Our mission at Transatlantique Montréal and the Quartiers Danses festival is to democratize contemporary dance and make it more accessible to all audiences by offering a diverse program of works from national and international artists in a variety of venues, traditional or unusual, and with a multidisciplinary approach that comprises shows, films, exhibitions, conferences/meetings and workshops.
1. Promoting artistic diversity
Convinced that dance is a universal language that speaks to all of us, the festival welcomes artists of all generations – emerging talents and renowned contemporary choreographers alike – and presents debut works, works in progress or new versions and reprise performances of older works, sometimes performed by pre-professionals.
2. Encouraging artistic development
The festival affords an enviable visibility to local and other artists. Exchanges with other towns, provinces and countries are organized to promote Quebec dance performers, choreographers and directors.
3. Bringing dance closer to its audience
The festival is presented in a variety of venues, in partnership with the maisons de la culture from different neighbourhoods and other organizations, local theaters, universities, cegeps, public and community spaces (galleries, churches, markets, parks, streets and sidewalks), etc., so as to ensure that the largest possible number of people has access to these artistic events.
4. Widening the dance audience
The festival strives to make the work of artists from the world of dance accessible to all audiences, whose participation is encouraged. The festival’s policy is to offer attractive prices or free admission to its shows, in keeping with its mandate of democratizing contemporary dance and increasing its reach.