605 Collective is a Vancouver-based dance company dedicated to producing new dance work through a shared creative process. As part of a new generation of creators inspired by the exchange between urban and contemporary dance, 605 places emphasis on movement innovation and physically demanding works, valuing collaboration as an essential tool for new directions in dance. The company aims to offer a highly athletic art form derived from the human experience, using one another as the canvas for their ideas and visions, as well as inviting guest choreographers to make new work with the company. With the group’s extreme versatility, and through constant collaboration with all involved artists and performers, 605 continues to push into new territories and awaken a fresh and exciting aesthetic.
Josh Martin, David Raymond
Lisa Gelley, Josh Martin, David Raymond
New Animal, a multimedia work created in collaboration with and specifically for The 605 Collective, is suffused with unbridled energy, groove, playful interaction and a hunger for movement. On stage, the choreography fully exploits the supreme versatility of the five dancers, who reclaim their animal bodies as a means of becoming more fully human. New Animal engages with the push and pull of the group dynamic, while still recognizing its interdependence. This piece is both joyful and intimate, walking a tightrope between the fleeting moment of control and a radical shift in dynamics. New Animal features an eclectic soundtrack assembled and manipulated by Roger Tellier-Craig, as well as film éléments by Dana Gingras and Yannick Grandmont, and lighting design by Robert Sondergaard.
A multidisciplinary artist, Mélanie Demers founded in 2007 her dance company MAYDAY, where she explores the strong connections between poetics and politics. Les Angles Morts (2006), Sense of Self (2008), Junkyard/Paradis (2010), Goodbye (2012) and MAYDAY remix (2014) have all been created from this perspective. Lately, WOULD (2015) won the CALQ Prize for best choreography of the 2014-2015 season. In 2016, Mélanie Demers began a new creative cycle with Animal Triste and Icône Pop; both works are touring internationally. With Danse Mutante (2019), she elaborates a choreographic project unfolding on three continents, in which a duo destined for multiple mutations passes through the hands of four female choreographers. To date, Mélanie Demers choreographed twenty works and was presented in some thirty cities across Europe, America, Africa and Asia.
Goodbye is a visual guide to grief, featuring the many small deaths that we experience on a daily basis and the human reflex to constantly reinvent ourselves in order to survive those invisible griefs that fill our lives. A monster alive with instinct and intelligence, grown stronger than its creators, Goodbye multiplies and then shatters, reproducing itself and then breaking apart to become lost in its own labyrinth.
Ultimately, by recreating the senses, by deconstructing and demonstrating the workings behind representation, and by playing with these codes, Goodbye establishes a link between questioning the creation of art and the creation of the world.
A co-production with Festival TransAmériques, this project was supported by CAC, CALQ and CAM, received funding from Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique and benefitted from creative residencies with Garage Nardini (Bassano), Compagnie Marie Chouinard and Compagnie O Vertigo.
Sinha Danse is a professional contemporary dance company based in Montreal and founded by Roger Sinha over 25 years ago. Creating, producing and presenting contemporary dance are the center of the company’s mandates, choreographing with a level of excellence inspired by the Indian cultural heritage of its founder. Promotion of contemporary dance is of major importance to Sinha Danse, as the richness that can be brought to this discipline using intercultural and multidisciplinary approaches. Music and new technologies are also greatly valued and present in many of its works. Rich with history, the company has presented in front of multiple audiences its works across Quebec, Canada, and internationally. Renowned choreographer and dance specialist, Roger Sinha is a regular guest teacher for professional dance training institutions and events across the country. Emphasizing the importance of his work, he was awarded the 2016 Prize for Cultural Diversity in Dance, presented by the Conseil des arts de Montréal, from PRIX DE LA DANSE DE MONTRÉAL.
Tom Casey; Kiya Tabassian; Laurence Ramsay.
“Sinha Danse - Dance as natural as breathing.” (review of A Matter of Life and Breath in Voir, Montreal, Canada)
“Constantinople is one of the world’s finer early music ensembles.” (The Weekend Planet, ABC, Australia)
The choreography of the one is touching, the music of the other enchanting. Roger Sinha (Sinha Danse) and Kiya Tabassian (Constantinople) have merged their immense talents in a new piece for four dancers and three musicians in a highly original encounter between dance and Persian-inspired music. The piece explores the theme of migratory movements and the mixing of cultures. Renowned for hybrid dance where bharata natyam, martial arts and contemporary dance fuse together in a narrative framework that also pays tribute to traditional Indian dance, Roger Sinha pursues his interest in the immigrant, “the other”, the rootless. It was thus only natural to join forces with the ensemble Constantinople, specialists in dialogue between ancient musics of the Mediterranean and the Middle East, evoking the challenges of cultural encounters. Inspiring.