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After five years in Germany and 11 in Switzerland, with 10 of those years as a soloist with the Grand Théâtre de Genève Ballet Company, Céline Cassone arrived in Montreal in 2008. Behind her move to the metropolis of Quebec is a love story: “One day, while I was a soloist in Geneva, I was sent to perform at a gala in Houston, and I saw Ballets Jazz in the program. It was then that I reconnected with Louis Robitaille, and we fell in love. Those three days changed our lives.” Their cinema-worthy romance has been going strong for over…

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Zab Maboungou has devoted herself selflessly to dance for 30 years. She speaks with precision and directness, and her movement is enthusiastically driven by a tradition that looks to the future. Looking around her original studio on St. Laurent Blvd., acquired in 1987, she reflects on three decades as part of the Quebec artistic landscape. “It was a battle on all fronts,” she says. In 2003, the Compagnie Danse Nyata Nyata acquired space on the second floor. “The next step is to own the building,” she says. A new dance program was born, which trains six to eight students over…

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Premiered two years ago in Paris, études (hérésies 1-7), a dance project co-authored by performer and choreographer Antonija Livingstone and scenographer Nadia Lauro, will make its Montreal debut early next year. Performances run from March 8 to 12 at Montréal, arts interculturels (MAI). “We are thrilled to have MAI and Danse-Cité as partners.” says Demers. “It’s interesting that opening night falls on International Women’s Day. Both Nadia and I will be on stage to dance. The show is an opportunity for us to express femininity in several ways. “Also, Montreal is like an old flame of mine, a past lover…

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Red Sky Performance is a leader in contemporary Indigenous performance across Canada and around the world. The company creates, produces and disseminates shows that shine a light on Indigenous themes, aesthetics and values. Founder Sandra Laronde, who is of the Teme-Augama-Anishinaabe (People of the Deep Water), is executive and artistic Director. Born in Temagami, northern Ontario, she created the company in 2000 as a vehicle for First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists. Indigenous people are at the core of Red Sky, although people from all backgrounds work on the shows. Laronde employs an analogy to explain what for her constitutes…

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When dance artist Peggy Baker creates a new show, people sit up and take notice. Artistic director of Peggy Baker Dance Projects since its inception in 1990, she is an acclaimed creator who thinks way outside the box. Her latest dance piece, who we are in the dark, an ambitious project even by her standards, features live music composed and performed by Sarah Neufeld and Jeremy Gara, both of the Grammy Award-winning and ferociously popular band Arcade Fire, which is based in Montreal. The title of the show comes from the opening lyrics of a song composed by violinist Neufeld…

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Helen Simard is not only insatiable in her artistic pursuits, she engages in the creative process of choreography with boundless energy. With NO FUN in 2015, she inaugurated a trilogy of works dedicated to the iconic punker Iggy Pop. The second instalment, IDIOT, followed in 2017. The finale, REQUIEM POP, will premiere next spring. What follows are a few of her insights. Iggy Pop is like the godfather of punk, if not its grandfather. Never having met him, I just let my imagination go. After hearing his voice, it was like I was getting close to him and that got…

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Still not familiar with the work of Crystal Pite, the prodigious Canadian choreographer who won the 2018 Grand Prix de la Danse de Montréal? Revisor, a highly anticipated new production by her Kidd Pivot company will soon give you the opportunity to discover the coherence and evocative power of her universe. It was in Victoria, B.C., that young Pite performed her first entrechats. Formerly a member of British Columbia Ballet and William Forsythe’s Frankfurt Ballet, the Canadian has become a star of contemporary dance, accumulating prizes and recognitions. Successively named associate choreographer of the Nederlands Dans Theater, associate dance artist…

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Danse Danse This year, the Danse Danse program features big international names. Hailing from South Africa, Dada Masilo returns to Montreal with Giselle from Sept. 25 to 29, following the success of her fresh interpretation of Swan Lake in 2016. This year’s series includes seasoned Canadian creators such as Tentacle Tribe and RUBBERBANDance. A few light-hearted diversions enliven this this solid and traditional program: The Sylvain Lafortune and Esther Rousseau-Morin duo will present L’un L’autre, which extols the complicity and the complexity of “we,” at the Cinquième Salle of Place des Arts from Oct.16 to 20.  www.dansedanse.ca Usine C At…

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PROFILE/REVIEW: of the 2018 Glimmerglass Festival Season: Silent Night by Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell; West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim; Cunning Little Vixen by Leoš Janáček; and The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini and Cesare Sterbini. “It’s remarkable how many important things happened in 1918,” observes Glimmerglass Festival artistic and managing director Francesca Zambello, speaking at a recent pre-show audience address in Cooperstown. “The end of World War I. The birth of Leonard Bernstein. And the premiere of this piece” – this last a reference to Igor Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale, which was…

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Festival ZH July 17 to August 11 For 10 years the Festival ZH in Montreal – Zone Homa to those who know it – has been attracting a curious public with unexpected inspirations from an experienced performing arts laboratory. The anniversary certainly promotes the event. Founding director Mellissa Larivière was honoured in the 2018 Sentinelle awards of the Conseil québécois du théâtre. ZH promotes rebellious and progressive youth that is gender-diverse, beyond expectations and clearly avant-garde. A little squeezed during its four weeks, ZH will welcome artists who made their own paths such as Pascale Drevillon, who will deliver an…

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