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Serge Bennathan

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Serge Bennathan was the artistic director of Toronto’s Dancemakers from 1990 to 2006. The French-born choreographer trained in Paris in classical and modern dance before working professionally with Roland Petit’s Ballet de Marseille. Prior to his arrival in Canada in 1985, he directed his own company in Cannes for four years. He now resides in Vancouver, where he formed Les Productions Figlio in 2007.

Twelve works of Serge's for Dancemakers received Dora Mavor Moore nominations, with both Sable/Sand and The Satie Project receiving the award for Outstanding New Choreography. Serge’s independent commissions include Teatro San Martin Ballet Contemporaneo in Buenos Aires, Le Jeune Ballet International de Cannes, the Canada Dance Festival, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, Ballet British Columbia, the National Ballet of Canada, and the Canada Japan New Creators Series.

Also known within the opera community, his collaborators include the Flanders Opera, Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Metropolitan Opera Company, and the Canadian Opera Company (COC). His direction and choreography for John Blow’s Venus and Adonis earned Serge two Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations. In 2005, Serge directed his first mainstage opera, Rossini’s Tancredi at the COC. Serge is also a writer and painter who has written and illustrated three books: Julius le piano voyageur, published by the French-language publishing house Le GREF (Toronto), The Other Moon of Mr. Figlio, and A Few Thousand Miles, a collection of poems about dance, dancers and the dance of life. His paintings reflect the poetry of the human soul, its dreams, imagination, and humour.

Photograph by Holly Crooks