Parcours Danse / 2019 Edition / Rideau/Parcours Danse Award

© Stéphane Najman | Paysages de Papier — Créations Estelle Clareton / Artists: Nicolas Labelle, Olivier Rousseau, Jessica Serli

As part of the partnership between RIDEAU and La DSR or Parcours Danse 2019, a RIDEAU Award was given to one of the 27 artists of the official selection.

Artists from the official selection presenting either a completed show or an excerpt had the opportunity to register for this award.


  • Artistic quality — Quality of the show, background of the artist and/or company
  • Indoor performance potential — Touring history, touring potential depending on the type of ensemble and the possibility of adapting the show to different venues
  • Originality — Material that adds a unique color to the cultural landscape.
  • New artistic creation — Material never presented at RIDEAU, recent show or one that has not toured much in Québec.
  • Personal appreciation — Thorough enjoyment of the show, incentive to present in other venues


  • Professional artists whose show has touring potential were eligible.
  • The artist or group must be available from February 16-20, 2020 for the showcase.
  • The artist or group must be available to tour during the 2020-21 season.
  • Artists or groups will present their show for a duration determined by RIDEAU.
  • No fees will be paid to invited artists or groups. RIDEAU will provide an appropriate stage, with sound and lighting equipment previously determined by RIDEAU’s technical director. Any special equipment will be the responsibility of the artist or group.
  • Selected artists or groups must be represented at the Place du Marché (3 days), either by themselves or their representative; this is mandatory.

With the help of a jury made up of multidisciplinary presenters and representatives of La DSR and RIDEAU, the RIDEAU/PARCOURS DANSE Award was presented on closing night, Friday, November 29 at the Conseil des arts de Montréal. This year, among eleven entrants, Estelle Clareton was the winner with Paysages de Papier.

What is RIDEAU and how does the Award work?

With 170 members throughout Québec and the Canadian Francophonie, RIDEAU brings together 350 theatres and festivals, as well as regional networks working to promote the performing arts.
By allowing artists to meet audiences on stages here and abroad, RIDEAU also contributes to economic and urban development. Its work promotes the establishment of a social and cultural balance between regions.

RIDEAU for presenting

RIDEAU Awards reward innovation, boldness and perseverance in the presenting of the performing arts. Each year, at the Gala RIDEAU, a major event celebrating the presenting of the performing arts, the Association professionnelle des diffuseurs de spectacles honours professionals who demonstrate originality and creativity in bringing artists and audiences together.
The RIDEAU Awards are, for finalists and winners, a recognition by their peers and also provide them with significant local, regional and national exposure, including through print and electronic media.