Who we are
Tangente seeks out, nurtures, champions, present
Inventive, neo-choreographic, inter-trans-cross-disciplinary, expanded dance projects
By artists, new faces from here, and everywhere else
Who revitalize, challenge, inspire
So that you, spectators, witnesses, participants
May experience what is most remarkable about human beings:
Tangente is a live arts presenter that supports innovative contemporary dance in all of its diverse, expanded and interdisciplinary forms and aesthetic orientations. Located downtown in a building dedicated to dance, we organize performance events, symposia, and educational projects for young audiences, and offer our space to open-ended research groups. With two intimate and transformable theatre spaces, we foster novel approaches to bringing artists and audiences into enriched, impactful relationships. Each year we mostly work with developing creators, but also with mature artists who have emerging choreographic practices that are iconoclastic and experimental. Our belief: that contemporary art is an essential progressive social force with the power and responsibility to challenge the status quo, to pose vital questions and so to advance social justice.
About our curator
Our curator maintains an open door policy, continuously holding conversations with emerging local choreographers, attending live performances of their work, and visiting them in the studio. Any artist interested in presenting their work at Tangente is invited to submit a project through our annual open call. The curatorial team makes the final selection of artistic projects according to specific criteria (such as ingenuity, experimentation, potential impact, lucidity). Once a spot in our season is assured, we refrain from intervening in the creative process, often discovering the finished work on opening night. Along the way, we offer artists technical and promotional support, as well as a guaranteed fee. As with the curation of a visual arts exhibition, we develop a thematic framework for each performance event, often by putting two or more works together in the same evening.
They presented at Tangente
Since the foundation of Tangente in 1980, more than 1682 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), Dave St-Pierre.
Following consultations with their peers and the departure of co-founder and curator Dena Davida, Tangente puts an innovative pilot project in place: five curators join the general management team.
After five and a half years without a fixed location, Tangente settles in to ÉDIFICE WILDER – Espace danse in Quartier des spectacles. The entirely renovated building also houses Agora de la danse, École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, and Les Grands Ballets.
Initiated by Lynda Gaudreau after Clash (2006) and In Limbo (2011), Studio Libre – a creative research project – allows a group of interdisciplinary artists to dive deeper into their personal work. Every year, meetings that take the form of mentorship and artistic activities lead to a public presentation at the end of the season.
Tangente launches a bicephalous model for artistic direction. Stéphane Labbé becomes artistic co-director with 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 win the Grand prix du Conseil des arts de Montréal for its constant renewal in its role of dance presenter.
Corps Atypiques is a first series dedicated to artists who live with a physical or mental disability, and marks the will to showcase body diversity and intimacy.
With the Danses Noires series, Tangente offers its public the possibility to discover new and emergent contemporary African dance.
A first series of shows is devoted to contemporary jig with the two pioneers Lük Fleury and Marie-Soleil Pillette. For 10 years, Tangente supports 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 dedicated to urban dance introduces choreographer Victor Quijada (RUBBERBANDance) and the merging of ballet and breakdance. By presenting choreographic works by pioneers of the genre, notably those of the B-girl collective Solid State, Tangente participates in the recognition of these new forms of hybrid dances.
Danses en famille: All-ages performances invite spectators to introduce children to contemporary dance.
Printemps de la danse: A partnership between Tangente and the Maisons de la culture network offers selected works a tour, helping them reach a new public in the Montréal area.
Ascendances: A new series offers a multicultural point of view on contemporary dance. The selected works present cultures that influence and enrich new dances, and their input on artistic and cultural practices here.
Tangente signs a 20-year agreement with the new organisation Agora de la danse. The old national palestra, completely renovated, also hosts Danse-Cité and the UQAM Dance Department. The contract lays the groundwork for the priority occupation of the Atelier, a venue with a 91-spectator capacity that will become L’Espace Tangente.
The international series Mue-Danse, in collaboration with the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, proposes to Tangente and the multimedia venue of the museum hybrid projects that entertain a 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 such series, Portes Ouvertes aux Universités, becomes Danses Buissonnières in 1994 and offers the next generation of creators their first professional opportunity before a public.
At 1602 Saint-Laurent Boulevard, a collective of artists opens the first space dedicated to the contemporary dance scene in Québec. On top of a dance resource 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.