After graduating from l’École Supérieure de ballet du Québec in 1994, Anne Plamondon joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. A year later, she left Quebec to dance abroad, first with Netherlands Dans Theater 2 in Holland (1995–98), then with the Gulbenkian Ballet in Portugal (1998–2000). During her years in Europe, she danced in works by choreographers Jiri Kylian, Hans Van Manen, Johan Inger, Gideon Obarzanek, Angelin Preljocaj, and Itzik Galili. She created lead roles for Rui Horta, Patrick Delcroix, and Pieter de Ruiter, as well as for Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon, resident choreographers at Nederlands Dans Theater, in their highly-acclaimed work, Sad Case.
Returning to Montreal in 2000, Anne worked with contemporary choreographers Jean Grand-Maitre, Estelle Clareton, and James Kudelka, among others. Since 2006, she has collaborated with Crystal Pite and her company, Kidd Pivot, creating the duet A Picture of You Falling, among other works. She also recently participated in the creation of a choreography presented by Les 7 doigts de la main and Corps Amour Anarchie, a work by PPSDanse celebrating French poet Léo Ferré.
From 2002 to 2016, with choreographer Victor Quijada, Anne was instrumental in the development of RUBBERBANDance Group, as a dancer, and starting in 2006, as artistic co-director. In the close collaboration resulting from the pair’s powerful affinity as dance partners, Anne quickly became the emblematic figure of the company. In this period, she participated in the creation of more than ten performance works as well as three short films. In 2016, wishing to go further in exploring her personal artistic language, she became an associate artist of RUBBERBANDance.
After some 20 years as a performer, in 2012, Anne made her debut as a choreographer, creating the solo, Les mêmes yeux que toi. This work, a collaboration with theatre director Marie Brassard, explored the subject of mental illness. By focussing on themes that are personally meaningful to her, Anne Plamondon aims to create works that leave a lasting impression, both by their virtuosity and by their sensitive authenticity. Since venturing on her new path, MÉCANIQUES NOCTURNES is the second solo she has choreographed and performed.
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