Copyright: A Space of Freedom or Constraint?

February 25, 2016

The Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault (FJPP) is pleased to invite you to a focus day on copyright and dance heritage on Friday, October 2, 2015.

The event will be held at the Pavillon de danse de l’Université du Québec à Montréal, at 840 Cherrier, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

The FJPP is dedicated to disseminating and documenting contemporary dance in Quebec in order to advance thinking around the potentialities and promotion of choreographic legacies. Since copyright is inherent to the dissemination of cultural works, the FJPP would like to share its questions and reflections regarding this issue.


How does the dance milieu approach issues related to copyright?

How do interpretations of copyright influence the creation, co-creation, reproduction and dissemination of choreographic works?

How does the concept of appropriation apply to the art of choreography?

What about the rights of performers and their influence on the creative process?

What are the main copyright principles to be aware of when creating, using or disseminating a choreographic work?

To answer these far-reaching questions, the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault invites dance practitioners and legal experts to participate in a focus day on copyright and dance heritage.

9:30 a.m.: Overview and introduction of participants

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Copyright and the creation of choreographic works

2 to 4:30 p.m.: Copyright and the use of choreographic works

With the participation of Georges Azzaria, lawyer | Caroline Gravel, choreographer and performer | Xavier Inchauspé, philosopher, cultural worker, lawyer by training | Sophie Michaud, artistic consultant and repetiteur | Manon Oligny, choreographer | Sophie Préfontaine, lawyer | Normand Tamaro, lawyer | The Two Gullivers, performance artists | Isabelle Van Grimde, choreographer

Programming (in French)

Description (in French)

Guest bios (in French) 

We express our deep gratitude to Me Georges Azzaria, Me Sophie Préfontaine and Me Normand Tamaro for their generous assistance in planning and organizing this event.

This focus day was initiated with the valuable collaboration of the Institut du patrimoine and the dance department of the Université du Québec à Montréal.

The Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault is grateful for support received from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Conseil des arts de Montréal.