Resident ChoreographersMeet the Residents

2019 Resident Choreographers

La Tresse

Resident Choreographers 2019 | Emerging Choreographers 2017

After the three dancers’ serendipitous meeting while attending a Gaga Intensive 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.

Geneviève Boulet/The Magician, Erin O’Loughlin/The Empress, and Laura Toma/The Priestess believe in a collective spirit where all elements of the creative process are a shared endeavour. Driven by their fantasies and inspired by pop culture, they create worlds of contrast where the audience is transported to places both familiar and unknown. They are intuitive, lighthearted, and devoted to the pursuit of pleasure.

photo: Valérie Boulet

Kate Hilliard (Toronto, CA)

Resident Choreographer 2019 | Emerging Choreographer 2007

Kate Hilliard is a Toronto based dance artist with a practice in creation, performance and teaching. She has danced with Ottawa’s Le Groupe Dance Lab and toured extensively with Montreal’s Fortier Danse-Création. In 2006 she moved to Toronto to accept a company position with Toronto’s Dancemakers working with Artistic Director Michael Trent and guest artists Ame Henderson and KG Guttman. In 2009 she worked with Berlin’s Tino Sehgal, performing his Kiss at the AGO and MoMA in New York. As an independent artist, Kate has danced for Susie Burpee, Nova Bhattacharya, Marie-Josée Chartier and Margie Gillis.


Hilliard’s choreographic works have been presented across Canada and abroad. Her most recent trio with Robert Abubo and Jeremy Mimnagh, La Jeune Femme et La Mort, was produced by the Dance Made In Canada festival in 2015 and will soon be performed again at The Citadel’s Bright Nights festival. Hilliard recently presented work at a TEDx event with collaborator Luke Garwood. While continuing a practice founded in performance and creation, she is currently pursuing a degree in Art History at The University of Toronto. Deeply invested in our cultural history, Kate aspires to perform and curate movement outside of formal theatre spaces, while also aiming to contribute to gallery settings for dance in Canada.

In support of emerging artists from the Toronto community, Kate has been an advisor to Springboard Danse Montréal since 2009.

photo: Jeremy Mimnagh

2018 Resident Choreographers

Jasmine Ellis

Resident Choreographer 2018 | Emerging Choreographer 2017
Teaser for “Empathy” by Jasmine (2018)

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.


Ellis’s choreographic stage work has been supported and presented internationally. Most recently; ‘Empathy’ (Munich/Jan 2018). Ellis is a Resident Choreographer for Springboard Danse Montreal 2018. Ellis has been commissioned to create work for: Random Collision (The Netherlands), Springboard Danse Montreal (Canada), OPENFLR (Florence Italy), The School of Toronto Dance Theatre (Toronto, Canada). Ellis has received support for her own work from Canada Arts Council, Kulturreferat der LH München, and the Dufferin Arts Council. Commercially, Ellis has worked for clients including Nikon.

Ellis is an award-winning dance film director and choreographer. In 2011 Ellis co-founded Bad Posture Productions, a group dedicated to making contemporary dance films. Alongside Ellis’s many stage productions, her experimental drama, action and dance film work has grown steadily including outstanding shorts such as PLAN B (2011), INFORMATIE (2014) and most recently CARGO (2017).

Ellis has performed for companies like Dorky Park – Costanza Marcas (DE), Random Collison (NL), Zata Omm – William Young (CA), Satellit Produktion – David Russo (DE), the Bayerisches States Opera (DE), and for many choreographers including Edan Gorlicki (NL), Ido Batash (IS), Anna Reiti (HG), Audrey Bergeron (CA), Brodie Stevenson (CA).

A resident of Munich for many years Ellis is proactive in cultivating a lively independent 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 Getman

Resident Choreographer 2018 | Emerging Choreographer 2017
Excerpt of “am i new” by Michael

Born in Israel to a Russian/Jewish parents, Dora & Zacharia.
He received his professional training at the Bat Dor School of Dance, under the directory of Ms. Ordman, Tel Aviv, Israel. After graduating He started his journey as a professional dancer and performer. Michael worked and interpreted works by Ohad Naharin, Amanda K Miller, Marguerite Donjon, Bill Forsythe and Michael Schumacher. At the age 17 Michael joined the young Bat Sheva Ensemble Company Directed By Naomie Perlov and Ohad Naharin. After a year at the Junior company he was invited by Ohad Naharin to join the Bat Sheva Dance Company. In 1999 Michael Joined ‘The Ballet Freiburg Pretty Ugly Dance Company’, Directed by Amanda K Miller.


Between 2002-2003 Michael was dancing at the Stats Theatre Saarbrucken, Artistic Director Marguerite Donlon, before joining the last season of Ballet Freiburg Pretty Ugly 2004. His first Choreographic project, a site specific project, was an artistic collaboration with artists from the field of dance, music/sound, and theatre; facilitating an old cotton factory in Saarbrucken, Germany 2003.

Since 2006 Getman is based in Israel and working in the field of Choreography,Theatre and Performance. Michael has been creating throughout the years numerous projects and choreographic works, his works are presented in various festivals and Venues, such as the; International Exposure at the Suzanne Dallal Centre Tel Aviv, Korzo Theatre The Holland Dance Festival, CSC Garage Nardini Bassano Del Grappa Italy, Theatre National De Chaillot Paris, Open Look Festival St.Petersburg, Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Graz Oper Austria, The Royal Danish Theatre Copenhagen, Warsaw Jewish Museum, The Israel Museum among others.

In 2012 Michael Collaborated with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra creating the Fire Bird Ballet.
He was consecutively invited by the Cellist and the Artistic Director Zvika Plesser to create a Choreographic score on Schubert’s Quartet The Death and The Maiden, and Stravinsky’s L’histoire du Soldat, premiered at the opening night of the : ‘Voice of Music- Upper Galilee Chamber Music Festival’. (2015,2016)

In 2015 Michael was assisting the Theatre and Circus Director – Evgeni Mestetschkin with staging and directing the theatre production ‘ Out of Mea Shearim..’, A joint Israeli-German production with ex- ultra Orthodox from Jerusalem.

He has been awarded first and second prizes in two major intentional choreographic competitions.
2008 ‘ CCBC ‘ International Choreography Competition, Copenhagen.
2014 ‘ No Ballet ‘ International Choreographic Competition, Ludwigshafen Germany.
Michael teaches and holds workshops based on research and improvisation for professional and amateurs and for Bachelor and Master programs in different Universities and Art school programs.
Michael continues his artistic search and Choreographic exploration by meeting with the “Daily Reality” and by collaborating with various artists from the field of Theatre, Dance,Music, Literature and Visual Arts.