Cinédanse Ottawa 2019


Spreading dance through screens, new practices, new technologies

After editions in Montréal in 2012, Québec City in 2015 and Ottawa in 2019, the 4th edition of the Cinédanse event will take place in Rouyn-Noranda, Abitibi. The detailed program will be revealed soon.

Over the years, our Caravan has promoted, supported and presented several artists whose works question the link to be redefined between generations, the relationship to the other, the troubled relationship to aging, the fluidity of gender and defend the acceptance of love in all its forms. Among the Québec and Canadian artists it supports are Chantal Caron (Saint-Jean-Port-Joli), Martine Époque and Denis Poulin (Montréal), Béatriz Mediavilla (Rouyn-Noranda), Ariane Boulet (Montréal), Robin Poitras (Régina), Yvonne Coutts (Ottawa), Lana Morton (Ottawa/Val d’Or), Isabelle Mapachee, founder of the Pow-Wow of Pikogan and Nyla Carpentier (Vancouver). From abroad, the Caravane supports the work of French choreographer Thierry Thieû Niang, New Yorkers Jil Guyon and Tamar Rogoff, and Franco-Algerian artist Nacera Belaza.

“To dance is to welcome the unexpected. To dance is to choose to change one’s habits. Statue (…) To be immobile does not mean that one stops everything. We gain perspective. We change. A new season. And we continue.”

Thierry Thieû Niang to dancers in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, August, 2017


Cinédanse‘s mission is to stimulate the creation of all generations, and to present to the public dance works, by living artists in Québec, Canada, as well as abroad. We present a variety of artistic mediums, including performances, art films, documentaries, installations and all kinds of works that link dance to several other disciplines that revolve around it: film, visual arts and digital arts.

In addition, master classes and workshops are offered to artists, to the general public and to specific communities. To reinvent ourselves.

La caravane de PHœbus

“We leave…convinced of the necessity of this festival dedicated to dance.”

Le Devoir (Montréal)

Founded by Sylvain Bleau ten years ago, La Caravane de Phœbus, an organization driven by humanist and progressive values – producer of the Cinédanse event and related activities, travels the roads as a nomadic creator and organizes events with no fixed date or permanent location.

Between editions of the Cinédanse festival, La Caravane travels to stimulate communities, professionals and artists alike.

For example, in the summer of 2017, the “Dancing Spring in Summer!” tour was held in Montréal, Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Paspébiac, Rouyn-Noranda and Ottawa. The French choreographer Thierry Thieû Niang led dance workshops in which seniors were paired with young people in order to question the intergenerational links in our society through dance and our relationship to old age.

Sylvain Bleau, Director

Cinédanse Montréal, led by Sylvain Bleau, hits hard for its first appearance

Odile Tremblay, Le Devoir

Sylvain Bleau has been part of the dance world for 25 years. 

From 1996 to 1999, he held the position of Director of Corporate Affairs at Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, where he was responsible for private financing. 

From 2000 to 2005, Sylvain worked with Édouard Lock at La La La Human Steps, where he acted as Director of Public Affairs, first responsible for private financing and then communications. He witnessed the creation of Amelia, a famous ballet that became a film of rare beauty.

Anik Bissonnette in Apollon (1928) by George Balanchine — Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal
Exaucé/Salt (1998) by Édouard Lock — La La La Human Steps
Amelia (2002) by Édouard Lock — La La La Human Steps

From 2006 to 2011, Sylvain advised artists and companies, especially in the field of performing arts. His greatest achievement during these years was in 2008 when he staged the rebirth of the Théâtre La Chapelle.

Sylvain Bleau holds an Income Manager Certificate from the University of Waterloo, a specialized degree in cultural marketing and financing. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Montreal. He has worked abroad twice, in London in 1990, as a tie salesman (yes, truly!) at the famous Harrods store, and in Lyon in 1992, as assistant in studies and statistics in the Office of Cultural Affairs at the City of Lyon.

Vertiges (2009) with Stéphanie Decourteille
Co(te)lette The Film by Mike Figgis & Ann Van den Broek (2010), the opening performance to Cinédanse Montréal 2012
-radi de Yuzo Ishiyama, A.P.I. (Tokyo)


Cinédanse is a production of La Caravane de Phœbus.


Geneviève Routhier
CPA, CA, Assoiate
Petrie Raymond


Martin Saintonge
Director of Producer Services and Production
Place des Arts


Daniel Barbeau
Director of Business Development, Auxilium Gestion-Conseil


Marie Castonguay
Teacher, Commission scolaire de Laval

Sébastien Diaz
TV Host and director
Ici Radio-Canada Télé, Ici Artv, Télé-Québec

Mistaya Hemingway
Dancer and comedian (ex-La La La Human Steps), filmaker and urbanist, Espace libre pour la culture/CultureSpace

Johanne Roussy
Social Sculptor, Founding Director of Atelier de la 8e île (Sept-Îles)

TEAM, around Sylvain Bleau

Simon Paradis
Associate producer

Châtelaine Côté-Rioux
Production manager



Tarek Ibrahim
Audiovisual and digital development

Magdalena Marszalek
Graphic and digital designer