Tentacle Tribe is a Canadian-Swedish creative alliance between Emmanuelle LêPhan and Elon Höglund. This Montreal-based dance company creates uncommon dance works with a contemporary twist using conceptual Hiphop and influences from all types of earthly creatures.
As practitioners of different dance and movement techniques, active participants in the street dance scene, b-boy and b-girl, and as stage performers, they form Tentacle Tribe.
These autodidactic creatures of infinite possibilities approach choreography through a wide variety of movement philosophies. They wish to create work that transcends the boundaries separating movement styles, and pieces that express the embodiment of music beyond technique. The work experiments with intricate partnering, refined musicality and a saturated dose of physical choreography.
Although having worked together since 2005, Tentacle Tribe was founded in 2012 while the two artists were performing their first official collaboration, a duet tailored for the Cirque Du Soleil stage in Québec City. This duet was also adapted into a short film entitled: Elon & Emmanuelle by director Natalie Galazka which was selected in film festivals in the US, Canada, and Italy. Their second creation, When They Fall, was performed at Festival Quartiers Danse 2012 and 2013 in Montreal, as well as in London’s Hiphop Theater Festival Breakin’ Convention 2014. Their newest creation Nobody Likes a Pixelated Squid was presented at Tangente, at the Toronto Urban Dance Symposium (TUDS) and at Oslo’s Urban Moves in Norway. The full piece premiered in Stockholm’s Urban Connection at Dansens Hus, followed by a sold-out Canadian premiere at Danse Danse this fall at Place-Des-Arts in Montreal. The piece also played Calgary’s Fluid Festival, Oslo’s IceHot Nordic Dance Platform, Mexico City, Saltillo, Monterrey, Puerto Vallarta and the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival. Their dance film entitled Vanishing Points was shot in 2013 with director Marites Carino featuring Tentacle Tribe choreography and has been screened in festivals internationally. Tentacle Tribe has also been guest artists in residence at several universities where they thought workshops, lectured and set a piece on students: York University Dance Departement & the Arizona State University Urban Dance Program. The duet has also been hired as an act for Special Events with Cirque Du Soleil and Cirque Éloize in Antalya, Turkey and Tignes, France. They are presently in research mode for their newest creation to be presented in the 2016-17 season.
Karol Cysewski Company
Polish-born Karol Cysewski is a Cardiff-based choreographer and dancer.
Karol studied at The State Ballet School in Poznan, Poland and went on to train at Laban Centre London graduating in 2001. Karol has since worked for several dance companies including Polish Dance Theatre, Carte Blanche in Norway, and National Dance Company Wales.
Karol is now working as a independent dance artist, choreographer and teacher (including at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama).
After seven years at National Dance Company Wales, he left in 2012 to concentrate on creating his own work. His funny and physical choreography for Wonders of the Universe (in 2013/14) won him audience praise, and ultimately a four start review in the Guardian during his sell-out run at Dance Base for the Edinburgh Fringe. His newest work is Homo Irrationalis, touring in autumn 2015. Wonders Of The Universe will be touring again in spring 2016