Let’s dance! Must-see 2019 winter and spring choreographies

What’s on the dance horizon in the new year? Major choreographers’ works are back to blow Montréal’s mind, timeless classics that always uplift and bold new works from up-and-coming choreographers. Take your pick.

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Danse Danse

After the incredible Until the Lions, virtuoso Akram Khan is back on the Théâtre Maisonneuve stage with XENOS — “stranger” in Greek — (February 13 to 16) in a performance that explores the history of World War I through the character of an Indian colonial soldier. Surrounded by five musicians performing live, he asks: “What makes us human?”

See the complete Danse Danse program.

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal

The eternally exquisite Swan Lake (February 21 to March 2), Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, returns to Montréal’s Place des Arts in an adaptation by Krysztof Pastor, director of the Polish National Ballet. It’s being billed as, “an immense achievement of overwhelming grace”. Catch it while you can.

See the complete Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal program.

Théâtre La Chapelle

Contemporary circus takes center stage at Théâtre La Chapelle in 2019 with Camille Boitel’s L’homme de Hus (February 11 to 16), presented in partnership with La TOHU. There is also the eagerly awaited Clara Furey creation for the Album Project (dates to come in May), an invitation from La Chapelle to different artists to create a piece inspired by the music album of their choice.   

See the complete Théâtre La Chapelle program.

Usine C

The Great Tamer (January 24 to 27), a work by Greek painter and graphic novel artist Dimitris Papaioannou, unfurls like a “black and white fable” across a sloping stage of interleaving charcoal grey tiles. The dancers, who move across the undulating floor, embody the “never-ending embrace of life and death”.

See the complete Usine C program.

Agora de la danse

Choreographer Hélène Blackburn is back with a rendition of Cinderella, drawing inspiration from fairy tales by Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm as well as operas by Rossini and Prokofiev. In Not Quite Midnight (February 9), six dancers, accompanied by 10 people chosen at random from the audience, will tackle the themes of courage, transformation and triumph over exclusion.

See the complete Agora de la danse program.


Audiences can enjoy double and triple billings when the cream of the new crop of dancers perform, not to mention the year-end show Les danses de mai, Opus 2019 (May 22 to 25) by graduates of the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal. You’ll also be treated to an interpretation of a Marie Chouinard work by Isabelle Poirier — Le Cri du monde — and original pieces by Marie Béland — Vie et mort de l’élégance — and Alan Lake, who has something new in store.

See the complete Tangente program.

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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