MARC BOIVN

Marc Boivin is a performer, improviser, teacher, and choreographer. He began his dance career at Le Groupe de la Place Royale under the directorship of Peter Boneham before joining Ginette Laurin and her company O Vertigo Danse in 1985. Since 1991 he has worked as an independent dancer, performing mainly for Louise Bédard, Sylvain Emard, Jean-Pierre Perreault, Catherine Tardif, Tedd Robinson and since 2007, in some of his own creations. He has been affiliated with the École de danse contemporaine de Montreal since 1987 and regularly guest teaches and choreographs in schools and companies across Canada. He served on the board of the Conseil des arts de Montreal from 2005 to 2010 and is chair of the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault since 2006.

Since 2006, Marc Boivin is president of the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault. From 2005 to 2010, he has also sat on the Conseil des arts de Montréal and chaired the Regroupement québécois de la danse between 2010 and 2014.

For his performance in the play WOULD, choreographed by Mélanie Demers, Marc Boivin received the Dora Mavor Moore Award during the summer of 2014.


BOYZIE CEKWANA

Boyzie Cekwana was born in Soweto, South Africa, where he started his career as a dancer. At twenty-three, he became the main choreographer for the Playhouse Dance Company. He is often referred to as the “Wonderkind” of South African dance and his work is present in the repertory of several international companies.

In 1997, he created his company, The Floating Outfit Project, which performs on the most prestigious stages of the world.

His contribution as a dancer and choreographer makes him a respected artist on the international scene. A lucid and profound being, Boyzie Cekwana dissects and questions. He is surely one of the figureheads of contemporary South African dance.

ANGIE CHENG

Angie Cheng found her love for dance at an early age. She began her dance studies in Ottawa and went on to graduating with a BFA in Contemporary Dance in Montreal from Concordia. She has danced for many of Montreal’s emerging choreographers such as: Namchi Bazar, Andrew Tay & Sasha Kleinplatz, Ghislaine Doté, and Jessica Cumberbirch. With whom she’s had the opportunity to perform throughout Montreal and in Vancouver: Dancing on the Edge Festival, Guelph: The Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival, Toronto: Frida.

In 2008, she had the opportunity to apprentice with David Pressault Danse, which lead to performing in his most recent work Corps interieur. She most recently joined MAYDAY with choreographer Mélanie Demers in her new work Junkyard/Paradise.

Angie loves discovering new territories and delving into new challenges, she has participated in and collaborated with various forms of art, artists and performances involving and outside of dance. Expressing life through movement.

LAÏLA DIALLO

Born in Canada, Laïla studied at l’École de Danse de Québec before heading to France and then to London to pursue her training respectively with Régine Chopinot and the London Contemporary Dance School. In 1998, she obtained her Masters Degree in interpretation at the University of Kent.

Between 1997 and 2005, Laïla danced with Random Dance, directed by Wayne McGregor, participating in all productions of the company during this period.

In 2006, Laïla received the Rayne Fellowship for Choreographers which allowed her to study the situation of asylum seekers and political refugees in Great Britain. Since then, she has created choreographic works which underscore her concerns and which have been presented throughout Great Britain and in Europe and Canada. She also works for theatre, opera and television.

JAMES GNAM

James Gnam trained at the National Ballet School of Canada and from 1998 to the present, has worked with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal, Ballet BC, EDAM dance, Grand Poney and MAYDAY. He has had the pleasure of creating, collaborating and performing in the works of Crystal Pite, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Jiri Kylian, Peter Bingham, Thomas Lehman, Lee Su-Feh, Jacques Poulin-Denis, Barak Marshall and Mélanie Demers. 

James is the artistic director of plastic orchid factory and a founding member of Vancouver's only artist run dance centre left of main. 

With plastic orchid, James collaboratively devises interdisciplinary work that focuses the body as a site of social commentary. James' research and work have been supported by Opera Estate in Bassano Italy; Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique in Montreal; Centre Q and the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and Electric Company Theatre, The Dance Centre, The New Forms Festival, The Vancouver Art gallery and SFU Woodwards in Vancouver.

In 2010, the late Lola Maclaughlin nominated James and his wife Natalie for the City of Vancouver's Mayor's Arts Award for Dance. 

 

KATE HOLDEN

An award-winning dance artist, Kate Holden is a graduate of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and Etobicoke School of the Arts. Concurrent with her professional training, she performed frequently with PBJ Dance and Gabby Kamino. Kate has had the pleasure of interpreting the works of many esteemed Canadian choreographers, including Roberto Campanella, Melanie Demers, Robert Desrosiers, David Earle, Sylvain Emard, Michael Greyeyes, Sasha Ivanochko, James Kudelka, Michael Trent, Andrea Nann, and Yvonne Ng; with appearances across North America, France, Britain, Holland, and Singapore. She danced with the Danny Grossman Dance Company for two seasons and recently with Dancemakers for 5 seasons. Kate was a board member of the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists from 2003-2008. An emerging choreographer, Kate premiered her first work re-mapping, a duet for musician Joshua Van Tassel and herself, in At the Wrecking Ball V in February 2012. 

 

ANNE-MARIE JOURDENAIS

With her fascination with everything the human body can feel and express, Anne-Marie Jourdenais has explored all kinds of disciplines, from alpine ski races as a teenager to her discovery of Parkour when she was in her early forties… She moves! And she likes to be moved! That is why dance has always played a central role in her life. After graduating from the École de Danse Contemporaine in 1996, she began working as a dancer for many Montreal choreographers. Over the years, she honed her skills as a rehearsal coach and worked with choreographers and dancers like Alan Lake, Ginette Laurin, Manon Oligny, Marie-Claude Rodrigue and Dave St-Pierre. She taught dance for about 10 years before developing a passion for Qi Gong and becoming a teacher with the Fragments Libres studio. She has been collaborating with Mélanie Demers for more than 20 years.

KARINE LEDOYEN

A graduate of L’École de danse de Québec in 1999, Karine Ledoyen founded Dance K par K in 2005. She initiated the project Osez! in the summer of 2002. Karine was awarded the Francis Samson Cultural Development for the city of Quebec in 2006. Julio et Romette, Cibler and Air reveal a playful and whimsical universe, at the image of the choreographer.

CHI LONG

Chi Long studied dance in Australia, where she performed for several years with the Canberra Dance Theatre. She moved to Montreal in 1990 and joined O Vertigo in 1991. She danced for the company for the following 11 years, participating in the creation of La Chambre blanche, Déluge, La Bête (The Beast Within), En Dedans, La Vie qui bat, and Luna. In 2002, she joined the Compagnie Marie Chouinard, performing in The Rite of Spring, 24 Preludes by Chopin, Le Cri du Monde, Chorale and Body Remix/Goldberg Variations. Chi Long returned to O Vertigo in 2008 to dance in the re-creation of La Chambre Blanche, and in Onde de choc (2010).

BRIANNA LOMBARDO

Brianna Lombardo, a native of Toronto, completed her professional training at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and then worked with various international artists in Europe on a Chalmers Arts Fellowship. As an independent dancer, she worked in Toronto with Michael Trent and Matjash Mrozewski, and in Montreal with Isabelle Van Grimde and Jean-Pierre Perreault, before joining the O Vertigo company in 2004.

 After six years with the company, she rejoined the dance community as a freelancer and worked closely with Mélanie Demers (MAYDAY), Jacques Poulin-Denis (Grand Poney), Frédérick Gravel (GAG), Caroline Laurin-Beaucage, Martin Messier and Sasha Ivanochko. Alongside her dancing work since 2010, she has been teaching the O Vertigo and MAYDAY repertoires. She is also a certified yoga teacher. Brianna draws inspiration from yoga, immobility and photography, while moving, exploring, and remaining curious.

NICOLAS PATRY

Nicolas Patry discovers music and movement during his various experiences with drum and bugle corps from Canada and the United States. While attending LADMMI, contemporary dance school, graduating in 2008, Nicolas explores a variety of styles and techniques. Driven by different movement energies and their rhythms, Nicolas constantly pushes the limits of his interpretation. The experience of the « Exclusive Intensive » with Tedd Robinson opened his vision on creation and new dance vocabulary.

At the beginning of his professional career, he had the opportunity to collaborate with Ruddy Perrez (Californie). Closer to home, in Québec, he dances for Chantal Caron, Lucie Grégoire and Lina Cruz for Fila 13. He then participated to the event OSEZ! from Danse K par K. Through that experience, he meets Mélanie Demers, invited choreographer. Nicolas joined MAYDAY’s team in 2009.

ALEXANDRE PILON-GUAY

Alexandre Pilon-Guay graduated from College Lionel-Groulx in 2003, he first worked for Cirque Eloize and numerous corporate events. He then worked as technical director for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens of Montreal, before devoting himself fully to lighting design.

In recent years, he collaborated with choreographers Mélanie Demers, Virginia Brunelle, Frédéric Gravel, Lynda Gaudreau and Antonija Livingstone. He has been working for the last 7 years with choreographer Dave St-Pierre to develop performances whose creations have been seen in Montreal and across Europe. In theater, Alexandre was part of the team directed by Catherine Vidal adapting Le Grand Cahier.  He has also worked with Emmanuel Schwartz, Alice Ronfard, Jérémie Niel, Justin Laramée, Momentum and Transthéâtre. Since 2012, he has been an associate artist with Théâtre La Chapelle.

Artist in constant evolution Alexandre Pilon-Guay is inspired by the relationship between body, light and the surrounding space. His photographic work underlines this vision as well.

JACQUES POULIN-DENIS

Jacques Poulin–Denis is a composer, dancer and stage artist. He studied dance theatre and music and now formulates projects that blur the boundaries between these disciplines.

Co-founder of the sound art organization, Ekumen, Jacques Poulin-Denis has published two albums and created the music for a dozen dance and theater productions, working with Mélanie Demers, Nicolas Bernier, Martin Messier, Boyzie Cekwana, Ginette Laurin, Denis Marleau, Philippe Lambert, Katie Faulkner and Eric Kupers.

In 2009, he founded the interdisciplinary creation company Grand Poney bringing artists together to help him devise a hybridized and idea‑based stage craft. His works include Gently Crumbling (2011) Practices (2009), Domestik (2009), Target of God (2009), The Pencil Project (2008) and DORS (2007). Jacques attempts to bridge the obvious and the imaginary. His pieces are communicative and honest and generally contain a measure of unfeasibility given the company’s delusions of grandeur.

RILEY SIMS

Riley Sims is a graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s Professional Training Program in Contemporary Dance and the Wexford School for the Arts Musical Theatre program. Since then, he has gone on to dance in works by numerous choreographers including: Tedd Robinson, Noam Gagnon, Melanie Demers, Michael Trent, Darryl Tracy and Andrew Turner. Riley Sims also spent three seasons as a company member of Ottawa Dance Directive under the artistic direction of Yvonne Coutts.

Sims’ own contemporary dance company, Social Growl Dance, was founded in 2012 and has presented work at the SummerWorks Performance Festival, Dance Matters, Gallery 1313, and Fresh Blood. In 2014, Social Growl Dance received two creation residencies (at Centre Q in Quebec and with lemonTree Creations in Toronto) supporting Sims’ first full-length work Are You Still Coming Tonight?. Social Growl Dance was selected to be the Dance Matters 2016/2017 commission and residency artist. This collaboration with Dance Matters will present Sims' next full length work scheduled to premiere in February 2017.

Recently Riley was commissioned by Collectif Dans Ta Face to create We Do It To Ourselves which premiered in Quebec City in February 2016. Last year Sims’ was commissioned by Winnipeg’s Nova Dance Collective to create a new work, Judy and The Reckless which premiered in March, 2015. In October 2015 Riley performed with Tedd Robinson (10 Gates Dancing Inc.) at the Festival of New Dance in St.Johns, Newfoundland. 

ANGÉLIQUE WILLKIE

Angélique Willkie is an artist active in dance, music, theatre, and circus communities. An independent artist, trained at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, she moved to Europe and has lived there for over 20 years. In Belgium, she participated in several dance projects with the Ballets C de la B, the Karin Vyncke company and Needcompany. As a singer, she collaborated with Zap Mama, dEUS, Zita Swoon Group and DAAU. She has also lent her voice to the following musicians: Walter Hus (Spectra Ensemble), Kaat De Windt, David Linx, Fabrizio Cassol and Ensemble Music News. Angélique Willkie is also a professor at the École Supérieure des Arts du Cirque (ESAC) in Brussels and continues to teach contemporary dance at the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal and Concordia University.