For me, choreography is physical theatre centered around the artists' skills while driven by the emotions of theme. ”
- Jeff Hall

Jeff Hall

Jeff Hall Jeff Hall has been a performing stage artists, dancer, actor, choreographer and circus director known for blending his spectacular athleticism with his artistic eclecticism, inventively blending humor, dialogue and physical performance together for the past 25 years.

He has earned a wealth of knowledge in various artistic domains, creating a rich palate of work for the smallest black box theatres to the world's largest stages. His passion for seamlessly blending Dance, Film, Theatre Music and the Circus Arts has established a reputably prolific carrier for Jeffrey as a performer, choreographer, writer or director.

He obtained his Bachelor's degree in Contemporary Dance at Concordia University, worked with many independent Montreal choreographers, as well as touring with Quebec's biggest International companies. He also collaborated for more than a decade on creations with his artistic partner Pierre Paul Savoie gaining international recognition in his own right as a choreographer and director of innovative physical theatre.

His eclectic style of creations has gained him a reputation as a theatre director and choreographer working on the essence of the situation, inspired by set design and architectural structure. Never shying away he has worked with the unique attributes of every performers, be it dancers, children, actors, athletes and acrobatic circus performers. His most recent choreography's were for the world renown Cirque du Soleil, ZAiA and TOTEM.

His stage directions have all been commercial successes - DEVDAN, a permanent show he directed in Bali, has been running since 2011. Recently he has been working in Chile, writing and directing two different South American touring Circus show for Circo Jumbo 2013 and 2014 and performed over 220 times in Peru, Chile and Columbia to over 800,000 people combined!

In between all this he wrote and directed Harricana – Le Spectacle, a live integrated show with 55 artists, that combed aerial acrobatics hung from a crane, live singers, a full choral, dancers, actors, clowns and giant puppets, backed by a live band and performed in the out of doors over 57,000 sq. feet.

He was the recipient of the Canadian Choreographic Award Jacqueline Lemieux with Pierre-Paul in 1996.

In 2012, he founded Hall Way Productions, a non-profit organization, to produce and distribute his own artistic creations.

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.
  • 2011: He was the director of the Show Devdan. A permanent show for 35 Indonesian dancers and acrobats steeped in this Asian culture traditions, while juxtaposed with contemporaries staging.
  • 2012: In 2012, during the Festival ‘Quartiers de Danses” Jeff performed Falling, his 1st stage appearance in 10 years.
  • 2013: He wrote and directed Circo Jumbo 2013 created in Chile. Produced by Siete and performed over 100 shows touring Peru and Chile
  • 2014: Jeff has written and will direct Harricana – le Spectacle. A large scale outdoor show with 65 musicians, actors, dancers and circus artists celebrating the 100th anniversary of the town of Amos Quebec.
  • 2014: Jeff returns to Chile for another whole new creation of Circo Jumbo 2014 produced once again by Siete Production.

My contribution as a circus choreographer 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. "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

Jeff Hall
Choréographe (fr)

Jeff Hall Jeffrey Hall est un artiste des arts de la scène, un danseur, un acteur, un chorégraphe et un metteur en scène / chorégraphe depuis 28 ans. Il possède une connaissance approfondie dans de nombreux domaines artistiques, ce qui lui a permis de créer autant dans de petits théâtres que sur les plus grandes scènes du monde. Sa prolifique carrière artistique continue avec des explorations créatives en danse, film, théâtre, et dans les arts du cirque, en tant qu’artiste, chorégraphe ou metteur en scène. Reconnu pour son mélange spectaculaire de performance athlétique avec un éclectisme artistique hors pair, il innove en rassemblant l’humour, les dialogues et la performance dans un style physique très théâtral.

En 1989 et 1990, Jeffrey Hall a gagné le titre de Champion canadien de Frisbee Freestyle, et c’est ce sport qui l’a amené aux arts de la scène. Il a obtenu un Baccalauréat en Danse contemporaine à l’Université Concordia, et a travaillé avec beaucoup de chorégraphes indépendants, à Montréal et au sein de compagnies internationales, dont les plus grands directeurs québécois en danse, théâtre et en cinéma.

Pendant plus de dix ans, il a également créé des œuvres en collaboration avec son partenaire artistique, Pierre-Paul Savoie, gagnant ainsi une reconnaissance internationale comme danseur et chorégraphe.

Son style de création éclectique lui a conféré une réputation de chorégraphe en théâtre physique. Il travaille sur l’essence des situations, remises en question par la scène, le design et la structure architecturale. Jeff Hall n’a jamais reculé devant les difficultés, et a travaillé avec les attributs uniques de chaque artiste, qu’ils soient des danseurs, des acteurs ou actrices, des athlètes et des acrobates de cirque.

Depuis les dernières années, il a travaillé en étroite collaboration avec des créateurs et directeurs d’acteurs des plus imminents au Québec, ce qui lui permet de continuer à développer ses propres habiletés en tant que créateur et directeur. Il a assisté Gilles Maheu lors de la création de son dernier spectacle de Carbone 14, La bibliothèque et il a également dirigé la production lors de sa reprise à 2005. Le réputé Robert Lepage l’a aussi accueilli dans son équipe en tant que son assistant lors de la reprise de la Trilogie des dragons en juin 2003. Au même moment, il épaulait une magicienne du théâtre montréalais, Marie Brassard, dans la mise en scène de sa nouvelle production, La noirceur. L’automne 2004 etait le moment idéal pour entrer à l’Institut national de l’Image et du Son (INIS) ou il a complété le programme de direction de film.

Jeffrey Hall a récemment travaillé sur les chorégraphies de Zaia 2008 et Totem 2010, par le Cirque du Soleil. TOTEM et présentement en tournée mondiale. En 2011, Jeffrey avait la bonne heure de prendre la direction d’un spectacle permanent de danse traditionnelle et arts du cirque à Bali (Indonésie), Devdan et en 2012 Jeff est revenu sur scène pour le première fois depuis dix ans avec sa chorégraphie le touchant Falling.

Il a ensuite écrit et dirigé Circo Jumbo en 2013, qui fut créé au Chili et présenté devant 350,000 personnes au Chili et au Pérou. En 2014, une autre création de Circo Jumbo fut présentée devant 500,000 personnes dans 120 arénas au Pérou, au Chili et en Colombie.

En juillet 2014, il écrit et dirige et Harricana – Le spectacle, une production extérieure et interdisciplinaire à grand déploiement pour 55 artistes, célébrant le 100ième anniversaire de la ville d’Amos en Abitibi et qui fut présentée devant 20,000 personnes.