Dance development or redevelopment residency

Call for projects
DANCE ME, Musique de Leonard Cohen | Ballets Jazz Montréal
Photo : Thierry Dubois Cosmos Image


La danse sur les routes du Québec (La DSR), the Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM) and the Maisons de la culture de Montréal (MCM) network have joined forces to support the development of dance and encourage more encounters between the public and Montréal’s dance artists.

This project is available to artists’ collectives and dance companies to support the development or redevelopment of a dance piece over 18 months, provide optimal conditions for artistic creation and provide the dance community with a choreographic heritage. This project will also help selected artists carry out a cultural mediation project to strengthen the ties between their work and communities as well as establish roots in a municipal cultural centre. 

Objectives of the call for projects

  • Support the development of a choreographic dance piece or the redevelopment of a repertoire piece.
  • Forge strong ties between the dance community and the public.
  • Promote knowledge-sharing between members of an artistic team and a host organization.
  • Offer customized professional support.


The selected artists’ collective or dance company will be expected to:

  • Phase 1: Develop a new dance piece or redevelop a repertoire piece.
  • Phase 2: Carry out a cultural mediation project with support from a specialized resource.


This Call for Projects is open to peer- or community-recognized artists’ collectives and dance companies who meet La DSR’s criteria.

To be eligible, legally incorporated dance companies must be headquartered in Montréal. For collectives to be eligible, most members must have a Montréal address. 

This Call for Projects is open to any dance residency project. We are looking for projects with a variety of aesthetics, from contemporary dance, classical ballet and jazz to urban dance, powwow, jigging and flamenco, to name a few.

This Call for Projects is open to any residency project, regardless of where it is in the development or redevelopment process, with or without a public presentation. Public presentation of the piece is not one of the objectives of this Call for Projects.

Length of résidence and project period


The project must be carried out over an 18-month period, between June 1, 2023 and December 31, 2024.

The project calendar will be established based on artists’ availability, the host organization’s availability, the nature of the piece and the development of a mediation project. For example, Phase 1 may take place entirely during the first year of the residency, and Phase 2 (mediation project), during the second year.


Project Setting and conditions 

The residency will be hosted by a member of the Maisons de la culture de Montréal (MCM) in any of Montréal’s 19 boroughs, based on artists’ mobility and the host organization’s availability. Given the wide variety of arts centres in the network and their varying levels of accessibility, please clearly indicate your technical and logistical needs. Information on the various host organizations is available by consulting the following links :

Studio/Practice Space (in French only)

Technical Specifications (in French only)



  • Maximum of $34,000 to cover residency costs;
  • Access to rehearsal space in the MCM network for 75 to 120 dry residency* hours and 30 to 60 technical residency** hours; 
  • Support from a specialized resource and the necessary financial support to carry out a cultural mediation project;
  • La DSR annual membership for the 2022-23 and 2023-34 seasons. Selected artists must be eligible for one of the following membership categories: individual dance artist or corporate dance company;
  • Networking opportunities with industry professionals and knowledge-sharing through activities offered by La DSR.


  • Residency recipients must mention project support from partners in all communications.
  • The artists’ collective or dance company must sign an agreement with La DSR to receive assistance for eligible expenses.
  • 50% of funding will be provided once the agreements have been signed, and the other 50% will be provided on February 1, 2024.
  • Residency recipients must submit a report no later than two (2) months after the project ends. This report must outline how the residency project and cultural mediation project were carried out and how eligible expenses were used.
  • Residency recipients must complete the project in full by December 31, 2024.


Eligible expenses for Phase 1 (development or redevelopment phase):

  • Artists’ and collaborators’ fees;
  • Artists’ and collaborators’ per diems;
  • Travel costs;
  • Design-related production fees: set, costumes, lighting, etc.;
  • Union fees (Union des Artistes);
  • Insurance;
  • Equipment rental, purchase and transportation;
  • Project management and administration fees.


The budget for Phase 2 (cultural mediation phase) will be established separately at a later time according to the nature of the project as determined by selected artists, the host organization’s team and the specialized resource, as well as the project schedule, target audience, etc.

Thanks for download this document to complete your budget.


Project selection is made by a jury of paid, culturally representative dance industry professionals, MCM network representatives and a CAM observer. The following will be taken into consideration:

  • Clarity of the residency project’s vision;
  • Artists’ willingness to carry out a cultural mediation project;
  • Ability to carry out the project;
  • How consistent the budget is with the realities of the residency project and established best practices.



Candidates must submit a complete application including high-quality photos and video excerpts that are representative of their current or past work. The application can be submitted in either English or French. There are no application fees.


Submission Deadline: 5:00 p.m. on January 23, 2023.

Any applications considered incomplete or submitted after the deadline will be automatically disqualified. Applications are considered submitted (for deadline purposes) at the time the form is received.


Feel free to consult the Médiations en danse edition of La danse sur les routes du Québec’s Cahier des routes magazine (available in French only), for inspiration on the cultural mediation activity.


Support and Equity Policy
La danse sur les routes du Québec (La  DSR) has implemented a Support and Equity Policy, which aims to promote access to our services for Indigenous people, Black people or people of colour, members of the LGBTQ2+ community, single parents and persons with disabilities. 

Commitment to Indigenous and Diverse Artists

Harassment Prevention Policy

*Dry residency: no technical support, sole use of the space, no use of specialized technical equipment, possibility of using an auxiliary sound system. The residency can consist of pure research, on-stage rehearsals, staging, etc.


**Technical residency: use of technical equipment under the supervision of the host organization’s team (technical support, access to equipment). The residency can involve light design for a show, stage design research, technical sequencing, etc.


Zoom info session : 
December 20, 2022,
from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. 

Announcement of results :

March 2023

For assistance with your application or for any questions, please contact Annie-Claude Coutu Geoffroy, Director of Parcours Danse, Territorial and International Development at 

Date :  28 novembre 2022
12 h à 13 h
Experte Invitée : Élisabeth Comtois
En ligne / sur zoom
Réservé aux membres


L’organisation sélectionnée n’est pas
membre de La danse sur les routes.