Who we are
Tangente has been a major figure in contemporary dance for 36 years. Forerunner of young artists and new tendencies, year after year Tangente offers innovative and imaginative programming. Every performance is a journey of discovery within remarkable choreographic experimentations at the meeting point of artistic disciplines.
Across 36 years, more than 1600 choreographers have presented their works at Tangente. Tangente has provided a springboard for young artists, and the list of those who have made their first steps, you will find: 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 Danse), Daniel Léveillé, Frédérick Gravel (La 2e porte à gauche), José Navas (Compagnie Flak), Dave Saint-Pierre… among many others!
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
A Word of our curator
“With the opening of the Édifice Wilder, we turn the page to begin writing a long-anticipated chapter in the Tangente narrative. We are at home, at last! Even as we enter this monumental, institutional building, Tangente remains firmly anchored in its origin myth: to create a haven in which innovative, transgressive contemporary dance and its publics might flourish. Our artistic vision remains inclusive of all cultural dance forms and aesthetics, bodies and worldviews, although increasingly oriented towards supporting artists in the early stages of their choreographic research.
The Wilder’s futuristic theatres and studio spaces were conceived by dance-specialized technical designers and architects to keep pace with the most innovative artistic forms and philosophies taking shape in the new millennium: immersive environments, the exploration of unconventional spectator-performer relationships, transformable configurations of the theatre space, the “white box” option, technological advances in sound and lighting for dance, and more.
Curatorial possibilities and questions unfold. How to enliven every corner of this building? What strategies will give access to as many artists as possible? And so, we have set into motion the open-ended Habitations research projects, and the idea of “hybrid” presentations with uncommon forms. Performance evenings are now framed as thematic events, juxtaposing two or more short works and providing a title, and so adding an evocative layer of meaning for the public.
This building complex with its multiple partners promises to be a beehive of activities, encounters, and spontaneous collaborations. Our ambition is to provide a place for powerful transformative experiences, as contemporary dance takes its place finally in the heart of the metropolis.”
A Word of the Director
“The beginning of 2017 marks a crucial stage in the history of Tangente and for contemporary dance in Québec, nurtured over time by thousands of dance lovers. After twelve years of work on this building project, including half a decade without a permanent space, we have at last found our home in the Wilder building… a place dedicated to dance in which the experiences will certainly be rich and abundant. I am particularly grateful to our principal funding partners – Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec, Patrimoine canadien, Investissement Québec – and numerous donors, for making this project concrete.
New building, new visual identity! We take this opportunity to revision our brand and website. Nothing less! By bringing together all these elements, the result is a wonderful platform for Tangente, yes, but above all for the immeasurable creativity of local artists. Indeed, the Wilder building project, located at the heart of the Quartier des spectacles and downtown Montreal, provides the perfect vehicle for reaching a wider audience and so introducing them to ever more surprising, interdisciplinary and intimate performance experiences. Now that we are owners of venues with the capacity for multiple configurations, we can offer the artists even more possibilities for expressing their visions and ideas. Our house is your home, and as you enter you will find a place with boundless occasions to meet artists, designers, cultural workers, other spectators, and all who are in love with art, powerful sensations and bringing people together.
Long live stimulating exchanges, artists, and creative expression!”
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.