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Montréal has all the right moves when it comes to showcasing dance

From classical to contemporary to the outer realms of creative exploration, when it comes to dance Montreal has a longstanding and well-earned reputation as a city on the move. Top-tier homegrown exports like Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, La La La Human Steps and the Compagnie Marie Chouinard – as well as an always dizzying array of visiting dance companies – have gone a long way towards cementing Montréal’s standing as a key destination for both diehard dance aficionados and casual fans alike. Moreover, when the mercury dives, the city’s dance scene comes alive. The many soft-seat theatres of varying scales in Montréal’s Place des Arts (PDA), the crown jewel in downtown Montréal’s Quartier des Spectacles, provide an elegant setting for dance of all descriptions year-round. Highly regarded contemporary ballet company Ballet BC, from Vancouver, will take over PDA’s Théâtre Maisonneuve for three nights with a triple bill, January 22 to 24. The three distinctive choreographies – the award-winning Walking Mad, the zany Petite Cérémonie and the eccentric and tribal A.U.R.A. – showcase the considerable abilities of the company’s 18 dancers. The largest of PDA’s theatres, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, will play host to Cuba’s Lizt Alfonso Danza Cuba company, who are pretty much guaranteed to light a fire under… / Read More →

Things to Do in Montreal: October 25-31

As both winter and Halloween approach, Montreal continues to entertain with live theatre and music, intriguing art, designer shopping, and horror movies, along with many chances this week to make the most of the fall weather, whether it’s sunny for daytime ambling or eerily overcast for costumed cavorting…

Things to Do in Montreal: October 18-24

Montreal finds itself at the height of autumnal glory this week, not only in its colourful falling leaves, breezy days and Halloween preparations, but with the onset of hockey season, complemented by an NBA basketball game and all kinds of film screenings, live music, and world-class dance and theatre productions…