18th EDITION OF FESTIVAL QUARTIERS DANSES: Programming like no other! September 11-20, 2020


The Festival Quartiers Danses (FQD) is pleased to unveil the programming of its 18th edition, which will take place mainly online from September 11 to 20. During the ten days of the festival, the public will be able to enjoy 16 short films on dance created especially for the FQD filmed in different places and neighborhoods of Montreal, a unique interactive experience with the public, a variety of interviews with directors and choreographers,round table, surprises throughout the city as well as a photo exhibition. All this will be available free of charge on the FQD website for the duration of the festival.

This year, the FQD was forced to cancel its international programming in order to focus on a national edition mostly online. The festival will host the creations of 16 Montreal choreographers: Kyra Jean GreenAndrea Pea, Sandy Silva, Morgane Le Tiec, Pauline GervaisBarbara Kaneratonni Diabo and many others to discover. These choreographers will be paired with Montreal directors such as, among others, Marlene Millar, a pioneer of dance in Canada, Raphael Bob Garcia, official videographer of the FQD, Brittney Canda, Xavier Curnillon and Pepper O’Bomsawin to create short dance films, filmed throughout the city in various indoor and outdoor locations. At the same time, dancer Catherine Wilson will present an interactive performance involving the audience, in collaboration with choreographer Andrea Pea.

Among the events not to be missed this year: actor, dancer and director Marc Béland, spokesperson and president of the festival, will lead interviews with choreographers and directors of short films in order to delve into the creative process of these artists. These discussions will introduce the public to the artistic approach of several guest choreographers and demystify the work of co-creations of short films between Montreal choreographers and directors. Always true to its mission of democratizing dance in the creation and inclusion of diversity, the FQD, in partnership with Concordia University’s dance department and Montreal Artistic Diversity, will present a panel discussion on diversity amongst choreographers on the theme “Visible Minorities and Racism in Dance.” 

In addition to its online programming, the FQD will offer free spontaneous performances in urban settings in various locations in Montreal between July 24 and September 19, 2020. The public strolling through the city will have the chance to come across one of these exclusive performances. It will be possible to follow the festival’s social networks for news.

Finally, a retrospective photographic exhibition of the festival’s two official photographers, Jackie Hopfinger (London) and Romain Lorraine (Montreal), will also take place at the Atwater Market from August 2020 to April 2021.

For more information, visit: quartiersdanses.com

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