Curated by Marie Lavorel, this exhibition presents a history of dance in Quebec based on the writings of Iro Valaskakis-Tembeck, drawn in part from her book Danser à Montréal. A space is also dedicated to Iro Valaskakis-Tembeck as a choreographer, dancer and dance historian. Valaskakis-Tembeck lived in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, and the performance hall in the neighbourhood’s new cultural centre is named after her.
The exhibition is divided into three sections. The first sets out the defining moments in the history of dance in Quebec, while the second, dedicated to memory, presents a retrospective of Iro Valaskakis-Tembeck’s career from a choreographic and theoretical standpoint. The third section looks at movement through a mosaic wall composed of video excerpts from contemporary Quebec choreographies and footprints on the ground.
The FJPP is delighted to contribute to the mosaic by presenting a stunning excerpt from Jean-Pierre Perreault’s Installations chorégraphiques (2002). The FJPP salutes this bold initiative by Marie Lavorel and the Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, which invites the general public to embark on an inspiring exploration of the history of dance in Quebec.
The exhibition Danser à Montréal: A Tribute to Iro Valaskakis-Tembeck will run until September 11, 2016.