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 studied somatic movement and contact improvisation, and performed fire manipulation and stilt walking before obtaining her Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University (Montreal, 2009). While in Montreal, Gabrielle studied aerial arts such as aerial silks 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 which time she was the principal female character, Tsyal, and performed a solo aerial silks 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, creative collaborators, and 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). Gabrielle recently completed a certificate in Circus Dramaturgy at the Centre National des Arts du Cirque (France, 2020).

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