Tangente

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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.


Our mission

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.


Vision

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.


Our values

Risk-taking
Collaboration
Inventiveness
Generosity
Intimacy


History

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.
Tangente has become established over the years as a vital incubator for Montréal, Canadian and international contemporary dance, having presented since 1981 the work of more than 1,500 choreographers. On its stages, many young dance creators have established their first professional contact with audiences, and spectators have been offered a veritable window on a new generation’s creativity. As for more mature artists, they have also benefited from Tangente’s invitation to test out newly researched ideas in an intimate setting, and so to renew their creative outlook.

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.


 

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September

17 the trouble with reality
Karen Fennell & Jackie Gallant

NO FUN
Helen Simard
18 the trouble with reality
Karen Fennell & Jackie Gallant

NO FUN
Helen Simard
19 the trouble with reality
Karen Fennell & Jackie Gallant

NO FUN
Helen Simard
20 the trouble with reality
Karen Fennell & Jackie Gallant

NO FUN
Helen Simard
24 Phase 1
Axelle Munezero & Martine Bruneau / Forêt Noire

Myocarditis
Handy "MonstaPop" Yacinthe / PRIUM
25 Phase 1
Axelle Munezero & Martine Bruneau / Forêt Noire

Myocarditis
Handy "MonstaPop" Yacinthe / PRIUM
26 Phase 1
Axelle Munezero & Martine Bruneau / Forêt Noire

Myocarditis
Handy "MonstaPop" Yacinthe / PRIUM
27 Phase 1
Axelle Munezero & Martine Bruneau / Forêt Noire

Myocarditis
Handy "MonstaPop" Yacinthe / PRIUM
October

1 DANSES BUISSONNIÈRES Classe 2015 Collectif _ Anne Cormerais, Myriam Foisy, Jean-Benoit Labrecque-Gilbert // Quantum Collectif _ Christine Daigle, Raquel Lanziner, Antoine Turmine, Paco Ziel // Philippe Dandonneau // Camille Lacelle-Wilsey // Dominique-Sophie Sarrazin
2 DANSES BUISSONNIÈRES Classe 2015 Collectif _ Anne Cormerais, Myriam Foisy, Jean-Benoit Labrecque-Gilbert // Quantum Collectif _ Christine Daigle, Raquel Lanziner, Antoine Turmine, Paco Ziel // Philippe Dandonneau // Camille Lacelle-Wilsey // Dominique-Sophie Sarrazin
3 DANSES BUISSONNIÈRES Classe 2015 Collectif _ Anne Cormerais, Myriam Foisy, Jean-Benoit Labrecque-Gilbert // Quantum Collectif _ Christine Daigle, Raquel Lanziner, Antoine Turmine, Paco Ziel // Philippe Dandonneau // Camille Lacelle-Wilsey // Dominique-Sophie Sarrazin
4 DANSES BUISSONNIÈRES Classe 2015 Collectif _ Anne Cormerais, Myriam Foisy, Jean-Benoit Labrecque-Gilbert // Quantum Collectif _ Christine Daigle, Raquel Lanziner, Antoine Turmine, Paco Ziel // Philippe Dandonneau // Camille Lacelle-Wilsey // Dominique-Sophie Sarrazin
16 #boxtape
Peter Trosztmer
17 #boxtape
Peter Trosztmer
18 #boxtape
Peter Trosztmer
19 #boxtape
Peter Trosztmer
20 #boxtape
Peter Trosztmer
28 Tame
Lara Kramer
29 Tame
Lara Kramer
30 Tame
Lara Kramer
31 Tame
Lara Kramer
November

12 Experience #1167
Teoma Naccarato

see-through
Allison Nichol Longtin (Toronto)

Relais papillon
Caroline St-Laurent
13 Experience #1167
Teoma Naccarato

see-through
Allison Nichol Longtin (Toronto)

Relais papillon
Caroline St-Laurent
14 Experience #1167
Teoma Naccarato

see-through
Allison Nichol Longtin (Toronto)

Relais papillon
Caroline St-Laurent
15 Experience #1167
Teoma Naccarato

see-through
Allison Nichol Longtin (Toronto)

Relais papillon
Caroline St-Laurent
19 The Paradise
Hanako Hoshimi-Caines & Maria Kefirova
20 The Paradise
Hanako Hoshimi-Caines & Maria Kefirova
21 The Paradise
Hanako Hoshimi-Caines & Maria Kefirova
22 The Paradise
Hanako Hoshimi-Caines & Maria Kefirova
26 (CO) + Le Facteur humain
Evelyne Laforest & Rémi Laurin-Ouellette
27 (CO) + Le Facteur humain
Evelyne Laforest & Rémi Laurin-Ouellette
28 (CO) + Le Facteur humain
Evelyne Laforest & Rémi Laurin-Ouellette
29 (CO) + Le Facteur humain
Evelyne Laforest & Rémi Laurin-Ouellette
December

3 4-OR
Compagnie Manuel Roque
4 4-OR
Compagnie Manuel Roque
5 4-OR
Compagnie Manuel Roque
6 4-OR
Compagnie Manuel Roque
10 Ce qui émerge après (4kg) - REMIX
+ Les mioles - REMIX
+ En attendant le pickup

Sarah Bronsard & Nancy Gloutnez
11 Ce qui émerge après (4kg) - REMIX
+ Les mioles - REMIX
+ En attendant le pickup

Sarah Bronsard & Nancy Gloutnez
12 Ce qui émerge après (4kg) - REMIX
+ Les mioles - REMIX
+ En attendant le pickup

Sarah Bronsard & Nancy Gloutnez
13 Ce qui émerge après (4kg) - REMIX
+ Les mioles - REMIX
+ En attendant le pickup

Sarah Bronsard & Nancy Gloutnez
January

21 Naïve ?
Gabrielle Bertrand-Lehouillier

Juxtapose
Cecilia Moisio / Dansmakers Amsterdam (Pays-Bas/Finlande)
22 Naïve ?
Gabrielle Bertrand-Lehouillier

Juxtapose
Cecilia Moisio / Dansmakers Amsterdam (Pays-Bas/Finlande)

Installation vidéo-danse
the_johnsons 00:21:51

Nathan Yaffe
23 Naïve ?
Gabrielle Bertrand-Lehouillier

Juxtapose
Cecilia Moisio / Dansmakers Amsterdam (Pays-Bas/Finlande)

Installation vidéo-danse
the_johnsons 00:21:51

Nathan Yaffe
24 Naïve ?
Gabrielle Bertrand-Lehouillier

Juxtapose
Cecilia Moisio / Dansmakers Amsterdam (Pays-Bas/Finlande)

Installation vidéo-danse
the_johnsons 00:21:51

Nathan Yaffe
28 Exister encore
Maryse Damecour (Québec)

Du doute des uns
Ariane Boulet, Laurier Rochon & Gabriel Vignola / Je suis Julio
29 Exister encore
Maryse Damecour (Québec)

Du doute des uns
Ariane Boulet, Laurier Rochon & Gabriel Vignola / Je suis Julio

Installation vidéo-danse
the_johnsons 00:21:51

Nathan Yaffe
30 Exister encore
Maryse Damecour (Québec)

Du doute des uns
Ariane Boulet, Laurier Rochon & Gabriel Vignola / Je suis Julio

Installation vidéo-danse
the_johnsons 00:21:51

Nathan Yaffe
31 Exister encore
Maryse Damecour (Québec)

Du doute des uns
Ariane Boulet, Laurier Rochon & Gabriel Vignola / Je suis Julio

Installation vidéo-danse
the_johnsons 00:21:51

Nathan Yaffe
February

25 Memory Palace
Dorian Nuskind-Oder / Delicate Beast
26 Memory Palace
Dorian Nuskind-Oder / Delicate Beast
27 Memory Palace
Dorian Nuskind-Oder / Delicate Beast
28 Memory Palace
Dorian Nuskind-Oder / Delicate Beast
March

16 Avec pas d’coeur
Maïgwenn Desbois / Maï(g)wenn et les Orteils
17 Avec pas d’coeur
Maïgwenn Desbois / Maï(g)wenn et les Orteils
18 Avec pas d’coeur
Maïgwenn Desbois / Maï(g)wenn et les Orteils
19 Avec pas d’coeur
Maïgwenn Desbois / Maï(g)wenn et les Orteils
24 Mobilier mental
Michel F Côté & Catherine Tardif / Et Marianne et Simon
25 Mobilier mental
Michel F Côté & Catherine Tardif / Et Marianne et Simon
26 Mobilier mental
Michel F Côté & Catherine Tardif / Et Marianne et Simon
27 Mobilier mental
Michel F Côté & Catherine Tardif / Et Marianne et Simon
May

5 Car c’est par la fragilité que la révolution oeuvre
Adam Kinner avec Noémie Solomon
6 Car c’est par la fragilité que la révolution oeuvre
Adam Kinner avec Noémie Solomon
7 Car c’est par la fragilité que la révolution oeuvre
Adam Kinner avec Noémie Solomon
8 Car c’est par la fragilité que la révolution oeuvre
Adam Kinner avec Noémie Solomon
12 Things are leaving quietly, in silence
Clovek & the 420
13 Things are leaving quietly, in silence
Clovek & the 420
14 Things are leaving quietly, in silence
Clovek & the 420
15 Things are leaving quietly, in silence
Clovek & the 420
depliant-saison