Approaching choreography through a wide variety of movement philosophies,
Montreal-based dance duo Tentacle Tribe
concocts uncommon dance works with a contemporary approach.
Drawing from their wide scope of dance experience, co-founders Emmanuelle Lê Phan and Elon Höglund
create conceptual hip-hop with a contemporary twist, while intermingling organic influences from earthly creatures.
This Canadian-Swedish creative alliance experiments with intricate partnering,
refined musicality and a saturated dose of physical choreography.
Active participants in the street dance scene as B-boy and B-girl, and as seasoned stage performers,
the two combine movement techniques that transcend style boundaries
and create works that express the embodiment of music beyond technique.
Their repertoire includes magnetic duets & trios such as Body to Body, When They Fall, Nobody Likes a Pixelated Squid,
Origami Mami, Threesixnine and Fractals of You, which have toured internationally.
Although the two artists have worked together since 2005, it wasn’t until 2012 that Tentacle Tribe was formed
when they performed their first official collaboration choreographed for the Cirque Du Soleil stage in Quebec City.
This duet was adapted into a short film by director Natalie Galazka called Elon & Emmanuelle.
Their first full–length piece, Nobody Likes a Pixelated Squid,
was sought after and toured with more than 40 stops in North America and Europe.
They followed with Fractals of You, a voyage through consciousness using video mapping projections
imagined by artist Gene Pendon.
The company has now expanded and transposed their duet research onto group pieces
such as Origami Mami, Threesixnine and Ghost.
Their choreography was adapted into award–winning dance film Vanishing Points (2014) directed by Marites Carino,
which has been screened at more than 50 festivals internationally.
A follow–up dance–for camera short Crack the Cypher, also directed by Carino in 2016,
uses a drone to capture the duo’s dynamic choreography.
An upcoming short film Mami Origami captures the famed female trio, also directed by Carino.
The duo has also been hired as an act for Special Events with Cirque Du Soleil and Cirque Éloize
in Antalya, Turkey and Tignes, France.
Tentacle Tribe’s work goes beyond the stage and screen.
The York University Dance Department and the Arizona State University Urban Dance Program
invited the duo as resident guest artists to lecture, teach workshops, and set pieces on department students.
The company has also been commissioned to create a work for Vancouver's OURO Collective
as well as Dansenshus Oslo's Urban Moves Festival.
Currently, Tentacle Tribe is working on a new full-length production with six dancers, Ghost,
which will premiere this November 2018 with Danse Danse in Montreal.