“ For me, choreography is physical theatre centered around the artists' skills while driven by the emotions of theme. ”
- Jeff Hall
Jeff Hall has been a performing stage artists, dancer, actor, choreographer and circus director / choreographer for the past 25 years. He has earned a wealth of knowledge in so many artistic domains that has allowed him to create works from the smallest black box theatres to the world's largest stages. His prolific artistic carrier continues to creatively explore Dance, Film, Theatre and the Circus arts, be it as a performer, a choreographer or director.
Known for blending his spectacular athleticism with his artistic eclecticism, he has inventively brought humor, dialogue and physical performance together in his own personal physical style. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in Contemporary Dance at Concordia University, worked with many independent Montreal choreographers and International touring companies, as well, some of Quebec's biggest dance, theatre and film directors. He also collaborated for more than a decade on creations with his artistic partner Pierre Paul Savoie gaining international recognition as a dancer and choreographer.
His eclectic style of creations has gained him a reputation as a physical theatre choreographer, working on the essence of the situation, challenged by set, design and architectural structure. Never shying away he has worked with the unique attributes of every performers, be it dancers, children, actors, actresses, athletes and acrobatic circus performers. His most recent choreography's were Cirque du Soleil, ZAiA and TOTEM. He was the recipient of the Canadian Choreographic Award Jacqueline Lemieux with Pierre-Paul in 1996.
Through the years
Jeff's professional career began with many independent choreographers and he eventually found his way to the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault, JOE and Piazza.
- 1990- 1995: Jeff toured extensively with the Montreal Company Carbone 14, performing in both the show and the film Café des Aveugles, and the show Le Dortoir as well as its award-winning film adaptation by François Girard.
- 1992-1998: As co-Artistic Director of PPS Danse with Pierre-Paul Savoie, Jeff co-created Bagne, which toured the USA and Europe. He also co-created the multimedia production Pôles, working with visual artists Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon.
- 1996: Recipient of the Canadian Choreographic Award Jacqueline Lemieux with Pierre-Paul.
- 1999: Jeff performed in the Swiss collective creation OMA and taught at the École de Cirque de Verdun, creating three annual student shows. He also co-created a highly successful two-hour circus show, Les Écureuils, which has been seen by more than 16,000 children since 2005, and still continues to marvel thousands of children year after year..
- 2001: Jeff reunited with Carbone 14 as a performer in the 2001 creation Silences et Cris by Gilles Maheu.
- 2002: He became Gilles Maheu's assistant in Bibliothèque. That same year he assisted renowned director Robert Lepage working on the remounting of Trilogie des Dragons, and Marie Brassard on her La Noirceur, both presented at the Théâtre des Amériques festival in 2003. Since then he has completed a film directing program at l'Institut National de l'Image et du Son (INIS).
- Jeff hall has received three creation grants from the Canada Council, as well as the prestigious Jacqueline Lemieux Award for choreography. His work has been presented at the Canada Dance Festival in Ottawa, the Festival International de Nouvelle Danse in Montreal, the Dresden Tager der Zeitgenössischen Musik Festival in Germany, the Lisbon Arts Festival Expo 1998, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Arts Festival of Atlanta.
- 2005: Jeff started his relationship with the Cirque du Soleil, working as an artistic coach on LOVE. Since his work on LOVE Jeff has worked at Cirque as an Artistic Coach and continued as the Creator/Director/Choreographer of shows at l'École de Cirque de Verdun.
- 2008: He was acrobatic Choreographer on the Cirque du Soleil Show ZAiA, created in 2008, directed by Gilles Maheu and permanently based in Macao China.
- 2010: Choreographer for the 2010 Cirque du Soleil show Totem directed by Robert Lepage, which is presently touring the world.
“My contribution to ZAIA is to help artistically shape each of the acrobatic numbers into a cohesive and dynamic act – to which the director can add his own personal vision, his color," he says. "It is collaborative work built with the acrobatic coaches.
I love taking acrobats, many without any previous theatrical experience, into choreographic situations in which their acrobatic skills are harmonized by their individual stage personas. It's a privilege to watch these performers grow as they confront personal and physical risks every day. ”
- Jeff Hall