Biennale Cinars 2016

Talks: How to evolve as a creator?


Hôtel Bonaventure - Westmount

November 16, 2016 | 10:30AM - 12:00PM

To be a creator means finding one’s own path, a work in progress always changing directions, reflected upon, and never linear. Seeking meaning through the senses, challenging authenticity, defining means of expression for oneself and others. The creator lives in this whirlwind, dangerously and passionately through the gaze of the other. Four international artists in dance, theatre, circus and music share what inspired their own paths and what helps them define their future.



Myriam Allard

Chorégraphe et interprète / Choreographer and performer

La Otra Orilla (Canada / Québec)

Myriam Allard began dancing professionally in the traditional tablaos flamencos in Spain, Germany, France and Japan, and afterwards joined Israel Galván’s company. She moved to Montreal in 2005 and founded La Otra Orilla with Hedi Graja. In this company, she has choreographed 7 different productions that have toured Canada, the United States, Latin America and the United Kingdom. Myriam Allard’s dance is strong, elegant, and embodies her relentless research and the ongoing creation of a personal style.

Yaron Lifschitz

Directeur Artistique / Artistic Director

Circa Contemporary Circus (Australie / Australia)

Yaron Lifschitz is a graduate of the University of New South Wales, University of Queensland and National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA). Since graduating, he has directed over 60 productions including large-scale events, opera, theatre, physical theatre and circus. His work has been seen in 34 countries, across six continents by over 900,000 people. Yaron was founding Artistic Director of the Australian Museum’s Theatre Unit and Head Tutor in Directing at Australian Theatre for Young People. He is currently Artistic Director and CEO of Circa and the Creative Lead of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games arts and cultural program.

Gilbert Pounia

Poète et auteur-compositeur-Interprète / Poet and singer-songwriter

Ziskakan (Île de la Réunion / Reunion Island)

An intense figure that will remind you of an Indian prince from another era, Gilbert Pounia is regarded today as a living symbol of La Réunion Island. The singer-songwriter that considers himself « less a singer than a storyteller » is now fronting Ziskakan, the world-renowned music group he founded in 1979. Combining Madagascan and Indian music, African percussions and creole texts, his style is like La Réunion: blended. Humanist poet and man of convictions, Gilbert Pounia lives up to “ his goal to disseminate and highlight the culture from La Réunion ” and contributes to the rich cultural, musical, and literary heritage of the Island.

Mani Soleymanlou

Directeur artistique / Artistic Director

Orange Noyée (Canada / Québec)

Since graduating form the École nationale de théâtre du Canada in 2008, Mani Soleymanlou has been involved in Frédéric Bélanger’s La Fausse Malade, Alice Ronfard’s Les pieds des anges, Emmanuel Schwartz’s, Alice Ronfard’s and Jérémie Niel’s Chroniques, Claude Poissant’s Rouge gueule and The dragonfly of Chicoutimi, Serge Denoncourt’s Projet Andromaque, Philippe Ducros’ Affiche, Brigitte Haentjens’ Opéra de Quat’sous, and Olivier Kemeid’s Furieux et désespérés. In 2011, he founded Orange Noyée, a theatre company in which he has written, directed and performed the trilogy UN, DEUX, and THREE. Since 2015, he has been working on another cycle entitled La trilogie du Cocktail.