Biography

Gabrielle Martin is a director/choreographer, a contemporary dancer, and an aerial acrobat who has performed over 1,300 shows internationally. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, she obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University (Montreal, 2009). Before attending university, she participated in competitive sports, and studied somatic movement practices and contact improvisation. Prior to her university studies, she had already begun her performance career in street circus arts with fire manipulation and stilt walking. While at Concordia, Gabrielle independently studied aerial arts such as aerial silk and rope. In 2010, she received a Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec Research and Creation in Dance grant for her choreography, Infractions, and from 2009-2011, she toured this as well as her other works at the following Canadian festivals: Vancouver International Dance Festival (Vancouver, Canada, 2009), Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival (Guelph, Canada, 2010 & 2011), and ROMP! A Festival of Independent Dance (Victoria, Canada, 2011).

 

From 2011-2015, Gabrielle toured full time with Cavalia, performing aerial rope, bungee trapeze, bungee dance and harness dance numbers. In 2015, she began working with Cirque du Soleil as part of the creation of TORUK - The First Flight.  She toured with this show until it closed in 2019. During this time she was the principal female character, Tsyal, and performed a solo aerial silk number. In 2018, Gabrielle co-founded the aerial dance-theatre company, Ci and directed it’s first show, Limb(e)s with the support of a Canada Council for the Arts Explore and Create grant, as well as residencies at Cirkör LAB (SE), L’Espace Catastrophe (BE), and Le Centre de Création (FR). In 2019, she presented Limb(e)s at Montréal Complètement Cirque (CA), La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines (CA), and Assembly Festival at Edinburgh Festival Fringe (UK).

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