performer, singer, dramaturge, pedagogue
A multidisciplinary artist and graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Angélique Willkie pursued a career in Europe over 25 years, where she performed with dance companies and independent projects throughout Europe, most notably Alain Platel/Les Ballets C. de la B., Jan Lauwers/Needcompany, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Helena Waldmann and as a singer with the Belgian world-music group Zap Mama, bands Arno, dEUS, 7Dub, DAAU, Ez3kiel, and Zita Swoon Group, with jazz vocalist David Linx and contemporary composers Walter Hus, Kaat De Windt and Fabrizio Cassol.
Performer, singer, dramaturge and pedagogue, Angélique has been among the more sought-after contemporary technique teachers on the European professional circuit, teaching companies, schools and festivals including ImpulsTanz (Vienna), Henny Jurriens Stichting (Amsterdam), SEAD (Salzburg), Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez (Brussels), Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique (Montreal) among others. She spent eight years at École Supérieure des Arts du Cirque (ESAC) in Brussels as a teacher and dramaturgical advisor to the students as well as Pedagogical Coordinator of the school under Gérard Fasoli, current director of the Centre national des arts du cirque (CNAC) in France.
Her dramaturgical work has included projects in dance-, music- and circus-theatre with artists as varied as Belgian theatre director/choreographer Isabella Soupart, French trapezist Mélissa Von Vépy and Dutch choreographers Arno Schuitemaker and Pia Meuthen/PanamaPictures. An ongoing collaboration of over 10 years, Angélique and Pia have actively explored approaches to incorporating circus disciplines into dance-theatre productions, developing a hybrid aesthetic and movement language that is fully anchored in both art forms.
Now based in Montreal and actively involved in the professional dance community as teacher, mentor, performer and dramaturg, Angélique has contributed to the work of choreographers Lara Kramer, Mélanie Demers, Frédérick Gravel, Clara Furey and Helen Simard among others.
Assistant Professor in the Department of Contemporary Dance at Montreal’s Concordia University and co-director of LePARC, the performing arts research cluster of Concordia’s Milieux Institute of Arts, Culture and Technology, her current research interests are firmly anchored in interdisciplinary artistic creation with a specific focus on decolonized and expanded dramaturgies and, more specifically, on the dramaturgy of the performer.