Andrew Tay is a hybrid performer, choreographer, and dance curator based in Montreal. In 2005, he cofounded Wants&Needs Danse with Sasha
Kleinplatz. Together, they produce the popular dance events Short&Sweet and Piss in the Pool. He received the DanceWEB Scholarship (Festival Impulstanz
2012, Vietna), and has participated in: the Rencontres internationales de jeunes créateurs (Festival TransAmériques), 8 Days (an intergenerational
meeting of Canadian choroegraphers), and The Copycat Academy (Luminato Festival, Toronto) curated by Hannah Hurtzig (Berlin). In 2016,
Tay received the Buddies in Bad Times Vanguard Award for Risk and Innovation at the SummerWorks Performance Festival for his work Fame Prayer /EATING. He is currently the artistic curator at Le Centre de Création O Vertigo.
Internationally renowned artist Stephen Thompson began his career as a figure skater. Hailed by the New York Times as one of the “best male dancers” of 2014, he worked with such companies as Decidedly Jazz Danceworks and Fondation Jean-Pierre Perrault, as well as with acclaimed artists Benoit Lachambre, Trajal Harrell, Adam Linder, and Antonija Livingstone. His collaborations have received accolades, including a Bessie Award (NYC), two Dora Mavor Moore awards, and a Mohn Award during the 2016 Made in L.A. Biennial. In 2016, he also received the Canada Council for the Arts’ Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award.