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The EMERGE Choreographic Award is a natural extension of our mission to connect artists to new opportunities, collaborators, and cultural organizations worldwide.

Emerging ChoreographersEMERGE Choreographic Award

Springboard Danse Montréal and Gibney Dance Company  launched the GDC/Springboard EMERGE Choreographic Award in 2018. Each year, one of Springboard’s Resident or Emerging Choreographers, past or present, is selected by the Gibney Dance Company for a new commission. The awardee is hand-selected by Gibney Dance Company Co-Directors Amy Miller and Nigel Campbell, who travel to Montréal each summer to observe the Resident and Emerging Choreographers at Springboard Danse Montréal.

The selected artist receives commissioning support to create a new work for Gibney Dance Company that premieres on a split bill program the following spring; mentorship through the creative process from a seasoned choreographer; and opportunities to teach classes and share their creative process through showings and dialogues at Gibney.

The EMERGE Choreographic Award is an extension of Springboard’s mission to connect artists to new opportunities, collaborators, and cultural organizations worldwide. With EMERGE, GDC and Springboard Danse Montréal hope to cultivate, mentor, and actualize the burgeoning visions of today’s young artists toward becoming tomorrow’s creative leaders in the field. It is a natural extension of Springboard’s mission to connect artists to new opportunities, collaborators, and cultural organizations worldwide. EMERGE highlights the continual expansion of Gibney Dance Company’s mission: from its beginning 27 years ago as a vehicle for the choreographic vision of its Founder Gina Gibney, to then welcoming re-stagings and new commissions from a wide range of guest choreographers, and now creating a platform to provide visibility, resources, and space to rising voices in the community.

This three-part opportunity for emerging artists—to create new work on world-class dancers, be seen in one of the most exciting venues in New York City, and be mentored by a dramaturge—makes EMERGE one of the most comprehensive support platforms for new choreographic talent in the field.

CONGRATULATIONS, LA TRESSE!

Gibney Company is trilled to announce LA TRESSE as the 2020-2021 Gibney Company/SPRINGBOARD EMERGE AWARDE

As the third annual Gibney Company/Springboard EMERGE Awardee, LA TRESSE, which includes Canadian dance makers, Erin O’Loughlin, Laura Toma, and Geneviève Boulet, will receive commissioning support to create a new work for Gibney Company in Fall 2020*.

“As we deepen our partnership with Springboard and its ever-growing roster of artists, we’re thrilled to celebrate the choreographic collective LA TRESSE,” say Gibney Company Directors Amy Miller and Nigel Campbell. “When we witnessed their work as 2019 Springboard Resident Choreographers, we were gobsmacked by the rich environment that they created their dance in. Their transportive power not only pertains to movement creation but speaks to their beautiful ability to create an inclusive experience in and outside of the studio for anyone who crosses their path.”

LA TRESSE will receive mentorship through the creative process and opportunities to teach classes and share with the Gibney community. Previous EMERGE Awardees include Micaela Taylor and Mark Caserta.

*Due to COVID-19, the 2020 EMERGE choreographic commission has been suspended indefinitely out of concern for the health and safety of our artists, audiences, and staff.

 

“We’re overwhelmingly honored and excited to be the recipients of the 2020-2021 EMERGE Award and the first international company to create a new work for Gibney Company,” says LA TRESSE. “Our working values are rooted in intuitive listening and creating a nurturing environment where creativity can flourish. Gibney Company shares these values of collaboration and provides a space where artists can thrive and be heard. We couldn’t think of a better fit and can’t wait to carry forward our relationship with this ambitious and truly special company.”

– LA TRESSE

“We are thrilled with the selection of LA TRESSE as our third EMERGE Awardee,” says Springboard Danse Montréal Founder & Artistic Director Alexandra Wells. “Springboard’s rich history with LA TRESSE began in 2017 when they were selected as Emerging Choreographers. The trio hired Springboard dancers from their cast following the project which speaks to the fruitful relationships they cultivate in the studio, as well as their company’s infrastructure and presence in Montréal. It was an organic choice to invite LA TRESSE as Resident Choreographers just two years later in 2019. Geneviève, Erin, and Laura’s work continues to feature their signature fantastical sensibilities and pop-culture inspirations. Their touch, their heart is unmissable.”

– Springboard Artistic Director Alexandra Wells &
Associate Director Merryn Kritzinger

“As we deepen our partnership with Springboard and its ever-growing roster of artists, we’re thrilled to celebrate the choreographic collective LA TRESSE. When we witnessed their work as 2019 Springboard Resident Choreographers, we were gobsmacked by the rich environment that they created their dance in. Their transportive power not only pertains to movement creation but speaks to their beautiful ability to create an inclusive experience in and outside of the studio for anyone who crosses their path.”

– GDC Co-Directors
Nigel Campbell and Amy Miller

With EMERGE, GDC and Springboard Danse Montréal hope to cultivate, mentor, and actualize the burgeoning visions of today’s young artists toward becoming tomorrow’s creative leaders in the field. It is a natural extension of Springboard’s mission to connect artists to new opportunities, collaborators, and cultural organizations worldwide. EMERGE highlights the continual expansion of Gibney Dance Company’s mission: from its beginning 27 years ago as a vehicle for the choreographic vision of its Founder Gina Gibney, to then welcoming re-stagings and new commissions from a wide range of guest choreographers, and now creating a platform to provide visibility, resources, and space to rising voices in the community.

This three-part opportunity for emerging artists—to create new work on world-class dancers, be seen in one of the most exciting venues in New York City, and be mentored by a dramaturge—makes EMERGE one of the most comprehensive support platforms for new choreographic talent in the field.

ABOUT LA TRESSE

After the three dancers’ serendipitous meeting in Tel Aviv, Erin O’Loughlin (Calgary) and Laura Toma (Ottawa, the first certified Gaga teacher in Canada) decided to relocate to Montréal and formed the collective LA TRESSE together with Geneviève Boulet. Their first work, Beauté Brute has been shown at numerous festivals and venues including Zone Homa, Vue Sur La Relève, OFFTA (Montréal), Dance Matters (Toronto) and La Rotonde (Quebec City). Created during a residency at Arsenal Gallery, their second trio Volume II premiered in 2016 at Festival Quartiers Danses where they were awarded the “Prix Coup de Coeur du Public” (Audience Choice Award) and has been presented at VALSPEC (Valleyfield) and The Grand YYC (Calgary). Their piece A Walkabout is a work developed for outdoor, public performance, and was premiered at the 2017 edition of Festival Quartiers Danses.

LA TRESSE has been awarded creative residencies from: La Rotonde, Shawbrook Dance (Ireland), Agora de la Danse, Danse Danse/Arsenal Art Contemporain, and CCOV. They have received support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and the Conseil des arts de Montréal. LA TRESSE was featured as Emerging Choreographers in the 2017 edition of Springboard Danse Montreal and returned in 2019 as Resident Choreographers. They were invited choreographers for the Winter 2019 session at the École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal where they created a new work, World was on fire; l’ère du Verseau, for the second-year students. Their new creation and first full-length piece L’Encre Noire was presented at Agora de la Danse in November 2019. They continue to collaborate with other Montreal artists on various projects, including the creation and performance of promotional material for the Fall/Winter 2018 campaign for local fashion brand Sokoloff. In 2018 they were also featured in a photo essay titled Inviting Contradiction in The Dance Current, Canada’s premiere dance magazine.

2019 EMERGE awardee: Mark Caserta

2018 EMERGE awardee: Mikaela Taylor

ABOUT GIBNEY DANCE COMPANY

With an unrelenting focus on artistic excellence and social integrity, Gibney Dance Company co-creates an environment where dancers are activated towards their full artistic, entrepreneurial, and socially-minded selves through rigorous physical, intellectual, and interpersonal practices.
GDC is a creation-based repertory company that performs the work of Founder Gina Gibney as well as internationally renowned guest choreographers. GDC’s full-time dancers, known as Artistic Associates, embrace a broad spectrum of activities – in the studio, on stage, within our organization, and throughout the community. In addition to performing, Artistic Associates facilitate hundreds of movement workshops each year for survivors of intimate partner violence; offer healthy relationship dance assemblies to high school students throughout the city; and each company member develops programming addressing pressing issues in the dance field, such as cultivating long-term diversity, connecting artists around the globe, and empowering dancers with financial literacy training.

GDC’s vision is to expand the current dance company model into one which acknowledges the many facets of expertise that dance artists offer our world. The uncompromising work ethic, creative problem-solving, and empathic negotiation implicit in successful dancing can create positive forward movement in the arts field and beyond. We see this comprehensive model as a way to not only cultivate the next leaders of the field, but to provide a concrete example of the wide-reaching relevancy of artists in our society.