Tangente has played a major role in creating the current face of contemporary dance in the city. Every year from September to June, in this combination documentation centre and performance and development space, audiences discover works of iconoclastic Québec, Canadian, and foreign choreographers, young and seasoned alike.
Time has gone by quickly since Tangente was founded in 1980, and many artists who got their start here are now well-established figures of the dance world. Paul-André Fortier, Ginette Laurin, Danièle Desnoyers, Louise Bédard, and Dave St-Pierre are just some of the artists who made their names amid the multiple styles of choreography presented here.
Tangente is currently between permanent locations. For some twenty years, it made its home in the spacious building of the dance department at UQAM and the Agora de la danse. In 2011, Tangente launched an ambitious funding campaign to allow it to set up shop at the heart of the Quartier des spectacles, in a future home shared with the renowned Grands Ballets Canadiens and the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal.
In this new facility, Tangente will be much better equipped to make choreographers and dancers from around the world shine for larger audiences.
For a stimulating visit to Tangente, go at random and choose what attracts you the most, or discuss it beforehand with other dance lovers.