Soraïda Caron graduated from the Université du Québec à Montréal with a bachelor’s degree in contemporary dance peformance. In 2015, she founded her contemporary dance company Mars elle danse in Trois-Pistoles. General manager, artistic director and choreographer, she’s created several works: Belles Bêtes, the video-dance Lignes de force about the artist Rita Letendre and Élégante chair. In 2020-2021, she was a finalist for the Prix Artiste de l’année au Bas-Saint-Laurent awarded by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for her body of work. During the summer of 2022 in Trois-Pistoles, she’s organizing the 3rd edition of the Marathon de la création (a three-day dance event) and the 2nd edition of Au quai, on danse! (a giant dance floor on the Trois-Pistoles wharf). She will also present Dansons aux Jardins, a choreographic journey presented at the Jardins de Métis. Photo: Yvan Couillard.
A 2014 graduate of the dance department at the Université du Québec à Montréal, Laurence Dufour is interested in interdisciplinary dialogue and the multiple forms that encounters between art and social intervention can take. She has performed in works by emerging choreographers and worked with established artists. She has also taught dance to children and given movement workshops to various groups.
Karla Etienne is an artist and cultural manager. The first graduate of the organization’s Programme de formation et d’entraînement artistique et professionnel en danse (PEFAPDA) and an accomplished dancer, Karla has been a part of Zab Maboungou’s major works. She is the Executive Director of the Canadian Dance Association and a guest curator of Mandoline Hybride. Her commitment is recognized today, notably for the renewal of cultural policies concerning equity in the field of art. Photo: Mathieu Gaudreault.
Multi-undisciplinary musician, creative hacker and indignant dreamer, Yanik Élément is an active member of the Haute-Gaspésie artistic community. He is the founder of the performance halls La Pointe Sec and La Face B and of the cultural cooperative La Machine à Truc in Mont-Louis. These multi-tentacled organizations have the mission to present new music and provide a necessary platform for emerging artists in Quebec. Yanik is also co-founder and artistic director of the Festival gaspésien de contes et légendes. Through his multiple activities, he contributes to the dynamism of the artistic life of his region by promoting the dissemination of unusual cultural activities.Catherine Dagenais-Savard was a performer in the international dance company Marie Chouinard from 2016 to 2019. Since graduating from EDCM in 2015, she has collaborated with choreographer Mélanie Demers, Ivanie Aubin-Malo and Danièle Desnoyers. She was part of the musical Mary Poppins at the Théâtre St-Denis and the television shows Lip Sync Battle and Gala Celebration. She practices fancy shawl, an indigenous pow wow dance that allows her to broaden her gaze on her wendat roots. She is a member of the White Wash theatrical collective where she wrote our first show with bi-racial women from black and indigenous communities. Photo: Marie-Ève Dion.