2018/19 Choreographer Serge Bennathan

Serge Bennathan was the artistic director of Toronto’s Dancemakers from 1990 to 2006, where twelve works he created received Dora Mavor Moore nominations, with both Sable/Sand and The Satie Project awarded for Outstanding New Choreography.

Bennathan lives in Vancouver where he created Les Productions Figlio. Since its founding in 2006 the company has produced nine full-length works: The Invisible Life of Joseph Finch(2007), a play with Jonathan Young premiered in Vancouver before touring to Singapore (2008) and across Canada (2009), Manga (2007), Slam for a Time Traveller (2008) commissioned by Dancing on the Edge Festival for its 20th anniversary, The Strange Adventure of Myself (2009), and Conversations (2010) co-produced by The Dance Centre and the Chutzpah! Festival,Elles which won the 2012 Rio Tinto Alcan Award, M. Auburtin (2015), Just Words (2016), and Contes Cruels (2018).

Outside of his work with Les Productions Figlio, Bennathan has created work for dancers at SFU (2011), LADMMI (2011) in Montreal, Ballet BC (2011), DanseEncorps, Sarah Roche and Lise McMillan, The School of Contemporary Dance (2014), Mocean Dance with the creation of Sable Island (2015). Known for his extensive work with opera companies and director Robert Carsen, Bennathan directed his first mainstage opera, Rossini’s Tancredi, at the COC/Canadian Opera Company in 2005 and Renard for the COC ensemble in 2008.

Currently in production for Les Productions Figlio, Le Conte des Mots et du Corps with Gilbert Small, Stéphanie Cyr and Serge Bennathan for spring 2019, works with the Canadian Opera Company Toronto, September 2018, The Washington DC Opera house, February 2019, and a solo for Caroline Barriere in Montreal, summer 2019.

Bennathan is also a painter and a writer. He has written and illustrated four books: Julius le piano voyageurThe Other Moon of Mr. FiglioA Few Thousand Miles, and Not-a-fear/Peurderien.

Recently he created a web plat-form for his paintings:

His paintings reflect the poetry of the human soul; its dreams, imagination and humour.