Dance: Montréal’s fall 2018 line-up will move you

Montréal’s dance scene rocks! Here’s a list of what you can’t miss this fall.

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Danse Danse

For over 20 years, Danse Danse has been collaborating with celebrated companies, renowned choreographers and inspiring young talent from here and afar. Its 2018 season opens with Giselle (September 25 to 29) by Dada Masilo, a South African choreographer who puts a daring and defining new touch on classical ballet. Sylvain Lafortune and Esther Rousseau-Morin follow with L’un L’autre (October 16 to 20), a very first joint project that is “evocative and highly technical”. Next up is Québec-born choreographer Eric Gauthier, who unveils a tribute to major figures of contemporary dance in a four-piece performance: Beating by Virginie Brunelle; We Love Horses by Helena Waldmann; Infant Spirit by Marco Goecke; and Electric Life by Eric Gauthier & Andonis Foniadakis (October 31 to November 3). Later, Ghost by Emmanuelle Lê Phan and Elon Höglund (November 13 to 17) brings together six extraordinary street dancers in a choreography at the crossroads of contemporary dance, street dance and martial arts. The year ends with the show Vraiment doucement by the RUBBERBANDance Group. Choreographed by Victor Quijada, it is a flamboyant tribute to bodies in transformation, inspired by the culture of hip-hop and the precision of contemporary dance and ballet (December 5 to 8).

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal

For his second season with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, artistic director Ivan Cavallari presents Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence, a scandalous novel published at the beginning of the 20th century, with British choreographer Cathy Marston lending her unique touch to the interpretation (October 4 to 13). True to tradition, 2018 will end with the classic Nutcracker, a legacy from Fernand Nault inspired by Hoffman’s tale (December 13 to 30).

Usine C

From its very beginnings, Usine C has encouraged free thinking unfettered by time, borders and disciplinary boundaries. This fall, it treats us to Mille batailles (October 9 and 10) and So Blue (October 12 and 13) by world-renowned dancer and choreographer Louise Lecavalier, who incarnates “an extreme version of dance”. On November 7 and 8, Lisbeth Gruwez, a regular on the Usine C stage, treats you to Lisbeth Gruwez dances Bob Dylan, a solo with a minimalist presentation that invites you to unlock your mind and go exploring. Lastly, in December, the Compagnie Marie Chouinard returns with 24 Preludes by Chopin (December 4 to 8), which will be performed in a solo, duo, trio and group ensemble. “Modern, energetic and poignant.”


Tangente has been a major player on the contemporary dance scene since 1980, showcasing the best in emerging and alternative dance thanks to innovative choreographers on the cusp of their career. On the program: creative performances that surprise, challenge and influence us. Discover Or by Sarah Dell’Ava, a 4-hour performance that takes place over 9 consecutive days (September 14 to 22), as well as double- and triple-billings to enjoy in October and November. Students in their second and third year at the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal will wrap up the season with original works by Dany Desjardins, Lucas Viallefond, Iker Arrue, Virginie Brunelle and Anne Thériault.

Agora de la danse

“Bodies and/or Technologies” is the theme of the 2018 fall season by Agora de la danse. It features L’affadissement du merveilleux by Catherine Gaudet, who reveals a vision of the “epic, cruel and fantastic story of humanity” (September 26 to 29). In October, multidisciplinary artist Line Nault takes over with SuperSuper, a triptych where “body, sound and image are modelled on and articulated through a tracking system” (October 17 to 20). GROUND by Caroline Laurin-Beaucage and Montréal Danse follows next, featuring five performers who explore individual and collective urges within a cinematic aesthetic (October 24 to 27). In November, Lucie Grégoire takes audiences on a journey with Territoires, a landscape work that explores “wild natural spaces and their impact on our inner worlds” (November 7 to 10). Still in November, Pep Ramis, now past 50, studies the formidable machine called the body in a solo on a stark white stage, entitled The Mountain, The Truth & The Paradise (November 21 to 24). Karine Ledoyen exposes the body’s fragility in De la glorieuse fragilité, a work that “echoes grief both big and small, including the loss of a passion” (November 28 to December 1). The year wraps up with Attabler, the new collective project “la 2e porte à gauche”, which united choreographers and visual arts specialists over a 2-year period (December 5 to 8).

La Chapelle

Contemporary dance is centre stage at Théâtre La Chapelle with Hidden Paradise, a playful choreographic production by Alix Dufresne and Marc Béland inspired by an interview with economist and philosopher Alain Deneault on tax evasion (October 29 to November 6). Mid-November, choreographer Maria Kefirova performs her interpretation of The Nutcracker, “a performance for a dancer, a voice recorder, four audio speakers and 25 kg of walnuts” (November 12 to 14). Lastly, Manuel Roque gives us Bang Bang, his award-winning performance (November 15 to 17), while Danse-Cité reveals Normal Desires, a new circus performance by Emile Pineault (November 21 to December 1).

Enjoy a fall of culture and creativity!

Laure Juilliard

Laure Juilliard, blogger

Laure is a writer, community manager and the founder of the blog Une Parisienne à Montréal. She’s also an epicurean globetrotter who’s always on the hunt for innovative concepts and must-try restaurants. In 2016, she co-founded Slow Journeys, a webzine that focuses on ecotourism and design.

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