January 18, 2013 – Montréal is a celebrated North American hub of dance activity, an ever-evolving mecca for new ideas and creative innovation. Since 1998, the singular dance presenter Danse Danse has been offering audiences world-class dance, welcoming international artists from all corners of the globe, as well as highlighting Québec and Canadian-based dance companies in its programming. With the city’s vibrant, ever-shifting cultural identity and its pull as a go-to destination, Montréal is an ideal locale for viewing contemporary dance in all its manifestations – from Japanese butoh performance to Flemish visceral physicality and new flamenco invention.
From February 28 to March 2, in its first appearance in Canada, the Norwegian contemporary dance company Carte Blanche brings a new work by choreographer Sharon Eyal and co-creator Gai Behar. Corps de Walk, is a piece inspired by walking. What evolves is a physically vigorous, insistent, and mysterious work where dancers in white unisex body tights become unsettling high-tech incarnations, shifting the space with a raw and powerful precision.
Under the direction of Kristel van Issum and Guilherme Miotto, the Dutch company T.r.a.s.h., which originated in the country’s underground punk rock scene, brings an urgent and extreme physicality to the stage. With this Montréal premiere (March 5 to 9), this double-bill of Enchanted Room and T†Bernadette is an uncompromising dance-theatre where the body is a messenger of radical beauty.
Ever since its inception, Danse Danse has been organizing Friday evening get-togethers, whenever possible, so that audience members may chat with the artists right after the performance. These events take place in the theatre after the show in an informal ambience.