La DSR’s work is designed to enrich knowledge and best practices in order to increase and improve the presentation of dance.
By proposing stimulating projects and new approaches, La DSR is helping to make strides in the performance field in Quebec and Canada.
La DSR endeavours to be inclusive. It is open to different forms and practices of professional dance.
By fostering contact between the organizations that it brings together, La DSR provides an impetus for them to develop mutually beneficial relationships.
La DSR and its members are committed to developing dance by improving dance performance conditions.
Beginning in the early 1990s, the number of regional dance performances had plummeted. Other than a few exceptions, dance performances were essentially limited to Montreal and Quebec City. At the first États généraux de la danse events organized by the Regroupement québécois de la danse (RQD) in 1994, dance representatives discussed this situation and identified initial potential solutions. The RQD subsequently created a committee made up of dance companies and presenters sensitive to the issue of presenting and sharing dance throughout Quebec to identify ways for dance to be presented again in performance venues across the province. With their wealth of experience, committee members established a series of requirements for implementing dance programming and defined the parameters for a strategy to develop the field and audiences regionally.
The results obtained far exceeded expectations, and activities to develop target audiences proved to be major development tools. Offering audience members direct contact with artists gave them some insight into the shows that they subsequently watched. In terms of companies, beyond the positive impact of the wider dissemination of their work, the stimulating effect of meetings with the public was truly a revelation, and this convergence had a direct impact on their creative work.
Since La DSR’s incorporation in 2000, Heritage Canada and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec have supported the organization’s operations.