Emmanuelle Lê Phan
Ottawa born Emmanuelle comes from a rather unique background of contemporary dance training paralleled with years of activity in the street dance world. As one of Canada’s most prominent b-girls, Emmanuelle, aka B- girl Cleopatra, has competed in and won breaking competitions throughout Canada, the US and Sweden. She has been featured in music videos: K-OS, Yelle, Calvin Harris – commercials, dance films and often performs with Cirque Du Soleil Special Events. With her extensive knowledge of various street styles, and her schooling in contemporary dance, she gradually developed her own style of experimental dance. Having obtained her BFA in contemporary dance from Montreal’s Concordia University, she pursued her ambition by cofounding Solid State Breakdance Collective and dancing for Rubberbandance Group.
In 2005, Emmanuelle was part of Cirque Du Soleil’s creation of The Beatles LOVE Show working with choreographer Dave St-Pierre and performing in Las Vegas for 2 years. In 2009, she joined Cirque Eloize, working with choreographer Mourad Merzouki, in the creation and touring of ID a hip-hop/circus show. She returned to work with Rubberbandance for the Gravity of Center production and occasionally dances for the Bboyizm Dance Company.
Emmanuelle remains active in the street dance community by battling in break and all-style categories representing her all-female Legendary Crew and has been judging break and experimental battles in the past year.
Born in Stockholm Sweden, Elon comes from a family of artists. He grew up dancing and listening to Hip hop music; he always loved to dance but his search for expression pushed him to explore deeper into the realm of movement. Training various styles of martial arts since a young age (Kung Fu, Capoeira, Tae Kwon Do) and dance styles (B-boying, Popping), evoked in him a realization of purpose. He went on to find further inspiration in other street styles, theatre and contemporary dance, which lead to the creation of his own movement philosophy. Elon has performed and choreographed fusion style contemporary works since 2001 in theatre, dance and contemporary circus productions.
In 2005, he was hired by Cirque Du Soleil to be part of the The Beatles LOVE Show in Las Vegas, in which he performed and choreographed his own solo. Since then Elon has performed across North America, Europe and Asia with Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Eloize, Bboyizm Dance Company, Rubberbandance Group, and the Norwegian State Theatre. He has performed live on TV in Sweden, Norway, South Korea and in the US. He has worked with choreographers such as Dave St-Pierre, Daniel Ezralow, Mourad Merzouki, Victor Quijada and Koen Agustinien. Elon aka B-boy Wandering Spirit is also a member of Montreal’s Fresh Format b-boy crew and Stockholm’s Concrete Kingz.
Polish-born Karol Cysewski is a Cardiff-based choreographer and dancer. He 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 an 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 star review in the Guardian during his sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe. His newest work is Homo Irrationalis, toured in autumn 2015.
After many years based in London and Israel, dance artist and choreographer Gwyn Emberton returned to Wales in 2012 where he set up his own company. He is an associate artist of Aberystwyth Arts Centre and Coreo Cymru. As well as his own work My People, Gwyn has performed in other dance pieces including the highly acclaimed Caitlin.
Throughout his career Gwyn has worked with many of the UK’s leading contemporary choreographers as a dancer such as Akram Khan, Matthew Bourne, Jasmin Vardimon, Scottish Dancer Theatre, and with Russell Maliphant and Sadhana Dance Company as rehearsal director. He also danced with Inbal Pinto in Israel for three years. Gwyn has taught at The Place, Greenwich Dance Agency, DanceWorks, London, Middlesex University, Coventry University, and many international summer schools and academies.
Alex Marshall Parsons
Alex is a Performer and Dance Maker based in Cardiff, Wales. He studied Drama, Dance & Aerial Performance at Edge Hill University, graduating in 2012. Since then he has worked with Edge FWD, 12 Degrees North, Gary Clarke, Chloe Loftus Dance, Earthfall, Sean Tuan John, & Bombastic Dance theatre.
Alex was recently commissioned by the Dance Shorts scheme to create 10 minutes of fresh & exciting pop up dance Introducing Gary & Pel. He also performed with Earthfall in both Chelsea Hotel and Stories from a Crowded Room.
Melissa ‘Melly Mel’ Flérangile
The company will be joined by internationally renowned dancer Melissa Flérangile who will be performing as understudy to Emmanuelle Lê Phan. Like the other dancers she is a highly skilled practitioner who has performed with companies such as Cirque du Soleil and Cirque Eloise.
From Contemporary to Street dance, Mélissa “Melly Mel” Flérangile has been mastering her craft over the years. Her passion and dedication has led her to appear in several Hollywood pictures including the Academy Award winning Chicago. She is a key member of Bboyizm, touring nationally and doing outreach work in various communities in Canada. While touring, she started a movement, mellymelinspires.com, to work with youth in different communities around the world.