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ARTISTIC COLLABORATORS BIOS

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Director: Histoire d'amour

​A versatile artist, whose talents transcend the boundaries of dance, music, opera and multi-media, Marie-Josée moves easily between her roles as choreographer, performer, director, vocalist and teacher. Her pieces have been presented at festivals and by dance companies across Canada, Europe and Latin America. Her work was the subject of documentary films presented on television and film festivals. In 2003, she founded Chartier Danse to create a cornerstone for large scale productions and partnerships in Canada and abroad. Since 2004, Marie-Josée directs/stages opera, dance and multi-media productions that tour nationally and internationally. Collaborations include: BoucharDanse, Gryphon Trio, Queen of Puddings, Tapestry Opera, Arraymusic, Theaturtle and l’Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal. Awards include: Jacqueline Lemieux Prize (2015); K.M. Hunter Artist Award (2001), 9 Dora Mavor Moore nominations; recipient for fifty-one pieces of silver for Dancemakers (2002) and two Doras with the collective URGE for And by the way Miss (2005). www.mariejoseechartier.com, www.chartierdanse.com

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ANNE-MARIE DONOVAN

Dramaturg: très loin

Native of Montreal, Anne-Marie Donovan’s creative work includes Maanomaa, My Brother (Blue Bird Theatre Collective), Frankenstein’s Ghosts (Inter Arts Matrix), The Last 15 Seconds (MT Space) and Sounding Rituals (Open Ears Festival). Anne-Marie is currently working on the co-creation of a trilogy of theatre works based on Phaedra called, Phaedra Echoes: Phaedra 101, Les racines de la rage and Dear Euripides (Inter Arts Matrix). Directing credits include Lord Sword by DW Campbell (IAM), the opera Ghost Tango, by Tim Brady and Douglas Burnett (Vocalypse), and Giiwedin, a First Nations opera by Spy Dénommé-Welch and Catherine Magowan (Opera Laurier). In 2007, Anne-Marie founded Inter Arts Matrix and served as its artistic director until 2014. She is former artistic director of NUMUS Concerts and a recipient of the Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award at University of Waterloo where she taught in the Theatre and Performance Program from 1993-2014.  www.annemariedonovan.ca

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ANDRÉ DU TOIT

Lighting Designer: très loin

André du Toit is a lighting designer for live performance based in Toronto. His designs have received three Dora Mavor Moore Awards and a Toronto Theatre Critics Award. Recent designs include Prince Hamlet (Why Not Theatre); R+J (Stratford Festival of Canada); Getting Married, The Orchard (Shaw Festival); Now You See Her, Mouthpiece (Quote Unquote Collective); The Cave, Le Grand Continental (Luminato); Jerusalem(Outside the March/Company Theatre); Animal Farm, A Delicate Balance, Vimy, The 39 Steps, (Soulpepper); This Was the World, Guarded Girls, Harlem Duet (Tarragon Theatre); Italian Mime Suicide, Paolozzapedia, The Double(Bad New Days); Oraltorio (Obsidian/Soulpepper); Love and Information (Canadian Stage); The Assholes, As I Lay Dying (Theatre Smith-Gilmour); and on air (Adelheid).

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GABRIEL CROPLEY

Lighting Designer: Woman in Blue Softly Breathing

Gabriel Cropley is a Toronto-based lighting designer and three-time Dora Mavor Moore award nominee. Recent credits include Call to Earth for NAfro Dance (Winnipeg), inTOfocus for Dance: Made in Canada/Fait au Canada, Eating bones and Licking bread for Dancemakers, Undaunted for RAW Taiko Drummers, Congruence 2 for BoucharDanse & lbs/sq”, and Million Dollar Quartet for Capitol Theatre Port Hope. Gabriel has had the privilege of collaborating with Alias Dance Projects, Ballet Creole, Expect Theatre, TOES for Dance, Bicycle Opera, CanAsian Dance, dreamwalker dance, Angela Blumberg, Simcoe Contemporary Dancers, Avinoam Silverman Dance, Little Pear Garden Dance Company, Toronto Heritage Dance, Korean Dance Studies Society of Canada, Festival of the Sound, Newton Moraes Dance Theatre, Danny Grossman, Theatre Gargantua, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Sampradaya Dance Creations, Hamilton Children’s Choir, Tracey Norman, Forcier StageWorks, Soulpepper Global Cabaret, Ritmo Flamenco, Teatron Theatre, JDdance, Tribal Crackling Wind, Toronto Dance Theatre, and the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. http://gabrielcropley.ca

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KATIA GRUBISIC

Poet: très loin

Katia Grubisic is a writer, editor and translator whose work has appeared in various Canadian and international publications. Her collection What if red ran out (Goose Lane Editions, 2008) was shortlisted for the A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry and won the 2009 Gerald Lampert award for best first book. Her book translations include Martine Delvaux’s White Out, Stéphane Martelly’s Little Girl Gazelle, and Marie-Claire Blais’s Songs for Angel. Her translations of David Clerson’s first novel, Brothers, and of A Cemetery for Bees, by Alina Dumitrescu, were shortlisted for Governor General’s Awards.

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CLAUDE GILMAN

Script Consultant: Cross My Heart and Hope

Bio to come

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MELANIE HALL

Stage Manager: très loin

​Meet Melanie, a Toronto-based stage manager and production manager qui passe son temps switching back and forth de l’anglais to French. With over 10 years of stage management experience, her credits include: Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario, Théâtre la Catapulte, Sheatre, BoucharDanse, Dusk Dances, Théâtre français de Toronto, Perchance Theatre, Pride Toronto, the Toronto District School Board, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the ceremonies at the 2017 Invictus Games and the 2015 PanAm and ParapanAm Games. In her career, she has worked extensively with Théâtre français de Toronto, not only as a stage manager, but also as a production manager and surtitle creator. Melanie is also an entrepreneur and life skills coach. She creates and facilitates online courses, school workshops, and private coaching which are all available through www.lifeskillswithmel.com. Her signature Big Sister-style approach resonates with young adults looking to get the judgement-free support they deserve, so they can step into independent life with confidence. www.renaissancewomanhood.com

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CHERYL LALONDE

Company Costume and Set Designer

Bio to come

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JARETH LI

Lighting Designer: at yes of day, Cross My Heart and Hope

Born in Singapore, Jareth is a stage designer now based in Toronto by way of Calgary. He has a love for new work that examines identity politics, culture, and heritage. In addition to his artistic practice, he is a member of The Howland Company, as well as a stagecraft instructor at York University. He believes strongly in mentorship, and creating opportunities for upcoming generations of designers. Select design credits: The Wolves (Howland & Crows Theatre), Casimir and Caroline, The Home Project (Howland); Ring of Fire (Citadel Theatre); Serving Elizabeth (WCT); Iphigenia and The Furies (Saga Collectif); Chautauqua (Pearle Harbour).

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AYELEN LIBERONA

Projections Designer: Histoire d'amour

Bio to come

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LOUISE NAUBERT

Co-Director: L'Implorante

Bio to come

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PHILLIPE NOIREAUT

Composer: Woman in Blue Softly Breathing

Noireaut is an eclectic musician. He composes for cinema, theatre and dance. He has recorded numerous jazz concerts and piano recitals for radio and television (Radio Canada, Bravo, TV5) and directed musically several of Radio Canada’s galas, including an award winning homage to Gilles Vigneault. As a singer-songwriter, Noireaut received the SOCAN Grand Prize in 1995. His song recitals and jazz concerts have toured nationally and internationally. Some of his compositions for poems by Victor Hugo and Rimbaud were launched in France in albums in 2007 and 2015. He collaborated with singer Renée Claude on an album celebrating Léo Ferré, which won the prestigious Charles Cros Academy Award (France), 1997. He has composed the music and is part of the performing casts of several of Lina Cruz’s works. He is a 2012 Dora Mavor Moore Award recipient and a 2017 nominee (Outstanding Sound Design/Composition).

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ED PIEN

Visual Artist: très loin

Ed Pien is a Canadian artist based in Toronto. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, he immigrated to Canada with his family at the age of eleven. Pien has shown extensively, both nationally and internationally, in venues that include the Drawing Centre, NYC: the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; The Canadian Culture Centre in Paris; The Goethe Institute in Berlin; The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria;  Musée des beaux arts, Montreal; Musée d’art contemporain, Montreal; Songzhuang Art Centre, Beijing; the National Art Gallery of Canada; as well as Oboro. He has participated in the 2000 and 2002 Montreal Biennales; the 18th Edition of the Sydney Biennale, “Oh Canada”, at MASS MoCA. His work is collected widely and includes FRAC Lorraine, Metz, France; Art Gallery of Greater Victoria; The National Art Gallery of Canada; Art Gallery of Ontario; Musée d’art contemporain de Montreal. Musée des beaux arts, Montreal; Mendel Art Gallery; Weatherspoon Art Museum, University Of North Carolina, Greensboro, North Carolina; as well as other institutions and private collections.  www.edpien.com

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KIMBERLY PURTELL

Lighting Designer: Histoire d'amour

Kimberly is a Toronto based lighting designer for theatre, opera and dance.  Her designs have been critically acclaimed across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Prague, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Moscow and Mongolia.  She has designed for the Mirvish Productions, Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, Canadian Stage Company, Soulpepper Theatre, National Arts Centre and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Pacific Opera Victoria, Opera Philadelphia,  Edmonton Opera, Theatre Calgary, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Citadel Theatre, Place des Arts, Dancemakers, BoucharDanse, Toronto Dance Theatre, among many others.  She has designed productions for the Pan Am Games and the Vancouver and Beijing Cultural Olympiads. Kimberly has been nominated for numerous awards for outstanding lighting design and is the recipient of three Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the Pauline McGibbon Award, a Montreal English Theatre Award, a Toronto Theatre Critics Award, an Ottawa Critics Circle Award and an Elizabeth Sterling Award. Kimberly is the Vice President of the Associated Designers of Canada.

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THOMAS RYDER-PAYNE

Composer/Sound Designer: Histoire d'amour

Thomas Ryder Payne is a composer and sound designer for theatre, dance and film. Selected past work includes designs for Stratford, Shaw, Mirvish, Soulpepper, CanStage, Tarragon, Factory, TPM, YPT, Crows, Modern Times, Aluna, BIBT, Nightwood, Toronto Dance Theatre, NAC, Theatre Calgary, GCTC, RMTC and many others. Thomas has received 4 Dora awards and 25 nominations. 

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JEFF SOUCY

Stage Manager: très loin

Native from Atholville (New Brunswick) and living in Toronto, Jeff Soucy is a bilingual stage manager with a creative and performance background, always willing to have productions benefit from his numerous talents and skills. Since transitioning backstage in 2019, he has also served as associate director, dramaturg, casting assistant, script supervisor, translator for surtitles, fight captain, and more. He is the recipient of the Governor General’s Academic Medal and the Triple Threat Award from Randolph College where he studied acting, voice and dance. Favourite stage management credits include: Le club des éphémères (TfT), très loin (BoucharDanse) She Visits, Pal Joey (TIFT), La bulle (Corpus) and Heroine (TNB). His philosophy for making each performance count: “Someone in the audience might be witnessing the magic of live art for the first or the last time.”

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JESSE STEWART

Composer: at yes of day

Jesse Stewart is an award-winning composer, percussionist, and artist. He has performed and recorded with musical luminaries including Pauline Oliveros, Hamid Drake, William Parker, Joe Mcphee, David Mott, Stretch Orchestra, Michael Snow, and many others. He has been widely commissioned as a composer and artist. He is a professor of music in Carleton University’s School for Studies in Art and Culture and an adjunct professor in the Visual Arts program at the University of Ottawa. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honours including the 2012 Juno award for “Instrumental Album of the Year,” and the Order of Ottawa.

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PHIL STRONG

Composer/Sound Designer: L'éternel voyage​, Cross My Heart and Hope, at yes of day, très loin

Phil Strong is an award winning sound designer and composer based in Toronto - working in film, dance, theatre, audio plays, musical performance and art installation. A long-time collaborator with BoucharDanse, Phil has also composed major commissions for artistic directors Christoper House, Denise Fujiwara, Matjash Mrowzewski, Moze Mossanen, and Karen & Allen Kaeja - amongst others. He has assisted artists John Oswald and Heather Nicol in the creation of some of their masterworks and also designed sound and music for installations by Sara Angelucci, Su Rynard, Kent Monkman and Ed Burtynsky. Concurrently, Phil has had a hand in producing numerous music albums and film soundtracks, he sings in the Georgian vocal ensemble, Darbazi, and is always thrilled and honoured to be in cahoots with BoucharDanse.  www.phil-strong.com 

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WILLIAM YONG

Film Director and Editor: Woman in Blue Softly Breathing, Cross My Heart and Hope

William Yong is a multi-faceted artist, choreographer, performer, designer and director for theatre and film. He is currently the artistic director of Zata Omm and W Zento Production. William graduated from the London Contemporary Dance School in U.K. His dissertation for his Master's Degree study was in the subject of dance films. He completed his MA with distinction validated by the University of Kent in Canterbury. William's professional career spans over twenty-eight years. He has performed in 75 cities within 15 countries. The award-winning director has created more than one hundred original works worldwide. William and his works received ten-time Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations. William was a Dora Mavor Moore Award winner and the winner of “I love dance/J’aime la danse” Award for Innovation. His film works were the winners of 'Best Cinematography' at Venice Shorts Film Awards and winner of 'Award of Excellence' at One-Reeler Short Film Competition.