SPRINGBOARD DANSE MONTREAL
A large part of my work over the years has been photographing women of all ages. For this series of portraits I conceived of a neutral backdrop to bring out the character of the 42 female dancers, who traveled to Montreal from all over the United States, Canada, Europe and Israel to partake in Springboard Danse Montreal 2017.
Springboard Danse Montréal is a not-for-profit organization that connects hand-selected, elite performers with influential and renowned companies and choreographers from around the world in Montréal. Springboard aids the professional dancer at various stages of their career by providing the skills necessary to transition between school and a first job, by developing broader career opportunities, and by enriching an already burgeoning career with new contacts and exposure. In addition, the project facilitates current and future artistic endeavors between countless dancers and choreographers by nurturing an invaluable network of professional peers. Each company that participates in this unique project is in the position to collaborate with, and potentially hire, the highest caliber of dance artist available. As such, Springboard’s unique value proposition lies in the artistic expertise of its dedicated and experienced faculty in addition to its mentorship opportunities, creating a true ecosystem and global network of artistic peers over a lifetime.
Springboard is committed to facilitating and showcasing the work of today’s up-and-coming choreographers. The Emerging Choreographers Project provides selected artists with elite dancers, 26 hours of studio space, and the opportunity to present work alongside our Principal Companies. Candidates are selected based on experience and the quality of their previous work. In addition to this unique professional development, Springboard provides each Emerging Choreographer with the opportunity to engage with talented dancers who may become future collaborators as well as mentors who facilitate the creative process.
Shahar Sarit Sharashov
Emma Caroline Lalor
Joy Marie Thompson
Marie Lloyd Paspe