Edge 5

Nobody Likes a Pixilated Squid  |  Tentacle Tribe | Emmanuelle Lê Phan & Elon Höglund

Feasting on Famine  |  Radical System Art | Shay Kuebler

Firehall Arts Centre

Thurs July 9 7pm Firehall Arts Centre Buy Tickets
Sat July 11 7pm Firehall Arts Centre Buy Tickets

Nobody Likes a Pixilated Squid

Tentacle Tribe | Emmanuelle Lê Phan & Elon Höglund


In a delectable fusion of music and movement, Tentacle Tribe invent a geometry of harmonious urban contemporary dance that they call “conceptual hip-hop” or “deconstructed street dance”. The fluid movements of diverse land and sea creatures inspire this ‘splendid mix of varied panels that strike chords of bold invention offset by introspectively resonant intimacy’ (Calgary Herald).

“…Tentacle Tribe of Montreal, is seriously good, full of very physical hip-hop virtuosity and pure, youthful energy.” The Dance Current, Philip Szporer

“On the evidence of Nobody Likes a Pixilated Squid, the two are not just on the cutting edge of contemporary urban dance. They’re sharpening it.” Montreal Gazette

Tentacle Tribe is a Canadian-Swedish creative alliance between Emmanuelle LêPhan and Elon Höglund.  This Montreal-based dance company creates uncommon dance works with a contemporary twist using conceptual Hiphop and influences from all types of earthly creatures. They wish to create work that transcends the boundaries separating movement styles, and pieces that express the embodiment of music beyond technique. The work experiments with intricate partnering, refined musicality and a saturated dose of physical choreography.

Although having worked together since 2005, Tentacle Tribe was founded in 2012 while performing a duet with Cirque Du Soleil.  Their creation, When They Fall, was performed at Montreal’s Festival Quartiers Danse, and in London’s Breakin’ Convention.  Their creation Nobody Likes a Pixelated Squid was presented at Danse Danse in Montreal, Toronto, Stockholm, Oslo, Mexico City, Monterrey, Saltillo, Puerto Vallarta, Guelph and Calgary. Their two dance films Vanishing Points and Elon & Emmanuelle have both toured internationally and Tentacle Tribe has also been guest artists in residence at universities teaching and lecturing: York University & Arizona State University.  The duet has also been hired as an act for Special Events with Cirque Du Soleil and Cirque Éloize in Antalya, Turkey and Tignes, France.  They are presently in research mode for their newest creation to be presented in the 2016-17 Danse Danse season.

Light design: Benoit Larivière | Costumes: Tentacle Tribe & Jodee Allen | Co-produced by Danse Danse, CALQ and CAC | Music by: Dictaphone, Pentaphobe, Colorlist, Hacksaw, Hubbard Hills, Elon Höglund, Béatrice Bonifassi and Swod.

Tentacle Tribe are also running a street dance workshop on July 11.

Feasting on Famine

Radical System Art | Shay Kuebler


Consume. Grow. Develop. Consume. One man’s path through the extremes of bodybuilding and fitness. Through this culture, the solo looks to reference how the body becomes a corporation and feeds off the imbalance in ourselves and in society. Feeding off our animal memory and a constant need to grow and expand. The solo work will premiere in 2016 as a part of the Firehall Arts Centre’s 2015/2016 Season.

Shay Kuebler Radical System Art aims to expand the art of physical performance through the lens of Artistic Director Shay Kuebler and a versatile amorphous language of dance, martial arts, theatre, music and other forms. Utilizing both film and stage as mediums to promote, disseminate and enhance performance art. Blending multiple genres of art, the company pushes the boundaries of physical performance and is constantly researching and redeveloping its artistic form to reach new audiences and further engage followers to physical performance. Through continued research, intensive training and discovery, the society focuses strength on expansion, education, public appreciation and collaboration with new methodologies and ideologies. Believing that all techniques and practices, when used in an instinctive manner, can reinforce each other and create a greater potential in the art of physical performance. The goal of the company is to create a visceral, risk-taking physicality and give it precision, detail and structure. Balancing the raw and unstructured with the precise and exact, then focusing these accelerated and ambitious forms with a theatrical sensibility. Creating a greater capacity to experiment and delve into the furthest edges of choreographic innovation and physical performance.

Photo: David Cooper workshop


TALKBACK – There is an artist talkback following the July 9 performance of EDGE 5 in the Firehall Arts Centre studio.

Radical System Art | Shay Kuebler