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ENTITEY / jason martin

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Through my experiences as an interpreter in multiples  Canadian companies, I quickly wanted to understand the essence of the work of a creator and build my own choreographic universe.

 

I am fascinated by the genesis of a person, by what defines him at the source, and how this fits into every part of his body, to then translate it into movement. At the start of creation, I launch myself without thinking into a new unknown, guided by the sensory and dynamic dialogue that exists between emotions and bodily responses. I listen, I observe, I analyze… I am nourished by a desire to bring the body to light, so that different virtuosities are put forward in an instinctive, almost inherent way. I shape my movement for a long time in search of the integrity of the gesture, of a total and sensitive physical commitment, of the impulse to the evolution of the form. The body then becomes a communicator of the invisible, the bearer of innumerable personal and universal memories and experiences, uniting us by a causal link that I am trying to expose. This results in works where, like a visceral spasm, the relationship between the performers switches between self-sufficiency and interdependence, vulnerability and relentlessness, provocation and resignation.

The Choreographer

 

Jason Martin is a dancer, actor, choreographer and director. His artistic career began late at the age of 21, after playing hockey for 17 years. In 2012, he graduated from the Contemporary Dance School of Montreal. Since then, he has worked for Canadian companies such as Compagnie Marie Chouinard, Compagnie Dave St-Pierre, Daniel Léveillé Danse, The Holy Body Tattoo, Sylvain Émard Danse, Compagnie Virginie Brunelle, Louise Bébard Danse, Carré des Lombes, the Son of Adrien Danse, Danse K by K or Skeels Danse. Over the years, Jason has also participated in theater projects as a choreographer, actor or director, notably with Benoît Vermeulen, Luce Pelletier, Deviation2Théâtre and the Théâtre à l'eau froid. At the same time, Jason develops an interest in teaching and is regularly invited to give internships to professionals and in art colleges, namely at the École de Danse de Québec, the École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal, L'Artère. - dance and movement art, the School of Contemporary Dancers in Winnipeg, the Muses - performing arts center, the Ballet Divertimento, the St-Hyacinthe Theater School and the Quebec Circus School. Very active on the Montreal scene since 2013, he quickly noticed the importance of forging relationships between artists from different backgrounds. For him, it is about working together to allow art to evolve and flourish in an independent and collaborative way.

 

The company

 

Since 2015, ENTITEY / jason martin has created works that revolve around the resilience and interdependence of the human condition. By relying on exhaustive physical research, the body is perceived as the origin and finality of everything; adaptable, emotional, limitless. The company ENTITEY / jason martin now has 4 professional creations, 5  creations in higher education schools and around twenty broadcasts in Canada, Mexico and Israel; notably with UNTAMED (2016), Falling (2017) co-created with Janelle Hacault, BEYOND (2018) while he was artist in residence at Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers, and (AND) presented at the From Jaffa to Agripas festival in Jerusalem in October 2018. Jason hopes that his choreographic signature will help breathe new life into contemporary dance.

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ENTITEY/jason martin

Through my experiences as a performer with Canadian companies, I quickly wanted to understand the essence of the creator's work and build my own choreographic universe. 

 

I am fascinated by the genesis of a person, by what defines them at the source, and how this is inscribed in every part of their body, and then translated into movement.  At the beginning of the creation, I launch myself without thinking into a new unknown, guided by the sensorial and dynamic dialogue that exists between emotions and bodily responses. I listen, observe, analyze... I am nourished by a desire to bring the body to light, so that different virtuosities are brought forward in an instinctive, almost inherent way. I shape my movement for a long time in search of the integrity of the gesture, of a total and sensitive physical commitment, from the impulse to the evolution of the form. The body then becomes the communicator of the intangible, the bearer of countless memories of personal and universal experiences, uniting us by a causal link that I try to expose. The result is works where, like a visceral spasm, the relationship between the performers shifts between self-sufficiency and interdependence, vulnerability and determination, provocation and resignation.

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THE CHOREOGRAPHER

 

Jason Sébastien Martin trained at the École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal, graduating in 2012. He began dancing late in his life, at the age of 21, after playing hockey for 17 years. He has worked for Canadian companies such as Compagnie Marie Chouinard, Compagnie Dave St-Pierre, Daniel Léveillé Danse, The Holy Body Tattoo, Sylvain Émard Danse, Compagnie Virginie Brunelle, Louise Bédard Danse, le Carré des Lombes, le Fils d'Adrien Danse, Danse K par K, VIVUS - James Viveiros, and Skeels Danse. Over the years, Jason has participated in theatre projects in Quebec as a choreographer, actor or director, notably with Benoît Vermeulen, Luce Pelletier, and Théâtre à l'eau froide. In parallel, Jason is regularly invited to give workshops or as a guest choreographer in professional training programs, namely at École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal, Gaaton Dance Workshop (Israel), École de Danse de Québec, the School of Contemporary Dancers in Winnipeg, les Muses - center des arts de la scène, Ballet Divertimento, École de Théâtre de St-Hyacinthe and École de Cirque du Québec. In 2016, he founded his company ENTITEY/jason Martin, creating dance work that revolves around the resilience and interdependence of the human condition. The body is seen as the communicator of the intangible, the bearer of countless memories of personal and universal experiences, uniting us by a causal link. The company presented his choreography in Canada, Israel, Mexico, Germany, Hungary and Bulgaria: including UNTAMED (2016) presented by Tangente, Falling (2017) co-created with Janelle Hacault and presented by Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers (WCD), BEYOND (2018) while guest artist-in-residence at WCD, (AND) (2018) which premiered at the From Jaffa to Agripas festival in Jerusalem, Étude nO.1/Study n.O.1 (2020) which won awarded dancer at the SoloDuo NRW + Friends International Dance Festival in Cologne in May 2021. Jason premiered his new solo work entitled Plaidoyer pour l’Impermanence at the Festival From Jaffa to Agripas in October 2021.

THE COMPANY

 

Since 2016, ENTITEY / jason martin has created works that revolve around the resilience and interdependence of the human condition. By relying on exhaustive physical research, the body is perceived as the origin and finality of everything; adaptable, impermanent, limitless. The choreographer's works have so far travelled to Canada, Mexico, Germany, Hungary, Bulgaria, Spain, Costa Rica and Israel. His new solo creation Plaidoyer pour l'Impermanence premiered at the From Jaffa to Agripas Festival in Jerusalem in October 2021. Jason is hopeful that his choreographic signature will help breathe new life into contemporary dance.

 

AWARDS, GRANTS, NOMINATIONS

 

2022
Supported by Canada Arts Council - Concept to Realization

2021
Supported by Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec - Public Presentation grant

Awarded Dancer - SoloDuo nrw + friends International Dance Festival Cologne (Germany)

Supported by Canada Arts Council - Explore and Create grant

2020

Supported by Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec - Research and Exploration grant

2018

Selected Artist in Residence at Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers for the 2017-2018 season

Supported by the Conseil des Arts du Canada - Arts Abroad grant

Supported by  LOJIQ - Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec - Arts Abroad grant

2016

Recipient of Danse à la Carte Research and Creation Residency Program

Recipient of Circuit-Est’s Support for the Artist Residency Program

2015

Selected Choreographer for the Projet FLY - Creation Lab, École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal
2014
Selected for Tangente’s Danses Buissonnières

2012

Selected Dancer and Scholarship recipient - Springboard Dance Montreal

Reviews

"Jason Martin pierces through (…) with high technical skill and large dynamic sensitivity. Martin body-mind is a vessel of dance vocabularies that seamlessly combine into one strong signature. The jury is convinced by the humble, honest curiosity of an inner journey that strives to bring us closer to the unspeakable in our existence. "  - Roos van Berkel, May 23rd 2021 - about Study nO.1 / Study nO.1

 

"In the writing of this dancer and choreographer, melancholic accents pierce a more technological atmosphere. The style is elegant, fluid, with a few stills that underline the visual care given to the compositions. The collective paintings are also remarkable as the creator has a precise idea of the place to be occupied by each one, at what height and in what logic of movement. "- Marion Gerbier, DfDanse, December 21, 2019 - about Meanders and Solitudes

"The choreographer Jason Martin then plays on the contrasts between the group, and the individuality of these nine dancers. (...) The artists put themselves to the test and offer a powerful bodily engagement, using sensual undulations, isolations jerky. They gradually become exhausted, and gradually reveal their deep nature. We then discover the artist who slumbers, the being totally purified in symbiosis with his deep nature. " - Léa Villalba, Urban Bible, May 28, 2017 - about Souffle

" Dancer, actor and now choreographer, Jason did not take long to establish himself by his rigor at work and his sharp gestures. We often perceive a good dose of almost animal aggressiveness, although channeled in movements of 'great precision, all very elegant. It's scalable, human ... "- Simon Lafrance, Urban Bible, August 25, 2015 -  about Us

Extraordinary choreographic cooperative
Raw set of great delicacy

       Substance in symbiosis 
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