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Le Groupe de la Place Royale fonds [multiple media]. 



Place of creation


24.57 m of textual records.
ca. 4314 photographs: 1913 b&w; 367 b&w negatives; 429 b&w contact sheets; 82 b&w slides; 612 col.; 9 col.polaroids; 15 col. negatives; 7 col. contact sheets; 880 col. slides.
ca 76 prints : lithographs.
ca. 38 technical drawings.
12 multimedia DVD'S (ca. 22.96 Gb)
1 ink stamp
1 embossing seal
1 printing plate
27 audio cassettes (ca. 6 h 53 mn)
4 film reels (ca. 2h 10mn): 16 mm
6 audio reels (ca. 3h) : 1/4 inch polyester
ca. 487 video cassettes and tapes (ca. 530h).
88 CD-Rs of digital photographs (ca. 34 Gb)
ca. 10 Gb of documentary art
ca. 59.74 Mb of textual records

Scope and content

This fonds is comprised of records created by Le Groupe de la Place Royale since its inception. Records pertain but are not limited to: administration; budgets and finances; choreographies; dance teaching and workshops; general artistic files; publicity and promotion; subject- based records; performances; printed material; touring and exchanges as well as technical records. Also found in this fonds are black and white as well as colour photographs presenting the Groupe's performances as well as practices, workshops and special events. Portraits of principal dancers are also found in the fonds. There is a considerable number of posters of various sizes announcing performances of Le Groupe in Canadian and European cities. Audio-visual material. A large amount of sound, video and film recordings on various formats. Recordings pertain to performances, rehearsals, dance events, workshops and residencies, interviews, public service announcements as well as some material used as soundtracks and/or visual backdrops during performances. Multi-media DVDs. These are principally multiple media records used to promote the various dancers and choreographers that have worked directly or indirectly with The Groupe Dance Lab.

Textual records
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Open for consultation. Various copyright
s. No reproduction is allowed without the consent of the photographer (s). Credit Photographer/ Library and Archives Canada.
Graphic (art)
90: Open
Moving images (video)
90: Open
Open for consultation. Verify copyrights
90: Open
To be consulted with the supervision of
a specialized media archivist.
Moving images (film)
90: Open
Open for consultation. Verify copyrights
Sound recordings
90: Open
Graphic(photo): electronic
90: Open
Open for consultation. Under copyright.
No reproduction without the consent of the photographer (s). Credit: name of photographer.
Archival reference no.
Former archival reference no.

Terms of use

Graphic material (photo): Photographs taken after January 1, 1949 are subject to various copyrights. Photographs taken before January 1, 1949 are not covered by copyright. Credit: Name of photographers/ Library and Archives Canada/Number of the copies of the negatives The recipient of copies is responsible for determining whether material is subject to copyright and for ascertaining the name of the person or organization holding copyright. The recipient is also responsible for determining whether any use of copyrighted material does or does not constitute an infringement of copyright under the Copyright Act.
Audio-visual material. Open for consultation. Most copyrights have been ceded to Library and Archives. Credit: Library and Archives Canada.
Multimedia records. Various copyrights apply. Credit choreographer or organization.
Other graphic material: art. Copyright: to be determined. Credit: Artist(s) / Library and Archives Canada.

Textual records This finding aid Includes the original finding aid created in 1986 as well as the second part created in 2009. MSS1361 90 (Electronic)

Photographic records (including electronic) Please consult file level decriptions within the Photographs series in this fonds. Photos can also be found in files within other series and sub-series in this fonds. Note: There is no detailed listing for the photographs sent to Library and Archives Canada in 1980 and 1985. 90 (Electronic)

Technical Drawings Please consult with cartographic and architectural archivist. 99 (Electronic)

Audio-visual material. Please consult MISACS database for file level descriptions 90 (Electronic)

Biography / Administrative history

The modern dance troupe Le Groupe de la Place Royale was started in 1966 by dancer and choreographer Jeanne Renaud. It's name comes from Place Royale which is located on St-Paul street in Old Montreal and where Le Groupe held its studios. In its beginnings, Le Groupe had two main objectives: to group together professional dancers interested by modern dance research and promote artistic diversity. For this reason, Le Groupe welcomed musicians, sculptors, painters, poets and costume makers in the creation of its performances alongside the permanent dancers.

Following the departure of Jeanne Renaud in 1972, the artistic direction of Le Groupe will be ensured by Jean-Pierre Perreault and Peter Boneham as well as Michael Montanaro, all experienced dancers and respected choreographers. In 1977, Le Groupe leaves its Montreal studios to relocate in Ottawa. In 1988, Peter Boneham will take sole charge of Le Groupe's artistic direction and changes its name for Le Groupe Dance Lab/Lab de danse. He has since dedicated his efforts to promote choreographic laboratories which help choreographers from Canada and abroad to perfect their training and test their creations. Le Groupe de la Place Royale has been financially supported by numerous institutions such as the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. During its more than forty years of existence Le Groupe has performed on tour across Canada, the United States, Mexico and Europe. The Groupe de la Place Royale/ Le Groupe Dance Lab has ceased its activities in July of 2009.

Additional information

Documents acquired in 1980, 1985, 1995 and 2009.

Researchers can refer to the following reference work : Porter, Sara. 2010. Peter In Process : Peter Boneham's Sixty Years in Dance. Dance Collection Danse Press.

Related materials
Please consult the Peter Boneham fonds also found at Library and Archives Canada.

Please consult the Le Groupe Dance Lab sous-fonds for records dating from 1988 to 2009.

Associated material note
Documents relating to le Groupe de la Place Royale can also be found within the Jean-Pierre Perreault fonds held at Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BANQ) as well as within the fonds Jeanne Renaud held at Le service des archives et de gestion des documents de l'Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).

Subject heading

1. Montréal (Québec) - Arts du spectacle, n.d., 1948-1986.
2. Compagnies de danse - Québec (Province), n.d., 1948-1986.
3. Dance - Canada.
4. Dance companies - Canada.
5. Dance - Teaching.
6. Montreal Dance.
7. Ottawa (Ontario) - Dance Companies, 1948-1990.
8. Perreault, Jean-Pierre, 1947-2002.
9. Boneham, Peter,1934-
10. Renaud, Jeanne, 1928 - .


Other system control no.

Related control no.

1. 1985-179 PIC
2. 1987-015 NPC
3. 1996-220 DAP
4. 1995-00002-7
5. 2009-01080-9
6. MG28-I319