Established through a CALQ grant under the Initiatives structurantes en circulation des spectacles de la relève au Québec [structuring initatives surrounding emerging artists’ shows in Quebec] program, Traverser is a support and presentation program inviting four emerging artists, companies or collectives to be presented by regional multidisciplinary presenters in 2024-2025. The four selected artists, companies or collectives will participate in two years of guided support leading to a tour of their work.
In 2025, the selected artists, companies or collectives will embark on a tour (three shows each) and participate in cultural mediation with presenting partners from the program. Diffusion En Scène – Théâtre Gilles Vigneault, La SPEC du Haut-Richelieu, Le Petit théâtre du Vieux Noranda, Diffusion Momentum – Carré 150, Centre de Création Diffusion de Gaspé, Culture Trois-Rivières.
The goal of the program is to help boost artists’ careers by developing production and tour management skills while providing opportunity for them to engage with regional audiences.
Selected artists, companies or collectives will be provided with artistic, production, market development and cultural mediation support. They will have access to training programs, a customized support program and mentorship. Each artist will receive a $25 000$ to cover a portion of their travel expenses while touring, attend market events (Parcours Danse and RIDEAU) and prepare their show, as well as a fee for shows and cultural mediation.
The program is targeted towards emerging dance artists:
Piece selection focuses on artistic relevance, and creations of any genre from emerging dance artists of all origins are welcome. Selected dance projects can be rooted in current creation, ballet, jigging, Indigenous dances, street dance, flamenco, etc.
La danse sur les routes du Québec (La DSR) is a specialized network of artists, agents, companies and presenters working to increase the presentation of dance. Through its many activities and programs, La DSR contributes to dance development within Quebec, Canada and abroad.
As part of Traverser, Tangente collaborates in the design of the call for projects, supports multidisciplinary presenters in the selection of artists and advises La DSR and le RQD in the design of the individualized support program for artists.
The Regroupement québécois de la danse collaborates in the design of the call for projects, the promotion of the project and the design of the individualized support program for artists through a mentoring and coaching offer.
September 2023, 19 at midnight
Aude Watier holds a master’s degree in theatre studies from the Université Paris Nanterre and the École Internationale de théâtre Jacques Lecoq in France. She has been working in the cultural sector for over 16 years.
Aude has worked as general coordinator for dance creation and production organizations for over 10 years, including for the Danse Carpe Diem/Emmanuel Jouthe company. She has coordinated the Jouer dehors program at La danse sur les routes du Québec since 2017, while also overseeing administrative management.
She has acquired a broad range of experience in administration and production as well as in presenting. Passionate about the arts, Aude enjoys working with artists and supporting them in developing their projects.
Definition of emerging artists:
The artistic practice of the creator of the piece must span no more than seven years, calculated from the date of the first paid performance of their work with a professional presenter.
Definition of professional presenter (as defined in La DSR’s general rules):
Any professional performing arts organization with a head office in Quebec or on the Indigenous lands of that province that has met at least one of the following conditions:
The selection of pieces is made by a jury of presenters and paid experts. The selection process is part of La DSR’s approach to strive for greater equity for all applicants, including consulting with paid peers who are culturally representative or specialized in the proposed dance form.
We recognize that the land we stand on is unceded Indigenous territory. We also recognize the Kanien’kehá: ka Nation as custodian of the lands and waters. Tiohtiá: ke / Montréal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations, and today it is home to a diverse Indigenous population, as well as other peoples. It is with respect for the links to the past, present and future that we recognize the ongoing relationships between Indigenous peoples and others in the Montréal community.