2017 is ushering terrific news for dance enthusiasts! Several of Montréal’s dance companies—including Tangente, Agora de la danse, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal and the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal—will be moving into Espace danse, a new space located at 1435 de Bleury, in the Wilder Building near Place des Festivals. In anticipation of this momentous event, here’s a look at the 2017 Winter-Spring program.
Les Grands Ballets
In July, Gradimir Pankov, Les Grands Ballets’ artistic director for the past 18 years, will be passing on the torch to Ivan Cavallari, who is currently the artistic director of the Ballet of the Opéra national du Rhin. To mark this transition, Les Grands Ballets will be presenting some of their most significant and successful masterpieces this season, including the Perm Opera Ballet’s Swan Lake (February 22-26) and Le Mariage de Figaro, performed by the National Ballet of Ukraine (April 26-29). Contemporary ballet will also be featured at the Place des Arts, with Ohad Naharin’s Minus One (March 23 to April 1) and the triple bill Falling Angels, Evening Songs, and Searching for Home by Jiří Kylián and Stephan Thoss (May 25 to June 3).
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Once again, Danse Danse is shining the spotlight on renowned dance companies and choreographers, and on young, creative talent. And, for the first time ever, they will be presenting a choreographed piece on the TOHU’s circular stage. The truly diverse line-up will include Suie, a Quebec creation with Anne Le Beau (February 1-11); from Vancouver, a triple bill presented by Ballet BC’s spectacular dancers (April 5-8) and Shay Kuebler’s Telemetry (April 18-22); and from Brussels, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s Rain. Be sure not to miss Until the Lions, the latest choreography by London’s brilliant Akram Khan, which will be presented on the TOHU’s impressive 360 ̊ stage (March 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, and 25).
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The refined venue that is Usine C will be showcasing beautiful creations, both local and international. The fabulous Clara Furey and Peter Jasko return with their sleek love story, Untied Tales (February 9-12). Alessandro Sciarroni adapts the Schuhplattler, the traditional folk dance from Bavaria and Tyrol, in his show Folk-s / Will you still love me tomorrow? (February 21-23). In Mercurial George, Dana Michel explores the “archeology of her cultural heritage and digs through the darkest corners of her persona” (February 28 to March 3). Louise Lecavalier takes her inspiration from Italo Calvino’s The Nonexistent Knight—a medieval knight who exists only as an empty suit of armour—in her new choreography, Mille batailles (March 8-10). Finally, Ame Henderson and Matija Ferlin unite their creative forces “as gifts given to one another” for Out of season (April 25-27).
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Tangente and Agora de la danse
They’re finally settling into the Wilder Building, in addition to updating their website. You can visit Agora de la danse’s brand-new surroundings starting in February and Tangente’s in March. On the bill: creations centered on emergence, digital arts, and poetic urban dance.
Click here for the complete Tangente 2017 program.
Click here for the complete Agora de la danse 2017 program.
More contemporary performances
Check out the 2017 multidisciplinary program of Théâtre La Chapelle and the MAI. And, for more of the very best contemporary performances, don’t miss Festival TransAmériques (May 25 to June 8, 2017) and the live art festival, OFFTA.