Over the course of a year, I've met and photographed the work of companies and non-profits dedicated to making performing arts inclusive of people of all abilities, in Montreal.

I've met professional dancers living with physical disabilities and professional actors living with intellectual deficiencies. I've met a band formed by men who are still homeless to this day. I've met people using theater to re-learn to communicate after a stroke that left them unable to properly speak. I've met dancers using their art to build connections and bring joy to patients with Alzheimer's. I've met a band of percussionists living on the spectrum or with Down syndrome. I've met high functioning autistic youth learning ballet and doing theater. And the list goes on.

These artists challenge the boundaries of performing arts, redefining codes and esthetics. And they do so at the margins of the world of arts because we still have a hard time accepting difference as part of the norm. This photographic project was produced in part by the Place des Arts, and was only made possible thanks to the companies, non-profits, and artists it features.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

Mélanie Labelle and Joannie Douville from Corpuscule Danse.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

Marie-Hélène Bellavance and Georges-Nicolas Tremblay from Corpuscule Danse.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

B-Boy Luca "Lazylegz" Patuelli.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

Roya Hosni, Joannie Douville and Maxime D. Pomerleau from Corpuscule Danse.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

During a dance party hosted by No Excuses No Limits movement, in a specialized school.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

A custom made percussion instrument by a member of the band Osmia, created in the music room of a homeless shelter.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

A dance workshop for children by Corpuscule Danse.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

Patients with aphasia in the Théâtre Aphasique.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

Georges-Nicolas Tremblay and Marie-Hélène Bellavance from Corpuscule Danse.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

A percussion band from the APPROSH project, at La Gang à Rambrou.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

Benoit Lachambre and France Geoffroy from Corpuscule Danse.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

A performance by Atypik Bunch, a group of colorful artists of all abilities.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

A dance workshop for children by Corpuscule Danse.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

A performance by Atypik Bunch, a group of colorful artists of all abilities.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

A dance workshop for children by Corpuscule Danse.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

Dancers from an urban dance class by the National Centre for Dance Therapy.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

Professional dancer Elise Bergeron and a patient with Alzheimer's.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

From the show C'est là que l'on s'est connus, by Au Nom de la Danse.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

Dancers from an urban dance class by the National Centre for Dance Therapy.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

A percussion band from the APPROSH project, at La Gang à Rambrou.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

Actress Maxime D. Pomerleau in Guerilla de l'Ordinaire, by Théâtre de l'Affamée.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

Inclusive choir performance at the Place des Arts

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

Benoit Lachambre and France Geoffroy from Corpuscule Danse.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

From a show played by actors struggling with mental health issues or loss of communication abilities, by the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

Rocio Vadillo and Luca "Lazylegz" Patuelli.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

An inclusive dance performance at the Place des Arts.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

Patients with aphasia in the Théâtre Aphasique.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

From the show C'est là que l'on s'est connus, by Au Nom de la Danse.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

From the show C'est là que l'on s'est connus, by Au Nom de la Danse.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

The pianist from the band Osmia, created in the music room of a homeless shelter.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

Gabrielle Marion-Rivard and Olivier Rousseau, in the show Cendres, by Productions des Pieds et des Mains.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

Youth from Autisme Sans Limite dancing with the National Center for Dance Therapy.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

Youth from Autisme Sans Limite performing with the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

Inclusive choir performance at the Place des Arts.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

Patients with aphasia in the Théâtre Aphasique.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

Mélanie Labelle, Bill Coleman and Maxime D. Pomerleau from Corpuscule Danse.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

Youth from Autisme Sans Limite performing with the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

Inclusive choir performance at the Place des Arts.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

The duo between a typical dancer and a dancer living with intellectual deficiency.

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These Artists Proved That In Art, Disability Is Not A Thing

A scene from the show Dis Merci, by Joe Jack and John.

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