Tentacle Tribe is a Canadian-Swedish creative alliance between Emmanuelle LêPhan and Elon Höglund. This Montreal-based dance company creates uncommon dance works with a contemporary twist using conceptual Hip hop and influences from all types of earthly creatures. As practitioners of different dance and movement techniques, active participants in the street dance scene, b-boy and b-girl, and as stage performers, they form Tentacle Tribe.
Approaching choreography through a wide variety of movement philosophies, they wish to create work that transcends the boundaries separating movement styles, and pieces that express the embodiment of music beyond technique. The work experiments with intricate partnering, refined musicality and a saturated dose of physical choreography.
Although having worked together since 2005, Tentacle Tribe was founded in 2012 while the two artists were performing their first official collaboration, a duet tailored for the Cirque Du Soleil stage in Quebec City. This duet was also adapted into a short film entitled Elon & Emmanuelle by director Natalie Galazka which was selected in film festivals in the US, Canada, and Italy. Their second creation, When They Fall, was performed at Festival Quartiers Danse 2012 and 2013 in Montreal, as well as in London's Hiphop Theater Festival Breakin' Convention 2014. Their next creation Nobody Likes a Pixelated Squid was presented in Montreal, Toronto, Oslo, Stockholm, Calgary, Vancouver, Mexico City, Saltillo, Monterrey, Puerto Vallarta, Guelph, Saint-Sauveur, Gothenburg, Vara, Visby, Umeå, Karlstad, Copenhagen, Århus, Tallinn, Amsterdam and Edinburgh.
Their dance film entitled Vanishing Points was shot in 2013 with director Marites Carino featuring Tentacle Tribe choreography and has been screened in festivals internationally. An upcoming dance short will come out in 2016 titled Crack the Cypher.
Tentacle Tribe have been guest artists in residence at several universities where they thought workshops, lectured and set a piece on students: York University Dance Departement & the Arizona State University Urban Dance Program. The duet has also been hired as an act for Special Events with Cirque Du Soleil and Cirque Éloize in Antalya, Turkey and Tignes, France.