Who we are ?
Tangente has been a major figure in contemporary dance for 35 years. Forerunner of new tendencies, always ahead of its time, Tangente offers to the Montréal public innovative and imaginative programming of emerging artists.
We forge encounters between audiences and artists through the presentation of surprising works that are the result of in-depth research.
We offer choreographers professional support, access to a performance space, technical assistance, promotional tools as well as guaranteed artists’ fees. As for spectators, we propose multi-dimensional experiences on a human scale, and at an affordable price. It is through our Culture+ programme that we are also developing, in close collaboration with the artists, educational activities for schools, professionals and dance audiences.
We believe that the worldviews of artists serve as a catalyst and vital force in society, At the heart of the practice of contemporary dance lies the most important and significant moment, when the work is brought into a theatre and performed before a live audience.
Live art is a cultural, artistic and social phenomenon. A phenomenon which brings all of its actors into collaborative relationships: creators, performers, artistic collaborators, spectators, stage crews, granting agents, artists’ agents, critics and researchers, teachers and students, presenters, curators and « cultural mediators » alike. It is by way of their interactions that the “dance event” taken on its full significance.
In 1980, in response to the need for an organization dedicated to the development of a rapidly growing discipline, a collective of four artists – Howard Abrams, Dena Davida, Louis Guillemette, Silvy Panet-Raymond – founded Tangente, the first presenting venue in Québec that was dedicated exclusively to contemporary dance. The first public performances were presented at the beginning of 1981.
In the course of the last thirty-three years, Tangente’s artistic programming has included the work of a wide variety of creators and aesthetic tendencies from the local, national and international contemporary dance community, in various spaces throughout the city.
- Between 1981 and 1983: Tangente opened its doors and took up residence at 1596-1602 St-Lawrence Boulevard (the former locale of the Petits oiseaux food cooperative);
- Between 1983 and 1984: Tangente was evicted from the St. Lawrence locale (by the city fire inspectors) and moved to 307 St. Catherine Street W. (the former venue of the Vehicule Art Gallery);
- Between 1984 and 1986: Their lease was not renewed and so Tangente once again moved, this time to an old industrial sewing factory at 3655 St. Lawrence Boulevard on the third floor;
- Between 1986 and 1987: Once again evicted by city inspectors, Tangente was temporarily housed at the Centre Multi-ethnique (the former locale of MAI – Montréal arts interculturels) but was forced to cut their season short at the end of 1986;
- Between 1987 and 1990: Tangente rented offices at 3950 Hôtel-de-Ville, while the presenting season moved between several venues: the Centaur Theatre, Espace Go, the Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Bar-Théâtre Les Loges (the former Eskabel);
- Between 1990 and 1991 : Tangente began its 10th season in the basement level of the Bibliothèque Nationale at 1700 St. Denis;
- Between 1991 and 2011: Tangente participated in founding of Agora de la danse at 840 Cherrier Street, which also housed the Dance Department of the Université de Québec à Montréal, beginning a period of more stability for their venue and offices. A continuous 32-week presenting season was re-established, and Tangente now had at its disposition a 91-seat theatre, a documentation centre and archive, at the heart of an important dance centre. With a programme that included over thirty artistic projects, fourty choreographers, and numerous community partners, in 2011 Tangente celebrated its thirtieth year of dance development and presentation;
- Between 2011 to the present: Their 20-year lease having come to an end, Tangente is once again nomadic, moving its offices to 543 Sherbrooke E., and then to 460 St. Catherine Street W., while its presenting season was principally established at the Monument-National with additional presentation at Usine C, Agora de la danse, the MAI, Théâtre Prospéro and the Sala Rossa. A project to build a new permanent space in the Quartiers des spectacles is already underway. Informations.
In 2007, the Conseil des arts de Montréal awarded to Tangente the 23rd Grand Prix in recognition of the constant professional renewal of its artistic director, Dena Davida, and for Tangente’s 30 year contribution to dance presenting in Montréal.