La danse sur les routes du Québec (DSR) is delighted by the success of the 16th edition of Parcours Danse, which took place from November 28 to December 1, 2017, in 20 different locations of Montréal. A means of bringing local choreographic talent to the light, Parcours Danse is a must-see exchange and meeting event for artists and presenters from Quebec, Canada and abroad.
Paule Beaudry, General Manager for La danse sur les routes du Québec, explains that: “Now that virtual communications and the use of social media to stay in touch with one another is widespread, meetings are vital more than ever. As human beings, we need them to stimulate our imagination, develop projects and ideas. The many people that we meet during these few days open new horizons for us, create new realities and, possibly, new dreams.”
Approximately 401 people attended this exclusive event, 95 of which were presenters, including 35 international presenters. Among representatives of Germany, Finland, the United Kingdom, Japan, and China, we noted the presence of nine programmers from the Europeen Dancehouse Network.
Several representatives of the main Parcours Danse partners testified their support for the event, including Ms. Suzanne Laverdière, Director for the Service de la culture—Ville de Montréal; Anne-Marie Jean, President and Chief Executive Officer for the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec; and Nathalie Maillé, General Manager for the Conseil des arts de Montréal.
Participants could choose from a vast selection of more than 42 shows. The OFFs offered as vast a selection in parallel to the official programming. As part of Rencontres internationales, Agora de la danse and Tangente also presented a selection of shows.
The participants also had the opportunity to attend several networking activities between presenters and artists, including Artistic Tandems and the Live Bulletin Board, a 7-hour training session about interculturalism, or the Café des savoirs, a workshop that gathered 27 speakers who reflected on the digital challenges that contemporary dance is facing through 24 micro-discussions. Finally, another important event of international importance, which was organized during Parcours Danse in collaboration with Agora de la Danse and Tangente, Les Prix de la Danse awarded seven prizes, including the top prize for dance in Montréal to Daniel Léveillé.
Watch the commemorative video for the 16th edition of Parcours Danse: