Please note that the video and photographic materials are for insight into Tentacle Tribe's previous works and do not demonstrate what will be explored in this creation laboratory.

Tentacle Tribe


Creating worlds


May 28 to June 1 and June 4 to June 8 | 2:00pm to 6:00pm

June 9 - Rehearsal and Closing Presentation 

Place: Édifice Wilder | École de danse contemporaine de Montréal

Studio: TBC

Rate:  DAC pro - $359 | Visiting pro - $407 | Standard - $478 (taxes not incl.)

*Do not register for this laboratory if you cannot attend the entirety of the above mentioned schedule.

Creation laboratory description:

Creating worlds


Through their experience as professional dancers and choreographers, Elon and Emmanuelle have developed a unique connection to dance. The Tentacle Tribe approach is an improvisation and creation system inspired by a wide range of techniques and movement concepts, a study in the human anatomy.


While exploring with some of the improv and creation tools and techniques that characterize the Tentacle Tribe approach, this lab will challenge you to stay in the present moment. From a contemporary viewpoint we will look at concepts derived from street styles such as popping and breaking, and learn techniques that will help to expand our movement vocabulary with an eye to an increased level of body awareness and movement consciousness. With the use of these concepts within choreographic exercises, the dancers will go beyond solo and duet form and dive into Tentacle Tribe group work with flow, dynamism and control.



Emmanuelle Lê Phan:


Québeco-vietnamese and raised in Ottawa, B-girl known as Cleopatra and co-founder of dance company Tentacle Tribe, Emmanuelle Lê Phan has forged a singular career path intermingling breaking, contemporary dance and circus performances. Although not a classical circus artist, her dance's virtuosity brought her to Cirque du Soleil stages (The Beatles LOVE Show in Las Vegas), Cirque Éloize stages (ID) and other international special events.

But in essence, what draws her in is movement invention and choreographic finesse. In her body, a varied array of forms: breaking, popping, capoeira, parkour, house, modern and a desire to bond them into her own freestyle language. This versatility is a result of a varied training spectrum: from completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in contemporary dance at Concordia University in 2003, to battling in breaking and all-style categories since 1999.  Her past collaborations include co-founding Solid State Breakdance Collective and dancing for MMHOP, Rubberbandance, Bboyizm, and Out Innerspace Dance Theatre.

In 2012, the decision to create with Swedish choreographer Elon Höglund steers them into their new Tentacle Tribe universe.  Since then, the company has created many works, notably Nobody Likes a Pixelated Squid, Fractals of You, and Threesixnine.  The last five years, their work has been shown in over 45 cities worldwide along with workshop outreach and the dissemination of their three short films: Elon & Emmanuelle, Vanishing Points, and Crack the Cypher.

Elon Höglund:


Born in Stockholm Sweden, Elon discovered his love for dance through breaking and Hip Hop at the age of seven. Since this early age, in parallel to his love of Hip Hop, Elon also developed a deep interest for martial arts and trained extensively in various forms: kung fu, capoeira, tae kwon do. Dance and movement evoked in him a realization of purpose, and he went on to find further inspiration in other street styles, theater and contemporary dance, which eventually lead to the creation of his own movement approach.  Since 2001, Elon has performed and choreographed fusion-style contemporary works for theatre, dance and contemporary circus productions.


In 2005, he was hired by Cirque Du Soleil to be part of the creation of The Beatles LOVE Show in Las Vegas, in which he performed and choreographed his own solo. Since then, Elon has performed all over North America, Europe and Asia with the companies Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Eloize, Bboyizm and  Rubberbandance. He has worked with choreographers such as Dave St-Pierre, Daniel Ezralow, Mourad Merzouki, Victor Quijada and Koen Augustijnen.


In 2012 he co-founded Tentacle Tribe with choreographer Emmanuelle Lê Phan. Together, they have created magnetic pieces such as Body to Body, When They Fall, Nobody Likes a Pixelated Squid, Fractals of you, and Threesixnine, which have been presented in over 45 international cities. Their dance films: Elon & Emmanuelle, Vanishing Points, and Crack the Cypher have received prizes at many film festivals. Elon's interest in pedagogy led him to develop and teach the Tentacle Tribe approach at Arizona State University, York University, DOCH (University for Dance and Circus in Stockholm) and at countless workshops all over the world.

Elon is also a member of Montreal’s Fresh Format B-boy crew and Stockholm’s Concrete Kingz.

Tentacle Tribe:


Drawing from their wide scope of dance experience, co–founders Emmanuelle Lê Phan and Elon Höglund create conceptual hip–hop with a contemporary twist, while intermingling organic influences from earthly creatures.


This Canadian-Swedish creative alliance experiments with intricate partnering, refined musicality and a saturated dose of physical choreography. Their repertoire includes magnetic duets and group pieces such as Body to Body, When They Fall, Nobody Likes a Pixelated Squid, Origami Mami, Threesixnine, and Fractals of You, which have toured internationally.


Active participants in the street dance scene as B–boy and B–girl, and as seasoned stage performers, the duo combines movement techniques that transcend style boundaries and create works that express the embodiment of music beyond technique.


Although the two performers have worked together since 2005, it wasn’t until 2012 that Tentacle Tribe was formed when they performed their first official collaboration choreographed for the Cirque Du Soleil stage in Quebec City. This duet was adapted into a short film by director Natalie Galazka called Elon & Emmanuelle.


Their first full–length piece, Nobody Likes a Pixelated Squid, was sought after and performed 80 times in more that 45 international cities. They followed with Fractals of You, a voyage through consciousness using video mapping projections imagined by artist Gene Pendon. The company is now expanding by transposing their duet research onto group pieces such as Origami Mami and Threesixnine.


Their choreography was adapted into award–winning dance film Vanishing Points (2014) directed by Marites Carino, which has been screened at more than 50 festivals internationally. A follow–up dance–for camera short Crack the Cypher, also directed by Carino in 2016, uses a drone to capture the duo’s dynamic choreography.


The duo has also been hired as an act for Special Events with Cirque Du Soleil and Cirque Éloize in Antalya, Turkey and Tignes, France.


Tentacle Tribe’s work goes beyond the stage and screen. The York University Dance Department and the Arizona State University Urban Dance Program invited the duo as resident guest artists to lecture, teach workshops, and set pieces on department students. The company has also been commissioned to create a work for Vancouver’s OURO Collective.


Currently, Tentacle Tribe is working on an full-length production with six dancers which will premiere in an upcoming Danse Danse season in Montreal.

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