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Monday, June 17, 2019

Pierre-David Rodrigue is succeeding to Paule Beaudry

Paule Beaudry, Executive Director of La danse sur les routes du Québec (DSR) since 2003, announces that she will leave her position at the end of August 2019. “This decision was not easy to make: I still love what I do and I feel appreciated,” she explains. “I have chosen to hand over the leadership of the organisation at this point in time, because it is in good hands and the mission for which I have put so much effort will continue to blossom. I am proud to transfer my leadership at this moment, knowing that Pierre-David Rodrigue’s sensitivity, intelligence and ability to act will serve the organisation’s community and mandates.”

Paule Beaudry’s career reflects an unwavering commitment to the artistic community. As the head of DSR for the past 16 years, she has worked to create and fund a large number of programs that contribute to a broader presenting of dance. Her initiatives continue to inspire many communities and organisations far beyond our borders. Among her achievements, it is essential to acknowledge the creation of Jouer dehors, which has led to the emergence of a new distribution circuit for in situ dance, the enhancement of Parcours Danse into a five-day international biennial dedicated exclusively to local dance, the reform of the partnership program with sixteen multidisciplinary presenters in Quebec, and the creation of the first online directory of the annual offer of dance performances in Quebec.

A visionary and entrepreneur at heart, she has successfully completed three strategic planning cycles, supervised dozens of partnerships in Quebec, Canada and abroad, and collaborated in advancing community issues through her constant participation on committees, round tables and boards of directors, including those of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and Compétence Culture.

A few months before her departure, Paule Beaudry says she is extremely grateful to the board of directors of DSR, which has always trusted her, its collaborators and partners, as well as artists, broadcasters and cultural workers, “those people who work tirelessly to give meaning to the world.” She would like to point out the valuable contribution of the members of her team who, over the years, have demonstrated exceptional commitment. “I leave with a sense of accomplishment, keeping in mind it could not have been done without the generous contribution of all. The dance world has literally transformed me as much as the people I’ve been around. I am deeply grateful.”

Appointment of Pierre-David Rodrigue

“The board of directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Pierre-David Rodrigue as Executive Director of La danse sur les routes du Québec. Active in the team for the past two years, Mr. Rodrigue has demonstrated his great human qualities as well as his strong management skills in all the projects he has carried out for the organisation. “This succession is carried out in an exemplary manner and we are convinced that he will bring his colour to La danse sur les routes du Québec, in the continuity of the exceptional work accomplished by Paule Beaudry.”

Pierre-David Rodrigue insists that he will proudly follow Paule’s footsteps to promote dance creations and thoughts of Canadian choreographers to a growing audience. “It is a privilege to follow in Paule Beaudry’s footsteps. Without her vision and dedication, the organisation would not be what it is today. I intend to continue her work with rigour and passion.”

Mr. Rodrigue has sat on many boards of directors, including Danse-Cité. Possessing a master’s degree in Management of Cultural Enterprises from HEC Montréal and a bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts and Media from UQAM, he has made his mark at the CQM, where he implemented, among other things, an action plan aimed at the development of tours and realised the Grands rendez-vous de la musique. A mentor at HEC Montréal, he was a speaker on presenting issues and acted as an invited expert on the Consultation Committee on School Trips in Cultural Settings of the Department of Culture and Communication and the Department of Education and Higher Education. His skills have also been used by the Groupe de recherche sur le développement des publics of the Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Music as well as in the context of measure 111 of the MCCQ’s Digital Cultural Plan relating to data on cultural content.

Since joining DSR, Mr. Rodrigue has been able to be an agent of change, which has fostered the implementation of inclusive practices for equity, and has set up a coaching program for Indigenous artists and artists from diverse cultural backgrounds. He also assumed a unifying leadership role by creating the Laboratory for the development of dance audiences using digital technology and by initiating one of the first sharing of dance data in Quebec.

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