As a choreographer, I am preoccupied with expressing the body as an object of external forces, struggling for subjectivity and autonomy. I am also interested in embodying those autonomic states that rapture the body.
As an artist with a formation in contemporary dance and a professional career as an aerial acrobat, my work is realized from the floor to the air and in the spaces between. My aesthetic is cinematic, and as such, my choreographic visions emphasize multiple aspects of production design, and ‘scenes’ are constructed with a strong attention to image.
As of 2018, I work as co-artistic director of Ci, an aerial dance-theatre company. Limb(e)s is Ci Co's first full length work:
Limb(e)s is visceral aerial dance set in the limbo beyond loss. Using two bodies and an invented apparatus of rope cradles, it explores our ephemeral bonds and what it means to hold onto or let go of one another in our “darkest hour”. Drawing from their experience in circus and dance, Jeremiah Hughes and Gabrielle Martin perform an emotionally raw physicality to the haunting original soundscape of Canadian composer Nicolas Bernier. The result is a hypnotic, destabilizing narrative full of mourning, distant hope, and eerie beauty.
Director: Gabrielle Martin
Choreography + Performance: Jeremiah Hughes + Gabrielle Martin
Composer: Nicolas Bernier
Lighting: Jeremiah Hughes
Costumes: Coline Dubois-Gryspeert
Photo: Chris Goff
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien.
Spectacle accueilli dans le cadre des Résidences Ponctuelles de l’Espace Catastrophe //Centre International de Création des Arts du Cirque (BE)
Limb(e)s has also been supported through residency at Cirkör LAB (SE) and the Centre de Création (FR).
Independent Choreographic Repertoire and Presentations:
Infractions*; a series of four short contemporary dance duets
* Infractions was created with funding I received from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec Professional Artists Development Grant for Research and Creation in Dance
2012 WAVE RISING SERIES, New York, NY
2011 Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival, Guelph Ontario
2011 Independently produced at Studio 303, Montréal QC
Infractions Choreography: Gabrielle Martin
Dancers: Andrea Legg, Genevieve Bolla, Melina Stinson
Box Choreography: Gabrielle Martin
Dancers: Melina Stinson, Andrea Legg
Box; contemporary dance duet
2010 Sadler’s Wells Global Dance Contest - Top ten finalist, London, UK
2009 Fresh Blood Showcase of Emerging Choreographers, Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON
Chrysalis; butoh-inspired aerial fabric duet
(co-choreographed with Andrea Legg under the company Floating Seed)
2011 ROMP! A Festival of Independent Dance, Victoria BC
2010 Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival, Guelph, ON
2010 Hillside Music Festival, Guelph, ON
2009 Vancouver International Dance Festival, Vancouver BC
2009 Montréal International Jazz Festival, Montréal QC
2009 Surface – Independently produced at Théâtre Ste Catherine, Montréal QC
Choreography and performance: Andrea Legg and Gabrielle Martin
As a choreographer, I have collaborated on two dance films with filmmaker Ivan Rubio: Box and Axial and the Plane. These films have gone on to be presented internationally at film festivals including: American Dance Festival Dancing for the Camera (USA, 2009 and 2010), Video Danza BA Festival (Argentina, 2009 and 2010), Three Shadows Art Center (China, 2009), ROMP! A Festival of Independent Dance (Canada, 2010), Dance Camera West (USA, 2011), Dance on Camera Festival of the Dance Film Association (USA 2011), Images Festival (Canada, 2011), Agite y Sirva Festival (Mexico, 2012), and Quinzena Contemporary Dance Festival (Portugal, 2012).