7StarrLaval + Montreal
In a dance class at Studio 303 she met Vladimir “7Starr” Laurore – who began krumping at age 19 after a precocious career as an athlete and rapper. A pioneer of the krump scene in Canada, 7Starr is renowned for his work in community centres and schools in disadvantaged neighbourhoods.
For the past 10 years, Al Attar has been collaborating with the director Omar Abusaada, originally from Damascus. Together they create theatre that is intimately linked to social and political changes, works that hover on the boundary between fiction and documentation.
Mohammad Al AttarDamas + Berlin
Mohammad Al Attar
A new name in Syrian theatre, the writer Mohammad Al Attar, born in Damascus, now lives in Berlin. A prolific writer since the start of the Syrian uprising in March 2011, his works focuses on the social and political role of theatre, and the Syrian revolution.
Bissane Al CharifDamas + Paris
Bissane Al Charif
In 2017, Mohammad Al Attar and Omar Abusaada presented in Berlin Aleppo. A Portrait of Absence, working with the set designer Bissane Al Charif, a frequent collaborator. A native of Damascus now living in Paris, she also has been using her art in support of the Syrian people since 2011.
Marc BoivinVancouver + Montreal
A highly sensitive dancer, Boivin has led a brilliant career for over three decades, collaborating with numerous choreographers, including Ginette Laurin, Louise Bédard, Sylvain Émard, Jean-Pierre Perreault, James Kudelka, Tedd Robinson, Dominique Porte, Felix Ruckert, Mélanie Demers, and Catherine Tardif.
The actor, writer, director and founder of Infrarouge Marie Brassard is an alchemist of the stage.
Maxime Carbonneau graduated from the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Montréal in 2009 and has since staged nearly a dozen performances, mainly with La Messe Basse. In 2018, he was awarded the John-Hirsch Prize by the Canada Council for the Arts for his promising work as theatre director.
As a visual artist and a lighting designer, Paul Chambers is increasingly interested in the idea of placing the visual concept at the forefront of the artistic endeavour, followed by the integration of other disciplines.
Sarah ChaseVancouver + Montreal
Sarah Chase, a choreographer and dancer born in Toronto and currently based in British Columbia, first became known as a solo artist, with pieces set to the stage across Canada and in Europe.
The Aalaapi CollectiveNunavik + Montreal
The Aalaapi Collective
The Aalaapi Collective is a group of multidisciplinary artists, Inuit and non-Inuit, who banded together to make Aalaapi, which is both an audio documentary and a hybrid theatre piece that combines stage and radio performance. It was first presented in salle Jean-Claude Germain at Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui in January 2019.
After completing a Minor in Theatre at Concordia University, actor, stage director, and writer Laurence Dauphinais graduated in Acting from the National Theatre School of Canada in 2009, setting herself apart by actively participating in unconventional performances, such as La Fureur de ce que je pense by Marie Brassard, based on the writings of Nelly Arcan, and Mythe by Mykalle Bielinski.
A native of Geneva and a Montrealer by adoption, the choreographer Sarah Dell’Ava espouses a unifying definition of dance as a profound conduit for humanity.
Choreographer and dancer Mélanie Demers founded the MAYDAY dance company in 2007.
Over the past fifteen years, socially conscious artist Rhodnie Désir has been developing a choreographic-documentary Afro-contemporary language, mainly inspired by traditions from Haiti, Central and Western Africa, as well as from other Caribbean nations.
Michel F CôtéMontreal
Michel F Côté
There is a unique joy emanating from the creation of La jamais sombre, born out of the radiant friendship between three artists: Catherine Tardif, Michel F Côté, and Marc Parent. La jamais sombre is a scenic composition combining all three of their highly regarded artistic practices.
After completing musical training at the Conservatoire de Paris, Clara Furey launched her career as a singer-songwriter.
An Antane KapeshMaliotenam
Lara Kramer is a choreographer and multidisciplinary artist of mixed Oji-Cree and Mennonite heritage.
Through song, movement, theatre, and performance, Soleil Launière, a Pekuakamilnu artist born in Mashteuiatsh, creates a universe that is deeply connected to her roots and to Innu traditions.
The muse for La La Human Steps for some 20 years, Louise Lecavalier marked the imagination of an era with her radiant presence and her extraordinary physical daring.
Lucy M. MayLaval + Montreal
Lucy M. May
A native of New Brunswick, the contemporary dance artist Lucy M. May studied at the École de danse contemporaine in Montreal and at Rotterdam Dance Academy in the Netherlands before performing around the world for several years with Compagnie Marie Chouinard.
Kate McIntoshBrussels + Wellington
Born and raised in New Zealand, Kate McIntosh now lives in Brussels. A multidisciplinary artist, she initially trained as a dancer and has been producing works internationally since 1995, collaborating with artists like Wendy Houstoun and Tim Etchells in the United Kingdom, Meryl Tankard in Australia, Michèle Anne de Mey and Davis Freeman in Belgium and Simone Aughterlony in Switzerland.
Currently resident lighting designer for Les Grands Ballets, Marc Parent is constantly renewing his art at the local as well as the global level, each time with an acute awareness of the transformative and suggestive powers of luminous matter.
Sovann Rochon-Prom TepMontreal
Sovann Rochon-Prom Tep
Sovann Rochon-Prom Tep has been breakdancing since the age of eight and has taken part in many hip-hop battles with the Sweet Technique group.
A minimalist poet of supernatural physicality, Manuel Roque is a leading figure in contemporary dance in Quebec.
The writer, director and performer Marion Siéfert developed her first solo work, 2 ou 3 choses que je sais de vous, in connection with her doctoral program in Germany. It laid the foundations of what became her chief focus: an exploration of social media networks, a desire to put the spectator in a position of voyeur, a judicious use of screens. The play was presented at TU in Nantes, and also at the Théâtre de Vanves, the Gaîté Lyrique and other venues.
In less than a decade, the director, writer, filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist Jordan Tannahill has emerged as a major voice in English-Canadian theatre. In 2012 at the age of 24, he founded Videofag with William Christopher Ellis in a former barbershop in Toronto’s Kensington Market neighbourhood.
Last but not least, Catherine Tardif’s compelling authenticity as an interpreter is matched only by the visionary nature of her choreographic work, which walks the fine line between the comical and the sublime.
Katie Ward takes care of our imaginations and of the ties that connect us together. Since Rock Steady (2011), as a choreographer and performer, she has been exploring the molecular, energetic, and emotional composition of a collective body, challenging the ways in which it assembles and is undone in its multiple possible forms.
Gerard X ReyesMontreal
Gerard X Reyes
Choreographer and dancer Gérard X Reyes is a pillar of Montreal’s kiki ballroom scene. As a dancer, he has worked with some of the greats: Benoît Lachambre, Bill T. Jones, Luther Brown, Noémie Lafrance.