René Albert was born in Montréal. He grew up in Edmundston, New Brunswick where he first met David Kristian (composer then filmmaker), whom he assisted on many short film projects. He moved to Montréal to pursue his studies in Engineering at McGill University. Upon completion of his degree, he traveled abroad and lived in England for a year. He returned to Canada to pursue studies in film at Concordia University where he received the André Bazin / Georges Sadoul scholarship for academic excellence. As part of the curriculum at Concordia, he created two short narrative films (Le jour de visite and About Redheads). He completed his masters thesis on visual perception and film at York University in Toronto in 2001. He is currently in the production stage of a documentary project.
sanscesse is his first foray into the world of choreography for the camera.
Tawny Andersen Dancer
Tawny Andersen is a contemporary dancer based in Brussels, Belgium. She began her formal dance training in Toronto, Canada where she performed throughout her youth with the Canadian Children's Dance Theatre, working with many of Canada's foremost choreographers. She is a graduate of the School of the Toronto Dance Theatre and the Etobicoke School for the Arts.
After her studies, Tawny moved to Europe and in 2002 worked in Berlin with the Emerging Properties Performing Arts Company on their production of Ghost Letters III- Das Fest des Salzes. In 2003, she took part in the creation of Haramu/Drempel with Sato Endo in Rotterdam and in 2004 Tawny participated in David Hernandez' Performance Hotel and Davis Freeman's Club Life.
Tawny's most recent influence was her work with Jan Fabre and his company Troubleyn, for whom she danced in the La Monnaie Opera House's production of Wagner's Tannhaüser, the Projet Thierry Salmon, and the reprise of Je Suis Sang for the Cour d'Honneur at the Palais des Papes, Festival d'Avignon 2005. Recently, she worked with the newly formed collective Rebecca September on their production of KnockOut.
She is presently collaborating with French artist Alexandre Le Petit on their research project, currently baptised Fall.
sanscesse is Tawny's first dance film.
Emily Fairbanks Dancer
Emily Fairbanks was born in British Columbia, and moved to Toronto to
study dance at age 18. She began intensive ballet training in 1986, eventually
studying privately with Amalia Schelhorn (former first soloist, National
Ballet of Canada), and under the direction of Linda Klassen at Parksville
Ballet School. While at Parksville Ballet School, she was privileged to
perform a solo set by Paula Ross (founder, Paula Ross Dance Theatre).
From 1995-97 she was a member of the internationally reknowned Dancestreams
Youth Dance Company, which toured and performed extensively throughout
western Canada. Under the aegis of the Company she worked with a number
of well-known ballet and contemporary choreographers, including Mary-Louise
Albert, Joe Laughlin, Eva von Gencsky, and Sylvain Brochu. After
early graduation and a year of university, she relocated to attend the
School of Toronto Dance Theatre. During her time at the school she has
worked with many prestigious choreographers, and recently performed with
the Toronto company Kaeja d'Dance in their 1999/2000 Toronto season. She is a graduate of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre.
sanscesse is Emily's first dance film.
Antonín Lhotsky Cinematographer
Antonín Lhotsky was trained at F.A.M.U., the Czechoslovakia Film Academy,
and moved to Canada in 1965. As a Canadian filmmaker, he has accumulated
more than 100 film credits, mostly in cinematography but also as producer
and director in documentary and theatrical films and television commercials.
He has also worked on several multi-screen projects; one such project,
Taming of the Demons, made for EXPO '86 in Vancouver, was awarded a special
Genie for Outstanding Film Achievement. Recently, Antonín has served as
associate producer and cinematographer for the one-hour documentary
A Place to Save Your Life, shot in Shanghai and across Canada, co-producer and cinematographer for the half-hour drama The Visit, and cinematographer for Paul Lee's award winning short The Offering. He has taught cinematography at Algonquin College in Ottawa, and was an associate professor of production at York University in Toronto.
Cameron McKittrick Composer
Born in Richmond Hill (1966), Cameron has recently returned to Ontario
to settle in Guelph, located between Toronto and Kitchener-Waterloo. He is a former member of the faculty at The Vancouver Academy of Music and is currently part-time faculty at Wilfrid Laurier University. In addition to teaching and some freelance composition, Cameron maintains
an active collaboration with his wife (pianist Leslie Wyber) and members
of the Standing Wave ensemble to explore the relationship between composition, improvisation and presentation (performance). His music has been performed by prestigious ensembles throughout Canada, notably by ARRAYMUSIC and Vancouver New Music.
For more information on Cameron McKittrick, please visit his website.
David Kristian Sound Designer
Montreal based composer David Kristian is an architect of sound with a keen sensibility for fine detail, quality and a predisposition towards creative experimentation. He is recognised worldwide as an innovator for electronic drum n'bass (Beneath the Valley of the Modulars). His more recent works (i.e. Cricklewood, Tacoma Narrows Bridge and Room Tone) are more ambient oriented musings which explore the fundamental nature of electronically produced sounds, and has been received to great critical acclaim. These recent efforts include the formation of an experimental trio involving Kristian (electronics), Alex St. Onges (acoustic bass) and Sam Shalabi (oud). This venue allows Kristian to explore his interests in mixed music. Kristian is also currently working on many film projects and videogames as a sound designer.
The Penderecki String Quartet Piotr Buczek, violin Christine Vlajk, viola Jerzy Kaplanek, violin Paul Pulford, cello
The Penderecki String Quartet, approaching the second decade of an extraordinary career, has become one of the most celebrated chamber ensembles in the music world. The Quartet's performing schedule takes them annually to the great concert stages of North and South America, Europe, and the Far East.
During the 1997/1998 season, The Penderecki String Quartet's engagements include concerts in New York (at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and the 92nd Street "Y"), Boston, New Haven (Yale University), Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto. Their European schedule includes repeat performances at the prestigious Krakow Festival in Poland.
The Penderecki String Quartet has collaborated with eminent ensembles such as The Borodin Trio and The Fine Arts Quartet as well as with artists such as Vladimir Feltsman, James Campbell, Lev Natochenny, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, and Janina Fialkowska.
The Penderecki String Quartet was founded in Poland in 1986 at the urging of pre-eminent Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki. The fruit of their association includes the authoritative interpretation of Penderecki's Complete Works for String Quartet on CD (United Records, England). To this day the Quartet is a devoted champion of the music of our time, and has commissioned new quartets from Brian Cherney, L.C. Smith, John Oswald, and Randolph Peters.
The Penderecki String Quartet's recording of the Brahms Piano Quintet with Pianist Lev Natochenny (Marquis, Canada) has been acclaimed worldwide. The Quartet's ongoing collaboration with the Russian virtuoso includes a recent release of Piano Quintets by Shostakovich and Schnittke (Marquis, Canada). A live broadcast by London's BBC inspired the recording Polska (United, England), featuring the quartet. The quartet has also recorded Randolph Peters' Tango from Smoked Lizard Lips (Nam, Canada) and the Quartets No.3 by Shostakovich and Britten (Marquis, Canada)
The Penderecki String Quartet devotes much of its time to Quartetfest, a non-profit organization that produces a Festival of String Quartets in Waterloo, Ontario. The Festival combines week-long performances in Waterloo and St. Jacobs, Ontario with a month-long seminar in quartet playing for students of all ages and backgrounds.
The Penderecki String Quartet's involvement in education is a year-round commitment as they enter their seventh year as Quartet-in-Residence at Waterloo's Wilfrid Laurier University. Under the Quartet's direction, the string program has become one of Canada's most prestigious. The Quartet offers chamber music and studio instruction to students from all over the world.
For more information about The Penderecki String Quartet, please visit their website at https://ps4.ca