Stéphane Labbé is taking over as artistic director of Tangente in Montréal. He plans to maintain the organization’s vision of sustaining the next generation of contemporary dance artists and to further widen its scope and influence. “I am here to position Tangente as a space for artists at the start of their careers who put forward intelligent projects — whose vision is original and highly personal,” he says.
In 1980, Dena Davida, Louis Guillemette, Silvy Panet-Raymond and Howard Abrams created a collective of artists that grew into what is now one the main presenters of local, national and contemporary dance in Montréal. Tangente builds and facilitates connections between artworks, the community and the public by providing resources and support for artists exploring and taking risks with their creations.
Labbé joined Tangente in 2004 as a production manager. He and Davida have been co-directors since 2010. Despite the administrative shift, Davida will continue working closely with Labbé as a cultural mediator and curator. She will focus on some separate projects such as designing a master’s course in curation at the Université du Quebec à Montréal (UQÀM). Meanwhile, Labbé is also overseeing Tangente’s move to Espace Danse Québec in the heart of the city’s Quartier des spectacles in 2015.