LocalMotion Lab is a choreographic platform based in Montreal, showcasing the work of seven established choreographers of diverse dance backgrounds led by choreographer and dancer Eva Kolarova.
LocalMotion Lab arose after noticing many incredibly talented independent choreographers here in Montreal eager to present their work however underrepresented due to the difficulties of self production and instability of relying solely on dance presenters.
LocalMotion Lab is a platform for choreographers, to present dance work of 15 - 20 minutes, within a supportive, inspiring environment, benefiting from LocalMotion Labs feedback and wide range of experiences. Artistic choices are left up to each creator and with the support of the group where we share equal responsibility with no limitations placed artistically on the work presented.
After much thought Espace Danse in the Wilder building in the heart of Quartiers des Spectacles was selected as the appropriate venue for our endeavour of offering to the public of a bouquet of seven different universes by choreographers: Eva Kolarova, Victoria May, Erin Flynn, Kyra Jean Green, Janelle Hacault, Jason Martin and Greg Selinger.
LocalMotion lab show will have its world premiere:
March 1st, 2019 at 7pm
Salle Rouge/ Espace Danse/ Wilder building/Quartiers des Spectacles
Eva Kolarova, founder of LocalMotion lab
Eva originally from Czech republic, studied at the National Dance Conservatory in Czech, Maurice Béjart’s world-renowned school in Switzerland and at the Hoschule für Kunst und Musik in Germany. Even at an early age she felt the need to invent her own dance steps, eventually she went on to perform professionally internationally, traveling the world with her passion, bringing her to Montreal, to this wonderful city that she has called home for the last 8 years, becoming Canadian citizen.
Her experience as a dancer includes work with major dance companies abroad and here in Canada, such as Ballet du Rhin, Les Grands Ballets Canadian, Nord I Dans and Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal. After having collaborated with a vast number of choreographers of both classical and contemporary styles, Eva felt ready to move towards independent, creative projects culminating in founding her Montreal based dance company Kolarova Danse in 2015.
These recent years have been defined by a transition from dancing full-time for others to self-producing and choreographing. She presented her new creations in several different venues such as, Festival Quartiers Danses ( 2014, 2017, 2018 ), Festival Vue sur la Relève (2015), Metamorphosis ( project organized by Studio 303, 2014 ), as an emerging choreographer at Springboard (2017) and at Festival des Arts Saint-Sauveur (2017, 2018).
She self-produced three full-evening show’s in Montreal, Metamorphosis for Love at
La Chapelle (2012), Fragmented Mind (2016) and Blue Dependence (2017) at Cinquième Salle, Place des Arts.
Though these works were greeted with great success, the experience of self-producing, the enormous work that goes unseen, and of learning the ropes ‘behind the scenes’ in development of a dance production, she was determined to not become overwhelmed by the solitary nature of self-producing alone, she decided to call on other creators to share the workload and knowledge she gathered and founded LocalMotion lab.
Victoria May is a dance artist and teacher. She has danced professionally in Canada and Europe for 25 years and has been a contributing member of Montreal’s contemporary dance community since 2007. She received her early training with Celia Franca and Joyce Shietze at the School of Dance in Ottawa and graduated with distinction from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet's Professional Division and went on to dance for notable companies such as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Gothenburg Ballet (Sweden), Danish DanceTheatre (Denmark) and has worked freelance as a dancer,
teacher since 1994 and more recently as a choreographer. In Europe she worked with Robert North, Robert Cohan, Birgit Cullberg, Jo Strømgren, Jorma Uotinen, Tim Feldmann, Tim Rushton, Jens Bjerregaard, Helen Saunders and Camilla Stage among others. Since moving to Montreal she has worked with Louise Bédard Danse Système D/Dominique Porte, Thea Patterson and Peter Trosztmer. Victoria has been an invited choreographer at Festival Quartiers Danses in 2015 “Or”, in 2016 for “ This is Nothing New”, in 2017 “Absorbed in Silence” for 6 dancers. All were performed Place des Arts Cinquieme Salle.
In addition she has presented work at Dansescenen in Denmark (“Falling Forward”), choreographed for the Royal Danish Opera Academy (“The Rape of Lucretia”, “Cosi Fan Tutti” Manon Lescault”, “Maskarade”) and collaborated on a multi-disciplinary performance “Sposin” (2010).
Currently she is working on “ 8 Wishbones” a duet about geneaology and intergenerational connections on her matriarchal line of her family.
As a teacher she has been teaching both ballet and contemporary dance at The Royal Danish Ballet School, The Royal Danish Opera Academy, Danish Dance Theatre, Dansens Hus (DK), Skånes Dance Theatre (SE), Oure College of Sports (DK), The School of Dance (Ottawa, ON) and at the Quinte Ballet School in Belleville, ON.
Victoria has received The Duke and Duchess of York Award (CA), Arnold Spohr Award (CA), The Young Performers Bursary Award (CA), Augustinius Fund (DK), Danish. Actors Blankbandsmidler (DK) and the Toyota Fund (DK) as well as support from on several occasions from the Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et letters du Quebec and the Danish Arts Council. Victoria is a member of the Regroupement québécois de la danse, The Dancer's Transition Resource Centre and a founding member of FED (femmes en danse) and the Collective NOES.
Eric Flynn is a contemporary dance artist who has been teaching, choreographing and interpreting professionally for twenty years. She has performed extensively with several established companies, notably Van Grimde Corps Secrets and presented her own choreographic works across Quebec, Canada, throughout Europe and Asia. In Montreal, Erin’s pieces have been presented by Tangente, Studio 303, le Gésu, les Maisons de la Culture, La 2ème Porte à Gauche and the festivals OFFTA and Vue sur la Relève. As a teacher Erin teaches technique, interpretation, improvisation and somatic education to students in professional training programs at UQAM, Concordia University, Winnipeg’s School of Contemporary Dancers and EDCM and somatic education to adult and aging populations. Erin is currently completing a Masters at UQAM, where she is researching alternative activities and structures for sustainable dance creation.
Kyra Jean Green
Kyra Jean Green was born in France, raised in West Palm Beach FL., and obtained her BFA in dance from The Juilliard School. She has set choreography on Hubbard Street II, Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, Cadence Progressive Contemporary Ballet, Companhia Rudá, The Dancers' Space, two Juilliard senior solos, and she was commissioned by the Kennedy Center to present an evening of her choreography. She has presented work at The Center of Performance Research (Brooklyn NY), CHOP SHOP dance festival (Bellevue,WA), F.A.T. (Fashion Art Toronto), Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival, Dance Conference USA (Miami, FL), And Quinzena de Dança de Almada, Almada Portugal. For three years Kyra worked as an artist and assistant director for Companhia Rudá in Santos, Brazil .
Since 2015 she has been an assistant choreographer, teacher and dancer with Les 7 Doigts de la Main. She was one of 8 choreographers selected to present work for Copenhagen's Choreographic Competition in August 2016, and was winner of Prix Coup de Coeur du Public at Festival Quartiers Danses September 2016. She started her company "Trip The Light Fantastic" in 2017 and the company made it's debut at Festival Quartiers Danses. You can find more info about Kyra and her company at www.TripTheLightFantastic.me
Janelle Hacault is a professional contemporary dance artist and educator from Winnipeg MB, now based in Montréal, QC. She is a graduate of the Senior Professional Program at the School of Contemporary Dancers, trained actor, and holds a BA Honours degree from the University of Winnipeg. She has had the privilege of working with Nafro Dance Productions, Odette Heyn Projects, Nova Dance Collective, Gearshifting Performance Works, Alexandra Elliott Dance Inc, Riley Sims, Zorya Arrow, Young Lungs Dance Exchange, Ming Hon, Compagnie Entitey/Jason Martin, Trip The Light Fantastic (Kyra Jean Green), Charles-Alexis Desgagnés, Andrea Peña and Sylvain Émard Danse. She is co-founder of Nova Dance Collective, .6 Ricochet, and co-creator of thedancepost.org. Her work has toured across Canada and parts of the USA. Her newest creation, Shapeshifters was premiered on September 12th at Place des Arts, Cinquième Salle for Festival Quartiers Danses. Her past choreographic works include Falling, Overtaken, Lament, and Imprimatur. Janelle is currently on project with Les 7 Doigts de la Main and choreographing Mamma Mia: The Musical for the Flin Flon Arts Council. In January 2019, she will be performing with Trip The Light Fantastic at Offset Dance Fest in New York City. For more information, go to janellehacault.com.
Jason trained at the École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal. He began dancing late in his life, at the age of 21, after playing hockey for 17 years. After graduating, he worked with several major Canadian companies, such as Compagnie Marie Chouinard, Compagnie Dave St-Pierre, Dana Gingras/Animals Of Distinction, Sylvain Émard Danse and Compagnie Virginie Brunelle, Daniel Léveillé Danse, le Carré des Lombes, Danse K by K and Louise Bédard Danse. In 2014, he presented his first creation as a choreographer, Raw, in Montreal, which was then remounted and extended in 2016 in a version entitled Untamed. In 2015, he founded his company ENTITEY/jason martin. Since, he has been engaged by the Montreal School of Contemporary Dance, the Quebec School of Dance and the School of Contemporary Dancers in Winnipeg to choreograph on their students. In 2017, he co-created the piece Falling with choreographer Janelle Hacault, which was presented in Toronto, Winnipeg and Montreal. Following this presentation, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers awarded him their inaugural Artist in Residence position for the 2017-2018 season with the creation of the piece BEYOND which premiere at the Rachel Browne Theatre in Winnipeg in May 2018. His new creation entitled (AND) was recently performed at the festival From Jaffa to Agrippas in October 2018.
Greg “Krypto” Selinger
Greg has interpreted for Solid State Breakdance Collective and choreographed the trio Still Milking the New Sacred Cow under the mentorship of Victor Quijada. Greg’s work often blends dance and spoken word. His autobiographical danced monologue A Piece of: My Heart (Breaking) has been presented in Montreal, Quebec City, Ontario, Germany, and Mexico. He is the founder of the interdisciplinary improvisation collective Body Slam. In 2015, he interpreted for The Dietrich Group’s Dora award-winning piece This is a Costume Drama. He has also directed his childhood breakdance hero Jacob “Kujo” Lyons in Creative Extremist.