Anne Plamondon is a performer, choreographer and teacher. She trained at the National Ballet School of Canada and the Banff Centre for the Arts, and graduated from École supérieure de ballet du Québec in 1994. She immediately joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, where she performed numerous works of the classical repertory choreographed by George Balanchine and Fernand Nault. The following year, she left Quebec to dance abroad, initially with Nederlands Dans Theater II in Holland (1995-1998), then with the Gulbenkian Ballet in Portugal (1998-2000). During her time in Europe, Anne performed in works by over 30 choreographers, including Jirí Kylián, Hans Van Manen, Johan Inger, Gideon Obarzanek, Angelin Preljocaj, and Itzik Galili, and created lead roles in works by Paul Lightfoot and Sol Leon, Rui Horta, Patrick Delcroix, and Pieter de Ruiter, among others.
Returning to Montreal in 2000, Anne worked with highly-regarded contemporary choreographers such as Jean Grand-Maître, Estelle Clareton, and Hélène Blackburn. She joined RUBBERBANDance Group when Victor Quijada asked her to dance in Hasta La Próxima in 2002. His audacious invention of a style that blended Hip Hop and b-boying with the fluidity and precision of ballet and a contemporary sensibility had a pivotal impact on Anne’s dance journey. Anne and Victor’s strong affinity as dance partners led to an ongoing artistic relationship, and Anne soon became the emblem of the company. By 2005, she was fully involved in developing a strategic vision for RUBBERBANDance and was appointed artistic co-director.
Between 2006 and 2012, Anne and Victor were artists in residence at the Cinquième Salle of Place des Arts in Montreal, where they created the memorable duet, AV INPUT/OUTPUT. During these years, Anne participated in the creation of over ten works for the stage as well as three of Victor Quijada’s short films. She was also instrumental in the development of the RUBBERBAND Method, which she now teaches throughout the world.
Since 2005, Anne has collaborated with Crystal Pite and her company, Kidd Pivot, creating several works that include Lost Action, Fault (a solo work created for Anne in 2008), The You Show, and the duet that won the Olivier Award, A Picture of You Falling. Anne continues to perform this last work internationally at galas and other special events. In 2006, she danced in the reconstruction of James Kuldelka’s master work, Fifteen Heterosexual Duets, produced by Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie and appears in Michael Slobodian’s book of photographs, Reconstructing Fifteen Heterosexual Duets by James Kudelka. Most recently, she performed and participated in the choreographic creation of Tryptique, the new production by Les 7 doigts de la main, a meeting of dance and circus arts in pieces by Marie Chouinard, Victor Quijada, and Marcos Morau.
Her experiences in film have encouraged Anne to highlight her performance abilities on screen. She featured prominently in the short films Small Explosions That Are Yours to Keep, Secret Service, and the award-winning Gravity of Center, directed by Victor Quijada and Thibaut Duverneix. Collaborating with filmmaker Micah Meisner, she choreographed and performed solo in Red Shoes, 2010 winner of the Golden Sheaf Award at the Yorkton Film Festival. Continuing to indulge her creative curiosity and expand her capabilities, Anne explored her own choreographic voice in the self-solo work, Les mêmes yeux que toi, which premiered at Montreal’s Agora de la danse in 2012. In this full-length work, co-created with actress, writer, director, and dramaturge Marie Brassard, she boldly tackled the subject of mental illness. Focussing on stories that were personally meaningful, her intention was to create a work that would leave a striking impression by its virtuosity and emotional beauty.
© Photo by Michael Slobodian