A word from Danse Danse
At last, dance is returning to the stage and its audience!
It’s bubbling away and ready to generate the sparks we’ve been waiting for.
Our 2021–2022 season of live performances opens with a new work that touches our hearts with movement inspired by street dance and a very current message. We’ve been following and supporting Ebnflōh for several years and we’ve been looking forward to this show, where Théâtre Maisonneuve offers us a whole new perspective. With artists and audience members gathered together on stage, let’s celebrate dance with a unique experience to launch this unusual season.
Make way for artists, make way for encounters, make way for dance that’s alive and well!
Let’s (re)experience dance together!
Pierre Des Marais – Executive Director and Artistic Co-direcor
Caroline Ohrt – Artistic Co-direcor ans Director of Development
Danse Danse acknowledges that we are gathered on the traditional and unceded territory of the Kanien’keha:ka Nation. We honour the continued presence of Indigenous peoples on the Tiohtiá:ke (Montreal) territory, which has long served as a meeting place for exchanges between nations, and we are grateful for the opportunity to present live works of art here.
Executive Director and Artistic Co-director Pierre Des Marais. Artistic Co-director and Director of Development Caroline Ohrt. Director, Accounting and Administration Kim Hoang, CPA, CGA. Production Manager Hervé Holdrinet. Director, Sales, Marketing and Communications Hélène Nadeau. Coordinator, Communications Julia Giehler. Media Relations Sheila Skaiem. Manager, Cultural Action and New Audiences Claire Oliver Coordinator, Philanthropic Development Agathe Henninger Administrative Assistant and Customer Service Agent Evelyne Fournier. Stage Technicians Le Regroupement des techniciens de scène du Québec.
Board of Directors
President Emmanuelle Poupart, Partner – McCarthy Tétrault LLP. Vice President Michèle Meier, MBA, ASC, Senior Vice-President, Global Communications & Marketing - SNC Lavalin. Treasurer Thierry Pejot-Charrost, CPA, CA, Vice-President, Internal Audit and Risk Management – Transat A.T. Inc. Administrators Anik Bissonnette, Artistic Director - École supérieure de Ballet du Québec, Chantal Bouvier, President and CEO - Le Cercle des présidents du Québec. Nathalie Brunet, Portfolio manager and Investment advisor - National Bank Financial. Pierre Des Marais, Executive Director and Artistic Codirector – Danse Danse. Jonathan Lachapelle, CFA, Director, Portfolio Construction, Total Portfolio - Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. Sebastien Leblond, President & CEO - Capital RainMKRS Inc. Lucy Riddell, Vice Chair - R. Howard Webster Foundation.
Advisory Committee, Communications and Marketing
Michèle Meier, MBA, ASC, Vice President, Communications, Corporate Marketing and CSR and International Affairs - Ivanhoé Cambridge. Delphine Hareux, Director, Marketing and Client Experience, BDC Business Development Bank of Canada. Isabelle Brosseau, Program Director - Rouge 107,3.
Photo Caroline Ohrt + Pierre Des Marais © Damián Siqueiros.
Alexandra ‘Spicey’ Landé
Chreographer and Artistic Director, Ebnflōh
Photo Alexandra 'Spicey' Landé © Shaleen Ladha.
Photos La Probabilité du Néant © Melika Dez.
Choreographer / Company
Alexandra 'Spicey' Landé
Alexandra ‘Spicey’ Landé is a Montréal choreographer and a major player on Quebec’s hip-hop dance scene. She launched her choreographic career in 2005, drawing her raw material from hip-hop culture, whose field of exploration she is constantly expanding. Her earlier work, In-Ward, won the 2019 Prix de la danse de Montréal award for Discovery of the Year and was shortlisted for the Conseil des arts de Montréal’s Grand Prize in 2020.
As an independent choreographer, Spicey presented three works in Quebec between 2008 and 2015, including Retrospek, a remarkable piece that influenced a generation of Montreal street dancers. At the same time, the Bust A Move Festival, which she founded in 2005 (active until 2015), became the largest street dance competition in Canada and was co-presented by TOHU.
In 2015, wishing to further her artistic aspirations and bring street dance creation to the contemporary dance scene, Spicey founded her own company, Ebnflōh. With the company, she approached the hip-hop language from a new choreographic angle, at once exploratory, original and authentic, working with colleagues and peers who fueled the creative process. Ebnflōh imagines new creative processes and new ways to share its ideas about social, political and artistic issues. Spicey premiered Complexe R, a work inspired by our human obsessions, at the 2015 MAI; the show later toured to New York and Amsterdam. In 2019, she presented In-Ward, featuring six performers, co-produced with the CCOV. The show was a great success, with nine sold-out shows in Montréal (MAI and Agora de la danse).
Alexandra ‘Spicey’ Landé has been a hip-hop dance performer and teacher for over two decades. She is regularly invited to teach master classes in Canada and internationally.
Ebnflōh dance company was founded in 2015 by choreographer Alexandra ‘Spicey’ Landé. Its original language and aesthetic are rooted in hip-hop dance and culture and developed through research and innovation. The company is recognized for its involvement in the Canadian street dance community and its contribution to the development of the discipline and its dancers. It creates, produces and presents its work to large audiences, and is active in Canada and internationally.
Work / Credits
LA PROBABILITÉ DU NÉANT
With her incisive dance, Alexandra ‘Spicey’ Landé draws her raw material from hip-hop culture, whose field of exploration she is constantly expanding.
The La Probabilité du Néant project took shape at the height of the lockdown, a period marked by pain and bitterness in the face of the tragedies that plunged the world into mourning; the work on the responsibility of the witness then took on a new meaning.
Is the witness an observer or an accomplice? Blurring the lines and playing with perspectives depending on who is watching, the choreographer questions our individual and collective responsibility. Though long influenced by film and theatre, this is the first time she has used video in her choreography.
Several members of the creative team work regularly with the company. They include sound designer ‘Shash’U’—an internationally renowned hip-hop artist and producer who has created the music for four of Ebnflōh’s five creations—and the performers of In-Ward (2019), an earlier work that was shortlisted for the Conseil des arts de Montréal’s 2020 Grand Prize.
Will indifference to the Other get the better of Us? How can we make sense of our actions when we witness extreme situations that drive us to the edge of nothingness?
Produced by Ebnflōh
Artistic direction and choreography Alexandra ‘Spicey’ Landé
Dancers and creation collaborators Nindy Banks, Ja James ‘Jigsaw’ Britton Johnson, Jaleesa ‘Tealeaf’ Coligny, Kosisochukwu ‘Kosi’ Eze, James-Lee ‘Kiddy’ Joseph, Christina ‘Hurricane Tina’ Paquette, Alexandre ‘Bibiman’ Philippe-Beaudoin. Elie-Anne ‘Rawss’ Ross.
Dancers who participated in the creation process Junior ’DJüngle’ Dorsaint, Mukoma-K ‘JStyle’ Nshinga.
Rehearsals and coach Frédérique ‘Pax’ Dumas.
Composer and Sound designer Richard ‘Shash’U’ St-Aubin.
Music ‘Trapped’ written and rapped by Vladimir ‘7Starr’ Laurore, produced by Richard ‘Shash’U’ St-Aubin.
Set Design Alexandra ‘Spicey’ Landé, Leticia Hamaoui.
Costume Design Polina Boltova, Frédérique ‘Pax’ Dumas.
Lighting Design Leticia Hamaoui.
Artistic Adviser Helen Simard.
Dramaturgy Mathieu Leroux.
Videos Alexandra ‘Spicey’ Landé.
Video Assistant and photography direction Frédérique ‘Pax’ Dumas.
Video caption, editing and colorization Ja James ‘Jigsaw’ Britton.
Artists on video Vladimir ‘7Starr’ Laurore, Richard ‘Shash’U’ St-Aubin.
Video consultant Marlene Millar.
Acting coach Étienne Lou.
Outside eye Frédérique ‘Pax’ Dumas, Natasha ‘Tash’ Jean-Bart et Jean-Edouard ‘Sangwn’ Pierre-Toussaint.
Technical Director Patrick Belisle.
Production Director Alice Renucci.
Artistic Agency Résonances.
Communications and writing Guilaine Royer.
Social media Mlle Geri.
Partners - Artistic residencies
Danse Danse (MAC and Cinquième Salle)
CCOV – Centre de Création O Vertigo
Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique
Agora de la danse
Danse à la Carte chez Par B.L.eux
Zab Maboungou / compagnie danse Nyata-Nyata
This work was made possible through the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and the Conseil des arts de Montréal.
Ebnflōh is a company associated with Diagramme - gestion culturelle.
Nindy BanksFor more than a decade, Nindy Banks has been training in Montreal and the United States with pioneers in various street dance styles, particularly in hip-hop and krump. She holds a bachelor in dance from UQAM. Recently, she gave a remarkable performance in Papillon, a piece by Helen Simard presented by Danse-Cité. This is her third creation with Ebnflōh.
Ja James ‘Jigsaw’ Britton Johnson‘Jigsaw' has been dedicated to the art of dance for over 15 years. A versatile performer, he has a deep knowledge of many styles, including hip-hop and krump - of which he is one of Canada's most recognized artists. He was recently seen in Sovann Rochon-Prom Tep's Un temps pour tout, presented at FTA 2020, and on tour. This is his third creation with Ebnflōh.
Jaleesa ‘Tealeaf’ Coligny‘Tealeaf' has undergone rigorous training, particularly in hip-hop and krump, with several Montreal and New York pioneers. In her art, she is deeply inspired by all aspects of the Hip-Hop culture in which she has been immersed since a very young age. In September, she performed an original version of Children of Chemistry, by choreographer Sébastien Provencher, presented by Danse Danse in the windows of the 2-22 building. This is her third creation with Ebnflōh.
Kosi EzeBorn in Nigeria, Kosi is a multi- hyphenate dance artist. She began her apprenticeship in various street dance styles in 2012. Concerned with promoting emotional intelligence through dance, and the preservation of dance practices for future generations, she has shared her vision around the world (The Alvin Ailey School, O2 Forum, etc). This is her first collaboration with Ebnflōh.
James-Lee ‘Kiddy’ Joseph‘Kiddy' started dancing hip-hop in 2009 at the Montreal studio Urban Element. He was quickly fascinated by this dance and the culture that carries it. After working hard on his art, he took a liking to teaching and travelled across Quebec to pass on his passion, from Montreal to the North Shore via Abitibi-Témiscamingue. La Probabilité du Néant is his first collaboration with Ebnflōh.
Christina ‘Hurricane Tina’ PaquetteA bachelor graduate in dance from UQAM, 'Hurricane Tina' is an artist who notably evolves in the bgirling/bboying style, and fuses different techniques in dance. Performer with Ebnflōh since its creation in 2015, she has also collaborated with several other companies. Involved for the past six years with 100Lux, an organization supporting the practice of street dancers, she became its co-director in 2021.
Alexandre ‘Bibiman’ Philippe-Beaudoin‘Bibiman' is an artist who embodies love and self-exploration through movement, especially through popping, a style he has been exploring and refining for 15 years. Known for his improvisational style in major international competitions, he is also a member of Funny Bones Crew and Funky By Nature. This is his second collaboration with Ebnflōh.
Elie-Anne ‘Rawss’ RossRawss' was introduced to popping in 2006. She trained in Montreal and internationally with different pioneers, then decided to develop her own aesthetic. She is one of the few women to specialize in this style in Canada. In 2016, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in dance from UQAM. In 2017, she joined the crew, Symbiotic Monsters. Today, she continues to push her art as a performer and creator. This is her third creation with Ebnflōh.
Photos Nindy Banks, Ja James ‘Jigsaw’ Britton Johnson, Jaleesa ‘Tealeaf’ Coligny, Christina ‘Hurricane Tina’ Paquette, Alexandre ‘Bibiman’ Philippe-Beaudoin, Elie-Anne ‘Rawss’ Ross © Melika Dez.
Photos Kosi Eze, James-Lee ‘Kiddy’ Joseph © Hoi Do Phan Photography.
ALAN LAKE FACTORI(E)
L'effritement des parades
October 19. 20. 21. 22. 23, 2021, Cinquième Salle
The unclassifiable Alan Lake reconnects with his choreographic language at the intersection of dance, film and visual arts. L’effritement des parades (“the crumbling of parades”) is a tale of altered imaginings and fractured ideals, and the light that emanates from it evokes the immanence of being. A deep dive into a dreamlike atmosphere.
BALLETS JAZZ MONTRÉAL
VANISHING MÉLODIES – Musique de Patrick Watson
Anne Plamondon, Juliano Nunes, Eric Jean
November 2. 3. 4. 5. 6, 2021, Théâtre Maisonneuve
To mark their 50th anniversary, the BJM present VANISHING MÉLODIES, a danced foray into the poetic universe of Patrick Watson, the Montreal singer and musician with the inimitable voice. After the unprecedented success of Dance Me, tribute to Leonard Cohen, the BJM return with a dazzling new offering. A guaranteed spellbinder.