An Exciting Initiative at Springboard
The Resident Choreographer Program was developed for former Springboard Emerging Choreographers whose work has been deemed exceptional and who are at the forefront of the international choreographic scene. Springboard curates these exceptional artists who have been commissioned for international productions. Springboard provides creative residency support, including elite dancers, studio space and informal showings at Place des arts and Usine C.
Springboard will offer residency perks, such as:
- 27 hours of rehearsal with Springboard dancers (5 – 7 pm, Monday through Friday) in gorgeous, luminous studio spaces in downtown Montréal;
- Studio residency time to research and develop work;
- A cast of 12+ elite dancers, hand-selected for the current edition of Springboard;
- An informal showing and talk-back during the process, presenting the work-in-progress to local presenters and members of the Montréal dance community;
- Installation and pop-up opportunities in public locations around the city of Montréal;
- The opportunity to present previously created work at Springboard’s Emerging Platform at Place des Arts.
- The opportunity to present a work-in-progress at the final showing, alongside fellow Resident Choreographers, Principal Companies, and Emerging Choreographers at Usine C, Montréal’s avant-garde theatre;
- Unique opportunities to meet and network with Montréal presenters, curators, choreographers and company directors;
- Ongoing promotion and enhanced visibility including live-streaming and published videos on social media (Springboard newsletters, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Vimeo).
Springboard Danse Montréal is working in partnership with Agora de la danse and with Tangente Danse to provide our Resident Choreographers with access to studio space, contact with presenters and curators, and visibility within the Montréal community.
2018 Resident Choreographers
Jasmine Ellis is a Canadian choreographer and dance film director based out of Munich Germany. A graduate of Etobicoke School of the Arts, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and Codarts Rotterdam Conservatory, Ellis has worked professionally in dance as a performer and choreographer since 2006. She has performed for companies like Dorky Park – Costanza Marcas (DE), Random Collison (NL), Zata Omm – William Young (CA), Satellit Produktion – David Russo (DE), the Bayersicer States Opera (DE), and for many choreographers including Edan Gorlicki (NL), Ido Batash (IS), Anna Reiti (HG), Audrey Bergeron (CA), Brodie Stevenson (CA).+-
Ellis creations are often collaborative, sometimes for stage and often for camera. In the 2017 / 2016 season she co-presented two collaborative evenings at Schwere Reiter Theatre ‘I AM REAL LIFE’ and ‘For…Two…Step…Next…’ as well as presenting ‘Placebo’ as part of Tanztendenz ofen studios. The short film ‘ Cargo ‘ at HIER=JETZT festival all in Munich Germany.
As part of Springboard Danse Montréal she presented her own chorography Relent (2016) and Lila (2016) and was invited back the following summer and presented ‘ease of confusion’ (2017) and in ‘courage, my love’ (2017) in Montreal Canada.
Ellis created and presented the new work ‘Attempted ‘ at OpenFLR in Florance Italy ( 2017). Ellis was also invited to a creation residency with La broke lab ( Montreal) in 2016.
As a performer she appeared in numerous productions in 2016 including ‘ the Players’ by Edan Gorlick that has been awarded the Stuttgart Theaterpreis 2017, and will continue to tour in 2017, as well as premiere Edan’s latest work ‘Lucky Bastards’ Dec 2017 in Mannheim at EinTanz Haus.
Ellis was awarded the Debütförderung für freie Tanzschaffende 2017 from the city of Munich (Kulturreferat der LH München). She will premiere her evening length show ‘ ‘Empathy’ in January 2018.
A resident of Munich for many years Ellis is proactive in cultivating a lively free dance scene in Munich. Co-creator of Munich DancePAT with Katrin Shafitel, Ellis programs and facilities guest artist to teach monthly professional morning training in collaboration with Tanztendenz Munich e.V .
Michael was born in 1978 in Israel. After his graduation from the Bat- Dor School of Dance, Michael joined the Bat- Sheva dance company, where he danced pieces by Ohad Naharin, Jiri Kylian, Angelin Preljocaj and Amanda Miller. In 1999 Michael settled in Germany, and worked with Amanda Miller, ‘Pretty Ugly’, Ballet Freiburg. During 1999-2006 he worked with other choreographers such as: William Forsythe, Marguerite Donlon, Alessio Silvestrin, Orjan Andersson and more.
In 2005 he returned to Israel and began establishing himself as an independent choreographer.
Michael has been creating throughout the years numerous projects and choreographic works for various festivals such as Curtain Up (Israel), International Exposure (Israel), Chaillot Theatre National De Paris, Holland Dance festival, Open Look Festival (St. Petersburg), Terni festival (Italy), Bassano Del Grappa and more.
In 2006 Michael received a scholarship from the American Israel Cultural Foundation for promising young choreographers and in 2009 he received the special Recognition Award for his work in the competition Miniatures Festival in Belgrade (Serbia).
In 2008, Michael won the 2nd prize for choreography of the solo “M-Fiction” and 1st prize for outstanding performance in the CCBC- International Choreography Contest in Copenhagen (Denmark).