Andrew Tay is a hybrid performer, choreographer and dance curator based in Montréal. In 2005 he co-founded Wants&Needs Danse with Sasha Kleinplatz. Together they produce the popular dance events Short & Sweet and Piss in the Pool. He received the DanceWEB Scholarship (Festival Impulstanz 2012, Vienna), and has participated in Rencontres Internationales de Jeunes Créateurs (Festival TransAmériques), 8 Days (an intergenerational meeting of Canadian choreographers), and The Copycat Academy (Luminato Festival, Toronto) curated by Hannah Hurtzig (Berlin). In 2016, Tay received the Buddies in Bad Times Vanguard Award for Risk and Innovation at the SummerWorks Performance Festival for his work Fame Prayer / EATING. He is currently the artistic curator at Le Centre de Création O Vertigo.

Internationally renowned artist Stephen Thompson began his career as a figure skater. Hailed by the New York Times as one of the “best male dancers” of 2014, he worked with such companies as Decidedly Jazz Danceworks and Fondation Jean-Pierre Perrault, as well as with acclaimed artists Benoît Lachambre, Trajal Harrell, Adam Linder, and Antonija Livingstone. His collaborations have received accolades, including a Bessie Award (NYC), two Dora Mavor Moore awards, and a Mohn Award during the 2016 Made in L.A. Biennial. In 2016, he also received the Canada Council for the Arts’ Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award.

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