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Alexandra « Spicey » Landé

Montreal

Alexandra “Spicey” Landé is a Montreal choreographer and a major player on the Quebec hip-hop scene. Her passion for the art form was born in the 1980s when she was just a girl. The symbiotic relationship between her work and hip-hop culture constitutes the essence of her artistic signature.

In 2008, she launched her career as an independent choreographer with Retrospek, presented at MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels). Warmly received by audiences and by other street dance choreographers, the show earned her the 2009 RIDEAU–Entrées en scène Loto Québec Bursary and was presented in some 20 venues across Quebec. In 2010, Alexandra created her second full-length piece, Renézance, which was presented several times in Montreal. In 2011, she was hired as an urban dance instructor for Cirque du Soleil’s show Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour, and appeared on Radio-Canada’s urban dance show Ils dansent, hosted by Nico Archambault.

In 2015, Alexandra was invited to join the judges’ panel for the Eurovision Young Dancer international dance competition, broadcast on Czech TV in the Czech Republic. Meanwhile, the Bust A Move Festival (2005–2015), which she founded, established itself as the largest street dance competition in Canada, and TOHU (North America’s only presenter of contemporary circus) came on board as its co-presenter.

Also in 2015, eager to broaden her artistic horizons and introduce new street dance works to a wider audience, Alexandra founded Ebnflōh Dance Company, surrounding herself with peers and associates who nurtured her creative process. In late 2015, MAI presented Ebnflōh’s creative debut, Complexe R, a work largely inspired by our existential obsessions. It was presented notably in Montréal, Toronto, Whitehorse, New York and Amsterdam.

In-Ward, Ebnflōh’s latest work, premiered at the MAI Gallery in January 2019. The new piece received support from several major partners, including the CCOV, Danse Danse, and the Agora de la Danse. The show focuses on an isolated group of marginalized individuals, and explores the complexities of modern-day relationships with an emphasis on feelings of solitude and detachment. In this work for six performers, Alexandra continued to define her choreographic process, constantly inspired by the desire to go further.

Alexandra has also been a hip-hop dancer and teacher for almost 20 years. Today, with Ebnflōh, she is building a choreographic language that reflects her vision. Her artistic signature, her involvement in the community, and her contribution to the artistic milieu make her a driving force in the creation of street dance in Canada.

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