Emilie Roberts/ George Stamos

Emilie Roberts presents Rematch. Roberts has commissioned Montreal choreographer George Stamos to create this solo exploring her roller derby persona legs.

Emilie Roberts

Emilie Roberts, photo by Sean Murphy

Emilie Roberts, photo by Sean Murphy

Emilie Roberts is a performer who has followed a unique artistic path. She received her engineering degree at the age of twenty, but after working for a few years, found that she had a more physical and artistic calling in dance. After finishing the contemporary dance program at Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton, Alberta, she made her way to Montréal where she completed a BFA in Contemporary Dance as well as a BA Honours in History at Concordia University. Her dance degree culminated in an evening of her own work called Springmaker presented in April 2010. She has danced for the choreographer Veronique Gaudreau in the full-length works Le Fil Rouge and Le Balcon. She embarked on a research project with Gabriel Duceppe, an electro-acoustic musician that explored the use of wireless sensors she embedded in her costume in order to create a collaborative soundscape. Over the last five years, Roberts created a number of five to ten minute solo pieces that have been presented at mixed-bill cabarets and dance events. Lately, she has been working with the choreographer George Stamos with whom she is bringing her skills as a roller derby athlete to the stage.

George Stamos

George Stamos, photo by Jerome Abramovitch

George Stamos, photo by Jerome Abramovitch

Leaving home at the age of 14, George Stamos began his classical training shortly after a community service sentencing for minor theft. In his formative years, Stamos was also a Go-Go dancer in Toronto, London, Amsterdam, and NYC and he is a 1993 graduate of the Amsterdam School of the Arts. Since moving to Montreal in 1997, Stamos has produced work seasonally, completed an intensive study of central African dance, received several awards, danced with numerous prominent choreographers, taught in Universities, and toured across the globe.

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