Lina Cruz – Montreal choreographer Lina Cruz explores imaginative choreographies and a detailed body language.With a background in classical ballet as much as in modern and contemporary styles, Cruz also takes interest in martial arts and various forms of stage expression. She delivers works with a very personal signature, considered different, inventive and always evolving on the margins of mainstream dance.
Lina Cruz has been in the dance milieu since 1973. Her career as a dancer developed mainly in Spain, with short but important periods spent in other European countries and in the United States. Cruz joined the Montreal eclectic dance scene in 1989, where she continues her research, receiving grants from the Quebec Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Montreal Arts Council for the creation of several of her choreographies.
Lina Cruz has presented her work in many festivals and events at local, national and international levels. She won the Dora Mavor Moore Award in 2017 and in 2012 for Outstanding Choreography and a second place award in the 1998 choreographic competition of the St-Sauveur Arts Festival (Quebec).
She founded her company, Fila 13 Productions, in 2003.
Joshua Van Tassel is a sideman, producer, composer and sonic landscaper. He regularly performs some of Canada's best song writers such as Great Lake Swimmers, Amelia Curran, Sarah Slean, Donovan Woods, Rose Cousins, David Myles, Sarah Slean, among others. Joshua is also quickly becoming known as a go to producer, having worked on albums for Sarah Slean, David Myles, KIRTY, Rosie And the Riverters, Christine Bougie, Megan Bonnell, and more. With his solo career Van Tassel has a built a reputation as a producer and composer of electro-acoustic music that is both highly sophisticated and easily digestible. His music, which has been featured on the Outdoor Life Network’s program “Departures” and “Descending”, is a tapestry of traditions; the familiar plucking of folk music floats amongst drum machines and ambient field recordings, driving bass lines melt into flowing synth melodies. He has been nominated and won numerous ECMA and Nova Scotia Music awards, and is currently at work on a full length book/novella entitled "Crossworlds" to be released in March 2018. Joshua is also the producer of the respected CBC radio host Laurie Brown's podcast "The Pondercast".