Bio

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Lucy M. May © Calope

Lucy M. May is a contemporary dance artist, teacher, and writer based in Montréal / Tiohtiá:ke since 2003. Attracted to the porousness of collaboration and the vastness of dancing, Lucy has developed since her twenties choreography for stage, screen, paper, and unusual locations. Her creations—most recently Anima / Darkroom (2019) in collaboration with the Krump artist 7Starr, and Vivarium (2014 / 2017) 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 with the creation of the solo Le Goulet (2017), and an installation of drawings and movement, reaching over a brink of darkness, folding open to a starlight trepanation (2017).

By commission, she has created work for Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault/En Scène and Musée d’art contemporaine des Laurentides (Éclosions, 2018), for DansEncorps (Gyre, 2019), La Petite Scène, Wants & Needs Danse, The Fredericton Playhouse, Port City Dance Academy, and l’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal (Ascendants, 2017). She has presented work 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.

“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

Independently, she has danced in works by Fréderick Gravel, Susanna Hood, Charles Brécard, Ariane Boulet, Alejandro De Leon, as well as Lesandra Dodson and Georgia Rondos—choreographers based in her natal province of New Brunswick.

Lucy has been an affiliated artist of Margie Gillis’s Legacy Project since its inception and has been entrusted with two solos created by the iconic Canadian choreographer: Complex Simplicity of Love (2003) and Give Me Your Heart Tonight (1983).

Lucy dances to wonder after what binds micro to macro, macro to micro. The workshops and dance classes she teaches (e.g. Rustlin’ Vessels for such organisations as the Toronto Dance Community Love-In, Studio 303, Fada Dance, Springboard Performance, Kinetic Studio) are alive to folk wisdom and anchored in participants’ own experience, proposing improvisational methods of re-thinking our relationship to the world through movement.

Lucy has frequently contributed to The Dance Current. She is a member of the Regroupement québecois de la danse and La Danse sur les routes du Québec. She is a graduate of LADMMI (École de danse contemporaine de Montréal) and Rotterdamse Dancacademie in Holland, and began studying Krump in 2016. She has been and member of Ja Britton Johnson aka Jigsaw’s Krump fam as Ravage Grouch since 2018.


Artiste en danse contemporaine et écrivaine 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; Vivarium (2014/17); et Le Goulet (2017)—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.