2021-2022 SUPPORTED ARTISTS

Discover the artists who received our support in 2021-2022.

TECHNICAL RESIDENCIES 

Katia-Marie Germain

Katia-Marie is a choreographer and performer based in Montreal. Since 2012, her projects have been presented in various venues and festivals. In 2018, the Prix de la danse de Montréal awarded her the Prix Découverte for her singular approach that integrates visual arts and dance. Her latest creation, Habiter, has been presented in Canada and Europe, notably at the Venice Biennale in Italy.

Alejandro Sajgalik

Alejandro Sajgalik is a self-taught interdisciplinary artist and writer. His performance and music practice explores the transformative potential in the current impasse of messianic universalism. Drawing from his experience with movement and music, and studies in architecture, sociology and philosophy, he dives into deep listening to distill ancestral memory from the restlessness of modern society. His work includes performances, music, videos, installations and writings.

STUDIO RESIDENCIES

Charles Brecard

Born in New Caledonia and Vietnamese by origin, Charles Brecard has been living in Quebec since 2013 where he graduated in 2017 from the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal (EDCM).

He has since collaborated as a performer or choreographer with several artists and institutions such as Andrea Peña, Parts+Labour_Danse, Aurélie Pedron, Dana Gingras, Andrew Skeels, Chantal Cadieux, Martin Messier, Mateo Barrera, Tim Brady, Circuit-Est or EDCM.

His work has been presented in New Brunswick, Montreal, France and Germany.

Ford Larose McKeown

Ford is a Montreal choreographer of Haitian descent specializing in street dance. He is recognized for his unique approach to Boogaloo/Popping. Proud of his african roots, each of his steps reflects the rich heritage that inhabit him. Through his choreographic adventure, he aims to set in motion the multiple universes that animate his imagination.

Lauranne Faubert-Guay

Lauranne is a researcher and transdisciplinary artist. In addition to a bachelor's degree in visual arts and a master's degree in sociology, Lauranne has a long history of training and production in contemporary dance, both as a performer and choreographer. Her latest work was presented at Tangente Danse. It is also possible to read her writings in the magazine Inter, art actuel.

Maïgwenn Desbois

After training in contemporary, classical and traditional Quebec dance, Maïgwenn has been running her own dance company since 2009, working with atypical professional artists living with various disabilities. She has also been teaching dance for over 25 years, specializing in teaching adapted dance to children, teenagers and adults with special needs.

Mohammadreza Akrami

Born in Tehran, Mohammadreza is a dance artist based in Montreal. His eagerness toward episteme leads him to study Physics, Dramatic literature, Contemporary dance, and martial arts. His experience in performance art spans from choreographing, dancing, acting, singing, and to pure performances. He is exploring different dance vocabularies such as Butō, flying low, passing through, rituals and its music as roots of performance art.

Victoria Mackenzie

Victoria "VicVersa" Mackenzie is a Montreal-based artist working in the field of dance. A music lover and natural mover- she has been dancing since childhood. Her main areas of focus are break, facilitation, performance and teaching. She has performed locally and internationally with companies Tentacle Tribe and Helen Simard, and her own VicVersa Productions, under which she occasionally creates solo and group performances. As a teacher, she gives episodic workshops in Montreal, Toronto and abroad that are primarily focused on floorwork and breaking.

CIRCUIT-EST AND NYATA NYATA
STUDIO RESIDENCIES

Caroline gravel

Recognized for her original approach as a dance artist, Caroline Gravel collaborates in the creation and performance of works by Montreal choreographers on local and international stages. Since 1998, she has also created works for the live and digital space in the intermediality of dance and performance.

LE BLACK HOLE - art chorégraphique

Creator of movement, LE BLACK HOLE - art chorégraphique (LBH) is a contemporary dance company based in Montreal that specializes in multidisciplinary proposals that stimulate the imaginary and the emotional. Artistic direction is assumed by choreographer and HEC Montréal graduate in cultural management, Virginie Desroches, assisted by dancers Claire Jeannot and Marie-Ève Dion.

SONA POGOSSIAN

Of Armenian origin, Sona Pogossian trained in dance at the Conservatoire de Lyon, the Jeune Ballet de Genève and the Moscow State University of Culture and Arts. After living and working in more than 8 countries, she joined, in 2020, the doctoral program in arts studies and practices at the University of Quebec in Montreal. Her thesis-creation attempts to reflect on the corporalities of women in the phenomenon of war.

mentorships

Hoor Malas (mentor: Margie Gillis)

Hoor Malas' practice is rooted in intimacy, physicality and music. Her personal experiences are the source of her work. For this project, the artistic process is inspired by various psychological hypotheses dissecting and speculating on the relationship between the mind and the body, while adding a social and cultural perspective to this relationship.

Pamela Aubé and Châtelaine Côté-Rioux (mentor: Catherine Gaudet)

Châtelaine Côté-Rioux's approach tends towards a sensory research, a fascination for the imaginary and an obsession for gravity. At the heart of Pamela Aubé's research are themes of social identity and conditioning. Both give art the status of a quest for meaning where thought and feeling converge

ADVANCED TRAINING

Claire Campbell

Claire Campbell is a dancer and choreographer originally from Halifax (NS), and now based in Montreal (QC). She graduated from L’École supérieure de ballet du Québec in 2019. Claire has worked as a dancer with Montreal-based companies and choreographers such as Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, ezdanza, and Vias Danza. Her most recent choreographic work, INterLOck, was presented at the Festival Quartiers Danses in September 2020.

Philippe Dépelteau

Based in Montreal, Philippe works as a dancer and collaborator in the performing arts. Inhabited by a skillful and pure gesture, he communicates a sensitive and thoughtful dance. Since graduating from the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, he has collaborated with PPS Danse and Le Carré des Lombes. With his benevolent look at the complexity of the world, he hopes that the body will evoke new dreams for society.

Rose Gagnol

Originally from France, Rose Gagnol began her advanced dance training at OFF JAZZ (Nice, France), exploring contemporary, jazz and classical dance, among others. Passionate about contemporary dance, then in search of self-discovery and perfecting her art, Rose joined the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal. There she unfolds her vulnerable, sincere and instinctive universe.

 Advanced training - honourable mention 

Lou Amsellem

After practicing gymnastics for eight years, Lou Amsellem discovered dance through hip-hop, tap, jazz and contemporary at Louise Lapierre Danse. In 2021, she graduated from the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal where she collaborated with choreographers such as Riley Sims, Heidi Strauss, Sébastien Provencher and Virginie Brunelle.

Punctual program - First technical residency

Nasim Lootij

Originally from Iran, Nasim Lootij studies and composes her first choreographies in Paris, where she collaborates with artists such as Odile Duboc, Christine Gérard, Natalie Pernette, Dominique Dupuy, Alban Richard and Nawel Oulad. She moved to Montreal in 2016 and founded the collective Vâtchik Danse, in collaboration with playwright Kiasa Nazeran. As a performer, she has danced for France Joffrey, Su Feh Lee, Le Carré des Lombes, Amplement Danse, and Kondition Pluriel.

Punctual program - First studio residency

Krystina Dejean

Krystina Dejean began dancing at the age of 15. In 2010, she continued her training in hip-hop and street dance at Urban Element School in Montreal, where she learned from Angelo Ameur, a pioneer in Montreal hip-hop. Krystina joined the whacking collective Asymmetry in 2019 and began her first solo creative process in 2021. She explores the concept of empathy through dance and new technologies.

Mona El Husseini

Mona El Husseini is an egyptian-canadian contemporary dance artist, choreographer, and teacher based in Montreal. In her creative process, Mona goes beyond the dance and traces the thread that weaves the artforms she practices including Martial Arts, painting, and writing. In un-layering questions of personal identity and heritage, Mona is interested in how stories are transmitted, shared, and told through the body across generations.

Lila Geneix

Native of France, Lila Geneix graduated from the Université du Québec à Montréal in 2020. She enriches her choreographic background thanks to the influences of Danièle Desnoyers, David Albert-Toth & Emily Gualtieri, Julien Blais and Catherine Gaudet. Fascinated by the games of sense distortion, she develops her choreographic approach by drawing from the ancient work and choosing the body as a vector of images.

Punctual program - Labo libre

Charles-Alexis Desgagnés

Based in Montreal since 2016, Charles-Alexis Desgagnés is a contemporary dancer, improviser, choreographer, teacher, actor, poet and model. He collaborates with various choreographers and dance companies, such as Ottawa Dance Directive, Le Fils d'Adrien Danse, Tedd Robinson, Social Growl Dance, Fleuve Espace Danse, Destins Croisés and Cirque du Soleil.

KAREN FENNELL (AVEC MARIA KEFIROVA, HANNA SYBILLE MULLER ET ANDREW TURNER)

Karen Fennell is a contemporary dance artist originally from Newfoundland. Based in Montreal since 2004, she has completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Concordia University. She works as a dancer and choreographer on a diversity of projects for stage, video, installation, and site-specific performance with many choreographers sush as Dana Gingras, Tedd Robinson, Martin Messier, Sasha Kleinplatz and Maria Kefirova.

Shérane Figaro

Choreographer, performer and teacher from Haiti, Shérane Figaro founded Aurée Danse-Création company twelve years ago. She also runs workshops influenced by traditional Haitian dance. Through her creations, Shérane is interested in social issues such as reactions to illness, the transmission of knowledge, the return to self, and loneliness.

AXELLE MUNEZERO (AVEC JESSICA GAUTHIER ET ANDREW SKEELS)

Flora Spang

Native of France, Flora Spang graduated from the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional in Montpellier, France. Then, she has continued her professional training at the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, where she met choreographers such as Annie Gagnon, Sarah Dell'Ava, Sophie Corriveau, José Navas, Victor Quijada, Lucy May, Helen Simard, Manuel Roque, Édouard Hue and Andrew Skeels. In 2020, she joined the Sursaut Company as an interpreter and also runs cultural mediation workshops.

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CRÉDIT PHOTO : En-tête : LE BLACK HOLE - art chorégraphique © Marie-Ève Dion | Katia-Marie Germain © Olivier Desjardins | Alejandro Sajgalik © Frédéric Chais | Charles Brecard © Romain Lorraine, Festival Quartiers Danses 2020 | Ford Larose McKeown © Do Phan Hoi | Lauranne Faubert-Guay © Denis Martin | © Maïgwenn Desbois | Mohammadreza Akrami © Sonya Stefan | Victoria Mackenzie © Do Phan Hoi | Susanna Hood © VK Preston | Claire Jeannot et Virginie Desroches © Marie-Ève Dion | Sona Pogossian © David Wong | Hoor Malas © Thibault Carron | © Kat Fisher | Claire Campbell © Catherene Lee | Philippe Dépelteau © Julie Artacho | Rose Gagnol © Julie Artacho | Lou Amsellem © Julie Artacho | Nasim Lootij © Claude Labrèche Lemay et MC Rosemont La-Petite-Patrie | B-Side de Krystina Dejean © Do Phan Hoi | Mona El Husseini © Amr Khaled | Lila Geneix © Châtelaine Côté-Rioux | Charles-Alexis Desgagnés © Marc-Antoine Hallé | Karen Fennell © Danielle Davidson | Shérane Figaro © Thobenz Debrosse | Flora Spang © Marine Gibert

 

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