Julia Aplin has been dancing and creating dances for as long as she can remember. She has performed around the world with Dancemakers and has created dances for theaters, rivers and cyberspace. She continues to explore her fascination with the human body in motion through dance, healing and teaching. www.juliaaplin.com
A generous and prolific dancer whose career has spanned nearly 25 years, Marc Boivin has worked and performed in Quebec, Canada and abroad. The evocative power of his numerous appearances on stage has been repeatedly acclaimed by audiences and critics alike. He began his career in 1982 with Ottawaʼs Groupe de la Place Royale, under the direction of Peter Boneham, and has since lent his interpretive qualities to many choreographers and projects. He joined O Vertigo, under choreographer Ginette Laurin, in 1985, participating in the companyʼs earliest creations and in several tours in Canada, the United States and Europe. He began to work as a freelance ar t i s t in 1991. Many renowned choreographers such as Louise Bédard, Sylvain Émard, André Gingras, Jean-Pierre Perreault, Dominique Porte, James Kudelka, Tedd Robinson, Felix Ruckert and Catherine Tardif have since solicited his talent and skill as a dancer for their works. Over the years, Boivin has also taken part in numerous improvisation projects, which have proven to be determining influences in the artistʼs trajectory. Indeed, these experiences have inspired his own passion for choreographic creation and shaped the quality of imagination that he brings to his pieces. In 1999, Marc Boivin was awarded the Jacqueline Lemieux Prize by the Canada Council for the Arts and in 2014 the Dora Mavor Moore Award for WOULD, by Mélanie Demers.
In parallel with his work as a dancer, Boivin has pursued a very active teaching career since 1987, when he joined the professorial staff at LʼÉcole de danse contemporaine de Montréal. His pedagogic approach is infused with the same passion that he brings to interpretation, and he is regularly called upon to teach and choreograph in professional schools and universities across Canada. Noteworthy are his passages in Vancouver, at the University of Calgary and in many EDAM workshops, where he teaches interpretation, improvisation and technique as well as offering individual coaching.
While Marc Boivin has long evolved as a performer, giving shape and meaning to the languages of different choreographers, he has also developed a marked interest for creation. Between 2004 and 2008, he created solos for two professional dancers, respectively To Somewhere else for Jolene Bailie (Winnipeg) and Between here and now for Jennifer Dallas (Toronto), as well as the group piece Fragments, for Code Universel in Quebec City. In 2007, Marc Boivin created R.A.F.T. 70, an improvisational project for Andrew Harwood’s AH HA Productions. This experience showed him the creative potential that could exist between the realms of choreography and guided improvisation. After that, in 2008, the creation of his first solo Impact began to take shape. This was followed by The Fictions Project, which included the pieces Withrow Park for Duskdances and Chroma key for firstthingsfirst productions.
In the spring of 2010, he created X/Y for the students of LADMMI in collaboration with the music school at the Université de Montréal. Work on X/Y led to a desire to deepen his exploration of the relationship and dialogue that is possible between the human body and music. The further exploration of his creative relationship to music is at the heart of his close collaboration with the contemporary composer, Ana Sokolovic and the Quatuor Bozzini. The premiere of this work Une idée sinon vraie… has been presented in October 2012.
Marc Boivin is highly involved in the contemporary dance milieu, and has played an influential role in its emancipation on the larger art scene. He is President of Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault since 2005, and was a member of the Conseil des Arts de Montréal from 2006 to 2010 and RQD president from 2010 to 2014.
Self-taught designer, Michael Brunet studied computer science, acting and directing. The year after completing his bachelor’s degree in theatre, Mr. Brunet was discovered by Robert Lepage, who invited him to light the show Capitale Nationale Capital at the National Arts Centre. That same year, he was a resident artist and the youngest lighting design teacher at the University of Ottawa. In 2002, Mr. Brunet was invited to design the lights for the opening ceremonies of the state of the art Esplanade Theatres on the Bay in Singapore. In 2005, he toured China, providing live light accompaniment to a one-woman performance by dancer/choreographer Nadine Thouin. In 2008, he was invited to light the 400th anniversary edition of the Québec Carnaval’s night-time parade. Over the course of his career, Mr. Brunet has designed lights for over a hundred productions of all kinds and has been nominated for five awards for artistic excellence.
Originally from Manitoba, Susie Burpee (Modern) is a graduate of both the Senior Professional Program of Contemporary Dancers and the Theatre and Dance Department of the University of Winnipeg (BA Honours).
Ms Burpee further augmented her studies at the Cunningham and Limon Schools in New York. She was a company member of Ruth Cansfield Dance and Le Groupe Dance Lab and, independently, has worked with Yvonne Coutts, Lesandra Dodson, Sasha Ivanochko, and Tedd Robinson. In 2000 she became a company member of Dancemakers, and has danced in four new creations by artistic director Serge Bennathan, touring across Canada and across the ocean.
Both Dancemakers and Le Groupe Dance Lab have supported Susie’s development as a choreographer, and to date, her work has been presented at the Canada Dance Festival, National Gallery of Canada, Dusk Dances, and Harbourfront Centre. Her most recent creation, Mischance and Fair Fortune, received Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding New Choreography and Outstanding Performance. Recent projects include studying with master clown teacher Philippe Gaulier and creating a new duet with award-winning pianist Sageev Oore. In November, she will be a part of the Pick Seven Series in Toronto, pairing artists of different disciplines for dialogue and creation. Susie regularly teaches contemporary dance at Dancemakers, 509 Collective, Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre, and Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement. She is a member of The Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists and board member of the Dance Umbrella of Ontario.
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.
A multi-faceted artist, Marie-Josée Chartier moves easily between the worlds of dance, music, opera and multi-media in the roles of choreographer, performer, director, vocalist and teacher. Her choreographic works have been presented in festivals in Canada, Europe and Latin America and have been featured on documentary films and presented on national television and in film festivals. She is the recipient of 2015 Jacqueline Lemieux Prize, the 2001 K.M. Hunter Artist Award, nine Dora Mavor Moore Awards nominations, winning for fifty-one pieces of silver and sharing an award with Urge for And by the way, Miss.
Since 2000, Chartier also works steadily as a director in dance, multi-media and opera productions and collaborates with the Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, the Gryphon Trio, Toca Loca, Tapestry Opera, the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal and Théâtre français de Toronto. She is active as a guest teacher in major training centres and universities in Canada and Latin America in the field of modern dance, movement for singers, voice exploration and improvisation.
In 2003, Marie-Josée founded Chartier Danse in order to support her creative activities. Acclaimed large scale productions include petites danses 2014-2017 with different community editions; Stria, a solo by and for Chartier; Red Brick celebrating composer Michael J. Baker with Arraymusic; Contes pour enfants pas sages with PPS Danse; Screaming Popes with fabrik Potsdam, Germany; and Bas-Reliefs with Danse-Cité, Montréal. www.chartierdanse.com
Laura Cournoyea is a Toronto-based arts administrator, living and working in Toronto and beyond. She splits her time between dance, theatre and event management. Recent credits include: Stage and Production Management for The Dietrich Group, Bouchardanse, James Kudelka, Laurence Lemieux, Dancemakers, Chartier Danse, Soulpepper Theatre, UnSpun Theatre, COBA, Expect Theatre, and urbanvessel. Laura is also the Arts Education Manager for tiger princess dance project’s program Swallowing Clouds, a creative literacy program for 9-12 year olds in Toronto libraries. She spends her summers in parks across Ontario with Dusk Dances.
Yvonne Coutts’ work has been presented and commissioned in Canada by the Brian Webb Dance Company, the Winnipeg Dance Festival, Tangente, Danceworks, Women in View, Dancemakers, Arraymusic, Four Chambers, and Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers. Recipient of the 1994 Bonnie Bird Choreographic Award for choreography, she received a commission from the Laban Center in England, which toured through Europe, the United States, and Asia. This same year, she received an invitation from The Place in London to attend a dance/video forum. Her solo work, Now. In Blue, commissioned by the Canada Dance Festival (CDF) and the CanDance Network, went on to a successful Canadian tour. Her site-specific solo work, Perfect Nowhere, premiered at the 2002 CDF.
In 2006, Yvonne received a second commission from the CDF to create a solo work for Natasha Bakht. In 2009, she created an excerpt for Lana Morton’s En Vin. Yvonne was a company member of Le Groupe Dance Lab from 1988 to 1994 where she interpreted, choreographed, and engaged in numerous creative processes with artists such as Paul André Fortier, Sylvain Èmard, Louis Bédard, Russel Maliphant, Wayne McGregor, Harold Rhéaume, Noam Gagnon, Claudia Moore, Carol Anderson, and Ted Robinson. She moved on to become Artistic Associate at the Lab from 2003 to 2006. Yvonne is a rehearsal director for Anik Bouvrette, Natasha Bakht, and most recently for Jacqueline Ethier’s work choreographed by Peggy Baker. Yvonne Coutts’ work was presented independently in Toronto in the fall of 2013 on a mixed program for Four Chambers which included work by Sylvain Èmard and Ginette Laurin. Yvonne has been influenced by a wide range of teachers including Brian Webb, Peter Boneham, Joan Skinner, David Dorfman, BeBe Miller, Barbara Mahler, and KJ Holmes. She was the movement coach for the NAC English Theatre’s The Glass Menagerie and The Mikado.
Yvonne has been nominated for the K.M. Hunter Artists Award three times, most recently January 2012, which is presented to individual artists in Ontario who are making a significant impact in their field. She has been on the faculty of the Contemporary Dance Programme of The School of Dance since 2000, has been a sessional instructor at the University of Calgary, and has guest taught and choreographed at Grant MacEwan College, The School of Contemporary Dancers, and LADMMI. She has been the the artistic director of Ottawa Dance Directive since its inception in 2010 and has created Fracture (commissioned by the 2012 Canada Dance Festival), Too Near (4 environments), Dialogue (2013), and The Eventual De-Expression of RGS2, with music by Ottawa composer Jesse Stewart, at Ontario Scene in April 2015.
“Stylized to the minimum gesture”, Montreal choreographer Lina Cruz developed her career as a dancer in Spain, other European countries and the United States. She came to Montreal in 1989. She has presented her work at local, national and international levels. Her work has received Dora Awards nominations in several categories along the years. She received the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Original Choreography in 2017 for her piece Ylem and in 2012 for Soupe du Jour. Her longtime collaborator, composer Philippe Noireaut, received a nomination in 2017 for the music of Ylem and a Dora award in 2012 for the music of Soupe du Jour. In 2016, Fabien Piché received the Dora Award for his performance in Waiting for a Sleepless Night, a work by Lina Cruz, for which she was also nominated for the choreography. In 1998, her solo Illustration 7 received second place award in the international choreographic competition of the St-Sauveur Arts Festival (Quebec). She founded her company, Fila 13 Productions, in 2003.
Cruz has created works for Toronto Dance Theatre and for independent artists as well as for schools of professional dance training, like École de danse de Québec and École de danse contemporaine de Montréal. Her 2016/2017 season included creating for Cloud 9/Moonhorse Dance Theatre (Claudia Moore, Karen Kaeja and Louise Bédard), Throwdown Collective, XYZ Collective and Harold Rhéaume/Lydia Wagerer. Her 2017 creations premiered in Toronto at Harbourfront Centre/DanceWorks in February 2017, in Montreal at Agora de la danse in March 2017 and in Québec City at Maison pour la danse in October 2017.
Please consult Fila 13’s website for any additional information: www.fila13.com
Anne-Marie Donovan is a stage creator and director, native of Montreal. Her practice is informed by many years engaged as a concertizing classical singer.
Her creative work includes Maanomaa, My Brother, an intercultural, physical theatre work co-created with Tawiah Ben M’Carthy and Brad Cook (2016, Blue Bird Theatre Collective, TO), Frankenstein’s Ghosts (2011, Blue Rider Ensemble/Inter Arts Matrix, Mtl), The Last 15 Seconds (2009 collective creation, MT Space, KW), Sounding Rituals (2007 Open Ears Festival, Kitchener), and many works with the Montreal-based Blue Rider Ensemble, which she co-founded in 1990.
Anne-Marie is currently working on several new creation projects: The Phaedra File (Inter Arts Matrix), très loin (BoucharDanse, TO), Large Glass (Inter Arts Matrix), and We’re Not From Here (Blue Bird Theatre Collective). Along with painter Isabella Stefanescu and literary editor Kim Jernigan, Anne-Marie is also involved in a multi-year research project, Phaedra of Edmonton, which examines the many representations of Phaedra in divers cultures over centuries (Inter Arts Matrix).
Directing credits include Lord Sword, a new play by Douglas W. Campbell (Inter Arts Matrix), Ghost Tango, a new opera by Tim Brady and Douglas Burnett (Vocalypse, Halifax), Giiwedin, a First Nations opera by Spy Dénommé-Welch and Catherine Magowan (Laurier Opera), Spring Awakening, The Musical (Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts), The Salome Dancer, opera by Tim Brady and John Sobol (NUMUS, KW), and the premiere of Barbara Croall’s Manidoog (Trio D’Argento, Music Toronto).
Upcoming, Anne-Marie will direct the premieres of Six Revolutions, a new opera by Tim Brady and Guillaume Côté at L’Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal, The Bell by Rafic Ali Ahmad for Theatre Mada at MT Space (Kitchener) and Factory Theatre (TO), and Boy Beatle by Richard Sheridan Willis at KW Little Theatre. Also upcoming in summer 2018 is Long Reach Opera’s production of Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte.
Anne-Marie is co-founder of Long Reach Opera Workshop and Blue Bird Theatre Collective, both based in Toronto. In 2007, she founded Inter Arts Matrix, a charitable arts organization that fosters the development of interdisciplinary art. She served as IAM’s Artistic Director from 2007 – 2014. From 1994-2000, she was Artistic Director of NUMUS, one of Canada’s most vibrant new music societies. She is a recipient of a Waterloo Region Arts Award as well as the Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award at University of Waterloo where she taught from 1993-2014.
In service, Anne-Marie has served on the boards of directors of Open Ears Festival and eyeGO to the Arts; the Aboriginal Initiatives Committee, Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University; the steering committee of Le rassemblement francophone, Waterloo Region; and as an organizing member of Arts Reboot/Arts Together, an arts activism initiative in Waterloo Region.
Eve Egoyan is a pianist, an artist whose medium is the piano. Her performances encompass extremely contrasting sensibilities: from Alvin Curran’s five-hour long Inner Cities to Erik Satie’s miniatures; from minimalist Simple Lines of Enquiry by Ann Southam to maximalist new complexity works by Michael Finnissy; from the barely audible to roaring overtone-filled resonances; from the rigorous interpretation of a score to free improvisation. Egoyan also explores other art forms and technologies in relation to the piano. She has recorded eleven solo CDs which have received many accolades including “Best Classical” The Globe and Mail (1999) for her first solo CD, and more recently one of “Ten Top” classical discs, New Yorker magazine (2009), and “Top Classical Disc of the Year”, The Globe and Mail (2011) – all for contemporary solo piano repertoire. Her most recent disc is Thought and Desire music by Linda Catlin Smith.
Denise Fujiwara is a recipient of the Toronto Arts Foundation Award for International Achievement in Dance. EUNOIA, a multimedia work based on Christian Bök’s Griffin Poetry Prize winning book, premiered at World Stage in Toronto. It was nominated for three Dora Mavor Moore Awards and named in NOW’s Top 5 Dance Shows of 2014 and begins national touring in 2015. Her six solo dance concerts, Spontaneous Combustion, Vanishing Acts, Sumida River, Elle Laments, Brief Incarnations and Komachi have garnered praise across Canada and have toured to festivals in the United States, South America, Europe and Asia. Recent international commissions include Cuenta las Estellas, for la Compania Nacional de Costa Rica in 2011 and a work for eXit’11 in Germany. Her duet for BoucharDanse, Unquiet Winds, was a favourite in Dusk Dances and has toured across Canada.
Playwright, conceptualizer, set designer and director, Claude Guilmain is cofounder of le Théâtre La Tangente, compagnie de creation of Toronto and was its artistic director for 13 years (1994 to 2007). Multifaceted artist, Claude Guilmain combines several artistic disciplines for each of his new works. His professional experience includes innovative set design, special effects props, lighting, technical direction, production management, directing and film making, all of which give each of his creations its particular characteristics: production qualities are always surprisingly high given the limited resources. He enjoys pushing the limits of his imagination and ingenuity.
General manager and production manager for the past 15 years at le Théâtre la Tangente, Claude Guilmain is also author in residence. For Le Théâtre la Tangente, he wrote and directed L’Égoïste (1997), La Passagère (2001) and Requiem pour un trompettiste (2005). Le Théâtre du Trillium’s production of Petits crimes conjugaux, directed by Claude Guilmain was nominated for a Masque de la production franco-canadienne(2005). L’Égoïste and La Passagère were published at Prise de Parole,Requiem pour un trompettiste and the poetic narrative Comment on dit ça, « t’es mort », en anglais ? at les Éditions L’Interligne.
Claude Guilmain has directed four documentaries for l’Office national du film du Canada : Portrait d’un parfait inconnu (2006), Entre les lignes(2008), La Sentinelle (2010) et Le 22e Régiment en Afghanistan (2011) and he is presently working on a documentary produced by l’ONF celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Royal 22nd Regiment.
He is the recipient of Théâtre-Action’s Prix d’excellence artistique 2012 for the set design and production management of L’Implorante
Involved in the dance and theatre scenes for over a dozen years, Guillaume alternately works as a stage technician, stage manager, technical manager and production manager, both during production creation and when on tour, but his main focus is lighting design. He has been a member of the creative teams of several companies, such as the Théâtre La Catapulte, the Cie Vox Théâtre, the Théâtre de la Vieille 17, the National Arts Centre’s Théâtre Français, the Théâtre la Tangente, and the Théâtre du Nouvel Ontario.
Moreover, he traveled to Rwanda in October of 2009 to work as the stage manager for Goodness, a production of Toronto’s Volcano Theatre and he occasionally works with José Navas/Compagnie Flak, as director/stage manager. He was given an excellence award in 2007 by the Fondation pour l’avancement du théâtre francophone au Canada, and was also given the Lighting Design of the Year award at Ottawa’s Les Prix Rideau Awards. For the Théâtre la Tangente, Guillaume designed the lighting for Requiem pour un trompettiste,Comment on dit ça « t’es mort » en anglais ? and L’Implorante.
Louis Laberge-Côté is a Toronto-based dancer, choreographer, teacher, and rehearsal director. An acclaimed performer, he has danced nationally and internationally with over 20 companies, and has been a full-time member of Toronto Dance Theatre (1999-2007) and the Kevin O’Day Ballett Nationaltheater Mannheim (2009-2011). He has created over 70 choreographic works, which have been presented and commissioned in Canada and abroad. His work has garnered him a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Choreography, as well as seven other individual and ensemble nominations for Performance or Choreography. He has been nominated for the KM Hunter Award in 2014 and 2015. NOW Magazine named him “Dance Most Valuable Player” in 2006 and “Best Male Dancer” in 2014. A sought-after pedagogue, he has taught classes and workshops all across the country and is on faculty at Ryerson University. He currently shares the Vice-Presidency at the Canadian Dance Assembly and is the Chair of the Dance Committee at the Toronto Arts Council.
Born and raised in Toronto, Cheryl Lalonde began her career in the arts with Act IV Theatre at Adelaide Court. After two years backstage at Toronto Workshop Productions her design debut was for the premiere production of Thompson Highway’s The Rez Sisters under mentor Larry Lewis (director).
Splitting her time between stage management and design has allowed her to travel the world as well as collaborate with many companies, including Desrosiers Dance Theatre, The Danny Grossman Dance Company, Fujiwara Dance Inventions, Alberta Ballet, Theatre Smith Gilmour, Canadian Stage, CORPUS, Kaeja d’Dance, Dreamwalker Dance, and Toronto Dance Theatre where she is in her tenth season as Production Stage Manager.
Ms. Lalonde has been nominated for four Dora Mavor Moore Awards for design and was honoured in 1997 for her design of Eclectic Theatre’s Chutzpah a-go-go. Most recently she has designed costumes and scenic elements for TDT’s Pteros Tactics, and for Kemi Contemporary Dance’s Longer Than a Shadow.
Originally from Montréal, Christian Laurin studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. In 1992, he moved to Toronto and studied clowning, mask and improvisation with Michael Kennard and John Turner (Mump & Smoot), with whom he eventually toured through Canada and the United States. He has also collaborated with Theatre Smith-Gilmour on three productions: Le Malade Imaginaire, produced by the Théâtre français de Toronto (TFT), Dante’s Inferno at the Factory Theatre and In The Wings of Eden on a Canadian and European tour. Other theatre credits include Le Dieu du Carnage, Fragments de Mensonges Inutiles, Les Précieuses Ridicules and Le Médecin Volant by the TFT, The Hollow at the Canadian Stage, Fallen Angels with Theatre Aquarius and Carmen at the Canadian Opera Company, where he played the role of Lilas Pastia.
Laurin has appeared in numerous film and television productions such as Météo+ (Carte Blanche Prods), The Sopranos (HBO), The Pacifier (Disney), Hades Factor (CBS), The Pathfinder (Hallmark Entertainment), Terry (CTV) and Victor (CBC). He appears regularly on the TFO series Les Bleus de Ramville.
Vincent is a two-time Jessie Award winning actor who works in both French and English. He has an Honours B.A. with Specialization in Theatre from the University of Ottawa and is a graduate of Studio 58. His main areas of interest include contemporary theatre, physical theatre, devised work and clown work.
His theatre credits include Unité Modèle (Théâtre la Seizième), Catacomb (Summerworks Performance Festival), Anonyme (Vortex Theatre), Bonjour, Là, Bonjour (Théâtre la Seizième), The Stranger (DopoLavoro Teatrale), Bull (Rumble Theatre), Mathieu Mathématiques (Théâtre la Seizième), Let’s Talk About Sex, I Can’t Tell You (San Diego/Tijuana/Vancouver/Victoria Fringes), and Selfie (Théâtre la Seizième). He was recently awarded the Power Corporation prize from la Fondation pour l’avancement du théâtre francophone au Canada. You can also catch Vince’s in TV5’s web series Abigaëlle et le date coaching.
Born in Toronto to Chilean political refugees, performer and choreographer Ayelen Liberona is nomadic by nature. Infused with a kinetic imagination, she studied dance in Cuba, received an anthropology degree at the University of Toronto and then moved to New York City.
Her work, best described as a multidimensional cinematic experience, has been shown to wide acclaim at festivals, theatres and on television across four continents. She has had the privilege of performing with artists such as Louis Falco, Rubin Kodheli, Harry Mavromichalis, Gabrielle Roth, Noémie Lafrance, Natalie Galazka and Joseph Johnson Cami.
In 2005, Liberona’s obsession with the moving image lead her to make films, intersecting dance, film and the pursuit of social justice through provocative documentaries. Presented internationally, her films have received both nominations and awards at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Miami Short Film Festival, amongst others. Her work has received support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, the Laidlaw Foundation and Bravo!FACT. The artist continually investigates new possibilities for filming and expressing movement. She is honoured to collaborate with Sylvie Bouchard and BoucharDanse. AyelenLiberona.com
Bernard Meney is a graduate of the Grands Ballets Canadiens and the Conservatoire d’Art dramatique de Montréal.
In Europe, he danced for Maurice Béjart’s Ballet du XXe siècle and the Ballet du Capitole de Toulouse, among others. In Quebec, he has performed at the Quat’Sous, the TNM, the Rideau-Vert and at the NCT. He has also worked in film, as well as soap operas and TV dramas in the 1980s. Subsequently, he took part in Denis Marleau’s Théâtre Ubu adventure, where he met the choreographers Edouard Lock, Ginette Laurin and Daniel Léveillé.
After serving as head of performing arts at the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris in 2000, he came back to Quebec to play a role in Feydeau-Haentjens ‘s On purge bébé at the Rideau-Vert in 2003. He then had a part in W. Mouawad’s Forêts, which played at Espace Go, the Trident, the National Arts Centre, the Festival d’Avignon (2009) and in Paris (2010).
He also performed in the one-man show called Comment on dit ça, « t’es mort » en anglais ?, by C. Guilmain and L. Naubert at Toronto’s Théâtre La Tangente. More recently, he was in Atik Rahimi’s Cendres for Pétrus (FTA – La Chapelle),L’Implorante and Requiem pour un trompettiste for La Tangente and the revival of Denis Marleau’s Oulipo Show at Espace Go. He also performed in Emmanuel Schwartz’s Nathan at the NAC and at the FTA’s 2012 edition.
Aurélien is a freelance photographer based in Toronto. Trained as a cameraman, he then joined the School of Photography in Vevey (Switzerland) before coming to study international relations at York University. His first collaboration with Théâtre la Tangente was with L’Implorante where he filled several different roles within the company.
Trained at le Conservatoire de Musique et d’Art dramatique du Québec à Hull and at Ottawa University, Louise has a talent for combining various disciplines. She has played more than fifty roles, directed eight readings and five productions. We have seen her in numerous productions for the Théâtre français du Centre national des Arts in Ottawa, Montréal and in Quebec. She has worked with renowned directors such as Denis Marleau, André Brassard, Denise Filiatrault, Kelly Robinson and Diana Leblanc.
Her adaptation and direction of Patrice Desbiens, Les Cascadeurs de l’amour won the first Masque de la Production franco-canadienne in 2000.She adapted and directed Claude Guilmain’s epic poem Comment on dit ça « t’es mort » en anglais? (2009) and shared with him the development and direction of L’Implorante (2011). For le Théâtre la Tangente, she also directed Requiem pour un trompettiste (2012), Parasites au bloc (2003) as well as produced and participated in Soirée Vian, De Rome à Berlin, Tour de Chant -Tour de Terre, Soirée Prévert and Soirée Vinyle.
Artistic Director of Le Théâtre la Tangente since 2007, Louise Naubertis the recipient of the Ontario Arts Council’s John Hirsch Director’s award (2012).
Ed Pien is a Canadian artist based in Toronto. He has been making art for over early 30 years. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, he immigrated to Canada with his family at the age of eleven.
Pien has shown extensively, both nationally and internationally, in venues that include the Drawing Centre, NYC: the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; The Canadian Culture Centre in Paris; The Goethe Institute in Berlin; The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; The Art Gallery of Ontario; Musée des beaux arts, Montreal; Musée d’art contemporain, Montreal; Songzhuang Art Centre, Beijing; the National Art Gallery of Canada; as well as Oboro. He has participated in the 2000 and 2002 Montreal Biennales; the 18th Edition of the Sydney Biennale, “Oh Canada”, at MASS MoCA. Pien also presented work at the 5th Edition of the Moscow Biennale, and the Beijing International Art Biennale.
His work is collected widely, including at FRAC Lorraine, Metz, France; Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; The National Art Gallery of Canada; Art Gallery of Ontario; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Mendel Art Gallery; Weatherspoon Art Museum, University Of North Carolina, Greensboro, North Carolina; as well as other institutions and private collections. Pien teaches part-time at the University of Toronto.
Kimberly Purtell is a Toronto based lighting designer for theatre, opera and dance. Her designs have been critically acclaimed on the national and international stage having been seen across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Prague, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Mongolia and Russia. She has received 21 Dora Nominations, winning three times and is a recipient of the Pauline McGibbon award.
A Toronto native, Marianna Rosato received her BFA from Ryerson’s Theatre School’s Technical Production Program in 2006, where she now teaches Dance Stage Management. Rosato spent three years as the assistant stage manager for Toronto Dance Theatre as the Metcalf Foundation Intern. Since then, she has been the stage manager for Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, Dancemakers, Fujiwara Dance Inventions, Adelheid Dance Projects, tiger princess dance projects, BoucharDanse, Dreamwalker Dance Company, the Older & Reckless series for Moonhorse Dance Theatre, the National Ballet School of Canada, the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and many others. Beyond the dance world, Rosato is very proud to be the resident production stage manager for the Mainstage Theatre Company and the Children’s Arts Theatre School program.
Lisa Anne Ross
Lisa Anne Ross is a performer, creator, educator and community arts practitioner who after working in Toronto for over 10 years, has relocated to Fredericton, New Brunswick.
Lisa began her studies at Dalhousie University, completing a Bachelor’s Degree in the Acting Program and went on to study physical theatre forms at the Dell’arte School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, California. She has studied extensively with world-renowned clown teacher Sue Morrison and has most recently completed her Master’s in Environmental Studies from York University, where she examined theatre as a tool for social change.
Thomas Ryder Payne
Thomas Ryder Payne is a composer, producer and sound designer.
Starting as a songwriter with a 4-track recorder, Thomas has followed a varied musical career including studying with composer James Tenney, recording and touring for six years with the Juno nominated band Joydrop and producing numerous records.
He has designed sound for Soulpepper, Stratford, CanStage, Volcano, Tarragon, NAC, Theatre Calgary, GCTC, Nightwood, Modern Times, Aluna and many others. Thomas has received 2 Dora awards and 6 nominations.
Phil Strong is an award winning sound designer and composer based in Toronto – working in film, dance, theatre, musical performance and art installation.
Since his two year internship at the Banff Centre For The Arts, Phil has received commissions from artistic directors such as Christoper House, Denise Fujiwara, Matjash Mrowzewski, Moze Mossanen, Louis Laberge-Coté, Hari Krishnan, Conrad Alexandrowicz, Michael Caldwell – and of course Sylvie Bouchard. He has also designed sound and music for art installations by John Oswald, Laurel MacDonald, Heather Nicol, Sara Angelucci, Su Rynard and Kent Monkman. He is thrilled and honoured to be in cahoots with BoucharDanse.
Over his 30-year career Gerry Trentham has been acclaimed throughout North America and Europe for roles he originated in many of Canada’s most prominent choreographies including works during his seven-year tenure with Serge Bennathan’s Dancemakers. As founder and Artistic Director of pounds per square inch performance, he has written, choreographed and directed over 30 works including the Dora Mavor Moore nominated Four Mad Humours. His present creation includes The Art of Peace in residence at Toronto’s Fort York and the Apology Project with Pennsylvanian visual artist Kaersten Colvin Woodruff. With an MFA in Theatre and Graduate Voice Diploma from York University, he has taught through North America, Australia and the UK. As a core faculty member of Canada’s National Voice Intensive for over 19 years, as voice director of Eunoia, and with Denise Fujiwara in their new frontier of butoh/voice training, he investigates the synthesis of voice, movement, performance and written creation. He is honored to be amongst some of Canada’s most celebrated dancers performing Denise Fujiwara’s Dora nominated Eunoia.
Lindsay Zier-Vogel is a Toronto-based writer, arts educator and bookmaker. She studied dance at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and completed a Masters of English at the University of Toronto.
She is currently working on her second novel titled The Opposite of Drowning, where twenty-year-old Bea Porter confronts grief as a lifeguard on the edge of Lake Ontario. Lindsay has written text for various dance pieces including Susan Kendal’s Organ Stories and travelled to Saskatchewan for a three-week creation residency for Shannon Litzenberger’sHOMEbody. Lindsay teaches writing and book making workshops and is the creator of The Love Lettering Project, a one-of-a-kind community-based love letter art project that was recently featured on CBC Television’s The National and deemed one of the top 50 reasons to love Toronto in Toronto Life magazine.
Photo: Joel Yum
In 2003, Marie-Josée Chartier founded Chartier Danse in order to support her creative activities. She believes in bringing contemporary artists of diverse disciplines from the beginning of the creation to allow the development of layered, meticulous and integrated work and foster a level of communication that is central in accomplishing a strong artistic vision.
Acclaimed large scale productions with extraordinary artists came to life such asRed Brick celebrating the work of composer Michael J. Baker in collaboration with Arraymusic, Contes pour enfants pas sages with PPS Danse, Screaming Popesinspired from the work of painter Francis Bacon co-produced with fabrik Potsdam, Germany and Bas-Reliefs inspired from the paintings of Betty Goodwin in collaboration with Danse-Cité and uniting choreographers, designers and filmmakers from Montreal and Toronto.
Sashar Zarif Dance Theatre
Founded in 1993, SZDT is a professional Toronto based dance company with both traditional and contemporary works. SZDT produces an annual performance series, tours internationally and offers residencies, lecture-demonstrations, and classes in Near Eastern and Central Asian dance character, technique and choreography. The company also undertakes school holiday workshops, public seasons, feature performances for special events and community dance development activities. Based on its eclectic repertoire, the company has enjoyed intensive touring across the Near East, Europe and North America for the past four years.
“My creation is a hint in the process of embracing the unity of mind, body, emotion, and spiritual being. Working in the tradition of dance, my work has been an attempt to share with others the ideas, experiences, and emotions I have witnessed within my own cultural identity and history.”
Théâtre la Tangente
Le Théâtre la Tangente produces hybrid original works combining theatre, music, dance and video. Entertaining and thought provoking, the company’s artistic projects are articulated in the constant evolution of its founding members who, engaged in writing, set design, music, lighting design, directing and acting, feed a complicity born from the exchange of ideas, the sensitivity and the interdependence of their respective disciplines to create original works. Each new work provokes the re-examination of the artistic process of artisans coming from different backgrounds. Le Théâtre la Tangente’s founding members, Claude Guilmain and Louise Naubert are multidisciplinary and versatile artists.
Le Théâtre la Tangente was founded out of the need to explore and create original works in French and to counter Toronto’s artistic francophone community’s isolation by building bridges with francophone and francophile communities . A new work is produced in Toronto every two years and toured the following year. The public is always invited to witness the development of a new work by attending readings and workshops followed by discussions with the artists. Productions are now either surtitled in English or presented with English audio.