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principal companies and choreographers 2022

BALLET JAZZ MONTRÉAL

 

Canada
artistic director ALEXANDRA DAMIANI

 

Repertoire to be announced

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Ballets Jazz Montreal is a repertory company that creates, produces and presents contemporary dance performances based on the technique, rigor and aesthetics of classical ballet. Its work consistently appears on local, national and international stages. Under the artistic direction of A.Damiani, the company celebrates this season its 50th anniversary.

Ballets Jazz Montréal was also a Principal Company in 2004, 2006, 2008-2011, and 2013.

GIBNEY COMPANY

USA

artistic director GINA GIBNEY
directors NIGEL CAMPBELL
+ AMY MILLER

Repertoire GAME IS RIGGED
choreographer ALAN LUNIEN ØYEN
stager GILBERT T SMALL II

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Gibney Company is a creation-based repertory company commissioning work from internationally renowned and emerging choreographers committed to exploring connections between rigorous, often superhuman physicality alongside responsive, humanistic storytelling. We value the risk and immeasurable opportunity of creation as a reflection of our dedication to an entrepreneurial philosophy of constant reinvention.

This is Gibney Company’s first summer at Springboard Danse Montréal.

ABOUT THE WORK

In a time of incessant acceleration, communication is becoming noise. The messenger and receiver is so close that we’re getting stuck in a feedback loop. But some conversations happen mostly with ourselves… Alone with our thoughts there’s no escaping the confrontational force of our fears, longings and expectations. But what happens when the carousel of questioning becomes a game of Russian roulette? Doubting every thought, we keep ourselves at constant gunpoint, but the game is rigged.

ABOUT THE STAGER

Gilbert T Small II is a dancer, choreographer, dramaturg and rehearsal director. He started his formal training at the Baltimore School for the Arts and holds a BFA from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. While at Purchase, he received the opportunity to study at Codarts in the Netherlands. Upon finishing his education, he was invited to join Ballet British Columbia. While with Ballet BC he worked with choreographers such as William Forsythe, Crystal Pite, Medhi Walerski, Johan Inger, Emily Molnar and Cayetano Soto. As a freelance artist Gilbert has worked with Serge Bennethan, Sidra Bell, Zoe Scolfield and Kyle Abraham. Gilbert is currently based in Seattle.

HOFESH SHECHTER COMPANY

UK

artistic director & choreographer HOFESH SHECHTER

Repertoire POLITICAL MOTHER
stager KIM KOHLMAN

ABOUT THE COMPANY

We’re a boundary-breaking dance company, producing exceptional work created by Hofesh Shechter, with an extraordinary company of internationally diverse dancers at our core. In all our work, we strive to move ourselves, and our audiences, beyond reason.

This is Hofesh Shechter Company’s first summer at Springboard Danse Montréal.

ABOUT THE WORK

Political Mother brims with Hofesh’s emotional and gritty complexity. Pulsating live music, extraordinary ensemble sequences, and cinematic editing make Political Mother a dance experience like no other.

ABOUT THE STAGER

Kim Kohlmann is a performing artist based in London. She was born in Amsterdam and grew up in Honduras, France and The Netherlands. After graduating from Codarts, Rotterdam which included a semester at SUNY Purchase, she joined Dansgroep Amsterdam and continued her career with Noord Nederlandse Dans before joining Hofesh Shechter Company, where she danced for seven years. Kim performed and created work with different choreographers from around the world including: Hofesh Shechter, Emanuel Gat, Stephen Shropshire, Itzik Galili, Krisztina de Châtel, Roy Assaf, Andrea Miller and many others. She collaborated in creating a duet that toured in England and was presented through ‘In Good Company’. Kim became a freelance dancer in 2019 and works regularly assisting and setting pieces for Hofesh Shechter whilst occasionally teaching professional companies and performing in project-based companies, the most recent one being with Jasmine Ellis Projects.

JIŘÍ KYLIÁN

Netherlands

principal choreographer Jiří Kylián

Repertoire WHEREABOUTS UNKNOWN
tought by ANNA HERRMANN

ABOUT THE CHOREOGRAPHER

Jiří Kylián (Czechoslovakia, 1947) started his dance career at the age of nine, at the School of the National Ballet in Prague. In 1962 he was accepted as a student at the Prague Conservatory. He left Prague when he received a scholarship for the Royal Ballet School in London in 1967.  After this, he left to join the Stuttgart Ballett led by John Cranko. Kylián made his debut as a choreographer here with Paradox for the Noverre Gesellschaft. After having made three ballets for Nederlands Dans Theater (Viewers, Stoolgame and La Cathédrale Engloutie), he became artistic director of the company in 1975. In 1978 he put Nederlands Dans Theater on the international map with Sinfonietta. That same year, together with Carel Birnie, he founded Nederlands Dans Theater II, which served as a bridge between school and professional company life and was meant to give young dancers the opportunity to develop their skills and talents and to function as a breeding ground for young talent. He also initiated Nederlands Dans Theater III in 1991, the company for older dancers, above forty years of age. This three dimensional structure was unique in the world of dance. After an extraordinary record of service, Kylián handed over the artistic leadership in 1999, but remained associated to the dance company as house choreographer until December 2009. READ MORE

This is Jiří Kylián’s first summer at Springboard Danse Montréal.

ABOUT THE WORK

Whereabouts Unknown Let me share with you a short story, which I think is significant for this work: The last duet is choreographed to the music of Charles Yves, entitled “The Unanswered Question”. In my opinion, this score is one of the finest musical compositions ever written….It stands for the mystery of our existence, as well as for the many “Unanswered” questions which accompany us from the beginning until the end. The choreography was made in one day, and the process of its creation was one of the strangest professional experiences I have ever had. It was on a Sunday, and I must admit that I have always loved working on Sundays. The reason for this is simple. It is because there is peace and quiet in the building, and because we are able to work undisturbed. On Sundays you don’t create because you have to, but because you want to…. It was on one of these Sundays in May 1993 that I have worked with two dancers – Jennifer Hanna and Jorma Elo. We have worked for many hours, and for most of the time without listening to the music. Almost for the entire time I had to think of a friend who died recently. At the end of the day the piece was finished – we ran it for the first time with the music. To our amazement, the length of the choreography matched exactly the duration of the music. I remember that when the dance finished, it was a very emotional moment for all three of us…. But my experience went far beyond the sheer satisfaction of a well accomplished work. I felt, that the choreography was not made by me, but that I was just an instrument whose duty was to make this event happen…. I found this experience very unusual, because I do not belong to any religion, which could have prepared me for such eventuality….But, in a strange way, it has much to do with my encounter with the Aboriginal people of Australia in 1980. There is a line in my work, which often traces the ‘whereabouts’ of our existence. love to walk along the traces, which old civilizations have left. Artifacts, materials or ancient believes speak for themselves in their beauty or ugliness. The attempt to travel back into the ancient worlds in order to question ours, can be beneficial – May be…. The title of this work is: “Whereabouts Unknown”. This is the standard description, written under a painting which is lost because of theft, revolutions, wars, ignorance or simple negligence. Much of our cultural heritage is lost on daily bases and my choreography is just a very small reminder of the fact that it might be good to be conscious of our “Whereabouts”. At least for the time we live…. – Jiří Kylián

ABOUT THE TEACHER

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Born in Zürich, Anna Herrmann began her dance education in her home town until being awarded full scholarship from Migros-Kulturprozent Schweiz which allowed her to complete her studies at the School of The Hamburg Ballet. In 1998, upon graduation, she was invited to join The Hamburg Ballet where she danced for the first 3 years of her professional career. Anna has been a company member of Niedersächssiche Staatsoper Hannover, Göteborgs Operan, Staatstheater Wiesbaden and later of Nederlands Dans Theater where she performed from 2009 until 2016. Throughout her career, Anna had the privilege to create and collaborate with renowned choreographers such as John Neumeier, Jiří Kylián, Mats Ek, Stephan Thoss, Crystal Pite, Leon/Lightfoot, Marco Goecke, Johan Inger, Franck Chartier, Sharon Eyal, Medhi Walerski among others. In 2019 Anna joined the Berlin-based Dance On Ensemble. Her latest projects with Dance On Ensemble include perfroming in works by Rabih Mroué, Merce Cunningham, Jan Martens, Lucinda Childs and Ginevra Panzetti & Enrico Ticconi. Since 2015 Anna is exploring her own choreographic voice. She was co-creator in several interdisciplinary projects. Anna frequently works in collaboration with swiss visual artist Stephanie Hess and London-based artist Tong Zhao. Some of these collaborative projects were showcased at Gallerie Eigenheim Berlin, Nidwaldner Museum Schweiz, Theater STOK in Zürich, The MOCA Shanghai and Beijing Today Art Museum. Anna has served as guest teacher and faculty for several institutions such as The Royal Conservatoire Den Haag, Arts Umbrella Vancouver and Springboard Danse Montréal.

JOHANNES WIELAND

GERMANY

principal choreographer JOHANNES WIELAND

CREATIVE PROCESS
choreographic assistant EVANGELOS POULINAS

ABOUT THE COMPANY

johannes wieland built the contemporary dance company of the staatstheater of kassel, germany for 15 years, holding positions as a resident choreographer, artistic director and director. he continues to create multi disciplinary work through his berlin company mind eraser/johannes wieland. he also directs and curates the b12 festival. (www.b12.space).

johannes wieland has participated at Springboard Danse Montréal as a Principal Choreographer since 2016, and was a featured artist at SpringboardX 2016 + 2021

KIDD PIVOT / CRYSTAL PITE

CANADA

repertoire REVISOR
stager ERIC BEAUCHESNE

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Integrating movement, original music, text, and rich visual design, Kidd Pivot’s performance work is assembled with recklessness and rigour, balancing sharp exactitude with irreverence and risk. Under the direction of internationally renowned Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite, the company’s distinct choreographic language – a breadth of movement fusing classical elements and the complexity and freedom of structured improvisation – is marked by a strong theatrical sensibility and a keen sense of wit and invention.

Kidd Pivot has participated at Springboard Danse Montréal as a Principal Company in 2013, 2014, and from 2016-2019.

ABOUT THE STAGER

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Born in Québec, Eric first danced with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, then with The Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault, Paul-André Fortier and Louise Lecavalier. Member of Kidd Pivot since 2004, he is currently its Associate Artistic Director, and transmits Crystal Pite’s works around the world.

KYLE ABRAHAM

USA

principal choreographer KYLE ABRAHAM

CREATIVE PROCESS
choreographic assistant STEPHANIE TERASAKI

ABOUT THE COMPANY

In addition to creating several works for his own company, A.I.M by Kyle Abraham, Mr. Abraham has been commissioned by a variety of dance companies, including The Royal Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, New York City Ballet (NYCB, and National Ballet of Cuba, among others.

Kyle previously attended Springboard as an Emerging Choreographer in 2007.

ABOUT THE STAGER

Stephanie Terasaki was born and raised in southern California. She attended the Orange County School of the Arts and received her BFA in 2016 from The Juilliard School. During her time at Juilliard she has had the opportunity to perform works by Kyle Abraham, Martha Graham, Eliot Feld, Camille Brown, Brian Brooks, Kate Weare, Paul Taylor, Loni Landon, and Bobbi Jene Smith. She has danced with GroundWorks Dance Theater for their 2016 summer and fall season and had the lovely opportunity of performing works by Robyn Mineko Williams, Adam Barruch, Beth Corning, and David Shimotakahara. She currently lives in New York City and dances with various companies including Brian Brooks Moving Company, ZviDance, and MeenMoves.

OHAD NAHARIN

ISRAEL

principal choreographer OHAN NAHARIN

repertoire TBA
stager SHAMEL PITTS

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Gaga is the movement language developed by Ohad Naharin throughout many years, parallel to his work as a choreographer and the former artistic director of Batsheva Dance Company. Gaga originated from Naharin’s need to communicate with his dancers and his curiosity in the ongoing research of movement.

Ohad Naharin has previously participated in Springboard as a Principal Company in 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2019.

RUBBERBAND

CANADA

principal company RUBBERBAND / VICTOR QUIJADA

repertoire TBA

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Since 2002, Victor Quijada has choreographed close to 30 pieces with RUBBERBAND and through commissions. Quijada developed the RUBBERBAND Method; a training system that is a fusion of post-modern, contemporary, and classical ballet – with the ideology & movement vocabulary of the Hip-Hop Culture he grew up with.

RUBBERBAND was also a Springboard Principal Company from 2010-2016 and in 2019.