MONTREAL, March 27, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - For the 2nd edition of QUÉBEC DANSE, coordinated by the Regroupement québécois de la danse (RQD), hundreds of artists, teachers, presenters and dance-lovers are inviting the public to share their passion for dance, almost everywhere in the province. In schools, concert halls, museums, studios, cafés, bars, libraries, movie theatres, streets, hospitals, on a river, a farm and online, dance will infiltrate and invigorate the daily lives of Quebecers. Running from April 22 to 29, the event will feature over 150 activities, the majority of them free of charge. This 100% dance extravaganza will feature open houses, public rehearsals, dance lessons, workshops, exhibitions, installations, cultural mediation projects, theatre or in situ performances and dance parties.
Based in Montreal, the event's epicentre, QUÉBEC DANSE 2013 will unfurl its banner in ten regions throughout Quebec. Two other hubs of professional dance, Quebec City and Sherbrooke, with their dynamic and highly motivated communities, will also play a significant role.
THE 2013 CHOREOGRAPHIC TRACE
Following Pas de danse, pas de vie! (2005-2011), this 2nd edition of QUÉBEC DANSE will run for eight days until April 29: International Dance Day. On that special day, BJM - Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal will offer a free performance at lunchtime at the Espace culturel Georges-Émile-Lapalme of Place des Arts as part of the CHOREOGRAPHIC TRACE. Every year since 2005, this event has left the imprint of dance in the public space. This time, it will feature seven excerpts from the BJM repertoire, transposed in the form of footprints on the grounds of Place des Arts and the Place des Festivals in Montreal's Quartier des spectacles. The public will be able to have a quick dance and access video clips, with a QR code, of the BJM dancers. Fragments of this TRACE will also be presented in Quebec City and Sherbrooke, thus extending the public sphere of these activities. But even more, thanks to the Internet and social media, the general public, wherever they are, will be able to follow the tracks of BJM.
"This Trace marks the 40th anniversary of BJM, a proud ambassador of professional dance both here and abroad," remarks choreographer-dancer Marc Boivin, spokesman for QUÉBEC DANSE. "By capturing and recreating elements of its imprint, which is still alive in the memory of the dancers' bodies, this Trace reflects the urgency of preserving the legacy of dance, an essential—albeit neglected—part of Quebec's cultural heritage."
QUÉBEC DANSE 2013 will take flight on April 22 throughout Quebec, in a joyous mix of styles, genres and themes mirroring today's constantly evolving dance. If you'd like to dance, attend or make new encounters, see the complete program at www.quebecdanse.org.
RQD is pleased that this edition of QUÉBEC DANSE is associated with the I Love Dance/J'aime la danse Campaign initiated by the Canadian Dance Assembly.
RQD would like to thank all the participants, collaborators, donors and partners of QUÉBEC DANSE 2013.
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