With the support of Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
Residencies Mariko Tanabe Studio, Concordia University’s VAV Gallery, Danse à la carte, Tangente
Presented at Bancs d’essai – Circuit Est (2022), Concordia University’s VAV Gallery (2021, 2022)
As a multidisciplinary artist, I rely heavily on my understanding of movement as a foundation for creation. Everything I create is a choreography of intentional energy. The fibres of my physical being, and the fibres within the materials I use, dance together in space. My practice largely reflects my introspections, dreams, and efforts to bring healing and wellness into my life. I choreograph for the body in open-ended pathways that are directed and focused towards an allocated emotional expression. By combining visual and performance art, I find the intersections of commonality that exist in all living realities. My installations are a soft chaos: softness that invites a viewer to investigate the work and their relation to it in an inviting circumstance; chaos, as a messenger of change, an impetus to re-evaluate the known and unknown. Colour is used to enhance and trigger the subconscious. I am inspired by moments in life that are full of duality, moments that ask you to slow down while also quickening your heart beat in excitement. I am inspired by the human body’s physical capacities, which I have explored at great length since beginning to dance as a young child. I am inspired by potential, both realised and that which is only waiting to be discovered. I am motivated to create connections where others see none. I am also motivated to share light where there only seems to be darkness.
Born in Stockholm, Sweden, Elon Höglund is a multidisciplinary artist who mainly focuses on choreography, directing, and music production. He co-founded the award-winning dance company Tentacle Tribe, which has toured internationally in over 45 countries since its start in 2012. Prior to the company’s creation, Elon had a long career as a freelancing professional dancer, including performing as a soloist for Cirque du Soleil. Elon has taught countless workshops and been invited as a guest teacher at multiple universities around the world. He has also worked as an outside eye/mentor for many international artists and companies.
Residencies Espace Ouvert, Tangente
Artist and teacher Stéphanie Decourteille founded the contemporary dance and creation program Big Bang in Montréal in 2018, and co-founded the movement artist support organization Espace Ouvert a year later. Professionally trained in ballet and contemporary dance and stimulated by over 25 years as a performer, choreographer and trainer on local and international stages, Stéphanie places the development of professional and pre-professional artists (dance, circus, theatre, performance…) at the heart of her artistic and cultural commitments. In each of her roles as artistic director, creative advisor and movement teacher, Stéphanie Decourteille works to ensure that approaches are valued, skills perfected, and all forms of expression encouraged.
Leaving studies in history and philosophy behind him, Andrew Turner was inexplicably accepted to Concordia University’s Dance program in 2001. He has performed extensively in Canada and abroad with such companies as Par B.L.eux, O Vertigo, Human Playground, PPS Danse, Pigeons International, Maribé sors-de-ce-corps, and others. As a choreographer, he has presented his works in Europe, Mexico, the United States, and over 20 Canadian cities. He has received several awards, and residencies in Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, and at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. In 2020, he received a Master’s Degree in Dance, with distinction, from UQAM.
Adrien Poulin is a sound artist based in Montréal. Whether as a collaborator or composer/performer, his musical practice is rooted in a desire to tell a story. A story that weaves (and unweaves) itself through encounters, tours, thrills, and a collection of professional experiences with dance troupes and various musical artists. He graduated from Concordia University in 2021 with a degree in jazz studies, and since then has been expanding his practice to new horizons.
Residencies Tangente, Nyata Nyata
Presented at MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels, 2023)
Marion Arinloye aka Big Rulez is a music producer, beat maker, rapper and sound designer with over 13 years of experience in music composition, recording, mixing and editing in several music genres in a broad range of industries based out of Paris, France. His love of music and movement started at a young age, and his passion for dance is what sparked his initial interest in beat making and producing. He is a pioneer in the production of krump music in Europe and he also composes various music styles, such as hip hop, house, trap, and movie scores. He has been fortunate enough to work with and produce music for several up-and-coming artists internationally, designed music for theatre shows, TV, dance competitions, and many more. He has released numerous mixtapes that can be found on Bandcamp and popular music platforms such as iTunes, Spotify, etc. His passion and dedication has also led him to expand his talents even further with teaching, performance, videography, and photography. His goal is to continue to perfect his craft and inspire people in the process as long as needed.