Presentation June 3rd 2018 | 6:00 pm

Espace Bleu | Édifice Wilder

ANNE PLAMONDON & EMMA PORTNER

Counter Cantor  (provisional title)

​Agent : Nicolas Filion

The premiere of Counter Cantor is scheduled for October 2018 at

Fall for Dance North in Toronto.

Description

Counter Cantor  (provisional title)

At the invitation of Ilter Ibrahimof of Fall for Dance North, these two Canadian artists, each with an exceptional artistic path, come together to create a duet of rich complexity. Layering strength, technical mastery and sensitivity, they explore their differences and their similarities in a relationship free of rules, expectations or preconceived roles.

​This creation is a commission and co-production of Fall for Dance North (Toronto) and Ilter Ibrahimof.

Biographies

Anne Plamondon - Choreographer and dancer

Anne Plamondon’s dancing is characterized as captivating, fluid, gracious, versatile, and radiant. Classically trained at the National Ballet School of Canada and the Banff Centre for the Arts, Anne Plamondon graduated from the École supérieure de danse du Québec. Between 1994 and 2000, she danced with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, the Nederlands Dans Theater 2 (Holland), and Gulbenkian Ballet (Portugal), performing in works by over thirty choreographers such as Jiří Kylián, Hans Van Manen, Johan Inger, Gideon Obarzanek, Angelin Prejliokaj, Itzik Galili, James Kudelka, Paul Lightfoot and Rui Horta. Anne joined RUBBERBANDance Group in 2002. Along side Victor Quijada, Anne quickly became the emblem of the company. She acted as co-artistic director from 2006 to 2015, before moving on to develop her own company in 2018. Skilled as a coach and teacher, she participated in the development of the RUBBERBAND Method, which she teaches internationally. Between 2006 and 2012, she worked with Crystal Pite and her company, Kidd Pivot in the creation of Lost Action, Fault, A Picture of You Falling and The You Show.  Anne has been featured in several dance films, and in 2010, she created and performed in Red Shoes, winner of the 2010 Golden Sheaf Award at the Yorkton Film Festival. In 2015, she participated in Tryptique by Les 7 doigts de la main, a meeting of dance and circus arts with pieces by Marie Chouinard, Victor Quijada, and Marcos Morau. In 2016, she collaborated in the creation of Corps Amour Anarchie, a PPS Danse work celebrating French poet Léo Ferré. Most recently, she was invited by Norwegian choreographer Ina Christel Johannessen to join the production of AGAIN for touring in Europe and Montreal. She choreographed and performed two solos in collaboration with director Marie Brassard: Les mêmes yeux que toi (The Same Eyes as Yours) (2012) and Mécaniques Nocturnes (Night Mechanics) (2017). Her next work, a duet with Emma Portner, will be presented in Toronto’s Fall for Dance North in October 2018.

Emma Portner - Choreographer and dancer

Emma Portner breaks boundaries. Now the youngest woman in documented history to choreograph a Musical in the West-End. Originally from Ottawa, Ontario, she shares her unique abilities internationally, in live settings, and across social media platforms. Her performance and choreography appear in Justin Bieber's Life Is Worth Living video as well as on his Purpose World Tour. The New York Times calls her "Beguiling" and has selected her for their "30 under 30" documentary series. Dance Spirit Magazine writes that she has an "Unstoppable Career,” is "Changing the Dance World,” and that her "Imagination knows no bounds.” Capezio writes that she is "Challenging the Standard of Mediocrity" and has been given the title of “Capezio Athlete.”

Emma produces, manages, and directs her own short films and ever-changing dance company. She has worked in film with actress Ellen Page and indie sensation, Blood Orange. She teaches around the world, has given University Level Lectures, tours with major conventions, and is on faculty at Broadway Dance Center along with regularly guest teaching at other acclaimed Professional Training Facilities. Most recently, her work with Bat out Of Hell the musical has "changed the way musicals are staged forever". You can find her on the Cover of Dance Spirit Magazine for her continued and untraditional success.

Upcoming projects include a Fall for Dance North commission with Montreal-based dancer/choreographer Anne Plamondon, a full length commission for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and an Artist in Residence position with Benjamin Millepied’s LA Dance Project. Forever a student, she hopes to keep pushing boundaries while remaining curious, honest, and versatile.