Artistic co-Directors

 

Elon "The Wandering Spirit" Höglund

Born in Stockholm Sweden, Elon comes from a family of artists. He grew up dancing and listening to hip-hop music, but his search for expression pushed him to explore deeper into the realm of movement. From a young age, he trained in various forms of martial arts (Kung Fu, Capoeira, Taekwondo) and dance styles (B-boying, Popping), which evoked in him a realization of purpose.  He went on to find further inspiration in other street styles, theatre and contemporary dance, which lead to the creation of his own movement philosophy.  Since 2001, Elon has performed and choreographed fusion-style contemporary works for Theatre, Dance and Contemporary Circus productions.


In 2005, he was hired by Cirque Du Soleil to be part of the creation of The Beatles LOVE Show in Las Vegas, in which he performed and choreographed his own solo that seamlessly fused contemporary dance and hip-hop. Since then, Elon has performed all over North America, Europe and Asia with Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Eloize, Bboyizm Dance Company, Rubberbandance Group, and the Norwegian State Theatre. He has performed live on television in Sweden, Norway, South Korea and in the United States.  Notably, he has worked with choreographers such as Dave St-Pierre, Daniel Ezralow, Mourad Merzouki, Victor Quijada and Koen Agustinien. 

 

Elon is also a member of Montreal’s Fresh Format B-boy crew and Stockholm’s Concrete Kingz. In 2012, he co-founded Tentacle Tribe with choreographer Emmanuelle Lê Phan creating magnetic duets such as Body to Body, When They Fall and Nobody Likes a Pixelated Squid, which have been presented in over 40 international cities. He has also been featured in three dance films: Elon & EmmanuelleVanishing Points and Crack the Cypher.

 

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Emmanuelle "Cleopatra" Lê Phan

At the age of seven, Emmanuelle started ballet lessons and was exposed to modern dance, jazz and gymnastics and, but it wasn’t until almost a decade later the Ottawa native experienced a distinct moment that unexpectedly propelled her into the world of street dance.

 

“I discovered breaking when I going to raves when I was 17. One night there was a cypher going on and I elbowed through the people and saw a Japanese B-girl. I was in awe and I thought I want to do this! It was instantaneous. It looked difficult, she looked fresh, and I was extremely drawn to it. After that, I took classes, asked a lot of questions and learned off VHS tapes.”

 

Now one of Canada’s most prominent B-girls, aka B-girl Cleopatra, Emmanuelle has participated in numerous breaking competitions throughout North America and Europe. She often performs with the Cirque Du Soleil Special Events dancing, choreographing, acting and doing stunt work. Co-founder of the all-female Solid State Breakdance Collective, she remains active in the street dance community by battling in break and all-style categories representing her all-female Legendary Crew and has been judging break and experimental battles. 

 

In parallel to developing her various street styles, Emmanuelle completed a BFA in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University. Her eclectic dance background led her to cultivate her own style of experimental dance while gaining additional performance experience with Rubberbandance Group (Gravity of Center, Loan Sharking, Slicing Static), and her being part of the original creation cast for Cirque Du Soleil’s The Beatles LOVE Show, and Cirque Eloize’s hip-hop circus show ID, choreographed by Mourad Merzouki.  She occasionally performs with the Bboyizm Dance Company. The captivating dancer has been featured in music videos by K-OS, Yelle, and Calvin Harris, as well as in commercials, and dance films. In addition to being the co-founder and manager of conceptual hip-hop dance company Tentacle Tribe, Emmanuelle choreographs for and performs with the company both locally and abroad.  Her most recent trio, Origami Mami has been well received and is now touring in London UK, Toronto and Amsterdam.