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Claudia Chan Tak

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Claudia Chan Tak is a multidisciplinary artist with a background in visual arts and contemporary dance. She graduated with distinction from Concordia University’s Intermedia/CyberArts Department in 2009, and three years later was awarded the William Douglas prize of excellence in the context of a bachelors in contemporary dance at Université du Québec à Montréal. In 2017 she completed a research-creation project exploring the links between documentary film and contemporary dance. The outcome, an autobiographical solo piece titled Moi, petite Malgache-Chinoise, was presented at MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) in December 2016. Her first choreographic installation stemmed from this same solo and was presented at Tangente in January 2018, weaving together visual art, dance, and on-site video mapping. Thanks to this project she was awarded the prestigious Prix Mécènes investis pour les arts, underlining the quality and inventiveness of her artistic practice. Many of her choreographic projects have appeared on stage, among others at Tangente, OFFTA, Festival ZH, Phénomena, Short&Sweet, La Petite scène, Edgy Women, Art Matters, and Toxique Trottoir. In cinema, her first short film, La Buvette des carnivores, was awarded the Cinemateque québécoise’s prize for best directing at the Festival Quartiers Danses in 2015, while Norma, created in 2016, became part of the official program at the Festival International de Films sur l’Art. Enthralled by the archival documentation of contemporary dance, her first exhibition, Hydra, was presented at Place des Arts as part of the Festival TransAmérique’s official 2016 program, offering a poetic and original take on choreographic and intergenerational modes of creation.