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Ensembl’arts was founded in 2013. It all started with the visual artist Avery Zhao and her husband, violinist Marc Djokic. They counted many dancers and choreographers among their friends. Bringing them together creatively was only natural. Originally called Art Crush (which remains  the name of the main concert series), the organization changed to Ensembl’arts upon its registration as a nonprofit organization with charity status in 2020. It is a multidisciplinary group that specializes in performances that bring together dance, visual art and classical music – with classical music playing a special role. “Definitely, music is the time factor between everything,”…

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Here are today’s streamed concerts you shouldn’t miss! Enjoy. This feature will run until January 1, 2021. To submit your event, please email [email protected] The Orchestre de chambre de la Montérégie – Holiday Season Concert The Orchestre de chambre de la Montérégie, under the musical direction of Nicolas Ellis, accompanied by dancers from the École supérieure de ballet du Québec, are pleased to share their first webcast production. This initiative allows the organization to pursue its mission of providing access to music and the performing arts to a greater number of people, to support the next generation and musical education,…

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Here are this weekend’s streamed concerts we think you shouldn’t miss! This feature will run until January 1, 2021. To submit your event, please email [email protected] The Orchestre de chambre de la Montérégie – Holiday Season Concert The Orchestre de chambre de la Montérégie, under the musical direction of Nicolas Ellis, accompanied by dancers from the École supérieure de ballet du Québec, are pleased to share their first webcast production. This initiative allows the organization to pursue its mission of providing access to music and the performing arts to a greater number of people, to support the next generation and musical…

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Montreal, Dec. 21, 2020. Just in time for Christmas, Bach Before Bedtime has released BBB Nutcracker, a music video based on Tchaikovsky’s timeless classic, ideally suited for children in this time of pandemic lockdown. It recreates, perfectly, the magic of the BBB live performances, bringing together dancers, a string quartet, English and French narration, illustrated animation and singalongs.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06F4DwC0mYM&feature=youtu.be In only 30 minutes, children are introduced to the world of classical music and the whimsical story of The Nutcracker. The interactive video gives children the feeling that they are part of the story. They get the chance to join in,…

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Here are this weekend’s streams, including La Scena Musicale’s Holiday concert, we think you shouldn’t miss! This new feature will run from now until January 1, 2021. To submit your event, please email [email protected] Friday: Opera Ballet Vlaanderen: Choreolab #15 In the successful Choreolab series, the Opera Ballet Vlaanderen dancers have the chance to explore their potential as choreographers. Step-by-step, they develop their own works, choreographing them for their colleagues to dance. The burgeoning young choreographers are also responsible for other elements in their pieces, such as selecting the music and the lighting plan. With the help of the company’s set…

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After the shock of the pandemic and the ordeal of emergency cancellations, uncertainty remains the dance world’s greatest adversary. But while long-term planning remains difficult, presenters are doing everything they can to keep up. Judge for yourself. Danse danse Throughout the confinement, dance enthusiasts have relieved their boredom by discovering the pleasure of online workshops. Danse danse offers five virtual workshops for the general public, all led by outstanding performers and communicators, including Anik Bissonnette, who starts the programming with the Nelken Line training. Caroline Ohrt, co-artistic director of Danse danse, explains: “Showcasing the work of 35 young dance students…

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Recent announcements from Minister of Culture Nathalie Roy have received mixed reviews from professionals in the field, in particular those working in the performing arts. In an open letter, Stéphane Laforest, conductor of the Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke and the Sinfonia de Lanaudière, argues that government assistance only benefits part of the industry and neglects those employed as performers. At first, like many of my colleagues – especially people from the performing arts – I felt critical of the minister of culture. We were all shaken after two press conferences which announced the opening of drive-in cinemas and the allocation…

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Minister of Culture and Communications Nathalie Roy announced today a cultural relaunch plan with a budget of $400 million. Nearly $290 million will be invested in 2020-2021, including $110 million in additional investments for the current fiscal year. The purpose of the relaunch plan is to enable Quebec cultural organizations and artists who suffered during the Covid-19 crisis to resume their activities as quickly as possible, particularly with the help of digital platforms. The budget presented aims to: Support film and television production ($91.5 million) Support businesses and cultural organizations in resuming their activities ($71.9 million) Support innovation and creation…

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FEBRUARY Montreal choreographer Louise Bédard celebrates 30 years of her eponymous company with Promesses, performed by six talented dancers alternating duos and counterpoints. Wilder Building, Feb. 5 to 8. www.agoradanse.com The productive duo Philippe Meunier and Ian Yaworski will teach four new dancers how to dance a jig in Suspendu au sol. The other piece of the evening is Pythagore mon corps, choreographed by Stacey Désilier. She answers the question: How to combine the individuality of performers, seriousness and musicality? By mingling martial arts, urban dance and boxing, of course! Wilder Building, Feb. 6 to 9. www.tangentedanse.ca London choreographer Jamila…

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After denouncing the dissonances of the human condition, Jean-Sébastien Lourdais has chosen to embrace the somatic approach. Les appuis imaginés, the newest creation by the performer-choreographer, is part of this quest for harmony and tenderness. In 2002, Lourdais founded his company Défaut de fabrication, a name that would later evolve into Fabrication Danse. Trained in his native France and UQAM, he has made his mark with dramatic and demanding works with strong social connotations (he collaborates with sociologist Marc Laplante), which have been successful from here to Europe. Later on, he put the foundation of his approach into question and…

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