Lara Kramer is a performer, choreographer and multidisciplinary artist of mixed Oji‑Cree and settler heritage based in Montreal. Her critically acclaimed works portray the contrast of the brutal relations between Indigenous peoples and colonial society, and have been presented across Canada and even in Australia.
Kramer has been recognized as a Human Rights Advocate through the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre in 2012. She was awarded the Scholarship of Audacity – Caisse de la culture from the OFFTA, Montreal in 2014, as well was commissioned by The Canada Dance Festival for her work Native Girl Syndrome. She was presented with the prestigious Ashley Fellowship at Trent University in 2017–2018. Also she was appointed the CanDance creation fund in 2017–2018 for her work Windigo. Lara has received several residencies for the development of her work, most recently she was appointed Residence Artists at Dancemakers from 2018–2021.
Lara Kramer’s work employs powerful imagery. Often blunt and raw, playing with the strengths and vulnerability of the body, her pieces stand out for their engagement, sensitivity, close and instinctive listening to the body, and her attention to the invisible.
These include Fragments (2009), inspired by her mother’s stories of being in residential school, and Native Girl Syndrome (2013), about how Native women have internalized trauma. Windigo can be viewed as its masculine counterpart, where trauma is externalized through different ages and bodies, individuals and objects.
Her work deals with the aftermath of cultural genocide. The 2017 installation and performance piece This Time Will Be Different, created in collaboration with Émilie Monnet, denounced the status quo of the Canadian government’s discourse regarding First Nations and criticized the “national reconciliation industry”.
Her first appearance at the Festival Trans-Amériques consisted of a double bill: the performance piece Windigo and the installation Phantom Stills & Vibrations, presented at MAI, works that plunge the spectator into the reality of the former Pelican Falls Indian Residential School near Sioux Lookout, Ontario. Three generations of her family were forcibly sent to the school. Kramer continues her denunciation of hidden realities, profound traumas that permeate the history of her people.
She has been on the faculty of the Indigenous Dance Residency at The Banff Centre and has taught workshops across Canada and in Melboune, Australia. Lara was the guest teacher at Nunatta Isiginnaartitsisarfia – The National Theatre of Greenland in 2018.
Stefan Petersen is a Montreal-based multidisciplinary video, photography and performance artist whose practice involves the exploration of the role of heritage in Cultural identity. Trained in the Meisner Technique under the tutelage of renowned Acting Teacher Jacqueline McClintock, Stefan is also a member of Le Nouveau International, a not-for-profit that produces plays, musicals, an annual sketch comedy festival, two feature films and a television show for CBC. Stefan is also an accomplished improviser, performing and teaching in both the English and French languages improve communities. In 2010, Stefan completed training at the National Institute of Image and Sound graduated with a certificate in Directing for Television.
Jassem Hindi makes performances and sound installations. His work extends internationally, involving mostly politically engaged work, using a hybrid technique made out of broken bodies, broken objects and broken sounds. He has been developing a performance and installation work placed between poetry and politics, using physical nervousness and necessity, science/fiction and philosophical texts in order to provide hospitality to the weird and playfulness with the future. His last recent collaborators are Keith Hennessy, Mia Habib, Angela Schubot and John Scott. He has currently three co-signed pieces on tour: Turbulence, Murder Dance and Future Friend/ships.
Peter James has been active as a physical actor and multidisciplinary creator for the past 25 years. His research on movement, voice and text have led him to perform on stage in a variety of disciplines such as dance, theatre, multimedia, circus, performance, and cabarets. These multiple opportunities have led him to perform with Catherine Tardif, Andrew Harwood, Brouhaha Danse, and Alain Francoeur. He has also collaborates with Guy Alloucherie (Cie HVDZ France), Céline Bonnier, Nathalie Claude, Jean‑Frédéric Messier (Momentum), Élizabeth Ancion (Gurgum, Belgique), Cirque Éloize, Mélissa Von Vépy (Moglice Von Verx, France), and Modern Times Theatre (Toronto) to name a few.
Peter James has created three solos and one cabaret entitled Psykotyk Project, which he orchestrates with seven other accomplices. Peter also works on TV and movie projects, and teaches acting/presence throughout the city of Montreal. He is the École Nationale de Cirque’s artistic advisor and directed the 2008 final-year student show, which was presented at La Tohu with a great public and media success.