With Édifice Wilder – Espace danse, a new era has arrived: we have brand new spaces specifically designed for dance and want to make the best use of them! After consulting with local dance artists regarding their wishes and expectations, we decided to offer them space for research, rehearsal, and creative residencies. We believe that the mission of a presenter is above all to make possible the encounter between artists and audience. But in the end, there is also a necessity for the creative process to take place under conditions that favour innovation. Our residency and research projects take different forms: Habitations and our artist-in-residence program.
Artist in residence
Isabelle Boulanger / Compagnie La Grande Fente
Our residency allows a selected artist whose work shows potential for choreographic development to benefit from a two-year period of engagement with Tangente. In return for hosting them, the artist is asked to invite the public to have a look at their work in the studio. For the 2017-2019 period, we have chosen Isabelle Boulanger (Compagnie La Grande Fente) as our first artist in residence. Having collaborated with us in the past in our season programming and also in school activities such as the program Host an Artist, organized by our Culture+ division, Isabelle is given a large block of hours in which to create a new choreography.
Habitation #1, #2…!
Occupation, squat, space for free expression… Those words could characterize our Habitations. Newly imagined and enabled by our move into Édifice Wilder – Espace danse, Habitations allow artists to gather together for one week and develop various laboratory activities without pressure to create and produce a finished work. Under the conditions of a no-tech residency (without any technical implication and support), Habitations respond to a need of the milieu to explore together, occupy the space, and create a community for experimentation and reflection.
- Victoria MacKenzie – March 20 to 26, 2017
- Katie Ward – April 17 to 30, 2017
- Marie Mougeolle & Liane Thériault – May 8 to 14, 2017
- Karen Fennell – June 7 to 13, 2017
- Thea Patterson – September 25 to October 1, 2017
- Annie Gagnon – October 2 to 15, 2017
- Nathan Yaffe – April 16 to 22 + June 11 to 17, 2018
- Sasha Kleinplatz – April 23 to 29, 2018
- Jesse Orr – April 30 to May 6, 2018
Studio Libre is an exploratory project founded in 2013 by Lynda Gaudreau, choreographer, curator and researcher, as an extension of Clash and In Limbo, events primarily aimed at critical reflection on the creative process. Each year, several artists (choreographers or not) participate in this project with Lynda Gaudreau in a relational context of exchanges, artistic activities and nurture their individual research with artistic activities. This exploratory work ends up with a public presentation in the form of an open house at the end of the season. It is a perfect occasion to gain more insights into live arts. Relying on the collaboration and the sharing of artistic resources, Studio Libre sets up an environment directed “by the artists for the artists” where theory and practice are inseparably linked.