Cinédanse Ottawa 2019

Where dance unfolds on the screen – revealing new practices and new technologies.

Having “Cinédansed” in Montréal in 2012 and in Quebec in 2015, we’re now bringing Cinédanse to Ottawa! 

Come and discover the dances that showcase the latest artistic practices, while questioning current social issues. 

The Ottawa edition of Cinédanse takes place September 17 – 22, 2019, in the newly renovated Ottawa Arts Court Theatre complex. This includes the new LabO theatre commissioned by the University of Ottawa, and in the new spaces of SAW Gallery and Ottawa Dance Directive (ODD).

Inspired by the short film co-directed by the young Indigenous artist Darian Smith of Kitigan Zibi, the theme for Cinédanse 2019 is “Healing Scars.” 

“We chose this theme as it highlights the ability of dance to create bonds, repair, transform and regenerate our communities,” explains Sylvain Bleau, curator, founder and director of Cinédanse.   

“Our ambition is to reinvent ourselves through dance and humanistic values, to stimulate our senses, and to broaden our consciousness and horizons.”


Cinédanse’s mission is to stimulate artistic creation across generations, including our youth. We present dance works by artists from Canada and around the world, in diverse artistic mediums. These include performances, art films, documentaries and expositions – a multitude of forms that link dance, cinema, and the visual and digital arts.

In addition, master classes and workshops are offered to attending artists, as well as specific communities and the public at large.

Cinédanse is a production of La Caravane de Phoebus.

La caravane de PHœbus

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

Le Devoir (Montréal), 28 septembre 2015

Founded by Sylvain Bleau in 2011, La Caravane de Phoebus is a non-profit organization and producer of Cinédanse and associated activities. La Caravane de Phoebus travels like a nomadic creator, organizing events without fixed dates or permanent locations.

Between Cinédanse events, La Caravane travels to stimulate communities, professionals and artists.

For example, in Summer 2017, we held a tour called Danser le printemps à l’été in Montreal, St-Jean-Port-Joli, Paspébiac, Rouyn-Noranda, and Ottawa. In each community, French choreographer Thierry Thieû Niang led dance workshops in which elders were mixed with teenagers and young adults. The workshops challenged the generational boundaries of our society through dance and questioned our relationship to aging.

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 Phoebus.


Geneviève Routhier
CPA, CA, Assoiate
Petrie Raymond


Martin Saintonge
Director of Producer Services and Production
Place des Arts


Daniel Barbeau
LL.B., Managing Director and Associate
MÉ & Co. Marketing Agency


Marie Castonguay
Laval School Board

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

Mistaya Hemingway
Interpreter (formerly from La La La Human Steps) and urban planner
Espace libre

Sophie Joli-Coeur
French Professor
Cégep Montmorency


Simon Paradis
Administrative Officer

Henry Hurtado
Production Assistant

Mistaya Hemingway
Public and International Relations

Simon St-Denis
Communications and Press Relations Officer

Ella Griffin
Marketing and Digital Development Manager

Hélène Dimanche
Chargée des communications

Agathe Mertz
Executive Assistant, Editor and Reviewer