Victor Swoboda

Victor Swoboda is a long-time writer of the arts. He is based in Montreal.

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At this year's Venice Biennale, Montreal's dance scene shines brighter than ever

The prestigious Italian festival features choreographers and dancers from Montreal presenting their largest-scale work yet.

Dance me to the stage: These choreographers are channeling the feeling of Leonard Cohen

Before Leonard Cohen died last November, he gave a tip of his trademark fedora to Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal to stage a show danced entirely to his songs.

Montreal dance and its leading ladies are getting a major spotlight at the Venice Biennale

Choreographer Marie Chouinard is leading the festival's dance program, and she's showing the international community what her city's got.

The circus is out of town: How this Montreal troupe is promoting individualism in China

Ever since arriving in China in June, Cirque Éloize has been winning over audiences with its dance-theatre-circus production, Cirkopolis.

At these Montreal festivals, it's the robots' art world — we're just living in it

How machines perceive and create art is one of the questions raised at two festivals at expansive Montreal gallery Arsenal Contemporary Art. The 17th International Digital Arts Festival, Elektra ( presents machines in performance mode, June 1-5, while a concomitant show, the International Digital Art Biennial (BIAN) ( offers some 30 digitally created exhibits, June 3-July 3.

La La La Human Steps founder Édouard Lock is alive and well and living in Paris

Seven months after he abruptly shut down one of Canada's most-acclaimed contemporary dance troupes, La La La Human Steps, founder/choreographer Édouard Lock is alive and well and living in Paris.

Landau Fine Art, the only Canadian dealer at this elite European art fair

The most beautiful art fair in the world is in Maastricht, the Netherlands, and Robert Landau of Landau Fine Art in Montreal is the only Canadian dealer among the elite. For art buyers as well as for art lovers willing to pay a 40 Euro entry fee, Tefaf offers boatloads of high art for every taste, if not for every pocketbook. There are 276 prestigious galleries showing this year at the fair, which opened last Thursday and runs until March 20. Galleries lobby long and hard for entry to Tefaf, but so far only Landau Fine Art has joined.