About

What binds micro to macro, macro to micro?

Lucy M. May is a contemporary dance artist born in New Brunswick and based in Montréal / Tiohtiá:ke. Attracted to the porousness of collaboration and the vastness of dancing, Lucy makes work for stage, screen, paper, and unusual locations. Her creations—including Anima / Darkroom (2019) in collaboration with the Krump artist 7Starr, and Vivarium (2014/17) with Paige Culley, Noémie Avidar and Patrick Conan—often ask how environments thread their way through human movement.

Lucy deepened her practice in New Brunswick, her native province, during a three-month-long artist residency entitled Esemplastic Landing (2016-17), which culminated in performances for La Petite Scène in Québec City and Ibrida Pluri in Montréal. On commission, she has created work for professional schools, recreational programmes, museums, bars, and events, including Wants & Needs, FIFA, EDCM, En Scène, The Fredericton Playhouse, Musée d’art contemporaine des Laurentides, and DansEncorps. Her work has been presented in Québec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, the Netherlands, and Sweden.


Between 2009 and 2016, Lucy was a member of Compagnie Marie Chouinard, creating roles for seven major choreographies, appearing in film and new media works, and touring internationally to dance in over two hundred performances.

“Elle est d’une sensibilité fabuleuse, d’une grande richesse émotive, elle est à la fois puissante et très fluide, à la fois de feu et de lait.”

− Marie Chouinard

More recently, as a freelance artist, she has worked with Helen Simard, Fréderick Gravel, Susanna Hood, Charles Brécard, Ariane Boulet, and Alejandro De Leon. She has been an affiliate of Margie Gillis’s Legacy Project since its inception in 2015, and is entrusted with two solos created by the iconic Canadian choreographer: The Complex Simplicity of Love (2003) and Give Me Your Heart Tonight (1983).

Lucy began studying Krump in 2016. Mentored by Ja Britton Johnson aka Jigsaw since 2018, she has been invited to battle as her character Ravage Grouch by Empirical Freedom in Calgary and 2U4U in Toronto.


Lucy’s workshops are alive to folk wisdom and anchored in participants’ own experience. She uses movement improvisation as a means to explore our relationships to the world.

© Lucy M. May

A frequent contributor to The Dance Current, Lucy is also a member of the Regroupement québecois de la danse and La Danse sur les routes du Québec. Her studies in contemporary dance were completed at l’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal and the Rotterdamse Dancacademie in The Netherlands.


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Artiste en danse contemporaine de Nouveau-Brunswick, Lucy M. May s’est établie à Tio’tia:ke / Montréal en 2003. Elle développe depuis sa vingtaine des projets chorégraphiques pour l’in-situ, le papier, l’écran et la scène. Ses créations—Anima / Darkroom (2019) en collaboration avec l’artiste de Krump 7Starr, et Vivarium (2014/17) avec Paige Culley, Noémie Avidar et Patrick Conan—questionnent souvent comment les environments se tissent au mouvement humain. Sa recherche s’approfondit au Nouveau-Brunswick, sa province natale, lors d’un projet de résidence artistique de trois mois intitulé Esemplastic Landing (2016-17). Lucy était membre de la Compagnie Marie Chouinard de 2009 à 2016. Elle est artiste affiliée au Projet d’héritage de Margie Gillis, et a été confiée deux solos: Give Me Your Heart Tonight et Complex Simplicity of Love. Lucy a étudié à l’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal et Codarts aux Pays-Bas, et le Krump depuis 2016. Son travail a été présenté au Québec, en Ontario, au Nouveau-Brunswick, en Nouvelle-Écosse, en Alberta, en Saskatchewan et en Suède.