James Gnam trained at the National Ballet School of Canada and from 1998 to the present, has worked with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Ballet BC, EDAM dance, Grand Poney and MAYDAY. He has had the pleasure of creating, collaborating and performing in works by Crystal Pite, Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Jiri Kylian, Peter Bingham, Thomas Lehman, Lee Su-Feh, Jacques Poulin-Denis, Barak Marshall and Mélanie Demers. James is the artistic director of plastic orchid factory and a founding member of Vancouver’s only artist run dance centre left of main. With plastic orchid, he collaboratively devises interdisciplinary work that focuses the body as a site of social commentary.
Léa Noblet Di Ziranaldi
Born in France, Léa Noblet Di Ziranaldi is a young performer from Montreal. She began her professional training in dance at the Conservatoire de Lyon and the Université Lumière Lyon 2 where she obtained a degree in Performing Arts (theater and dance). Her career then led her to Québec, where she graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Dance degree at the Université du Québec à Montréal, where she worked alongside inspiring artists and pedagogues such as Danièle Desnoyers, Nicole Harbonnier and Manon Levac which allow her to sharpen his own vision of dance, between European and North American fashion. The following year she worked as an independent dancer with Mélanie Demers (Mayday) and collaborated in France with Marie Fulconis (la Mazane) with whom she performed at the Avignon Festival 2019.
Brianna Lombardo completed her professional training at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and then worked with various international artists in Europe on a Chalmers Arts Fellowship. As an independent dancer, she worked in Toronto with Michael Trent and Matjash Mrozewski, and in Montreal with Isabelle Van Grimde and Jean-Pierre Perreault, before joining the O Vertigo company from 2004 to 2010. After six years with the company, she rejoined the dance community as a freelancer and worked closely with Mélanie Demers (MAYDAY), Jacques Poulin-Denis (Grand Poney), Frédérick Gravel (Grouped’ArtGravelArtGoup), Caroline Laurin-Beaucage, Martin Messier and Sasha Ivanochko. Alongside her dancing work since 2010, she has been teaching the O Vertigo and MAYDAY repertoires.
Marc Boivin is a performer, improviser, teacher, and choreographer. He began his dance career at Le Groupe de la Place Royale under the directorship of Peter Boneham before joining Ginette Laurin and her company O Vertigo Danse in 1985. Since 1991 he has worked as an independent dancer, performing mainly for Louise Bédard, Sylvain Emard, Jean-Pierre Perreault, Catherine Tardif, Tedd Robinson and since 2007, in some of his own creations. He has been affiliated with the École de danse contemporaine de Montreal since 1987 and regularly guest teaches and choreographs in schools and companies across Canada. For his performance in the play WOULD, choreographed by Mélanie Demers, Marc Boivin received the Dora Mavor Moore Award during the summer of 2014.