Jacob Niedzwiecki is a choreographer, filmmaker, and creative technologist whose work fuses movement, media, and code into inventive new forms. His choreography has been seen onstage in Toronto and in Seoul, South Korea, and onscreen at film festivals from Edinburgh to the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York. He recently directed the National Ballet of Canada’s World Ballet Day livestream. He’s on Twitter @JakeMoves and online at jacob-n.com.
Composer, sound designer, musician and instrument maker John Gzowski has played for the opera in Banff, studied Carnatic classical music in India and played oud and guitar in jazz and folk festivals across Canada and Europe. His theatre work has won him 5 Dora’s, and another 5 nominations, using live music, acoustic instrumentation, foley and electronic sources for companies like Shaw Festival, the Mirvishes, MTC, Canstage, Soulpepper, Dancemakers, Red Sky, Tarragon, Factory Theatre and YPT. Gzowski has played on numerous CD’s, with recent releases with Patricia O’Callghan, Tasa, and Autorickshaw as well as a Juno nomination with Maza Meze. He has run Canada’s first microtonal group, touring Canada playing the works of Harry Partch, and worked as co-artistic director of the Music Gallery.
Luke Garwood began his dance training at Ballet Classique du Haut-Richelieu (1994) but his continued studies soon brought him to l’Ecole Superieur de Danse du Quebec in Montreal (1995-2000), Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto (2000-2002) and the Hamburg Ballet School in Germany (2002-2003). Mr. Garwood has performed professionally with such companies as: Banff Festival Ballet, Toronto Dance Theatre, ProArteDanza, Typecast Dance Company, Hit and Run Dance Productions, Signal Theatre and Coleman Lemieux and Company. Independently, Mr. Garwood works in Toronto and Berlin and has collaborated with choreographers such as Valerie Calam, D.A. Hoskins, Allison Cummings, Susie Burpee, Jacob Niedzwiecki, Ame Henderson, Brendan Jensen, Heidi Strauss, Christoph Winkler and, through Nuit Blanche, Gordon Monaghan and Trisha Brown Dance Company. Mr. Garwood is also co-director of F/, which is an organization that creates and curates dance performances for live and online audiences.
Originally from Toronto, Anisa Tejpar is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School, and has also trained with, among others, Chrystal Pite, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Wim Wanderkeybus, Christine Wright, and Alexandra Beller in Europe and New York City. She has danced for companies such as The National Ballet of Canada, and Toronto Dance Theatre, and currently is a member of ProArteDanza, and The Chimera Project. She has performed works by Christopher House, Matjash Mrozewski, John Neumeier, Ginette Laurin, Robert Derosiers, Robert Glumbek, Roberto Campanella, D.A. Hoskins, James Kudelka, Valerie Calam, Karen Duplesis, and Malgorzata Nowacka. She has appeared in films such as Steppin’ Up: Save the Last Dance 2, Moze Mossanen’s From Time to Time, and the BravoFACT Swan Song. Tejpar is also Co-Artistic Director of the dance entertainment firm Hit & Run Dance Productions Inc. for which she has choreographed works for The Rolling Stones, Telus, Warner Bros., Fashion Cares, M.A.C. Cosmetics, CTV, PUMA, Mobilicity, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the Golden Globe winning feature film Barney’s Version.
Trained in classical ballet at the ÉSDQ and in contemporary dance at the ÉDQ, Catherine have been dancing for Lina Cruz, within the Fila 13 companie since 2006. She’s been part of the creation of “K-5” and “Mindscapes / Soupe du jour”, the Fila 13 last creation. Those shows have been presented at the Agora de la Danse in Montreal, as well as in many cultural houses and the Guelph Dance Festival in 2009. In the ROMP dance festival in Victoria (BC) in the Madrid en Danza Festival in Spain, Bilbao, Vitoria (Spain) and at the Betty Oliphant Theatre in Toronto in 2011. She also danced with various other great choreographers, companie or for events such as “Le Chemin qui Marche” for the 400th aniversary of Quebec city in 2008, the Montreal Light Event 10th, Ballets Ouest company, The 49th Parallel, Coleman-Lemieux dance companie, Johane Gour, OUMF festival, Zone Homa, Hanna Feldhaus and of course, Jacob Niedzwiecki.
Mateo Galindo Torres
Originally from Colombia, Mateo Galindo Torres started his training at Petipa, Escuela de Danza. In 2006 he traveled to USA to take the Omaha Theater Ballet winter course. In 2007, he traveled to Cuba to study at Laura Alonso’s school Pro Danza, and joined Neo Tango as a dancer and choreographer. In 2010, he performed with the Ballet de Barranquilla and traveled to Canada to join The School of Toronto Dance Theatre where he performed for choreographers such as Marc Boivin, Peter Chin, Jennifer Dallas, Christopher House, Louis Laberge-Côté, Sharon B. Moore, Julia Sasso, Heidi Strauss, and Darryl Tracy. In 2011, he attended the ProArte Danza Summer intensive, working with Roberto Campanella and Robert Glumbek, and joined Typecast Company, performing works by Pamela Rasbach. In 2012, he performed for Kokus Productions, Cadence Bridges Ballet in a piece by Kunal Ranchod, and 3 is Company in a piece by Hanna Kiel.
Lea Lavoie-G. entered Ballet Divertimento, Montreal, in 2006. There she worked with choreographers such as Gioconda Barbuto and Sidra Bell. In 2011 Lavoie-G. entered The School of Toronto Dance Theatre where she had the opportunity to work with Susie Burpee, Robert Desrosier, Christopher House, and James Kudelka.