Photo by Andrew Dobrowolskyj
by Nora Gombos
The students tend to have really varied backgrounds,
ranging from gymnastics to ice skating to ballet, hiphop and African dance,
so its all over the place, said Teoma Naccarato, a second-year
student who, together with Stéphane Gladyzwsky, choreographed and
danced in one of the pieces.
Michael Montanaro, the chair of the department and choreographer of Cirque du Soleils recent production Varekai, explained that there is no specific departmental style, and that all the creative works for students are choreographed by students. We try not to pigeonhole people, he said.
Students are encouraged to find and develop their personal
The outstanding technical level of the performances demonstrated
the importance placed on dance technique, but what truly sets Concordias
program apart from similar programs is the strong emphasis on choreography
and the creative process.
Montreal has a lot of venues and dance companies with
a high artistic level. Though this provides more opportunities, there
is also tough competition, as many dancers come here to work, Brochu
said. He explained that it is important to branch out to survive, and
that there are good prospects for independent dance choreographers in
Montreal is what Montanaro calls the international
centre for contemporary dance in Canada, and with 13 part-time teachers
who also work professionally within the field, the students are constantly
in touch with what goes on in the outside world.
The student works presented on Sunday were extracts from
the departments end-of-the-year show at Moyse Hall, 853 Sherbrooke
St. W., April 11-13. The next audition for the Contemporary Dance program
is on April 26. For more information, visit