Louis-Martin Charest

Born in Montréal, Louis-Martin Charest is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School. He began his career with the Ottawa Ballet before joining Portugal’s national ballet company as a soloist. In 1993, Louis-Martin joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal and performed as a soloist in the company for five years. He has also danced for O Vertigo and Montréal Danse, and in two Ciné Qua Non Média productions: Puccini, le mal du siècle and Schubert, la fin de la voix.

In 2005, he founded his company LIBERAMÆ to devote himself to creating and dancing new works. His first full-length work, Liberamæ, was presented in Montréal at the Monument National in June 2005 to critical acclaim. The work was then adapted to film by Ciné Qua Non Média with the support of BRAVO!, ARTV, CTV and the Canada Council for the Arts.

In 2008, he created Blanche for six women, a man and a string quartet.Blanche is the first part of a triptych on the balance of feminine and masculine energy within the human being. Winner of the Festival international danse encore’s Grand Prix Excellence, Louis-Martin’s vocabulary is unique and bridges dance, theatre and film.