Coproduction support

In 2019, Diagramme launched its very first project related to co-production support. While our mission to assist artists and cultural organizations has for many years included support for diverse administrative tasks (preparation of grant applications, budgeting, accounting services), we were determined to support a key phase in the creation of artistic projects in dance and the circus arts: production.

With the goal of facilitating the production of shows by providing resources to promising projects, Diagramme is offering an annual grant of $5,000 to a project that stands out from the rest, based on specific criteria.

Selection criteria

Among the decisive criteria in selecting projects are the maturity, commitment and desire of artists to create a work of the highest potential, resting on the solidest foundation. Other factors strongly considered are the feasibility and durability of the project, as well as the timing: the concurrence between the period in which Diagramme’s support is available, and the production of the work in question.

2021 Recipients

Jean Bui & Sydney McManus | 2021 coproduction support recipients for the project "1, 2 maybe 3" | Photo credit: Pénélope Bourgeois and Chloë Baril-Chassé

Without artifice or backstage, jean & syd explore the choreographic interconnections between functional design and minimalist body language. Everything here revolves around balance between sincere and simple gestures, expressive colours and abstraction. Their environment activates like a canvas, a surface ready to be invested with imagination and improvisation. Their movements, measured but never forced, are reduced to their purest essence. The duo’s symbiosis is sublimated through an exceptional synchronicity and implacable gentleness.

"Measuring the mundane. Close to each other, two bodies are trying to coexist. The shapes and fabrics intertwine to the point where it becomes difficult to determine their belonging. Unexpected complications loom as intentions turn into actions. Overlapping decisions generate constraints. Finally, by giving in to the decisions of the other in search of a compromise, we tend to complicate what should have been simple".


2020 Recipient

Brice Noeser | 2020 coproduction support recipient for the project "Direction Assistée" | Photo credit: François Aubin

The project's description will be available shortly.


2019 Recipient

Johanne Madore (cie Chimère) | 2019 coproduction support recipient for the project NYX

Drawing inspiration from interdisciplinary sources, Johanne Madore has explored the performing arts for some thirty years, pursuing a unique and highly productive approach as a dancer, physical theatre performer, choreographer and avant-garde director.

She is renowned for her complex hybrid creations that fuse physical, musical and visual genres, and has collaborated with the likes of Carbone 14, Ex-Machina, O Vertigo, Léveillé Danse, 4D Arts, and Cirque Éloize. At the same, she has worked on her own projects and personal research: Antennaë, La Jeune femme et la mort, Monarca, Le Corps conteur, etc. She has also taught interdisciplinary studies at UQAM.

She founded the company Chimère to pursue her research on the delicate interconnections between the body and matter. Her new creation NYX represents a quest for new hybrid stage forms, accompanied by her faithful collaborator, artist-researcher Pierre Przysiezniak.

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