The 18th edition of the Festival Quartiers Danses (FQD) places Montreal at the center of its programming. Following the impossibility to present indoor performances due to COVID-19, the FQD turned to digital media and paired 16 local choreographers invited to its 18th edition with 16 Montreal filmmakers in order to create unique co-creations. At the end of these collaborations, these 16 Montreal dance short films are presented to you as world premieres!
Montreal in the spotlight
Discussion with the 18th edition's artists
An overview into the production process of the 16 co-creations of the 18th edition of the Festival Quartiers Danses (FQD). Marc Béland, president and spokesperson of the FQD, discusses with the 33 artists of the programming the affinities and discoveries, image and movement, influences and inspirations.
10 breathtaking dance short films
Once again this year, the Quartiers Danses Festival (FQD) presents the selection of dance short films by co-curators Marlene Millar and Rafik Hubert Sabbagh: a cinema program of 10 breathtaking films by local and international directors available for a limited time on September 19.
Spontaneous LIVE performances
True to itself, the Festival Quartiers Danses takes to the sidewalks, streets and esplanades of Montreal to present performances featuring artists from its programming. Stay tuned for surprise performances in the Quartiers des Spectacles and in the Sud-Ouest Arrondissement between September 11 and 20!
Phone call experience
A sonic performance, where 5 women invite you to dial in and share an intimate performative experience of ELLES over the phone. Each phone call is unique, and presents to you a different sonic and somatic experience.
Diversity and inclusion have been at the heart of the identity of Festivals Quartiers Danses (FQD) since its founding. Faced with the magnitude of the Black Lives Matter movement this spring following the murder of George Floyd, the FQD is once again seeking to amplify the voices of dance artists coming from different cultural backgrounds and communities of Montreal. Thus, it is in collaboration with Diversité Artistique Montréal (DAM), the dance department of Concordia University and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) that the FQD gives the microphone to choreographers Andrea Peña, Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo , Kyana Lyne and Thaïna Rosinvil who will discuss on the theme: “Danse et racisme systémique : quels ancrages dans le corps et dans l’écosystème de la danse? “
A retrospective exhibition of the Festival Quartiers Danses through the lens of its two official photographers: Jackie Hopfinger (London) and Romain Lorraine (Montreal). The exhibition is displayed on the picture rails of Place du Marché Atwater in the South-West district until April 2021.
Romain Lorraine, self-taught photographer based in Montreal, is constantly on the lookout for new techniques to capture the essence of body and face expression. He has been developing this work within the FQD as an official photographer since 2017.
Jackie Hopfinger, official FQD photographer since 2012 and based in the UK, documents the passage of time. Like living paintings, this experienced artist captures the emotion of moving bodies during FQD performances.