Magazine article Dance Magazine

A Festival Dies

Magazine article Dance Magazine

A Festival Dies

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Montreal's Festival International de Nouvelle Danse (FIND) ceased operations at the end of 2003 because of "insurmountable" financial problems that included a $600,000 (CDN) deficit. The biennial FIND was Canada'sonly major international dance festival, and was a leading showcase for dance innovation that attracted critics, presenters and academics from around the world. The eleventh and final festival, which cost $1.8 million, was held over a twelve-day period last October. The festival had previously announced plans to become an annual event, starting in the fall of this year, as part of an overall restructuring of FIND as a "laboratory" for dance research [see "Montreal Retools its Festival," Dance Matters, DANCE MAGAZINE, January 2003, page 14]. Organizers say that FIND, which received little more than half its budget from federal, provincial, and municipal government sources, was chronically underfunded in comparison with similar European arts festivals.

FIND's money problems began to compound in 2001 when festival attendance dropped in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the United States. The earlier loss of Hydro-Quebec as a major corporate sponsor in 1995 and continuing private fund-raising difficulties exacerbated FIND's financial plight. Although the Quebec ministry of culture offered a special $100,000 grant to help FIND through its most recent difficulties, the festival's board of directors decided to disband to disband the organization.

FIND WAS CO-FOUNDED in 1982 by Montrealers Diane Boucher and Chantal Pontbriand and American-born Dena Davida. The first festival was held in 1985. Ponthriand quickly established her leadership as FIND's president director, and by 2002 she was the only co founder still connected with the event.

Montreal was already a thriving dance centre when FIND began, but the festival opened new international opportunities for such local choreographers as Edouard Lock, Ginette Laurin, Marie Chouinard, and Paul-Andre Fortier. …

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