He founded his own company in Montréal in 1996, christening it Par B.L.eux, ‘B.L.’ for his own initials and ‘eux’ for the artists he chooses to collaborate with, and who have become central to his artistic process. He fosters opportunities for encounter and exchange, and has worked with such internationally-renowned artists as Boris Charmatz, Sasha Waltz, Marie Chouinard, Louise Lecavalier, Fabrice Ramalingom as well as Meg Stuart and musician Hahn Rowe. Benoît Lachambre is one of the foremost artist-choreographer-performers of his generation. He has created 17 works for his own company since Par B.L.eux was founded, and participated in more than 20 productions by other companies, in addition to some 25 commissioned works, including I is memory (2006, a solo for Louise Lecavalier) and the pieces JJ’s Voices (2009) and High heels too (2013), for the Cullberg Ballet.
In November 2013, Benoît Lachambre received the Grand prix de la Danse de Montréal for his exceptional contribution to the choreographic arts, following the presentation in Montreal of the work Snakeskins, a ‘false solo.’ In December 2014, he received the award for ‘Best choreographic work’ from the CALQ for Prismes, which was created for Montréal Danse. Hyperterrestres, created with choreographer Fabrice Ramalingom and composer Hahn Rowe, had its North American première during the 9th Festival TransAmériques (FTA) in 2015. His latest solo work, Lifeguard, seeks to further deconstruct the notion of the choreographic impulse have its world première in Paris at the Festival June Events in June 2016.
Céline Bonnier is an actress of exceptional talent who has been displaying the range of her craft for years on stage, film and in television work. She cocreated and performed the duet Hello… How are you? with Clara Furey as well as the Benoit Lachambre show Ô oui. She won the best actress award at the Gala du cinéma québécois for her performance in La passion d’Augustine in 2016.
After obtaining a diploma in theatre from Collège LionelGroulx in 2003, Alexandre quickly established himself within Montreal’s dance community. He collaborated with choreographers Virginie Brunelle, Mélanie Demers, Frédéric Gravel, Antonija Livingstone, Les Soeurs Schmutts, Lynda Gaudreau, and PierrePaul Savoie (PPS Danse). For over ten years, he has worked on the productions of choreographer Dave StPierre, performed in Montreal and throughout Europe. In theatre, Alexandre was part of the production team of Grand Cahier and Amuleto, directed by Catherine Vidal. He has also worked with Emmanuel Schwartz, Alice Ronfard, Jérémie Niel, Justin Laramée, Momentum and Transthéâtre. Since 2012, he has been the resident lighting designer of Théâtre La Chapelle.
An artist who is continually developing, Alexandre Pilon-Guay draws inspiration from the gestures of the dancers and their relationship with the surrounding space. He assigns a central place to the interplay between body and light. Light in its purest form is perhaps the best way to describe his approach. Nothing is haphazard: shadow and darkness are not the result of an error or omission, but an integral part of directional lighting.
Benjamin Kamino is a dancer. His current research, semitone/chute, involves asking dancers to sing in close tonal proximity and stay together within a field of self-imposed dissonance. Active touring works include a solo-dance, Nudity. Desire, and a duet entitled m/Other. Other recent efforts include
(separately) relationships with artists Lars Jan and E.J. “Ejji” Smith and Toronto based dance company Peggy Baker Dance Projects. Kamino was one of the inaugural curators at Dancemakers Centre for Creation (Toronto) alongside Emi Forster following the strong efforts of his predecessor Michael Trent. He was the 2016 recipient of the Emerging Artists Award from the Toronto Arts Foundation and is honoured here to take the stage with some very special people.
Peter Jasko was born in 1982 in Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia. He took his first dance classes with the folk dance company Dumbier Slovakia, where he remained for eleven years. From 1996 to 2001, Peter studied at the J.L. Bella Conservatory of Dance in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. He continued his training at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Bratislava before entering the P.A.R.T.S. School for Contemporary Dance in Brussels (2002), directed by Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker. His professional experience includes dancing with such international artists and companies as Opera Banska Bystrica, ASpO, Company Roberto Olivan, OXOXOX – Juri Konjar, G. Barberio Corsetti & Fatou Traore, and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Since 2001, he has also collaborated with David Zambrano as both a performer and as assistant in his classes and workshops. Peter Jasko is the co-founder of Les SlovaKs Dance Collective, whose productions include Opening Night (2007), Journey Home (2009), The Koncert (2010) and Fragments (2012).
In 2014, he directed the Svalbard Company’s All Genius All Idiot. The following year, Peter Jasko created Untied Tales (The Vanished Power of the Usual Reign) in collaboration with Clara Furey, which premiered at La Chapelle in Montreal. For the past twelve years, he has taught in some forty-six countries around the world.
Simon Portigal studied at L’EDCMTL and at P.A.R.T.S. He has worked with numerous artists including Public Recordings/Ame Henderson, Eroca Nicols, Isabel Lewis, Amelia Ehrhardt, Zoja Smutny, Andrew Tay, Sasha Kleinplatz, Benjamin Kamino, Heidi Strauss, Annie MacDonnell, Chris Curreri, Adam Kinner, Ellen Furey, Michael Trent, Stephen Thompson, and Dana Michel.
Simon participated in the 2016 edition of the Third Floor Residency at Usine C, organized by Yves Sheriff, and in the 2015 edition of the Copycat Academy within the frame of the Luminato Festival. He is a recipient of a danceWEB Scholarship for 2017.
His work has been performed in Toronto and in Montreal, and he has equally taken part in a number of collaborations, notably within the frames of the Reykjavik Dance Festival and the Berlinerfestspiele’s Foreign Affairs programming.
He recently premiered his first evening length work, titled Aattitle, in Montreal in April 2017 and will take part in a month-long group residency, MAM, in the Spring of 2018 in Marrakech.
Tomas Furey studied classical piano at the CNR de Paris, as well as electroacoustic composition at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. Since then, he has composed music for contemporary dance (Dave St-Pierre, Benoît Lachambre, George Stamos, Clara Furey, Eric Arnal Burtschy), theatre (Jérémie Niel, Loui Maufette) and film (Carole Laure). He is currently working on a solo album.
Winnie HO (Superhova) is a dance performance artist who resides between Montreal and Berlin. She was recently the recipient of the 2017 DanceWeb Scholarship Program at Impulstanz Festival in Vienna. She has performed for Shake It Collaborations in Sweden and for visual artist/professor Chih-Chien Wang of Concordia University at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin in 2016. Winnie also create installations and performances in site specific spaces whereby boundaries between spectator and performer can be dissolved and redefined in the felt presence of immediate experience. In 2016 her installation and durational performance Conversation with Another While Being was presented at Articule Gallery in Montreal. Her works have been presented in various festivals in Berlin, Calgary, New York City, Helsinki, Paris and Porto, Portugal.
Zoë Vos is engaged in an independent research towards the graduation of her BFA majoring in Dance at Concordia University. She is researching, under the generous guidance of Clara Furey, the ebb and flow of Furey’s creative process’. Vos is currently in deep research/play surrounding all things reflective, luminous, mylar and holographic. She thanks her Mom and Oma for all the (cosmic) love— and extends her gratitude to the whole CosmicCrew.