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July 12 – 14, 2024.

Witness first-hand the inventive world of “Three Turtles in the Square” by Lina Cruz, a site-specific performance that humorously tackles environmental themes. With a tender, dysfunctional love for nature and highly addicted to plastic, these intrepid and mischievous turtles roam the cities, springing out of bushes or walls, sarcastically celebrating their increasingly plastified dwellings. Cruz’s choreography, accompanied by original music, creates an enchanting spectacle for audiences of all ages.

Three Turtles in the Square

Saturday, July 13 at 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM
Sunday, July 14 at 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM
Nathan Phillips Square

“Three Turtles in the Square” follows the journey of three turtles embracing a dysfunctional love for nature while navigating their plastic-infested urban habitat. Originally commissioned and premiered as “ Three Turtles in the Park,” in 2022 by choreographer Lina Cruz at Dusk Dances Withrow Park.

Through her works, Lina Cruz explores whimsical compositions, intertwining detailed body language, sound and vocal expression, creating characters and sketches which portray an unsettling strangeness while being always enrobed with playfulness and a tenderness for the human condition. She admits to being particularly attached to props as precious partners she cannot resist.

Credits:

Choreographer: Lina Cruz
Dancers: Elinor Fueter, Brodie Stevenson, Antoine Turmine
Music: Philippe Noireaut
Costumes and Props: Lina Cruz
Photo Credit: Antoine Turmine, photo by John Lauener
Commissioned by Dusk Dances, premiered at Dusk Dances Withrow Park, August 1, 2022.

Thank you to TOAF.

Supported by Canada Council for the Arts and Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for touring.

Three Turtles in the Park by Lina Cruz. Photo Credit: Antoine Turmine, photo by John Lauener

Meet the Team

Lina Cruz, Choreographer

Montreal choreographer Lina Cruz is a two-time Dora Mavor Moore Award recipient for Outstanding Original Choreography (2012 and 2017) and was nominated for the same award in 2015. She received a second place award in the 1998 international choreographic competition of the St-Sauveur Arts Festival (Quebec).

After 15 years as an independent choreographer, Cruz founded Fila 13 Productions in 2003. She has presented her creative work in festivals and events at local, national and international levels. Cruz has a background in ballet as much as modern/contemporary styles and takes interest in martial arts and various forms of stage expression. She has created works for independent artists as well as dance companies and institutions of professional dance training. She is also often involved in theatre and opera projects.

Originally from Colombia, Lina Cruz studied and developed her career in Spain. She joined the Montreal dance milieu in 1989, where she began developing her own creative work.

Philippe Noireaut

Philippe Noireaut is an eclectic musician. He composes for cinema, theatre and dance. He has recorded numerous jazz concerts and piano recitals for radio and television (Radio Canada, Bravo, TV5) and directed musically several of Radio Canada’s galas, including an award winning homage to Gilles Vigneault. As a singer-songwriter, Noireaut received the SOCAN Grand Prize in 1995. His song recitals and jazz concerts have toured nationally internationally. Some of his compositions for poems by Victor Hugo and Rimbaud were launched in France in albums in 2007 and 2015. He collaborated with singer Renée Claude on an album celebrating Léo Ferré, which won the prestigious Charles Cros Academy Award (France), 1997. He has composed the music and is part of the performing casts of several of Lina Cruz’s works. He is a 2012 Dora Mavor Moore Award recipient and a 2017 nominee (Outstanding Sound Design/Composition).

Elinor Fueter

Since arriving in Montréal from Switzerland in 1994, Elinor Fueter has followed an eclectic path. She graduated from LADMMI in 1998 and started working with various creators in dance but also in street performance and video. Among the works in which she collaborated are Some Strange Winters by Nathalie Morin, Bête de Foire by Alain Francoeur, several creations by the company Mobile Home, productions by Danse Cité, The Psychotik Happening by Peter James, Joe by Jean-Pierre Perreault, Silvering by Thea Patterson, among others. She has danced in many pieces choreographed by Lina Cruz. The piece Coquille d’oeil has marked Elinor like a milestone during a journey. In 2010 she joined the team of performers of Montréal Danse where she continues to work with many choreographers including George Stamos, Caroline Laurin-Beaucage and Benoit Lachambre. Besides her work as a performer for live art, Elinor gives movement classes in shelters for women victims of domestic violence.

Brodie Stevenson

Brodie Stevenson comes from the village of Wuikinuxv on British Columbia’s central coast and now calls Toronto his home. Stevenson began his career at Toronto Dance Theatre under the direction of Christopher House and has since worked with a diverse range of choreographers and companies in the contemporary dance milieu. As a choreographer, his interests are centred around the rigorous practices of collaboration and collective decision making. Stevenson created and performed as part of the award winning trio, Throwdown Collective, from 2008 – 2023. He is a Dora Award winning performer with The Dietrich Group as well as a recipient for outstanding choreography with Throwdown Collective.

Antoine Turmine

Coming from the world of traditional and folk dances, Antoine Turmine defines himself as a dance artist investing proposals that lie at the border between conceptual works and sensitive performances where rhythm, sound and the body in movement are at the forefront. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in contemporary dance from UQAM (2014) and a master’s degree in dance (2020), he aims to make his practice a real laboratory and thus seeks devices and contexts that transform and renew his dance practice. He often collaborates with projects of Zogma Company, Quantum Collective and various creations by contemporary dance independant artists. He has been part of Fila 13’s dance works since 2020. 

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