Quebec and Occitanie closer together

The cooperation project Scènes en reseaux (networked stages) has the joint support of Occitanie en scène and Réseau Scènes (a network of multidisciplinary professional outlets in Quebec), in partnership with La danse sur les routes du Québec (the dance trail in Quebec).

The project over two years has a three-prong basis: pairing of professional teams in outlets in Quebec and France to enable mutual training in the professional practices in both countries; organisation of themed seminars including scouting for shows; artistic research labs for Quebec and French artists.

The purpose of the project is to gain insight into the ecosystems of performing arts distribution on both sides of the Atlantic, develop new work process and experiment with new professional practices by swapping skills and building mutual knowledge and confidence to spot artistic ventures that are conducive to fostering mobility and support for artists (co-creation, coproduction and distribution) between France and Quebec.

Phase 1 – summer 2019

From 27 June to 2 July 2019, Occitanie en scène hosted an initial delegation of five Quebec programmers: Marie-Josée Bourbonnais (Azimut diffusion – Sorel-Tracy), Annie Dorion (Salle Pauline-Julien – Sainte-Geneviève), Manon Morin (Réseau Scènes), Paule Baudry (La danse sur les routes du Québec) and Franck Michel (Théâtre de la Ville – Longueuil).

The theme selected by the project’s partners was the creation and programming of shows in non-specific venues or in the public arena.

Those five days allowed the programmers to discover shows created both nationally and regionally, meet artistes who reflect on the question of the public arena, visit venues and meet professionals whose programming probes these unconventional areas.

Phase 2 – autumn 2019

In November 2019, Occitanie en scène took a delegation of Occitanie programmers to Montreal for Fenêtres de la création théâtrale (windows on theatrical creation) and Parcours danse (dance circuit): Noémie Vigier (Jean-de-Védas council), Marie Antunès (L’Atelline), Samuel Mathieu (Neuf Neuf Festival, Compagnie Samuel Mathieu).

November 2019: delegation of Occitanie programmers to Montreal

Next phase – winter 2020

The next step in these exchanges between Occitanie and Quebec: Occitanie en scène will accompany a professional delegation from Occitanie to Quebec from 16th to 20th of February for Rideau, the biggest francophone performing arts meeting in North America. 1400 professionals will meet over five days to foster public awareness of works and boost their delivery. A great occasion for Gabriel Lucas de Leyssac (Kiasma), Frédéric Gourdon (Pézenas council), Christian Bordarié (Les Elvis Platinés), Fany Pagès (L’Astrada) and Dany Lapointe (Printival Boby Lapointe) to form relationships with other professionals, discovery the diversity of Quebec creation and soak up professional practices that are familiar yet different.

Occitanie en scène: Nadège Staebler
+33 (0)4 67 66 90 87

The Scènes en reseaux project is co-funded by the France-Quebec permanent cooperation commission.