Photo: Justine Latour
Katia-Marie Germain is a Montreal-based choreographer and performer. She uses visual arts composition strategies to further explore the choreographic field through an interdisciplinary approach. Rooted in the notion of presence and the concept of “inhabit”, her artistic approach addresses the dynamics that unite body and space within performance. Working with finesse and precision on the relationship between movements, scenography and light, she creates highly visual choreographic works that reveal an ambiguous relationship to time and to the other. The environments she stages are driven by the desire to renew the perceptions of the dancer and the spectator and capture the gaze, inspiring wonder and contemplation.
With a BFA in Visual Arts and Dance, Katia-Marie has been creating projects as a choreographer and performer since she completed her professional training in 2010. Her works were first presented in Quebec in various venues and festivals (Danses Buissonnières, Tangente, Studio 303, Festival Accès Danse, OFFTA, Réseau Accès culture, Parcours danse, La Rotonde, Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée). Over the years, she received support from several creative residency programs in Quebec and participated in international artistic exchange programs in Belgium (2010), Chile (2012), France (2014), and Italy (2018). From 2013 to 2017, Katia-Marie completed a Master’s degree in dance, enabling her to integrate an interdisciplinary dialogue between the visual and choreographic arts at the heart of her approach. Through the analysis of the corporeal and scenographic spatiality of the work, her research-creation study focuses on the dynamics that unite body and space within choreographic creation. During the course of her art studies, the quality of her work was highlighted by various awards and distinctions, such as the Pierre-Lapointe (2013), the David-Kilburn scholarship (2015) from UQÀM, the Contemporary Dance Prize (2010) from Concordia University and the Avatar Prize (2007) from Laval University. In 2018, following the presentation of her work Habiter at OFFTA, Katia-Marie won the Prix de la danse de Montréal – Catégorie Découverte, awarded to the previous year’s revelation in the dance community. This work, presented on tour in and around Montreal, also allowed the choreographer to spread its distribution in Canada and Europe, including at the prestigious Venice Biennale in Italy (2019) and at the International Festival Les Brigittines in Brussels, Belgium (2019).