Dance artist

“A day in the life” with Canadian dance artist, Anne Plamondon

Our paths were obviously not meant to cross. Anne Plamondon had been dancing since she was born, when I only came there as a young adult. Fate worked its magic in 1992, and since then our paths have intertwined beautifully as friends and dance artists.

Meeting Anne Plamondon at the École Supérieure de Danse du Québec was a culture shock for me. As I tested my interest and endowment in dancing, she proved to be one of the most focused and dedicated in the school. Her talent was unmistakable to all, but it was her vectorial approach to dance that impressed me the most. Dancing did not seem to be an option for her but a quest and a call of life; it was as clear then as it is today. So it was no surprise to see her move to Europe after graduating and work with some of the most prestigious dance companies such as Nederlands Dans Theater. After excelling in the classical idiom, she dove into contemporary ballet with the same commitment, passion and success. When she returned to Montreal in the early 2000s, she was clearly thirsty for a new approach to dance, filled by her encounter with choreographer Victor Quijada, the development of Rubberband and her fusion of break music, classical ballet and dance theater. Seeing her ever-evolving investigation into our art form, I had the chance to create and dance with her again in 2006 in “Lost Action”, Crystal Pite’s first group work for Kidd Pivot.

A virtuoso contributor and fierce performer, Anne Plamondon has been the muse of so many choreographers over the past 25 years. It is with a sense of joy and admiration that I now witness her evolution as a dance maker and curator.

Written by Eric Beauchesne – friend and fellow dancer

In rehearsal for my new work about to be presented on stage at Usine C (photo by Michael Slobodian)
Anne Plamondon
In rehearsal for my new work about to be presented on stage at Usine C (photo by Michael Slobodian)
With my wonderful team in Only you’s sets on stage (photo by Michael Slobodian)
With dancer James Gregg and coach Alisia Pobega (photo by Michael Slobodian)
Fixing the final technical details (photo by Michael Slobodian)
Anne Plamondon
Filming of an interview with James a few weeks before the premiere of the show (Photo: Mélanie Carpentier)
Anne Plamondon
Spending time with my daughter Maela (Photo: Mélanie Carpentier)

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What neighborhood are you in?

I live in Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie in Montreal.

What are you doing?

I am a choreographer, performer, teacher and dance curator.

What are you currently working on?

Currently, I am working on my new choreographic piece Only You, a duet in which I dance alongside the fantastic dancer James Gregg. After a warm premiere in Montreal last week, I am traveling to Toronto and Ottawa this month to exhibit my work at Harbourfront Center and the National Arts Centre. I am also reviving Counter Cantor, a duo co-created with choreographer and dancer Emma Portner. Besides performances, I will be teaching workshops to local dance communities. After two years of the show being canceled and postponed due to covid-19, I am so grateful and thrilled to tour with this personal and intimate work. After the tour, I will start a new work for the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur (QC) which will be released this summer.

Where can we find your work?

Anneplamondon.com