Who we are
Tangente has been a major figure in contemporary dance for 36 years. Forerunner of new trends, year after year Tangente offers innovative and imaginative programming. Every performance is a journey of discovery through remarkable choreographic experimentations at the meeting point of artistic disciplines.
In 36 years, more than 1600 choreographers have presented their work at Tangente. Tangente has provided a springboard for young artists, and among those who have made their first steps on our stages are Louise Bédard, Hélène Blackburn (Cas Public), Virginie Brunelle, Mélanie Demers (Mayday Danse), Danièle Desnoyers (Le Carré des Lombes), Sylvain Émard, Paul-André Fortier (Fortier Danse-Création), Benoit Lachambre (Par B.L.eux), Ginette Laurin (O Vertigo), Daniel Léveillé, Frédérick Gravel (La 2e porte à gauche), José Navas (Compagnie Flak), and Dave Saint-Pierre.
About our programming
Our curator maintains an open door policy, continuously holding conversations with emerging Montréal choreographers while attending their work onstage and making studio visits. In the meantime, we post an annual open call. Final choices of artistic projects are made by the curator with contributions from a consulting committee, according to specific criteria (such as ingenuity, experimentation, potential impact, lucidity). Once a place in our season programming is assured, we refrain from intervening in the creative process, often discovering the finished work on opening night. Along the way we provide production and presentation, particularly for technical and promotional needs, and a guaranteed artists’ fee. As with curation of a visual arts exhibition, we develop a thematic framework for each performance event, often by associating two or more works in the same evening.
What is important to us
Initiated by Lynda Gaudreau after Clash (2006) and In Limbo (2011), Studio Libre, a research project, allows a group of interdisciplinary artists to deepen their individual work. Every year, meetings under the form of mentorship and artistic activities give rise, at the end of the season, to an open house.
Tangente launches a bicephalous model for artistic direction. Stéphane Labbé becomes artistic co-director along Dena Davida.
To correspond with its mandate and follow the evolution of the discipline, Tangente danse contemporaine becomes Tangente Laboratoire de mouvements contemporains.
Tangente and its artistic director Dena Davida wins the grand prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal for its constant renewal in its role of a dance presenter.
Corps Atypiques is a first series dedicated to artists who lives with a physical or mental disability and marks the will to offer a showcase to body diversity, to intimacy and differences.
In the framework of Danses Noires series, Tangente offers to its public the possibility to discover new and emergent contemporary African dance.
A first series of representation is devoted to contemporary gigue with the two pioneers Lük Fleury and Marie-Soleil Pillette. For 10 years, Tangente has supported the artistic movement by co-presenting 6 editions of the Biennale de Gigue Contemporaine, a platform dedicated to research and creation.
Urban dance: A special bill is dedicated to urban dance introduces choreographer Victor Quijada (Rubberband Dance) and the merging of ballet and breakdance. By presenting choreographic works of pioneers of the genre, notably the ones of the B-girl collective Solid State, Tangente participates to the acknowledgement of those new forms of hybrid dances.
Danses en famille: Performances for all audiences invite the spectators to engage tiny children to contemporary dance.
Printemps de la danse: A partnership between Tangente and the Maisons de la culture network proposes a tour for selected works and helps to reach a new public on the Montreal area.
Ascendances: A new series enhances a multicultural point of view on contemporary dance. The selected works show the cultures which influence and enrich new dances as their inputs on artistic and cultural practices here.
Tangente signs a 20 years agreement with the new organism of the Agora de la danse. The old national palestra, completely renovated, also hosts Danse Cité and the department de danse of UQAM. The contract provides for a priority occupation of the Atelier, a venue which capacity is 91 spectators and that will become L’Espace Tangente.
The international series Mue-Danse, in collaboration with the Contemporary Art Museum of Montréal, proposes to Tangente and the multimedia venue of the museum hybrid propositions that are in relationship with the visual arts.
Moment’homme: The first edition of this festival dedicated to Male choreographers reflects a new vision : dance seen by the contemporary man.
Portes Ouvertes aux Universités: The idea of gathering pieces under thematic series marks the beginning of what will become a special feature of Tangente’s programming. One of the first ones Portes Ouvertes aux Universités becomes Danses Buissonnières in 1994 and offers to the next generation of creators a first opportunity to meet the public in a professional context.
At 1602 Saint-Laurent Boulevard, a collective of artists opens the first space dedicated to contemporary dance scene in Québec. Added to a dance resources centre, the programming of the studio-théâtre proposes internships, discussions, experimental and informal dance shows. In the adjacent space at 1596, an art gallery hosts all forms of artistic activities that deal with motion.