Choreographer Andrew Skeels and composer Isabelle Panneton present the fruits of their joint creation. Danced by Andrew Skeels and music performed by Stéphane Beaulac.
Choreographer : Andrew Skeels
Andrew Skeels is from Boston, Massachusetts. He received his dance training at the Boston Ballet School and was a dancer with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. Since 2015 he has directed his own Montreal-based company, Skeels Danse. He has created work for the Ballet of the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, Cirque du Soleil, TanzTheater International Festival Hannover, Théâtre de Suresnes Jean-Vilar, Kansas City Ballet, Festival Quartiers Danses Montréal, Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur, WestWave Dance Festival San Francisco, Colorado Ballet, and Festival Ballet Providence.
His production for the Théâtre de Suresnes, Finding Now, was the winner of the 2018 Grand Prix de la Critique in Paris. He is the winner of the 2015 Hannover Think Big Choreographic Residency Competition and received the 2013 Prix Coup de Cœur du Public from the Festival Quartiers Danses Montréal. His choreographic language reflects his ever-expanding curiosity and love for the art of dance. He draws influence from his training as a film editor and applies a cinematic approach to his choreography. He challenges dancers, asking that they move with daring speed, breathtaking fluidity, and bold release.
His work is detail-oriented, and he works patiently to perfect movement quality, musicality, and nuance inside his work. He provides a supportive, collaborative work environment, which enables dancers to take bold chances. “The audience is the final element that gives life to a dance.” – Andrew Skeels
Composer : Isabelle Panneton
Originally from Sherbrooke, Isabelle Panneton received the main part of her training at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. There she studied, among other subjects, Music Theory (harmony, counterpoint and fugue) with Magdeleine Martin as well as analysis and composition under Gilles Tremblay. With the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Government of Quebec, she lived in Belgium from 1984 to 1987 to work with Philippe Boesmans. In 1985, she was awarded the Prix de musique de chambre from PRO (Performing Rights Organization of Canada) for Surimpression and her piece Voilage was chosen by the CBC/Radio-Canada to represent Canada at the International Rostrum of Composers (UNESCO).
Since then, she has received numerous commissions, including from the Orchestre de Radio-Canada (Entrelacs), the Orchestre du Saguenay Lac-St-Jean (Mimésis) and the Orchestre Métropolitain (Récits, Promenade and Rebonds). She has also received commissions from chamber orchestras: the Musica Nova ensemble (Liege) the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM), the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal, the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ), the choir Viva Voce (Montreal) and the Continuum Ensemble (London). In 2012, she collaborated with the French ensemble Trobaïritz to create Récifs coralliens for a festival dedicated to female composers.
Very involved in the music community, Isabelle Panneton has been a member of many Board of Directors and she regularly participates in peer juries both in Quebec (Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec) as well as in Canada (Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Canadian Opera Company, Governor General’s Award).
A highly sought-after teacher, she is a full professor at the Music Faculty of the Université de Montréal where she taught from 1995 to 2018 and also served as Dean from September 2011 to June 2018.
Musician : Stéphane Beaulac on the trumpet
Photo credits: Andrew Skeels (headshot) © Damian Siqueiros, Andrew Skeels (dance) © Allen Birnbach