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Indoors programming
Cultural outreach

The FQD celebrates its 20th anniversary with a local, national and international edition

For its 20th edition, the Festival Quartiers Danses (FQD) presents 20 indoors performances from September 7 to 18, 2022! With 6 international companies and 11 local companies, the performances will be presented at Théâtre Maisonneuve of Place des Arts, at Salle Bourgie of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and at the Studio-Théâtre des Grands Ballets Canadiens / Wilder Building.

For a 4th consecutive year, this 20th edition of FQD is dedicated to women by bringing together 10 women choreographers out of the 17 national and international choreographers invited. Moreover, the FQD is honored to have as co-spokespersons for its 20th edition the two renowned dance artists Margie Gillis and Anik Bissonnette.

FQD’s cultural outreach

Since 2013, the FQD’s cultural mediation department organizes a multitude of activities in social, health and community organizations all around Montreal. This branch of the FQD searches for concrete ways to reduce the gap between the public and the art, between the artist and those who benefit from their work. Cultural mediation also fastens the existing mission to democratize dance and make it accessible for all publics. The activities take the form of workshops adapted to the different communities, intimate and privileged performances, conversations with artists and round tables to name a few.

Throughout the years, the cultural mediation team has developed an offer of workshops that can be tailored and adapted to the specific needs of different groups and populations: On the move, Lil’ dancers, The universe of and even more! Our department also develops special projects collaborating with different organizations and partners in the community. These innovative projects are imagined and brought up to fit the specific needs and particularities of the population involved.

Words Of Welcome

Margie Gillis, O.C.,C.Q., (DFA)

Artistic Director, Choreographer, Dancer
The Margie Gillis Dance Foundation

Co – Spokeperson for the 20th edition of FQD

I am delighted to be co-spokesperson with the wonderful Anik Bissonnette to celebrate this, the 20th edition of Festival Quartiers Danses (FQD).

With its mission to celebrate, embrace, share and democratize dance in its kaleidoscope of forms, the FQD has become a sustaining force for the thriving Montreal Dance Community. Contributing and supporting to Montreal’s deserved reputation as one of seven world capitals of dance.

FQD highlights artistic excellence and diversity in all styles of contemporary dance creations, with companies and artists both local and international, artists both renown and emergent.

FQD has become a celebration of movement, creativity and diversity for Montreal’s citizens and tourists.

Performances are in an array of theaters and urban spaces, situated in many of Montreal’s unique cultural neighborhoods. From short films, public dance rehearsals, visual art exhibitions, round-table discussions to year-round cultural activities, FQD offers this, and much more.

The Margie Gillis Dance Foundation is thrilled to be participating at FQD for our third time!

Congratulations to Rafik and his wonderful team on 20 years of dedication, passion, and enrichment. May this wonderful festival continue for years to come! Bravo Brava!!

Margie Gillis

Anik Bissonnette

Director of École supérieure de ballet du Québec

Co-Spokesperson for the 20th edition of FQD

I am truly honoured to be the co-spokesperson for the 20th Edition of Festival Quartiers Danses (FQD).

A catalyst for new, experienced, and established artists alike, the FQD plays an essential role in the discovery of local, Canadian, and international artists. Through values of open-mindedness and accessibility, the FQD significantly contributes to the popularization of dance in various cultural boroughs of Montreal. Newcomers and connoisseurs alike will enjoy a rich and diverse program.

As we celebrate their 20th anniversary, I hope the FQD will, for years to come, continue to support creative dance artists, promote all hybrid forms of choreographic art, and strengthen Montréal’s position as a dynamic and undisputed dance centre.

Anick Bissonnette

Words Of The Contributors

Benoit Dorais

Benoit Dorais

Vice-président du comité exécutif Ville de Montréal

Nathalie Maillé

Directrice générale Conseil des arts de Montréal
Valérie Plante

Valérie Plante

Mairesse de Montréal
Anne-Marie Jean

Anne-Marie Jean

Présidente-directrice générale Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
Simon Brault

Simon Brault

Directeur et chef de la direction Conseil des arts du Canada
Pablo Rodriguez

Pablo Rodriguez

Ministre du Patrimoine Canadien
Pierre Karl Peladeau

Pierre Karl Peladeau

Président et chef de la direction de Québecor