Daina Ashbee



Alejandra Odgers


Discover the joint creation of choreographer Daina Ashbee and composer Alejandra Odgers. Danced by Benjamin Kamino and music performed by Caroline Séguin.

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Choreographer : Daina Ashbee

Daina Ashbee is an artist, performer and choreographer based in Montreal, known for her radical works at the edge of dance and performance. At the young age of 26, she had already won two awards for her choreographies. She was a double prizewinner at the Prix de la danse de Montréal, winning both the Prix du CALQ for Best Choreography of 2015-2016 for her choreographic installation When the Ice Melts, Will We Drink the Water?, and the Prix Découverte de la danse, presented by Agora de la danse and Tangente, for Unrelated, her first choreography. Also Daina was named by the prestigious German TANZ magazine as one of 30 promising artists for the year 2017 and named one of 25 to watch by the American publication, Dance Magazine, in 2018. In 2019, she won a New York Dance and Performance Award, Bessie, for Outstanding Choreographer.

Recognized as one of the most promising young choreographers of the next generation, since 2015 her work has been presented over one-hundred times in 14 countries and over 30 different cities. Her work has been presented in some of the most prestigious festivals (The Venice Biennale, Oktoberdans, Les Rencontre Chorégraphiques de Seine-Saint-Denis, and the Munich Dance Biennale) and on the stages of the world (Canada, France, Spain, Belgium, Norway, Finland, Greenland, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Mexico).

Daina is the artist-in-residence at Agora de la danse in Montreal until 2023. In 2018 she returned to the Venice Biennale to teach at the Biennale College, whilst creating a group-piece for 15 students, and continued to tour in Norway, Belgium, Italy, Czech Republic and Canada. In 2019 she toured Europe, Canada and the United States, meanwhile creating a new group piece (J’ai pleuré avec les chiens) and a solo (Laborious Song) set to premiere this year.

Composer : Alejandra Odgers

A Mexican-Canadian composer, Alejandra Odgers holds a double bachelor's degree in oboe and composition from the National School of Music in Mexico. She subsequently obtained a master's and doctorate in composition from the Université de Montréal. Her teachers include Mario Lavista, Arturo Márquez, Paul Barker, José Evangelista, Alan Belkin, Jean-Jacques Nattiez and Francisco Viesca.

Odgers has composed over fifty works, including a dozen for orchestra. Her compositions have been played by several orchestras in Mexico (OSN, OFCM, OSX, OSCCH, OSIPN, etc.), the Orchestra of North University (Paraguay), Montreal’s University Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra MUSAIC (Manitoba), the Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil and the Orchestre Métropolitain (Montreal), the latter commissioning a piece as part of the festivities surrounding the 375 th anniversary of the city of Montreal, and a second one for the inauguration of Espace 67, which was premiered on June 2019, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Her music has received numerous awards, such as First prize in the nation-wide competition, « La música popular mexicana en la Intimidad de la Música de Cámara », and the composition competition of the Orchestre de l’Université de Montréal. She also received the Prix de création en arts de la scène in the 2007 Gala de la culture de Longueuil and won the national competition organized by the Asamblea Legislativa del Distrito Federal, which commissioned a work in homage to the victims of the 1985 earthquake in Mexico City. As a winner of two contests organized by the Consejo de la Música en México, she represented Mexico at the International Rostrum of Composers in Vienna (2005) and in Paris (2007). She has received grants from the Conseil des arts de Longueuil and was a member of the Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte of the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (2011-2013) and again since 2018. Also, she was a finalist for the Charles Biddle Prize in 2017.

Dancer : Benjamin Kamino

Musician : Caroline Séguin on the flute