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ANNE PLAMONDON is a choreographer and performer.
She first trains at the National Ballet School of Canada and the Banff Centre for the Arts, before graduating from l'École Supérieure de danse du Québec in 1994. She immediately joins Les Grands
Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, performing numerous works of the classical repertory choreographed by George Balanchine and Fernand Nault. The following year, she leaves Quebec to dance with the
Nederlands Dans Theater II in Holland (1995-1998), then with the Gulbenkian Ballet in Portugal (1998-2000). During this period, Anne performs in works by over 30 choreographers including Jirí
Kylián, Hans Van Manen, Johan Inger, Gideon Obarzanek, Angelin Preljocaj, and Itzik Galili. She creates lead roles for Rui Horta, Patrick Delcroix, and Pieter de Ruiter, as well as in Sad
Case, the acclaimed work by Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon, resident choreographers at Nederlands Dans Theater.
Returning to Montreal in 2000, Anne works with contemporary choreographers such as Jean Grand-Maître. She dances in the revival of James Kuldelka's master work, Fifteen Heterosexual
Duets, produced by Coleman, Lemieux & Compagnie, and appears in Michael Slobodian's book of photographs, Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie: Reconstructing Fifteen Heterosexual Duets by
James Kudelka. From 2007 to 2011, Anne collaborates with renowned choreographer Crystal Pite and her company Kidd Pivot, creating Lost Action, Fault, The You Show, and a duet that
wins an Olivier Award in 2015, A Picture of You Falling. In the same year, she participates in the choreographic creation and performs in Triptyque by Les 7 doigts de la main, a
meeting of dance and circus arts with pieces by Marie Chouinard, Victor Quijada, and Marcos Morau. In 2016, she collaborates in the creation of Corps Amour Anarchie, a PPS Danse work
celebrating French poet Léo Ferré.
Anne Plamondon stars in the short films Small Explosions That Are Yours to Keep and Secret Service, as well as Gravity of Center, directed by Victor Quijada and Thibaut
Duverneix. In collaboration with director Micah Meisner, Anne choreographs and performs solo in Red Shoes, winning a Golden Sheaf Award at the Yorkton Film Festival in 2010.
Between 2002 and 2015, with choreographer Victor Quijada, she contributes to the development of RUBBERBANDance Group, first as a performer, then as artistic co-director of the company from 2006
to 2015. The inventive daring of Quijada’s choreography -- blending Hip Hop and b-boying with the fluidity and precision of classical ballet and a contemporary dance sensibility -- has a pivotal
impact on the course of Anne's career. The pair’s strong affinity as dance partners fosters a close artistic collaboration. Anne rapidly becomes the emblem of the company, participating in
the creation of over ten works for the stage as well as four short films. She is also instrumental in the formulation of the RUBBERBAND Method, which she now teaches throughout the world.
After twenty years of practice as a dancer, Anne Plamondon makes her debut as a choreographer in 2012 with the solo The Same Eyes as Yours and Night Mechanics (2017),
both undertaken in collaboration with theatre director Marie Brassard. In 2018-2019, Fall for Dance North festival in Toronto offers Anne a 2-year residency, during which she creates Fiddle
Embrace, a piece for 18 students of the Ryerson School of Performance, as well as Counter Cantor, co-created with Emma Portner. In 2020, she premieres Yearn to Make a
Difference, a piece for twelve dancers commissioned by the Alberta Ballet Company. Her latest duet Only You, which she performs with James Gregg, takes the stage in March of this
same year, programmed by Danse Danse.
Since 2019, Anne acts as associate curator for dance at the Domaine Forget International Music and Dance Academy.
With an emphasis on subjects that have deep meaning for her, Anne’s intention is to create works that leave a strong impression as much by their virtuosity as by their emotional authenticity.
"I am driven by curiosity, by a quest for meaning, for revelation of my own truth and that of others. This quest is at the heart of my process - it ignites my inner fire.
Strange paradox: when I dance, my body takes over, gets restless or gives way, reveals its complexities, driven by the vibrations of music or a troubling inner state.
When that happens, I feel my dancing in its truest, purest form. From time to time, I achieve this state of grace, fleeting and mysterious. It is to find those moments of grace that I dance,
again and again."
Anne Plamondon, May 2018
Anne Plamondon Productions receives the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and Conseil des arts de Montréal.