Jason Martin trained at the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal. He began dancing at the age of 21, after playing hockey for 17 years. After graduating, he worked with several major Canadian companies, such as Daniel Léveillé Danse, Carré des Lombes, Sylvain Émard Danse, Compagnie Virginie Brunelle and Compagnie Marie Chouinard. His recent work as an interpreter includes Compagnie Dave St-Pierre, Louise Bédard Danse, Danse K by K and Dana Gingras/Animals Of Distinction. In 2014, he presented his first creation as a choreographer, Raw, in Montreal, which was then remounted and extended in 2016 for Tangente’s season in a version entitled Untamed. In 2015, he founded his company ENTITEY/Jason Martin. He worked with the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal as choreographer: Us in 2015 and Souffle in 2017. He co-created the piece Falling in 2017 with choreographer Janelle Hacault, which was presented in Toronto and Winnipeg. His creation Beyond was presented at the Rachel Browne Theatre in Winnipeg in 2018, and the same year his work (AND) was presented at From Jaffa to Agripas Festival in Jérusalem.
Jason also participates in theater projects as an actor with the Castel Blast collective, and also as a choreographer and advisor, notably with Benoît Vermeulen, Luce Pelletier, Déviation²Théâtre, the Theater School of Cégep Ste- Hyacinthe and the Théâtre à l’eau froide.
About the workshop (Summer School):
This workshop aims to increase dancers adaptability through the development of body awareness. Led by a continuous exploration, the dancer connects with each part of his body, makes them mobile and dancing in order to improve the movement. Combining somatic and dance, each move has an origin and a purpose, and maximizes the physical potential of the dancer. By exploring different systems of movements used in creation, the dancer is constantly challenged, from one state to another. While playing with intensity, speed, rhythms, he leaves his comfort zone by reacting with spontaneity. The dancer is no longer limited and develops a new way of moving, perceiving and generating movement. These principles are reinvested and put into practice at the end of the workshop through the creation of a choreographic extract. The dancer leaves the workshop with a greater understanding of his boundless potential as an interpreter.
The creative laboratory will be used as a research with the dancers, through the construction of a choreographic excerpt.
Photo: Guillaume Boucher