Ce Moment Où… is a voyage through time. It is an exploration of the fragile, precious and [...]

Collaborating artists 2020

Charles Brecard

Charles Brecard Choreographer and dancer {{ vc_btn: title=See+the+performance+schedule&shape=square&color=purple&align=center&link=url%3Ahttps%253A%252F%252Fquartiersdanses.com%252Fen%252Ffestival-calendar%252F%7Ctarget%3A_blank }} Lenght: 15-20 minutes. OUTDOOR PROGRAM WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH 12:30PM THE URBAN FOREST MCCORD MUSEUM Naufrago Solo In this piece, a man escapes from a world adrift and discovers his new space, falling relentlessly, as if dazed and amazed by the continuous flow of emotions, sensations and [...]

© project photo: Grace Turnbull

2019 - 2021 | DANSE TES MOTS

DANSE TES MOTS

Following the success of the project Corps poèmes (Poetic Bodies) with Danse Humaine and Debout Actes de Parole where we experimented with the creative marriage between words and movement for the first time, FQD decided to pursue this exploration with a new audience. Danse tes mots (Make your words dance) therefore offers a playful approach to the learning of the French language by immigrants using the CARI St-Laurent, a social and economic reference center dedicated to help and support newcomers in the Saint-Laurent borough.

The workshops given collaboratively by a dancer and a poet are part of a French conversation class dispensed at the center. The class is for people who need or want to improve their conversation skills and don’t have the opportunity to practice French on a daily basis. The approach through the marriage of dance and literature allows a new gateway to explore the language and develop a different vocabulary under the guidance of Estelle Lavoie, dancer, and Marie-Paule Grimaldi, poet.

The session comes to an end with a collaborative creation involving the artists and the participants. In 2019, it took the form of a short film under the direction of the filmmaker Arthur Barbier. Participants are invited to compose with words and movements and therefore create a distinctive piece at the crossroads of dance, poetry and film. In 2020, the session was concluded with the creation of two zines, small publications that can be printed and assembled from home. The visual artist Alexandre Leblanc illustrated the participants’ movements into images that were added to the leaflets.

The project is supported by City of Montréal and Government of Québec as part of the MTL Cultural Mediations Program of the Cultural Development Policy for Ville de Montréal.

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Collaborating artists in 2021

Marie-Paule Grimaldi

Marie-Paule Grimaldi Artiste Biography Poet, performance artist and producer, Marie-Paule Grimaldi’s artistic approach stems from community engagement. She has designed and directed shows and performances at the Francofolies de Montréal, Montreal’s International Literature Festival, Place des Arts’ Espace Georges-Emile-Lapalme, Phénomena Festival, Trois-Rivière International Poetry Festival of Trois-Rivières, Acadien Festival of Poetry, Canadian Festival of Spoken [...]

Estelle Lavoie

Estelle Lavoie Artiste Biography Estelle has studied Guinean dance with Oumar N’Diaye since 1997. She is interested in West-African dance and has trained with teachers from African ballets during her numerous trips to Africa, Europe and the United States. She studied classical guitar at the Québec conservatory of music as well as kora with renowned [...]

Collaborating artists 2019-2020

Marie-Paule Grimaldi

Marie-Paule Grimaldi Artiste Biography Poet, performance artist and producer, Marie-Paule Grimaldi’s artistic approach stems from community engagement. She has designed and directed shows and performances at the Francofolies de Montréal, Montreal’s International Literature Festival, Place des Arts’ Espace Georges-Emile-Lapalme, Phénomena Festival, Trois-Rivière International Poetry Festival of Trois-Rivières, Acadien Festival of Poetry, Canadian Festival of Spoken [...]

Estelle Lavoie

Estelle Lavoie Artiste Biography Estelle has studied Guinean dance with Oumar N’Diaye since 1997. She is interested in West-African dance and has trained with teachers from African ballets during her numerous trips to Africa, Europe and the United States. She studied classical guitar at the Québec conservatory of music as well as kora with renowned [...]

Kristen Cere

Kristen Cere Dancer Biography Kristen has performed works by Jiri Kylian, Paul Lightfoot & Sol Leon, Ohad Naharin, Alexander Ekman, Hans Van Mannen, and Hélène Blackburn, amongst others. She has danced with the Nederlands Dans Theater, Le Ballet de l’Opera de Graz, Le Jeune Ballet du Québec, and independently. She has choreographed alongside François Chirpaz [...]

2020

Zines | cocreation with the artists and the participants

2019

Video poem | cocreation with the artists and the participants

© project photo: Romain Lorraine

2021 | COMM_UNION

COMM_UNION

Since 2018, the Festival Quartiers Danses (FQD) has collaborated with the to organize Dance Tours in their exhibitions. In times of pandemic, this project evolved into the co-production of a short dance film: a danced performance of South Korean artist by . Thus was born the digital artwork , a moving extrapolation of the visual artist’s installation.

The film was launched on June 3, 2021 at a virtual event hosted by the PHI Foundation. As part of this event, the first public viewing of COMM_UNION was followed by a discussion with choreographer Menka Nagrani, director Olivier Arseneault and the Head of Education at the PHI Foundation, Marie-Hélène Lemaire, hosted by Catherine Pelletier- Voyer, Head of cultural mediation at the FQD. In order to meet the shared mission of the three partners, the democratization of the arts, the complete work has been available online since June 4 and will be available for a period of one year.

Bringing together dance, contemporary art, music and cinema, this project and the partnerships that happened beacause of it reflect the FQD’s vision of diversity and collaboration.

This project is funded under the Agreement on the Cultural Development of Montreal between the City of Montreal and the Government of Quebec.

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COMM_UNION

A co-production of the Festival Quartiers Danses, the PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art and Les Productions des pieds des mains shot in the exhibition Lee Bae: UNION.

PERFORMERS Antony Dolbec, Mario Diamond, Jacinthe Giroux and Jean-François Hupé

ARTISTIC DIRECTION Menka Nagrani

DIRECTION Olivier Arseneault

CAMERA Olivier Gélinas

MUSIC Alexis Chartrand

With the amable permission of Lee Bae and Galerie Perrotin.

© project photo: Les productions des pieds des mains

2020 - 2021 | À PETITS PAS

À PETITS PAS | INTERGENERATIONAL WORKSHOPS

Following the first draft of the À petits pas project launched in 2018 with the childcare center CPE de la Dame and the elder’s shelter Saint-Henri, intergenerational activities unfold and spread, in 2019, in four of Montreal’s neighbourhoods: Saint-Henri, Petite-Bourgogne, Plateau-Mont-Royal and Rosemont. The project then incorporates new partners: CPE La Garde Amis, Saint-Louis, de la Dame, Les Gardelunes and Galijode and elder’s shelters des Seigneurs, Bruchési, Saint-Henri, Auclair and Robert-Cliche. The dancers Cara Roy, Julie Tymchuk, Roxanne Dupuis and Maryline Cyr and the cultural mediators of the festival conduct the activities together.

The classes are imagined as communicating vessels; at first both the elders and the children explore movement separately, in their own spaces. Each can develop a common vocabulary that is adapted to their capacities. The children then visit the elders in their center for up to four jointed classes where they explore together where their movements can meet.

The benefits of dance can be observed both with the children and the elders. Where the latter are energized by the presence of the children, children, on the other hand, become more calm and focused when in contact with the elders. We saw a new respect and appreciation for the elderly bloom in the children as they cultivated a positive image of them. The activities also contributed to reduce isolation and loneliness amongst the residents. Moreover, dancing in general contributes to the general well being of both groups, improving physical health, coordination and self-esteem.

Partners

Collaborating Artists

Cara Roy

Cara Roy Dancer Biography Originally from New Brunswick, Cara Roy is a contemporary dancer currently based in Montreal. Since graduating from École de danse contemporaine de Montréal in 2016, she has been performed in several independent projects and has partaken in the creative processes of various choreogrphers, namely Martin Messier, Sarah Dell’Ava, Hélène Remoué, and [...]

Julie Tymchuk

Julie Tymchuk Dancer Biography Julie Tymchuk is a 2012 graduate of École de danse contemporaine de Montréal. She is presently pursuing her studies at Concordia University’s Dance Department. She has performed for several Montreal choreographers (Hélène Langevin, Simon Ampleman, Emily Jean Honegger, Geneviève Gagné, Katia-Marie Germain and Johanne Madore). Curiosity and love of bodily expression fuels [...]

Roxanne Dupuis

Roxanne Dupuis Dancer Biography Born in New Brunswick and based in Montreal (Quebec, Canada) since 2014, Roxanne Dupuis has been dancing since she the age of 3. She finished a pre-vocational training program in Moncton, her hometown. Recognised for her leadership skills by the Masters of DansEncorps Company, she is awarded a professional teacher training [...]

Marilyne Cyr

Marilyne Cyr Dancer Biography Born in Sept-Îles, Marilyne Cyr studied at the École supérieure de ballet du Québec. She danced with Ballet Ouest’s Nutcracker in the Corps de ballet and as a soloist. Since graduating in 2014, she has toured with RUBBERBANDance Group and performed with Cirque Éloize, Andrea Pena & Artists and the Festival des Arts [...]

2020 - 2021 | D'UN ÂGE À L'AUTRE

D'UN ÂGE À L'AUTRE

In 2018, FQD’s cultural mediation department chose to develop a new axis for its special projects: intergenerational activities, the objective being to unite different generations with dance and movement.

With that objective in mind, we cultivated a first partnership with the Cavelier-de-LaSalle highschool. In this establishment of 1 700 students, 67% come from recent immigration adding up to 100 different countries. Students evolve around francophone socio-cultural landmarks forming an active and implicated community. Intergenerational issues are amongst the principal Alain Lavoie’s preoccupation who wants to be leader in his community to fight against violence directed towards elders and perpetuated by teenagers, an uprising problem in LaSalle.

Kyra Jean Green gave a session of 8 workshops to the school’s students in order to initiate a reflection around the aging process and the elderly’s realities. They explored notions of weakness and slowing down of the body, but also solidarity and mutual aid. 

Later in the process, France Roy and Marc Béland, both dancers and choreographers in their sixties, as well as partners of the FQD’s, came to participate and help conduct the workshops with Kyra. France Roy took the role of rehearsal director as Marc Béland danced with the students. The choreography they created together was presented in September 2018 as part of the 16th edition of the festival.

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Collaborating artists

Kyra Jean Green

Trip The Light Fantastic Kyra Jean Green Choreographer Biography Kyra Jean Green was born in France, raised in Florida and currently resides in Montreal. She obtained her BFA in dance from The Juilliard School. From 2015 to 2019, she has been an assistant choreographer, teacher and dancer with Les 7 Doigts de la Main. Winner [...]

2016-2017 : COMMUNITY DANCE | RÊVANOUS

COMMUNITY DANCE | RÊVANOUS

Between 2016 and 2017, the choreographers and performers Anne-Flore de Rochambeau and Keven Lee moved to Rêvanous, an organization that offers a range of services and activities aimed at the autonomy and social inclusion of people living with a mental disability. Les Habitations Rêvanous creates a mixed context with people aged 55 and over or with a functional limitation. This project allowed the dancers to develop a climate of trust with the participants. It was about demystifying dance, getting them to develop their own vocabulary of movements, giving them a different vision of their body and of dance as a mean of escape and play.

During the 32 workshops, the participants developed a greater ability for abstraction by moving away from mimicry and instead creating expressive and sensitive movements. This progression, as well as the installation of a climate of trust with the artists, offered the participants a space of creativity and appreciation to develop their self-esteem.

The project ended with a final workshop open to other residents, rather than with a performance as it was initially planned, in order to focus on the learning process and the qualitative development of the project.

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Collaborating artists

2015 : COMMUNITY DANCE | ACHIM and VERDUN WOMEN CENTRE

2015: COMMUNITY DANCE | ACHIM and VERDUN WOMEN CENTRE

The Community Dance project offers to organizations a series of workshops to create a choreography based on a creative collaboration between a choreographer and participants from the community. The FQD collaborated with two organizations to create performances that were presented as part of the 13th edition of the festival in 2015:

ConfiDanses de femmes – Trained in Latin dances and contemporary dance, Elizabeth Suich begins to create a unique aesthetic where the codes of the two disciplines come together, offering atypical and timeless universes. She has worked with Centre des Femmes de Verdun, a welcoming, safe, inclusive and feminist place where the rights and interests of women are defended, in a social change perspective.

Faraway Other Islands – Performer, teacher and choreographer for thirty years, Jane Mappin brings to life the relationship between contemporary dance and other forms of artistic expression. She met with the seniors of Alternatives communautaire d’habitation and intervention de milieu (ACHIM), a community organization whose mission is to develop community-based resources for the elderly in the Ville-Émard and Côte-St-Paul neighborhoods of Montreal in order to to keep them in their environment and to promote their quality of life.

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2014 : HOME SHOWS

HOME SHOWS

During workshops given in residential and long-term care centers, the festival’s cultural mediator observed the residents’ attention and sensitivity to movement. Although for many of them it was demanding to interact in a workshop setting and to remain attentive, their appreciation for the short choreographies presented was palpable. Due to the limited mobility of many of them, it is difficult for them to attend a dance show in a theatre. We have therefore developed a new formula adapted to this audience: omitting the workshop to devote ourselves to the complete presentation of a choreography, followed by a discussion with the artists.

In 2014, FQD organized several performances in healthcare establishments in the Sud-Ouest and Verdun boroughs

Collaborating artists

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