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Meet the Host Team
Meet the Host Team
Place des Arts
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The steering committee has gathered leading professionals of Québec’s arts community and a world-renowned cultural organization to promote and support the performing arts from Québec, Canada and abroad, while also highlighting Montreal at a key moment of its history.
The Place des Arts has established a series of partnerships to enhance the experience of ISPA congress attendees: Festival TransAmériques, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal, and la Cité des Arts du Cirque (TOHU and École Nationale de Cirque).
CINARS will act as executive producer in the planning and coordination of the event.
Host Team Member Biographies
Marc Blondeau is president and CEO of the Société de la Place des Arts de Montréal. He is a well-known figure in the telecommunications industry of Québec and Canada. He has held many executive positions in organizations such as Télémédia Communications, Groupe TVA, and Rogers Media. He has also been involved for many years in the National Theatre School of Canada, most notably as the President of the board of directors.
Clothilde Cardinal is director of programming at La Place des Arts since 2014. She has been active in the field of the performing arts for more than 30 years through different administrative, management and executive duties related to national and international touring, most notably as executive and artistic codirector of the series Danse Danse (2000-2015). Very involved in the arts community, Clothilde Cardinal sat on many boards of directors of cultural and social organizations while taking part in numerous advisory committees, juries and conferences. In 2016, she joined ISPA’s Pitch New Works Committee.
Marie-Christine Dufour is executive director and producer for Lemieux Pilon 4D Art since 2009. She has been actively involved in the cultural sector for more than thirty years and held high-ranking jobs in the fields of communications, marketing, and sales for established companies such as Image in Media, CinéGroupe, Malofilm and Astral Communications. She has been an ISPA member for the past 5 years and sits on boards of directors for NGOs such as Conseil des arts de Montréal and the RAIQ. She is also president of the Musée de Charlevoix and Vice-President of the Fédération des sociétés d’Alzheimer du Québec.
Marie-Catherine LaPointe studied music, literature, administration and journalism. After holding different management positions in Canadian organizations such as Le Carrefour international de théâtre de Québec, Compagnie Danse Partout, Ensemble Anonymus, Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke, CBC and Les Violons du Roy, she founded the agency Boulev'Art in 1995 as well as the platform Via Musica in 2016. She is regularly asked to sit on juries of performing arts organizations and gives trainings in cultural management. She sat on several boards of directors, in particular those of ISPA between 2010 and 2015, and CINARS since 2013.
David Lavoie is co-executive director and administrative director of the Festival TransAmériques (FTA) since 2013. After completing his studies in management (HEC 1996-1999), he sought ways of putting his passion for collective enterprises by working in the development of many cultural projects and artistic companies in Québec. He has most notably founded the Festival du Jamais Lu and the Théâtre Aux Écuries, an incubator for emerging theatre artists. A committed manager, he currently sits on the board of directors of the Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles, the magazine Liberté, the Théâtre de la Pire Espèce and the Caisse de la Culture Desjardins.
Stéphane Lavoie is CEO and head of programming at the TOHU in Montreal. The TOHU is the center of local and global initiatives, which have in common contemporary circus, sustainable development and social economy. The TOHU has become a world-renown organization for its dynamic activity and the novelty of its mission. Stéphane Lavoie has been actively involved in culture and the performing arts for more than 25 years. He was instrumental in welcoming many artistic companies from Canada and abroad, and has participated in different advising committees. He is often invited to sit on festival juries and to international conferences.
Intergrating theatre, performance art and technology, Émilie Monnet’s artistic practice revolves around questions of identities, memory, history and transformation. Her shows draw on the symbolic of dreams and mythology—personal and collective—to tell stories that question today’s world. In 2016, Émilie created Indigenous Contemporary Scene (ICS), a critical and artistic manifestation of live-arts by indigenous artists. A small version of ICS was organized in Buenos Aires in March 2017 and brought together indigenous artists from Quebec and Argentina. A new edition of ISC will be presented in Montréal from June 1–9, 2017. Émilie’s heritage is Anishnaabe and French, and she lives in Montreal.
Alain Paré is CEO of CINARS (International Exchange for the Performing Arts), which he founded in 1984. He has worked extensively in the music industry as manager for a number of important Québécois artists but also as President of the ADISQ (1986-1987), vice-president of the Conseil francophone de la chanson en Amérique du Nord (1989-1994), president of Festivals Montreal, a consortium he co-founded (2000-2001), active member of the cultural industries committee in the Montreal Chamber of Commerce (1992-2000), and vice-president of Diagramme Gestion culturelle (2003-2007). He organized 3 editions of the MASA (Marché des Arts du Spectacle Africain en Côte d’Ivoire) and was actively involved in the creation of PAMS (Performing Arts Market in Seoul). He received numerous awards for his work in the cultural sector, most recently the Shanghai Performing Arts Service Fair Award (2011 and 2012) as well as the National Arts Centre award (2014).
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Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier - With its 2,996 seats, it is the largest performance hall in Québec with a proscenium stage. (Photo: © Caroline Bergeron)