The Artistic Directors
Elon "The Wandering Spirit" Höglund
Born in Stockholm Sweden, Elon discovered his love for dance through breaking and Hip Hop at the age of seven. In parrallel to his love of Hip Hop, Elon has since an early age had a deep interest for Martial arts and has trained extensively in various forms: kung fu, capoeira, tae kwon do. Dance and movement evoked in him a realization of purpose, and he went on to find further inspiration in other street styles, theater and contemporary dance, which eventually lead to the creation of his own movement approach. 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. Since then, Elon has performed all over North America, Europe and Asia with the companies Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Eloize, Bboyizm and Rubberbandance. He has worked with choreographers such as Dave St-Pierre, Daniel Ezralow, Mourad Merzouki, Victor Quijada and Koen Augustijnen.
In 2012 he co-founded Tentacle Tribe with choreographer Emmanuelle Lê Phan creating magnetic pieces such as Body to Body, When They Fall, Nobody Likes a Pixelated Squid, Fractals of you and Threesixnine, which have been presented in over 45 international cities. Their dance films: Elon & Emmanuelle, Vanishing Points and Crack the Cypher have received prizes at many film festivals. Elon's interest in pedagogy led him to develop and teach the Tentacle Tribe approach at Arizona State University, York University, DOCH (University for Dance and Circus in Stockholm) and at countless workshops all over the world.
Elon is also a member of Montreal’s Fresh Format B-boy crew and Stockholm’s Concrete Kingz.
Emmanuelle "Cleopatra" Lê Phan
Québeco-vietnamese and raised in Ottawa, B-girl known as Cleopatra and co-founder of dance company Tentacle Tribe, Emmanuelle Lê Phan has forged a singular career path intermingling breaking, contemporary dance and circus performances. Although not a classical circus artist, her dance's virtuosity brought her to Cirque du Soleil stages (The Beatles LOVE Show in Las Vegas), Cirque Éloize stages (ID) and other international special events.
But in essence, what draws her in is movement invention and choreographic finesse. In her body, a varied array of forms: breaking, popping, capoeira, parkour, house, modern and a desire to bond them into her own freestyle language. This versatility is a result of a varied training spectrum: from completing a BFA in contemporary dance at Concordia University in 2003, to battling in breaking and all-style categories since 1999. Her past collaborations include co-founding Solid State Breakdance Collective and dancing for MMHOP, Rubberbandance, Bboyizm and Out Innerspace Dance Theatre.
In 2012, the decision to create with Swedish choreographer Elon Höglund steers them into their new Tentacle Tribe universe. Since then, the company has created many works, notably Nobody Likes a Pixelated Squid, Fractals of You, and Threesixnine. The last five years, their work has been shown in over 45 cities worldwide along with workshop outreach and the dissemination of their three short films: Elon & Emmanuelle, Vanishing Points and Crack the Cypher. Emmanuelle has also choreographed a female trio Origami Mami that has toured in many hiphop festivals and has recently been commissioned to create a sextet for Dansenshus Oslo's Urban Moves Festival.