The creative partnership between Emmanuelle Lê Phan (Canadian) and Elon Höglund (Swedish)—artists and choreographers of rare versatility, both members of the hip hop community—has yielded an imaginative and uncommon movement language. In this new work, the free-spirited pair known as Tentacle Tribe combines elements of contemporary dance, street dance and martial arts in a physical score that echoes the subtle pulse of respiration. Inhalations and exhalations sculpt the group’s gestures and movements. The interconnected bodies form striking human structures that shift, alter, evolve in synergy with the music. The invigorating power of the breath and its circulation in the organism is embodied and magnified by the energetic, almost architectural dance. From technical feats to dreamlike sequences, Ghost is a welcome breath of air.
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Emmanuelle Lê Phan Québeco-vietnamese and raised in Ottawa, B-girl known as Cleopatra and co-founder of dance company Tentacle Tribe, Emmanuelle Lê Phan has forged for herself a singular career path intermingling breaking, contemporary dance and circus performances. Although not a classical circus artist, her dance's virtuosity brought her to Cirque Du Soleil stages (Love the Beatles in Las Vegas),...Read more about Emmanuelle Lê Phan + Elon Höglund
Drawing from their wide scope of dance experience, co–founders Emmanuelle Lê Phan and Elon Höglund create conceptual hip–hop with a contemporary twist, while intermingling organic influences from earthly creatures. This Canadian-Swedish creative alliance experiments with intricate partnering, refined musicality and a saturated dose of physical choreography. Their repertoire includes magnetic duets group pieces such as Body...Read more about Tentacle Tribe
Choreography Emmanuelle Lê Phan & Elon Höglund.
Dancers Emmanuelle Lê Phan, Elon Höglund, Victoria Mackenzie, Mecdy Jean-Pierre, Marie-Reine Kabasha, Rahime Gay-Labbé.
Musical composition Samuel Nadaï.
Costumes Rosalie Lemay.
Lighting design and technical direction Benoît Larivière.
Rehearsal director, external eye Helen Simard.
With the support of Conseil des arts du Canada, Conseil des arts de Montréal, Danse à la carte.
Creative residencies Arsenal art contemporain, Centre de Création O Vertigo – CCOV, Maison de la culture Claude Léveillée – Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension, Maison de la culture Pointe-aux-Trembles, Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Danse à la carte.