Anima | Darkroom


Lucy M. May: co-creator, choreographer and producer

Vladimir 7Starr Laurore: co-creator and performer

Ellen Furey: dramaturg

Jon Cleveland: lighting designer

Patrick Conan: composer musician

Big Rulez (Marion Arinloye): additional music producer

Alexandra “Spicey” Landé: artistic advisor

Laurence “Solow” Gojit, guest artistic advisor

SVP notez la vidéo est un aperçu du travail de Lucy M. May  et ne démontre pas  l'oeuvre en cours.


Anima | Darkroom

This summer Montreal-based choreographer Lucy M. May will begin co-creating a solo for and with Vladimir “7Starr” Laurore, a Canadian Krump veteran. Originating in Los Angeles in the late 1990s, Krump is a street dance known for its highly intense and precise gesture, storytelling, and raw expression. Inspired by 7Starr’s acuity and invention; by Lucy’s experiences as a rookie in Krump; and the dance’s complex dialogical scores and invisible structures, they will explore the anima and thought-process that inhabit dancers in sessions and battles. “Liveness”—a cathartic energy and animate substance—fills dancers, driving a creative refusal of oppression and loss, and drastically affecting the environment and entourage wherever it is performed. Using the analogy of a photographic darkroom and the ontology of the black box, the collaborators—including Ellen Furey, Jon Cleveland, Patrick Conan, Big Rulez, Alexandra “Spicey” Landé, and Laurence “Solow” Gojit—will explore apparitions and transformations.


Lucy M. May - Co-creator, choreographer, producer 

Lucy M. May is a contemporary dance artist, teacher, and writer for The Dance Current based in Montréal. She is attracted to the porousness of collaboration and the vastness of dancing. Currently, Lucy is developing performances that ask how geo- and bio-social environments thread their way through human movement. These include Vivarium (2014/2017); reaching over a brink of darkness, folding open to a starlight trepanation (2017), Le Goulet (2017), and Ascendants (2017), created for six senior students at l’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal. From 2009 to 2016, Lucy was a member of Compagnie Marie Chouinard, with whom she developed roles for eight creations and toured extensively. As an independent dancer she has worked with Susanna Hood, Alejandro De Leon, Sasha Kleinplatz, and choreographers based in her natal province of New Brunswick. She has been affiliate of Margie Gillis’s Legacy Project since its inception in 2014. Lucy imagines her moving body as a meeting place, where theories and conversations find confluence with what is local, sensual, or tactile. She dances to wonder after what binds micro to macro, macro to micro. Lucy studied at l’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal and Codarts in The Netherlands, and began studying Krump in 2016. She was recently invited to the “Grouch” Krump family under the title “Ravage Grouch.”

Vladimir 7Starr Laurore -  Co-Creator, performer

Vladimir 7Starr Laurore is a pioneer of the Canadian Krump scene. In 2005, he co-founded the first Krump crew in Canada, Bzerk Squad. 7Starr is also the creator of Gutta Zone, the first and biggest major Krump event in the country. He has been a guest competitor/judge on both national and international platforms in major competitions such as The International Illest Battle in Paris, The ARK in Las Vegas, European Buck Session in Germany, The Phitted Talk in the USA, and Royal Rumble in Switzerland, to name a few. He has worked with Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Eloize, and Moment Factory among others, not to mention his TV and movie appearances and several performances. 7Starr is recognized for his community involvement in underprivileged schools, charity or ganizations, and community centres. Currently, he is president of the Montreal Krump Alliance, a non-profit organization that specializes in promoting Krump culture across Canada. In 2017, he received the Victor Martyn Lynch Staunton award, given by the Canada Council for the Arts for outstanding artistic achievement by Canadian artists. 

Ellen Furey -  Outside Eye/Dramaturg

Ellen Furey is a dancer and choreographer based in Montreal. Her most recent solo work, Performing Performance, has been presented in NYC, Montreal, Toronto, and Halifax, and will be presented as a part of Hatch 13 at Harbourfront Center, Toronto in Fall 2017. She is currently working on a new co-creation with choreographer Malik Nashad Sharpe (USA/UK), which will premiere at Théâtre La Chapelle (Montreal) and Hackney Showroom (London, UK) in Spring 2018. She has appeared in works by Daniel Léveillé Danse, Frédérick Gravel, Marten Spangberg, Susanna Hood, Dana Gingras, and she regularly collaborates with independant artists including Dana Michel, Andrew Tay, Christopher Willes, Amanda Acorn, Simon Portigal, and many others. She was a company member at Dancemakers (Michael Trent, Benjamin Kamino, Emi Forster, Amelia Ehrhardt) in Toronto from 2012-15, and was a DanceWeb scholar at Impulstanz Festival, Vienna in 2014.

Patrick Conan - Composer/Musician

Montréal-born Patrick Conan is a drummer and percussionist who has been playing music professionally for more than 20 years. Since 2013, he has composed music for contemporary dance works, including Nathan Yaffe’s Dunno Wat U Kno (2017); a research project by Sarah-Ève Grant; and Vivarium (2014/2017), an ongoing collaborative project with Lucy M. May, performed at Suoni per il popolo in 2017, and will tour the Maritimes and be presented at Tangente in 2018. Patrick has played as a musician in numerous projects and toured Canada, the United States, and Europe. Notable acts include Tricky Woo, Sackville, The Carnations, Valleys, The Harbourcoats, and Molly Sweeney. Current projects include Sam Shalabi's Land of Kush and Traces. His compositions use MaxMSP, field recordings, and found sounds. He completed his studies at Vanier College in Montréal.

​Jon Cleveland - Lighting Designer & Technical Director

Jon Cleveland is a Montreal based Lighting designer/Visual Artist. He has designed for dance and theatre companies like Rustwerk ReFinery, Kaleidoscope Theatre, Cabal, Parts and Labour, Segal Centre for the Arts and others. His recent work on Tragic Queens with Cabal was nominated for a 2017 META for Outstanding Lighting Design.

Alexandra “Spicey” Landé - Artistic Advisor

Vibrating to the sounds of Hip Hop,  Alexandra “Spicey” Landé’s love for street dance began at a very young age. For the past ten years, Hip Hop culture has been at the forefront of her work. Spicey has been teaching Hip Hop dance for almost 20 years in some of the most reputable establishments of Quebec. She is one of the most respected street dance choreographers in Canada and is a specialist in her domain. To help with her mission she founded Bust A Move competition presented at la Tohu every year in Montreal. Bust A Move Festival has become a leader in its genre in Canada. In 2015, Spicey founded Ebnflōh Dance Company, and has built a language that reflects her vision of dance and surrounds herself with peers who inspire her.

Marion Arinloye (Big Rulez) - Krump Music Producer

Marion Arinloye (Big Rulez) is a France based creative professional with 7+ years of experience in music composition, recording, mixing and editing in several music genres.