February 17 2020

Three winners announced for the 2020 creation residencies for emerging artists in dance, new artistic practices and theatre

Congratulations to Dominique Sophie, the Surreal SoReal Theatre and La nuit / Le bruit, this year’s winners in our creation residency program, who will each receive a grant as well as mentoring by a senior artistic advisor. During their residencies, the selected artists will create a work in the studios of the Maison du Conseil des arts de Montréal that will then be presented to the public. 

These residencies are intended to promote intergenerational collaboration and the transfer of expertise while helping to raise the artists’ profiles. 

Read about the 2020 winners and their projects:

Photo: Alain Wong

Dominique Sophie
Independent choreographer
Project: Mom's Spaghetti

Specializing in urban dance and House in particular, Dominique is questioning urban dance practices in relation to intellectual property, depicting performance anxiety, the imposter syndrome and the search for identity in the culture of others. With this project she is hoping to explore a darker side of “freestyle” dance, where there is nothing “free” about it. Dominique Sophie has rallied a number of collaborators: DJ Lexis, a headliner on Montreal’s House scene, will do the music; Mani Soleymanlou will be the outside eye from theatre; and Alexandra “Spicey” Landé will serve as dance mentor. Dominique’s project will be presented during Tangente’s 2020-2021 season.

Photo: Ann Marie Baribeau

Surreal SoReal Theatre
Theatre company under the artistic direction of Jon Lachlan Stewart
Project: Jonathan le goéland

Surreal SoReal Theatre presents a stage adaptation of the American young adult novel Jonathan Livingston Seagull. This fable tells the story of a young seagull who rebels against the conventions of his flock in his eagerness to find new ways of flying. The project involves a team of francophone and anglophone artists, with the main roles being played by artists living with physical disabilities. Using movement and text, the work conveys a message of tolerance and teaches us that if we want to soar, we must first recognize our physical limits and then shake free of them. The company has commissioned Luca Patuelli, internationally renowned break dancer and instructor living with a disability, as choreographer. 

Photo: Jean-François Boisvenue

New artistic practices
La nuit / Le bruit
Company created by multidisciplinary artist Jean-François Boisvenue and scenographer Claire Renaud.
Project: Nyctophobia

Nyctophobia is a pilot interdisciplinary stage show based on a short documentary film of the same name about mental illness, produced by Jean-François Boisvenue and Claire Renaud in 2017. Named for a fear of the dark, the film consists of a series of hand-drawn animations projected onto the body of a performer relating his or her experiences with psychological distress. Using physicality and body language, the narrative threads through eight tableaux dealing with psychosis, depersonalization, anxiety and panic attacks, and most importantly, healing. Adapted from the film, this new and very different stage production will combine dance, theatre, video, digital arts and contemporary music. The completed work will be presented as part of Tangente’s October 2020 programming.