Artists in Residence
Time and space to create. A veritable incubator for the creation of new contemporary dance works, Agora de la danse welcomes a number of artists throughout the year to its Montreal studios for residencies of one, two or more weeks, an opportunity for them to explore new dance ideas, workshop choreography with collaborators and polish technical aspects of their pieces. This support is the cornerstone of an ever fertile and innovative dance milieu.
RESIDENCY QUEBEC 2022-23 | Une première fois
New Creative Residency at Agora for Quebec’s dance artists
Une première fois
The pandemic has increased the need for and relevance of artistic residencies to support dance creators. With a track record of 30 years of supporting Quebec choreographers, Last May, Agora de la danse has launched a call for proposals for new artistic residencies for professional dance artists who have not previously received support from Agora or had their shows presented in its venues. Each residency consists of two weeks working in our Espace blanc venue, during our 2022-23 season.
By means of these two residencies, Agora aims to:
- reinforce its commitment to the dance community
- encourage in-person, back-and-forth contact and artistic exchange
- give voice to a diversity of dance and movement practices.
Agora is pleased to announce that the following dance artists have been selected for our 2022-23 season, and will benefit of two weeks of residency in Espace blanc as well as 5000$ to support their research.
Simon Renaud | Amour Amour
Soraïda Caron| Mars elle danse
Performer in Residence
Dancers are also creators of movement. That is why Agora offers this unique 2-year residency to performers and not to choreographers. During the residency the dancer pursues his or her own research and/or creative projects. Following Sophie Corriveau, the first dancer in residence at Agora from 2014-16, we now welcome Marie-Claire Forté (2017-19).
Marie Claire Forté
Marie Claire Forté likes to think that we can always broaden our perceptions, include more, understand more and find more pleasure… Chorégraphe et danseuse, elle mène ses propres projets et travaille notamment avec Sophie Bélair Clément, Alanna Kraaijeveld, PME-ART, Louise Bédard, Aurélie Pédron, Justine A. Chambers, Martin Bélanger et Projet bk. She danced for four seasons with many choreographers at the now defunct Le Groupe Dance Lab in Ottawa, where she trained daily with Peter Boneham. He remains her great friend and mentor, and they are currently working on a book about his teaching practice. Parallèlement et conjointement à sa pratique artistique, Marie Claire traduit, écrit et enseigne la danse.
In 2016, she and her friend Sophie Bélair Clément created the exhibition project – I’d rather something ambiguous. Mais précis à la fois. with the support of the Leonard & Bina Ellen Program in Support of Artistic Production. From 2017 to 2019, Marie Claire will be dancer in residence at the Agora de la danse.
Her plural path has been supported and inspired directly and indirectly by people and institutions, namely by k.g. Guttman, Lynda Gaudreau, the Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery, Michèle Thériault, L’Agora de la danse, Catherine Lalonde, Ame Henderson, Public Recordings, Katya Montaignac, Et Marianne et Simon, Catherine Lavoie-Marcus, Toronto Dance Theatre, Christopher House, Noémie Solomon, Jody Hegel, Adam Kinner, Tangente, Circuit-Est, Studio 303, the Casino Luxembourg, Artexte, WP Zimmer (Antwerp), Concordia University and the Regroupement québécois de la danse.
© Paul Litherland – Marie Claire Forté and Alanna Kraaijeveld in Collection de danses de...
Cross-residency Project Italy / Quebec
Agora de la danse, Le Teatro Pubblico Campano and TAN Teatri Associati di Napoli are proud to collaborate in this first cross-residency project between Italy and Quebec, initiated by CINARS and the NID (New Italian Dance Platform).
Creation, discovery, sharing and cultural exchange between dance professionals are at the heart of this bilateral residency projectbetween Quebec and Italy for the next 3 years.
Montreal is the starting point of this exchange…
FRANCESCA PENNINI (Ferrara, 1984) starts off as a gymnast and then devoted herself to contemporary dance. She studied at Balletto di Toscana, Laban Centre in London and she explored a broad range of disciplines: from butoh to free diving, from martial arts to disco-dance competitions. She worked as a freelance dancer for Sasha Waltz & Guests. In 2007 she founds the company CollettivO CineticO as a flexible net of artists: more than 50 members from different disciplines focusing on movement and keeping the structure of the company itself in constant dynamic. Her work crosses genders and codes reformatting the rules of the performative event, challenging the relationship with the spectator, meeting different kinds of bodies and spaces with a rigorous yet ironic approach. She gives lectures and seminars in museums and arts centers. and she is a guest professor of “Theatre and performing arts” at IUAV University in Venice.
CollettivO CineticO is an experimental performing arts group founded in 2007 by the choreographer Francesca Pennini. Their work crosses genders and codes reformatting the rules of the performative event, challenging the relationship with the spectator with a rigorous yet ironic approach and shifting in the interstices between dance, theatre and visual arts. They developed devices and didactics for a broad range of bodies and spaces, from the theater stage to urban complexity, from mimetic missions in daily life to virtual spaces. Until now the group created 60 productions, winning many awards.
From April 10 to April 30, 2022, Agora de la danse hosts the Italian choreographer Francesca Pennini, accompanied by the artists Alberto Favretto and Angelo Pedroni, as they initiate the creation of their new project Abracadabra in Espace blanc.
Agora de la danse would also like to thank the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Italian Ministry of Culture and the Quebec as well as Quebec Delegation in Rome for their support.
Andrea Peña & Artists is a company renowned for creating critical, alternative and spatial worlds that break with our notions and understanding of a sentient humanity. Intrigued by the depths of individuality, a theme rooted in her bi-cultural origins, Peña’s choreography is imbued with vulnerability, complexity and dynamic physicality, extending beyond simple movement by means of conceptual research. With a background in industrial design, her works are influenced by the visual arts and spatial qualities, focusing on the body as matter that exists in relation to time and space.
September 20 to October 8, 2022, the dance company Andrea Peña & Artists will be in a creative residency in Italy. The first Quebec artist to benefit from this cultural exchange, the choreographer Andrea Peña, accompanied by the dancers Frédérique Rodier and Jean-Benoît Labrecque, will embark on new choreographic research at the Teatro Nuovo in Naples, thanks to support from the Teatro Pubblico Campano and the collaboration of TAN Teatri Associati di Napoli.
Agora de la danse would also like to thank the Quebec Delegation in Rome, the Italian Ministry of Culture as well as the Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Montréal for their support.
Long-term, supportive partnership. Artists make themselves at home at the Agora in a long-term residency (2 or 3 years), receiving support throughout the process of creating a new work. In return they contribute to the dance milieu and to audience outreach activities (mentoring, workshops, open rehearsals, etc.).
Catherine Gaudet is interested in the transformations of the body generated by the ambiguity that animates human activity. She approaches choreography as a study of the unconscious, elusive aspects of the human being and hopes to bring to light what is being camouflaged. She has developed a physicality where the body becomes a resonator of complex, contradictory sensations simmering under the surface. Her dance vocabulary is characterized by subtle changes in muscular tension that reveal the entanglement of many different ideas, states and impulses. The body is both transmitter and receiver of invisible forces, witness to an existential history that is both personal and universal. The raw aspect of body states is intermingled with precise lines and set to a finely written score. Deeply committed to the work, the dancers rise to the challenge of precise control over the form, plus its deconstruction by open performative states.
Out Innerspace Dance Theatre
Out Innerspace is a Vancouver based Contemporary Dance organization founded in 2007 by directors David Raymond and Tiffany Tregarthen. OIS has dedicated over 10 years to creating extraordinary and integral dance experiences through uncompromising rigour and unreserved ingenuity. Full-length works Me So You So Me (2012), Vessel (2010, 2013) and Major Motion Picture (2015) have enjoyed 5 National Tours and performances for 23 schools through ArtStarts. Major Motion Picture is the 2014 recipient of the CanDance Creation Fund commission. OIS was a featured company at the 2017 MilanOltre Festival in Italy and celebrated as “One of the most beautiful and interesting works of the entire festival.” (labottegadelbarbieri.org). Their latest creation, Bygones is co-produced by Agora de la danse, La Rotonde and Dance Victoria and was awarded 2019 Chrystal Dance Prize and Dance Centre Artistic Residency. An initiative of Out Innerspace, Modus Operandi offers pivotal post-secondary contemporary dance education to young aspiring professionals and is grounds for some of Canada’s most exciting new dance artists.
Isabelle Van Grimde
A choreographer, founder and artistic director of the Montreal dance company Van Grimde Corps Secrets, Isabelle Van Grimde has had an international career marked by interdisciplinary collaborations that expand the horizons of contemporary dance while multiplying possible perceptions of the body and the piece being staged. Her work is characterized by the quality of the dialogue she encourages between dance and music and, since 2008, by the harmonious integration of new technologies. Open to the world, she conducts theoretical and basic research on the body, research that nourishes and supports her artistic approach. She has been moving away from theatre venues in favour of presenting dance in galleries, public spaces or on the Web. In 2011 the Canada Council for the Arts awarded her the Jacqueline Lemieux Prize for her contribution to enriching artistic life in Canada and abroad.
A multi-disciplinary artist, Mélanie Demers founded her company MAYDAY in Montreal in 2007. Exploring the powerful connection between the poetic and the political, she deepened her commitment to her art with work that took on hybrid forms. Her fascination for words and gestures crystallized in WOULD (2015), which received the CALQ Award for best choreography. Combining theatricality, literature, music and the visual arts, she embarked on a new cycle in 2021 with La Goddam Voie Lactée and Cabaret Noir. She has a repertoire of more than 30 dance pieces, which have been presented in theatres and at festivals in Europe, America, Africa and Asia.
Jacques Poulin-Denis is a true artisan of the performing arts. A composer, choreographer and performer, he embarks on projects that blur the boundaries between dance, music and theatre. His works have been presented in some twenty cities in Canada, and also in the U.S., Europe and Asia. He collaborates closely with the choreographer Mélanie Demers, with whom he has worked as a performer and composer since 2006.
The French choreographer recently completed the finishing touches to his new piece Πόλις (Polis) at Agora de la danse as part of an artistic residency exchange program with the Centre chorégraphique national in Tours, France.
Public presentation on March 21 at 4 p.m.
After graduating from the Centre National de Danse Contemporaine d’Angers (France, Class of 1999), Emmanuel Eggermont, join during three years the spanish choreographer Carmen Werner in Madrid. In 2001, he has been invited in Seoul to participate in a project combining pedagogy and choreography. From his two years spent in South Korea, and later from his work with Raimund Hoghe (BoleroVariations, Si je meurs laissez le balcon ouvert and L’Après-midi…), he developed an attention for the essence, what is essential. without denying a research on the possible impact of staging, he has perfected a precise and minimalist choreographic style, to improve the way each detail is valued (given focus), to escape the “profusion” of performance. He developed his choreographic projects since 2007 in Lille (France) at L’Anthracite. Since March 2010, Emmanuel Eggermont has been in research residency at L’L (Brussels), a process which led to the successful creation of T-Wall (2011) and Vorspiel (2013), a piece in wich he invited musicians, actors and fine artist to join the performance. In 2014, he has been invited to participate in Sujets à Vifs for the Festival In d’Avignon. Emmanuel Eggermont recieved a writing bursary by association Beaumarchais-SACD for the choreography Strange Fruit which premiere in may 2015.
© L’Anthracite – Emmanuel Eggermont
Ji-hyé Jung dans Πόλις (Polis) © L’Anthracite – Emmanuel Eggermont
Technical and Creative Residencies
Agora makes its studios available to several artists as they research a creative project, and develop or fine tune the set design and technical aspects.
The creative art of today is the heritage of tomorrow!Francine Bernier