- Sarah Fregeau
- Cori Kresge
- Benjamin Landsberg
- Waldean Nelson
- Erin Poole
- François Richard
- Lauren Semeschuk
- Jeff Wolfe
- Ève Garnier – Rehearsal director
- Ami Shulman – Rehearsal director
Sarah Fregeau is a Toronto/Montréal based dancer. Since graduating from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre she has worked with blackandblue dance projects, the Canadian Opera Company, Caroline Barriere Danse, Kate Hilliard, and José Navas/Compagnie Flak, of which she has been a member since August 2009. For the 2012/2013 season Sarah also joined Peggy Baker Dance Projects for the creation of a new work, Split Screen Stereophonic, and performed in Night Garden for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche.
Cori Kresge divides her time between her old home in New York and her new home in Montreal. She was a member of the Merce Cunningham Repertory Understudy Group and part of the Cunningham teaching faculty, developing new classes in Cunningham technique for children and teens. Cori graduated from SUNY Purchase with a BFA in dance and the Dean’s Award for “breaking the mold”. She has been a recipient of the Darmasiswa International Scholarship to travel to Indonesia and study traditional Balinese dance. In her adolescence, Cori was a member of the Sri Chinmoy Meditation Center and Vocal Ensemble, touring internationally. In addition to creating her own work, she currently works with Rashaun Mitchell, Silas Reiner, Ellen Cornfield, Liz Magic Laser, and Wendy Osserman. Cori joined José Navas/Compagnie Flak in November 2012.
Benjamin Landsberg is a Toronto-born contemporary dancer and independent choreographer. Since his completion of Ryerson University’s Performance Dance BFA Program, he has performed and collaborated with Typecast Dance Company, MOVE: the company, inDance, Kaeja d’Dance, and ezdanza and toured through Canada, Asia, and the United States. He has danced works by Darryl Tracy, D. A. Hoskins, Robert Glumbek, Roberto Campagnella, Emily Molnar, Joshua Beamish, Edgar Zendejas, Hélène Blackburn, and José Navas. His most recent choreographic work, a Creative Partnership Commission for DanceOntario, premiered in January 2013 in Toronto. Benjamin joined José Navas/Compagnie Flak during its 2012-2013 season.
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Waldean Nelson began his dance training at the age of 13 under the direction of Carol Lonnie. From there he continued his training at the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Jacob’s Pillow – Contemporary Traditions Program, PHILADANCO, and the Ailey school. He has performed works by Robert Battle, Elisa Monte, Francine E. Ott, and Judith Jamison. In 2009, Waldean received his B.A. in Growth and Structure of Cities and a minor in Dance from Haverford College. Since graduating, he has been a member of Ronald K. Brown / Evidence and Camille A. Brown and Dancers. In the summer of 2011, Waldean participated in Springboard Danse Montréal, where he performed the work of Ohad Naharin. He joined José Navas/Compagnie Flak in 2011.
Erin Poole began her training at P.S.B. Dance Academy in Toronto, and attended Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts. She continued her training in Marseille, France at L’Académie Méditerranéenne under the direction of Thierry LeFloch and Mitou Manderon. Returning to Toronto, Erin has worked with artists such as Robert Glumbek, Roberto Campanella, Allen Kaeja, Mercedes Benandez, Courtnae Bowman, and Hanna Kiel. Last year she performed as an apprentice with ProArte Danza in Guillaume Côté’s Dora-nominated Fractals. She also performed The Sealed Angel in January 2012, choreographed by Lars Scheibner, and in ProArte’s Season 2012. She participated in the 2012 Springboard Danse Montréal workshop where she first met José Navas, and joined José Navas/Compagnie Flak soon after that, in October 2012.
Born in Moncton, New Brunswick, François Richard began his dance training at the DancEast Dance Centre. In 2004, he was invited to attend the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School where he graduated with honours in 2006. Since then, his career has taken him across Canada, the United States and Europe. He has danced for professional companies such as the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, the Atlantic Ballet Theater of Canada, and as a principal dancer for Ballet Ouest de Montréal and Eddy Toussaint’s Reconstruct’Art Multimedium, among others. François has also taught for schools and companies in both Moncton and Montréal, including Concordia University, Ballet Ouest de Montréal, Eddy Toussaint’s Reconstruct’Art Multimedium, DancEast Dance Center, the Atlantic Dance Academy and Danse Virtuosa. He first worked with José Navas during Springboard Danse Montréal 2010 and joined the Company in the summer of 2010.
Originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Lauren Semeschuk began her training as a Ukrainian dancer. Early on, she toured with Pavlychenko Ukrainian Folklorique Ensemble, which took her across Canada, the United States and Brazil. In 2005, she danced with the Saskatchewan Contemporary Ballet, where she worked with choreographers Michel Faigeaux, Jordan Morris and Gino Berti. Lauren later continued her training in Toronto, Ontario, where she received her BFA with honours in dance at Ryerson University in 2008. While at Ryerson, she performed repertoire from choreographers Robert Glumbeck, Allen Kaeja, and D.A. Hoskins. In the summer of 2008, Lauren took part in Springboard Danse Montréal, where she studied and performed choreography by Crystal Pite for BJM Danse Montréal. Since moving to Montréal, Lauren has collaborated with numerous choreographers and creators, notably José Navas/Compagnie Flak, whom she has danced with since 2009. Starting in 2012, she has also been working as a rehearsal director for some of José Navas’ solo work.
Jeff Wolfe, from Clearwater, Florida, received his training through the Houston Ballet Academy in Houston, Texas, which he attended for two years on scholarship and was accepted into Houston Ballet’s second company. Jeff has spent the past two years freelancing around the United States, dancing with the Montgomery Ballet (soloist), River North Dance Chicago, Brooklyn based Renegade Performance Group, and Ron De Jesus Dance Company. Jeff has also been seen as a dancer and aerialist on the cruise ship Oasis of the Seas. In addition Jeff spent four seasons dancing with BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio. Jeff has performed original works by renowned choreographers including Stanton Welch, Harrison McEldowney, Lauri Stallings, and Randy Duncan. In 2002, he attended the Youth America Grand Prix Finals in New York City. Jeff was also awarded the honor of being a winner in the Columbus Choreographic Project in 2008. Jeff Wolfe recently joined José Navas/Company Flak, in October 2012.
After studying Ballet in Paris, Ève Garnier moved in 1996 to Denmark where she worked as a dancer with several companies, among others the Royal Danish Opera, as well as with international choreographers such as Tim Feldmann, Olga Cobos and Peter Mika, David Dorfman, Doug Varone, Christina Caprioli or Dominique Porte among others. From 2009 to 2011, she was a permanent company member of Compagnie Marie Chouinard. Now based in Montréal, Ève is working freelance with multidisciplinary artists, Sabrina Reeves, Martin Bélanger, Katia Gagné and on her own projects in the creation and teaching fields in Canada and abroad. She is a touring rehearsal director for the Compagnie Marie Chouinard and joined José Navas/Compagnie Flak in 2012. In Denmark, she acted in several commercials and a short movie. In 2006, she received the Danish artists association’s award “Morgens Brandt” for her artistic contribution to the Danish dance scene.
Director, performer, educator and Feldenkrais practitioner, Ami Shulman trained in the performing arts in South Africa and has worked internationally in all domains related to movement. She danced with Compagnie Marie Chouinard and José Navas/Compagnie Flak for several years and collaborated with videographer Joseph Rovan on an interactive installation work, Let us imagine a Straight Line. Based in Montreal, Shulman’s passion for movement research led her to teach at the GöteborgsOperans Danskompani; the Juilliard School; the Ailey School; the Rotterdam Dance Academy; the National Theatre School of Canada; Jacob’s Pillow; Cirque du Soleil; the Springboard Project and the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, among others. She has set repertory work for the Compagnie Marie Chouinard on the GöteborgsOperan and has been an assistant choreographer for Cirque du Soleil. Shulman has also worked in theatre as a movement consultant/choreographer for Mark Lawes at the Grand Theatre Junction; for Yael Farber’s productions of The Crucible and Kadmos and for Arianna Bardesona’s Macbeth for Repercussion Theatre. Shulman is a rehearsal director for Compagnie Marie Chouinard and for José Navas/Compagnie Flak.