Andrée-Maude Côté, co-founder, choreographer and performer,
Having received her training at the École Supérieure de Danse du Québec, Andrée-Maude began her career with an apprenticeship in Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. She also collaborated with the Ballets Contemporains de Montréal (1999-2001) at which point she moved to Vancouver, where she participated in projects of various independent choreographers. Once back in Montreal, she performed on-screen in the film The Cellist Downstairs, by the filmmaker Irène Messier, as well as in the video Les Mauvaises Pensées, co-directed by Mario Côté and Christine Marneff. In 2004, she took part in the event SAS, a multidisciplinary show initiated by Johanne Tremblay and presented at the Monument National. Through the diversity of her collaborations, Andrée-Maude is constantly seeking to expand notions of narrativity between dance and video.
“Analyzing what I analyze leads to profound analyses.”
Annie-Claude Coutu Geoffroy, co-founder, choreographer and performer
A former student of the École Supérieure de Danse du Québec and a graduate of the National Ballet School of Toronto, Annie-Claude began as a member of the Corps de Ballet of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. She went on to collaborate on a series of projects with the choreographer Isabelle Van Grimde. Benefiting from a scholarship from the Canada Council for the Arts as well as from DanceWeb, Annie-Claude traveled to Vienna to participate in the Impulstanz Festival for Contemporary Dance and Performance. Over the next two years, she returned to Austria in order to dance on the floating stage of the Bregenzer Festspiele, directed by the choreographer Richard Werlock. Annie-Claude presently teaches dance.
“It is reassuring to know that an ideal exists somewhere between white and black.”
Catherine Nadeau, co-founder, choreographer and performer
A graduate of the École Supérieure de Danse du Québec, Catherine continued her studies at the Rudra Béjart Studio-School in Lausanne, Switzerland. This multi-disciplinary program allowed her to develop her capacities through personal creative projects as well as to perform in many European cities; during the same period, she was also called upon to take part in the most recent works of the Béjart Ballet Lausanne. In January 2003, after receiving a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, she completed an intensive internship at the Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance in New York. Her chosen path is a result of her quest to constantly combine the three fundamental principles of her artistic inspiration: dance, writing and travel.
“I sometimes find it exasperating to have to move from apartment to apartment every 5 months or so, but I have to face the fact that movement is the stuff that my passion is made of.”
Camille Jacques, composer
Camille has devoted more than ten years to musical research. With three albums to his name, his work concentrates primarily on the intersection of instrumental genres, funk and electronic music. Fascinated by the possibilities offered by the encounter between sound and movement, he initially began composing music for a number of independent short films and internet sites before finally composing for a collaboration between the choreographic workshops of the Grands Ballets Canadiens and Studio 303. He is presently working on the production of Artist Of The Year, a musical project in which minimalist electro and glitch coalesces with the warmer textures and the playful approach of funk and 1970s style « brown » rock. Camille is vice president of the Montreal artists collective 11h11.
Marie-Eve Nadeau, video artist
After eleven years of training at the École Supérieure de Danse du Québec, Marie-Ève Nadeau’s destiny takes an unforeseen turn when she was recruited by the Folio modeling agency. Her new international career offers her the opportunity to travel throughout the world, and as a result, to collaborate with renowned artists such as Sarah Moon, Nick Knight and Patrick Demarchelier. As a means of combining her primary passion for movement and her growing sensitivity towards artistic photography, she has developed a burgeoning interest in video art. In 2003, she presented to the public her first video production on the occasion of a performance of Best Before Tomorrow (v.f.), at the Société des Arts Technologiques (S.A.T.) and at the Maison de la culture Villeray. Marie-Ève has since taken part in various projects in the visual arts, short films and documentaries in which she explores the different ways in which images can be set in motion.
Laurent Ziegler, photographer and video artist
Laurent Ziegler has dedicated the last five years of his life to the world of dance and the way it can be perceived through photography and film. After having experimented with different visual mediums, he began the video installation with BBT combining various elements from photography and cinema. The idea behind this installation was to provide access to his current research, which stems from a profound desire to master a new language as well as its transformations through the body. Laurent is especially interested in exploring loss of control, the unexpected, and all that is hidden behind rational terms.
Alexandre de Bellefeuille, writer and graphic designer.
Concurrently with his studies in literature, Alexandre acquired substantial experience as a copywriter and editor in the design and photography agency elbilia76. He worked simultaneously with the American firm The Limited Brands as a consultant and paparazzo in international trends. Today, Alexandre is a regular collaborator to the VOIR weekly, and is working on the development of the project www.ab-baby.net with the editor and writerBrett Schaenfield.