Choreographer Eva Kolarova and composer Maggie Ayotte are presenting the fruits of their joint creation. Danced by Eva Kolarova and music performed by Louis-Philippe Marsolais.
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Choreographer: Eva Kolarova
Born in the Czech Republic, Eva Kolarova trained at the National Conservatory of Dance in Prague, at the Rudra-Béjart School in Lausanne, where she danced with the Béjart Ballet Lausanne, and then at the Hochschule für Kunst und Musik in Germany. From 2008 to 2011, she was a member of the Ballet of the Opéra national du Rhin. In 2011, she moved to Montreal and joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and then Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal in 2016-2017. Also a choreographer, she founded her company, Kolarova Danse, in 2015. She has presented short pieces at the following festivals and events: Golden Prague in the Czech Republic, Studio 303 and the Quartiers Danse, Vue sur la relève and Saint-Ambroise Fringe festivals in Montreal, the Dance Made in Canada Festival in Toronto, the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur, the DICFE International Dance Festival in South Korea and the Festival internacional Danza de Calle in Mexico. She has received commissions for companies and institutions such as the Ballet de l'Opéra du Rhin, the Conservatoire de danse de Saint-Louis in France, Springboard, KARTS in South Korea and the Kelowna Ballet in British Columbia. She has also produced and presented three full-length works in Montreal: Metamorphosis in Love (2012) at La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines, Fragmented Mind (2016) and Blue Dependence (2017) at the Cinquième Salle of Place des Arts. She regularly gives workshops and teaches classical and contemporary technique, and has been a guest teacher at the National University of Arts in Korea, Seoul, South Korea in 2018 and at Lyceum Alpinum Zuoz in Switzerland in 2019.
Composer: Maggie Ayotte
Composer, pianist and arranger, Lac-Saint-Jean native Maggie Ayotte settled in Montreal in 2012 and began classical piano training at Université de Montréal. Early on, her interest in musical composition led her to study under Ana Sokolović, François-Hugues Leclair and d’Analia Llugdar.
Over the years, Ayotte has worked with several ensembles, such as Quatuor Lavoie and Nouvel Ensemble Moderne. In February 2019, her second orchestral work was performed by the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jean-Michaël Lavoie. Thanks to numerous advanced training courses, the artist has had her works played by Orchestre de la Francophonie, Quatuor Bozzini and the contemporary music ensemble Académie Orford Musique, directed by Véronique Lacroix. In May 2019, a research collaboration with tuba player Ulysse Manaud led her to the Conservatoir national de musique et de danse de Lyon for the performance of her work, Peu Importe…
Widely known for her unfettered imagination, Maggie Ayotte has always been keen on composer/artist collaborations. Her research into transdisciplinarity, which she does with violist Victor de Coninck, has resulted in explorations of the points of connection between physicality and musicality.
Fascinated by the worlds of contemporary dance, jazz and popular music, Ayotte composed the score for the 2018 dance show “Summertime.” Three of her works for bass and string quartet are on the album “Déductions” by jazz bassist Rémi-Jean Leblanc. That same year, Ayotte’s arrangements were played in live concerts by singer Patrick Watson, accompanied by Quatuor Bozzini and Orchestre national de Lyon.
Maggie Ayotte has worked with emerging musicians and ensembles, such as Trio Émerillon, and also with more established ensembles like the piano duo Fortin-Poirier.
Musician : Louis-Philippe Marsolais on the horn