Dancers

The following dancers are currently working with José Navas/Compagnie Flak:


Nova Bhattacharya

Photo © Bob Gundu

Nova Bhattacharya studied bharatnatyam technique in Toronto with Menaka Thakkar. An eloquent performer, she is described by the press as “sly and dreamily contemplative” (Now Magazine), a “contained goddess” (Globe & Mail), and a “mischievous visitor from another world…” (Märksiche Allemeine). Her choreographic language investigates an overlapping zone between Indian and Euro-American dance techniques, diving into poetic, metaphoric, and mythic exaltations of the human spirit. She has created works for the Canada Dance Festival, Dancemakers, Tarragon Theatre, Toronto Dance Theatre, and others. The desire to integrate her practice into contemporary Canadian cultural expression, continues to take her along an exhilarating path of exploration and collaboration with a wide range of artists, including Peggy Baker, Dana Gingras, Ed Hanley, Mika Kurosawa, Marc Parent, and José Navas. In 2008, she founded Nova Dance, a company dedicated to creating a professional context for Indian classical dancers and to reflecting the evolution of bharatnatyam in the Canadian milieu. In 2012 she received the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for artistic achievement in dance, and in 2016, the Summerworks’ Outstanding Direction Award. The jury citation lauded her “radical work that pulls apart notions of power, tradition, and ritual, puncturing exoticism and querying the contemporary.retour


Erin Poole

Photo © David Leyes

Erin Poole is a Toronto‐based independent artist. She is a regular collaborator/performer with Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, Toronto Dance Theatre, ProArte Danza, Human Body Expression (Hanna Kiel), and José Navas/Compagnie Flak. Erin was a participant of Springboard Danse workshops in Montreal (2012, 2013) and attended ImpulsTanz in Vienna, Austria (2015), with the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts. Most recently, Erin has worked in creative process and performance in Hannover, Germany, for a multi-disciplinary, dance-theatre work, choreographed by Benjamin Landsberg and commissioned by Commedia Futura.retour


Lindsey Renee Derry

Photo © Stephen Texeira

Lindsey Renee Derry is a dancer, choreographer and teacher based in San Francisco. She is a graduate of SUNY Purchase College, Conservatory of Dance and recipient of the 2006 Thayer Fellowship, a prestigious award given by the New York Foundation of the Arts to outstanding State University of New York (SUNY) graduates. Beyond Purchase, she spent immersive summers at Springboard Danse Montréal and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. After a decade of her dancing with several prominent American and Canadian dance companies including José Navas/Compagnie Flak in Montréal, Lins launched L i n s d a n s as the platform for her solo performance and teaching. In 2013, L i n s d a n s presented POR·TRAI·TURE, Lins’ first solo show garnering her an esteemed Isadora Duncan Dance Award (Izzie) for her performance in San Francisco. Since then, with the support of American Dance Abroad, festivals, and residencies she has had the opportunity to perform her solo work in North America, Europe, and Asia with her most notable performances taking place at the Beijing Dance Festival and MODAFE Korea. In San Francisco, she has received local support from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program and the Zellerbach Family Foundation. She is presently mentored by KT Nelson in San Francisco and is a dancer with Compagnie Flak and Margie Gillis’ Legacy Project in Montréal. Teaching is an integral part of L i n s d a n s’ activities both locally and abroad. From 2014-16 Lins served as an Adjunct Lecturer in Modern Dance and guest choreographer at Santa Clara University in California.retour


François Richard

Photo © Arsenio Coroa

Born in Moncton, New Brunswick, François began his dance training at the DancEast Dance Centre. In 2004, he was invited to attend the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School where he graduated with honours in 2006. Since then, his career has taken him across Canada, the United States and Europe. He has danced professionally for companies such as Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, the Atlantic Ballet Theater of Canada, José Navas / Compagnie Flak, EZ Danza, Sinha Dance, Virtuo Dance and as a principal dancer for Ballet Ouest de Montréal. He has also worked for choregraphers such as Jose Navas, Edgar Zendejas, Victor Quijada, Mauricio Navas, Claude Caron, Roger Sinha et Igor Dobrovolsky. In 2011 he was part of the short film ORA, produced by the NFB, nominated for a Genie award as best live action drama in 2012. François has also taught for schools and companies in both Moncton and Montreal, including Concordia University, Ballet Ouest de Montréal, DancEast Dance Center, the Atlantic Dance Academy and Dance Virtuosa. He joined Danse à la Carte in 2014 as assistant director. retour


Lauren Semeschuk

Photo © Rodolfo Moraga

Originally from Saskatchewan, Lauren Semeschuk began her training as a Ukrainian dancer. Early on, she toured across Canada, the United States and Brazil with Pavlychenko Ukrainian Folklorique Ensemble. Then, after a brief detour into accounting, she continued her training at Ryerson University, where she received her BFA with Honours in dance in 2008. Her professional career has included a diversity of projects with numerous choreographers and companies, including Human Playground (Milan Gervais), Nico Archambault, Astrid Lloyd, Delicate Beast (Dorian Nuskind-Oder) and Compagnie Marie Chouinard. In 2009, she joined José Navas/Compagnie Flak; she also started working as rehearsal director for the Company in 2012. retour


José Navas/Compagnie Flak also had the opportunity to collaborate with many dancers during its rich history of over 20 years, including:

  • Douglas Scott Baum
  • Billy Bell
  • Alejandro De Leon
  • Sarah Fregeau
  • Ève Garnier – Rehearsal Director
  • Hanako Hoshimi-Caines
  • Alexandre Jolicoeur
  • Cori Kresge
  • Benjamin Landsberg
  • Waldean Nelson
  • Mira Peck
  • Eldon Pulak
  • David Rancourt
  • Ami Shulman – Dancer, Rehearsal Director
  • Emilie Tremblay
  • Chanti Wadge
  • Maleek Washington
  • Jeff Wolfe
  • Jamie Wright – Dancer, Rehearsal Director