Collaborators

Yan Lee Chan

Lighting Design and Technical Director

Based in Montreal, Yan Lee Chan has worked in the performing arts for more than a decade. He first studied lighting design at the Saint-Hyacinthe School for Theatre Arts, where he earned a degree in stage management and technical direction. After graduation, he worked primarily in Europe, collaborating with Olivier Duplessis and other dance artists. Since his early teens, Yan has also performed as a sleight-of-hand magician and he has subsequently developed new lighting concepts that create stage illusions. Yan Lee Chan has worked with many Canadian choreographers and performing arts companies, including Sonya Biernath, Lin Snelling, Bill Coleman, Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood, Nicole Mion, Stéphane Gladyszewsky, Jenn Goodwin, Pamela Newell, Hélène Langevin, Momentum, Théâtre du Grand Jour, Théâtre du Rideau Vert, Ondinuk, and Pigeons International. He began collaborating with RBDG in the creation of full-length works in 2003, and became the company’s technical director in 2009. His ongoing collaboration with RBDG has involved various commissions, notably with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Scottish Dance Theatre.

Jasper Gahunia (aka DJ Lil’ Jaz, eljay II)

Composer

Jasper Gahunia is a DJ, producer, songwriter, musician, and teacher. He began his ground-breaking musical career as a specialized DJ (turntablist), competing in Toronto-area DMC competitions in the mid-1990s, winning the Toronto DMC DJ competition title three times, and becoming the Canadian DMC Champion in 1998. During this competitive run, he also shared the International Turntablist Federation (ITF) Western Hemisphere Team title with his crew, Turnstylez, and became ITF World Beat Juggling Champ a year later. Jaz has graced stages worldwide as a DJ and keyboardist with Nelly Furtado and k-os. He currently teaches the first-ever “Scratch from Scratch: DJ Fundamentals” course at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music, the institution from which he obtained his classical music degree in piano. He has also collaborated with the Canadian Opera Company in the production of a series of mini-operas fused with hip-hop beats and scratching. He has created the musical scores for many of RBDG’s stage productions and commissions, as well as for their 2012 award-winning short film, Gravity of Center.

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