On stage in Montréal from February 21 to 27, 2020

Robyn Fadden

Robyn Fadden is a Montréal-based writer and editor who searches out city secrets, new bands, life-changing art and things to do with her perpetually active kid. Robyn has covered major events for HOUR, MUTEK, ARTINFO, CKUT 90.3FM and more.

A world of creativity comes to the stage in Montréal this week, with international and local ballet and contemporary dance performances at Place des Arts and in intimate venues, new plays and musicals, comedy stars, fabulous drag artists and more.

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Dance and movement

Marking the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal present Dancing Beethoven, two choreographic creations set to Symphony No 5 (choreographed by Garrett Smith) and Symphony No 7 (choreographed by Uwe Scholz), at Place des Arts from February 19 to 23. Choreographer-dancer José Navas performs his solo work Winterreise, embodying the essence of composer Schubert's journey, until February 22 at Place des Arts.

Danse Danse presents Virginie Brunelle's ambitious, physically vigorous and expressive Les corps avalés with eight dancers and a string quartet, at Place des Arts from February 26 to 29. The art of Japanese percussion hits the stage in high-energy performance and multimedia show Drum TAO 2020 at Place des Arts on February 25.

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Circus, theatre and performance

A celebration of circus in all its forms, the annual Coups de coeur show astounds with its cabaret-like atmosphere and talented circus artists from around the world, from February 18 to 29 at La TOHU. Music, narrative and visuals meet in Please Thrill Me by musician Sean Nicholas Savage, also featuring musicians Jane Penny of TOPS, Adam Byczkowski, Lulu Hughes and Cadence Weapon, from February 17 to March 1 at Théâtre La Chapelle.

Six wanderers meet at a silent retreat in Bess Wohl’s Small Mouth Sounds, at the Segal Centre for Performing Arts until March 1. Black drag performers star in multi-media stage show Afro Drag: Ancestors Past, Present & Future at the Phi Centre on February 21. And the Gay Village, stages light up with world-class drag shows in Montréal.

Things to do in Montréal from February 21 to 27, 2020

Robyn Fadden

Robyn Fadden is a Montréal-based writer and editor who searches out city secrets, new bands, life-changing art and things to do with her perpetually active kid. Robyn has covered major events for HOUR, MUTEK, ARTINFO, CKUT 90.3FM and more.

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