Pierre Des Marais
New Ideas, New Connections: The Art of Curating and Directing
Saturday, June 12 • 10:00 - 12:00
Montrealer by birth, Pierre Des Marais began his career as a dancer with the Anna Wyman Dance Theater in Vancouver from 1970 to 1981, before becoming its tour director from 1981 to 1987. In 1987, he took over the general management of the Karen Jamieson Dance Company in Vancouver. In 1990, he returned to Montreal to become executive producer of La La La Human Steps, and then piloted the creation of the legendary piece Human Sex by Édouard Lock. Then, from 1992 to 1995, he held the position of Executive Director of the Jean-Pierre Perreault Foundation.
In addition to his work as a manager, he was associate producer from 1992 to 1996 for three editions of the Festival Danse Canada in Ottawa. From 1996 to 2000, Pierre Des Marais was entrusted with the general management of the Compagnie Marie Chouinard in Montreal. His most significant achievement came in 1998 when he founded, with three other managers of dance organizations, Productions LOMA, the organization producing the Danse Danse series at Place des arts. In 2000, he embarked on the adventure of Danse Danse full time, for which he was the general and artistic co-director for 15 years with Clothilde Cardinal. In 2015, he assumed the general and artistic direction of Danse Danse, the largest contemporary dance presenter in Canada.