Transatlantique Montréal History

May 2000 – Transatlantique Montréal is cofounded by Thierry Gourmelen (Carcassonne, France) and  Rafik Hubert Sabbagh (Montreal).

Since its inception, Transatlantique Montréal has presented nine events featuring 148 performances and 20 film screenings, 12 visual art exhibits about dance, and 46 conferences/meetings with the audience; 483 artists participated in these events over the years, 124 choreographic works were presented and 33 venues were employed.

Traces Montréal 2001 – September 27-29First event, featuring one French and three Quebec companies, with five shows, a photo exhibit on dance and a conference on cultural policies at the maison de la culture Frontenac.

Danse Aquitaine Québec – November 20-22, 2002Dance event featuring three French and two Quebec companies, with six shows at four different maisons de la culture in Montreal, at the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault and at the Pauline-Julien auditorium.

April 2004 – Three-year partnership and co-directing agreement between Rafik Hubert Sabbagh (Transatlantique co-founder) and Pierre Larivière (cultural agent for the maison de la culture Maisonneuve) for the organization of an annual event in the Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough in Montreal.

Transatlantique Montréal 2005 – September 19-24Ten premiere presentations with seven established or up-and-coming Quebec choreographers / companies and eight different shows in four locations around the Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough. Artist residencies, conferences and master classes. Presented at four venues in the Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough.

Transatlantique Montréal 2006 – September 19-24Event featuring four local companies and artists, two Canadian schools and two foreign acts, with six shows in three different locations in the Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough, two days of master classes at Circuit-Est, one danced conference and two meetings between the artists and the public. Presented at three venues in the Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough.

Transatlantique Montréal 2007 – September 14-20Event featuring four local companies and artists, one Canadian company, two foreign choreographers and one new outside creation from young artists, in two different locations in the Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough and in Verdun, with five meetings between the artists and the public and two artist residencies.

Transatlantique Montréal 2008 – September 20 – October 4Nineteen performances, including twelve premieres, some in situ, fourteen different shows, four evenings of films on dance and seven meetings between the artists and the public in five boroughs and nine venues/cultural partner institutions.

Transatlantique Montréal 2009 / Quartiers Danses – September 17 – October 4 Eleven locations, twenty-four shows, three films showings, twenty-two choreographers, ten film directors / four visual artists featured in four photo and video exhibits on dance, as well as ten meetings between the artists and the public and two workshops. Eight new works, four Montreal premieres and seven reprise performances in eight different neighbourhoods in six boroughs.

Transatlantique in Quebec City and Vancouver, first collaborationsLa Rotonde, Quebec City: three evenings of short films on dance at bar Le Cercle in the Saint-Roch neighbourhood.

Dance Centre, Vancouver: Co-presentation of short films on dance and of two performances featuring two young Montreal artists.

Transatlantique Montréal 2010/ Quartiers Danses – September 10 – 26

Twenty-three choreographers, thirty performances in seven indoor and eight outdoor venues in ten different neighbourhoods. Six showings of films on dance by thirteen Canadian and international directors, as well as two photo and visual art exhibits on dance. Eleven world premieres, three Montreal premieres, ten reprise performances and nine new works presented in the urban space.

Transatlantique in Vancouver, second collaboration

Dance Centre, Vancouver: Co-presentation of short films on dance.

Transatlantique Montréal 2011 / Quartiers Danses, September 16-25

Quartiers Danses 2011 featured 38 different choreographers and 50 events in nine indoor and six outdoor venues spread out around the city in six different neighborhoods. Our 2011 program also included a screening of films on dance by four Canadian directors about four choreographers who are taking part in the festival, as well as three photo exhibits on the previous edition of Quartiers Danses.