Test kitchen at the CCOV

The CCOV is inviting to you to its Sunday brunch! A three-course meal will accompany the three danced presentations and each dish will be inspired by the choreographic content of the invited artists.

Come and awaken your senses and curiosity: discover the aspirations and surprise menus of each chef, dedicated to the day’s three choreographers! For these culinary wizards, it will be a chance to express themselves freely and non-judgmentally, to test out new ideas, take risks and engage in spontaneous and enriching exchanges with the public.

Free admission || Voluntary contribution at the door : $5 to $10, depending on your budget 🙂 || Cash payment only

Doors open: 12:45 p.m.
Brunch & performances:  1 to 2:30 p.m.


Test Kitchen 2nd edition
On May 5th, the CCOV invites you to their Spring edition of their Sunday brunch. The menu is threefold and will be prepared by Beaver Sheppard. Each course will be assorted to one of our guest artists’ performance: Hanako Hoshimi-Caines, Nien Tzu Weng and Stacey Désilier.

Beaver Sheppard (better known as celebrity chef (formerly of the infamous restaurant Bethlehem XXX , Depp Le Pick-Up, Dinette Triple Crown), chef and owner of OK POKE, angel voice folk singer secretly admired by Leonard Cohen, new wave/ electronic other half of the bands Secret Secret Girl, Drugface and CO/NTRY, sometimes frontman of the Berlin band Brandt Brauer Frick, after-hours singer everywhere from Montreal’s The Fall to fancy Paris Fashion Week afterparties, and just general Newfoundland-born Montreal celebrity art weirdo.

Hanako Hoshimi-Caines is engaged with dance, performance-making and philosophy as a way to see, feel and love better. And what she means by love is an ambiguous kind of knowledge that is embodied, transformative and involves time and intimacy with things. Hanako has performed for/collaborated with Stephen Thompson and Andrew Tay, Maria Kefirova, Louise-Michel Jackson, Katie Ward, Jacob Wren, Adam Kinner, Frédérick Gravel, Tanya Lukin-Linklater, José Navas and, through the Cullberg Ballet (Stockholm), with Benoît Lachambre, Deborah Hay, William Forsythe and Jefta Van Dinther. Her independent and collaborative works have been shown in Canada and internationally. Her next work titled Radio III, in collaboration with Zoë Poluch and Elisa Harkins, will premier at the MAI (Montreal, arts interculturels) June 3-5, 2019.

Anne Caines is a lifelong community worker and activist. She is a founding member and the current coordinator of RECAA (Respecting Elders Communities Againts Abuse) an activist organization that works to counter elder abuse in ethno-cultural communities. RECAA uses the theatrical techniques found in Augusto Boal’s Forum Theatre workshops in which scenes of abuse are enacted in silence to overcome language barriers. Previous to her work with RECAA, Anne worked with CAP (Child Assault Prevention) and SAWCC (South Asian Women’s Community Centre). Anne loves musicals and can sing most of the Rodgers and Hammerstein’s collection, most notably her favourites, The King and I and The Sound of Music. This is Anne and Hanako’s second collaboration.

Nien Tzu Weng is a Taiwanese-Canadian interdisciplinary dance artist based in Montreal. She aims to build bridges between disciplines, pursuing an experimental approach to contemporary dance. Her projects have been presented at OFFTA, ZH Festival, Art Crush (Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal), TaiwanFest (Harbourfront Center, Toronto), and 1-Act Theatre Festival (SHIFT Theatre, Vancouver). As an interpreter, she has performed at Ars Electronica, Akousma, and Tangente. Weng is the recipient of the James Saya Award, and The Contemporary Dance Prize at Concordia University. She is currently an artist-in-residence at Studio 303, and a resident artist at the Topological Media Lab.

Stacey Désilier est fascinée par la danse. Passionnée du mouvement et des possibilités du corps, elle constate qu’elle désire faire de la danse son métier. À l’âge de dix-sept ans, elle danse à Tangente dans le spectacle, Je suis née sur un bateau de pirate. Ce spectacle influencera l’intensité de son feu intérieur et de son intérêt pour le milieu de la danse contemporaine.
Elle découvre un besoin d’approfondir la danse en tant qu’interprète. Elle approfondit son rêve à travers la formation professionnelle de l’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal. Elle collabore alors avec les chorégraphes et interprètes : Marie- Claire Forté, Sasha Kleinplatz, Victoria Mackenzie et Dana Gingras.

Photo credit: Courtney Wong


Test Kitchen 1st edition
On November 4th, the CCOV invites you to their Sunday brunch. The menu is threefold and will be prepared by Swaneige Bertrand, a specialized chef in indigenous cuisine. Each course will be assorted to one of our guest artists’ performance: Be Heintzman HopePeter Jasko et Axelle Munezero.

Swaneige Bertrand is both from the Acho Dene koe nation in the Northwest Territories and Quebec, now living in Montreal. Growing up with her sisters, she spent her youth surrounded by books and paintbrushes. Her childhood environment thus favored the birth and growth of the multidisciplinary artist she has become today. Graduated from John Abbott College in Theatrical Design, Swaneige first started working as a sound and lighting technician for the Nation Film Board. She eventually reoriented her career to become a stylist and costume designer. Alongside, she is also the chef owner of the catering service Chef Swaneige, with which she incorporates native elements to her cuisine.

Peter Jasko begun his training in Slovakia, before entering the P.A.R.T.S. School for Contemporary Dance in Brussels. He has danced with numerous choreographers and companies including Zuzana Hajkova, ASpO, Roberto Olivan, OXOXOX – Juri Konjar, G. Barberio Corsetti & Fatou Traore and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. He regularly works with David Zambrano and founded the choreographers-dancers Les SlovaKs Dance Collective. In 2015 he created along with Clara Furey Untied Tales (the vanished power of the usual reign).

Be Heintzman Hope is a facilitator and multidisciplinary artist moving between sound, dance, installation and performance based in Tio’tia:ke/Montreal. Over the past five years, they have established a breath, voice and movement practice under the name Womb Cxre – an “ephemeral institution” that prioritizes the needs of queer, trans, racialized bodies and sex workers that centers giving birth to self through movement. They have facilitated workshops for various organizations such as Sherpa Centre de Recherche, Studio 303, SBC Gallery, Articule, Cinema Politica, and The Center for Gender Advocacy. They are a 3 year artist-in residence at the MAI (Maison d’Arts Interculturels) and have participated in Impulstanz’s danceWEB scholarship program. Within their hybrid practice they have performed in DIY contexts as well as larger venues and festivals locally and internationally.

Axelle “Ebony” Munezero has been in the street dance scene for over 15 years as a performer and choreographer. Specializing in Whacking she trainned with pionners such has Viktor Manoel, “Tyrone proctor”. In 2011, she began a bachelor’s degree in dance, a creation profile at UQAM. Since 2011, she has been involved in various research and creation projects, notably with the RUBBERBANDance Group, Alexandra “Spicey” Landé (Ebnfloh) and Saxon Fraser (Juxtapose). She is constantly invited all over the world to give WHacking workshops, especially in Japan, Russia, New York, China, etc. Ebony won Step ya game up twice ( 2010 and 2014) and won other renowned battles such as Bust a Move , House Dance International (NYC) and Supernova ( Taiwan). She also holds the biggest whacking event in Canada for 8 years: “Hot Mess” and developed a unique approach in Whacking named “Asymmetry”. She continues to create, dance, teach, organize and especially innovate in all the fields she touches. She has won several awards including “Dancer of the Year” in 2014 at the TUDS Festival in Toronto and “Hit of the Year” in 2018 for her remarkable involvement in the urban dance scene.