2019 was a year of encounters, discussions and professional growth! La danse sur les routes du Québec — La DSR rose to the challenge with brilliance and the result was a successful conclusion to Parcours Danse.
The 17th edition took place this year from November 25 to 29 in 15 different locations in Montréal and brought together participants from around the globe, including Québec, Canada, France, Belgium, China, Japan, Tunisia, Germany, Spain and Finland.
Parcours Danse 2019 had 500 participants, including 57 international presenters, 67 Québec presenters and 35 Canadian presenters (outside Québec). 25 partners from Québec’s dance and presenting community committed to getting some 50 companies to dance.
The presence of international presenters was made possible thanks to the invaluable collaboration of Québec’s cultural attachés abroad and to the international cooperation projects with Belgium, France and Tunisia. The Parcours Danse team welcomed guests from Objectif Danse-Wallonie-Bruxelles, La Briqueterie, Archipel (Québec-Nantes-Tunis) and Occitanie en-scène.
The opening of the biennial event saw the attendance of remarkable speakers such as Kanien’kehá activist and artist Ellen Gabriel from Kanesatake, Nathalie Maillé, Executive Director of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, Caroline Lussier, Director of the Explore and Create program, Canada Council for the Arts, Anne-Marie Jean, CEO of the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, and artist-choreographer, performer, professor of philosophy and author Zab Maboungou, founder of the Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata, who were welcomed by Pierre-David Rodrigue, General Manager, and Kathy Casey, President of La danse sur les routes du Québec.
Diversity encourages choreographic richness
Between its 27 shows in the official selection and the 25 OFF Showcases, Parcours Danse offered a rich and diversified range of performances to young and adult audiences. 68 performances were presented over five days.
Special attention has been given this year to young audiences in the development of Parcours Danse 2019. This is why the Alliance of Canadian Dance Networks (ACDN), made up of Atlantic Moves, CanDance, Made in BC, Ontario Presents and La DSR, invited dance professionals to a day of conferences and activities to encourage sharing and dialogue.
Activities, conferences and innovations: Parcours Danse’s key ingredients
All Parcours Danse participants (be they artists, presenters, choreographers, agents or observers) also benefited from the various content offered during the week, which highlighted realities related to the dance world, including with the Digital Strategies Lab for Audience Development but also with Artists’ Voices Ontario-Quebec.
The Parcours exploratoire is the result of a collaboration between LA SERRE — arts vivants, LOJIQ — Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec and La DSR. It enabled a cohort of five young Québec choreographers to take part in Parcours Danse through mentoring activities and luncheon meetings with specialists in the field.
And this year, thanks to a partnership with the RIDEAU association, one of the companies in the official selection will be able to present a showcase next year at RIDEAU 2020! A jury made up of presenters and professionals in the field selected Paysages de Papier by Estelle Clareton as a favourite!
To conclude, as Pierre-David Rodrigue, General Manager of La DSR, pointed out in his opening speech, “Parcours Danse is a key point for the presenting of dance in which we invest our time and hearts to make an ever greater presence for this discipline. It also gives presenters from all over, multidisciplinary and specialized alike, five days of blissful respite where they can talk about dance and see dance.”
These words echo and complement those spoken by Paule Beaudry, former General Manager of La DSR, for the 2017 edition: “The many encounters we make during these few days open up new horizons, new realities and perhaps new dreams.”