Photo: Justine Latour

Biography

Katia-Marie Germain is a Montreal-based choreographer and performer. Her works Y demeurer (2010), Aube (2012), FOLDS (2014) and Habiter (2017) were performed in various festivals and venues in Quebec and abroad. She has been awarded numerous research and creation residencies in Montreal (Circuit-Est, Agora de la danse, CCOV, Compagnie Marie Chouinard, amongst others), as well as international exchange programs in Belgium, Chile, France, and Italy thanks to the support of LOJIQ and Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique. Having earned a BFA in visual arts in 2007 and in contemporary dance in 2010, she completed her MA in Dance in 2017. Using the dancer’s body in a scenographic space as a starting point, her research-creation study touches on the practical and theoretical potential of a crossover between the codes, languages and methods of visual arts and dance. During the course of her studies, Katia-Marie was awarded the Avatar prize (Laval University, 2007), the Contemporary Dance prize (Concordia University, 2010), the FARE Excellence Scholarship (UQAM, 2013) and the Pierre-Lapointe prize (UQAM, 2015).

Photo: Justine Latour

Creative process

With an interdisciplinary approach, Katia-Marie uses visual arts composition strategies to question the choreographic field. Through movement, scenography and light, she creates environments which alter, renew or deflect the perceptions of both the dancer and the spectator. Working with the body as well as scenery, she takes a keen interest in the relationships that form between people, places and things, and how they permeate one another. Presence, finesse, subtlety and precision are at the heart of the intimate experience of choreographic and visual movements. The end result is works that capture the spectator’s eye and lead to moments of wonder or contemplation while engaging his or her own sensitive and poetic fantasy.