Femmes du Feu’s mandate is to develop, explore and promote contemporary circus in Ontario and to new audiences. Femmes du Feu creates work that blurs the edge between circus and contemporary dance. Founded by Holly Treddenick and Lindsay Goodtimes in 2003, Holly Treddenick is now Artistic Director of the company.
Femmes du Feu is a project operating company founded in 2003. Since 2007, Femmes du Feu have been actively creating and presenting aerial circus works, researching innovative ways to combine their contemporary dance and choreographic backgrounds with their aerial circus skills. This has included exploring apparatuses such as a bungee in Impossibility (2007), silks in Dive (2009) and trapeze in Tiffany (2010). More recently, Femmes du Feu has invented apparatuses specific to their artistic needs such as the anchor, rope or pole as in The Plank (2010). Femmes du Feu have presented their work at various events including At The Wrecking Ball (2007), The Toronto International Circus Festival (2008), and Hysteria Festival (2009), The London/ Toronto/ Winnipeg Fringe Festivals (2009 & 2010).
In 1999 Femmes du Feu created and produced their first full-length contemporary circus show, Head First, for the London, Toronto and Hamilton Fringe Festivals, winning Patron’s Pick and Best of Fringe in Toronto. In 2010, Femmes du Feu created and produced their second full-length production, The Plank to sold out houses at the London, Toronto, and Winnipeg Fringe Festivals.The Plank was extremly well received by both audiences and critics, with 5 star reviews, and again winning The Fringe Festival’s Patron’s Pick in Toronto. Most recently Femmes du Feu produced their newest show, Airship for the Rhubarb Festival (2011), also to all sold out shows.
In 2012 Femmes du Feu presented BoB at the Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival to great success. Airship was remounted and extended to a 60 minute full-length work and presented at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre as part of Queer Pride Toronto and then at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, all to sold out houses. In 2016 Femmes du Feu presented BIND, an aerial and dance work at Rhubabrb Festival. BIND is performed by 5 dancers and was directed by Monica Dottor.
Femmes du Feu also have several non-performative services. Since 2011 Femmes du Feu have been producing Aer Time, a contemporary circus performance series; as well as Aerial Jams, a structured gathering of professional aerial artists to train and skill share. We often work as outside eye to other artists, work in a mentoring role to other aerialists for rigging concepts, and teach beginner to advanced classes. In 2016 Femmes du Feu was excited to curate for HarbourKids Circus. This was a compioment to Circus Sessions we were able to create cross programing. Femmes du Feu will be currating with this festival again for 2017. Circus Sessions serves to connect and network the english circus community, while focused on strengthening the Toronto community. With Circus Sessions we are positioning ourselves to be leaders of the english circus community.
HOLLY TREDDENICK- Artistic Director, choreographer, performer, teacher
Holly is passionate about art, both as a creator and interpreter, with a focus in performance. She believes that art can inspire, education and catalyze transformation. Holly strives to create work that is accessible, evocative and provoking, drawing inspiration from human experience and self-reflection.
Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Holly moved to Toronto in 1995 to study at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, where she graduated from the professional training program in 1998. Holly has since studied fire performance, Pochinko clown with Sue Morrison, and aerial dance including silks, rope, hoop, harness, bungee, static and dance trapeze. Holly began her aerial training with Sabrina Pringle in 2005 and has never looked back! Holly has also trained with various teachers across Canada, California and at The Aerial Dance Festival in Boulder, Colorado. Holly has worked with various companies such as Free Flow Dance, Ballet Creole, Tweenies, Sally Morgan Dance Projects, Sarah Anne Johnson, Barbara Lindenberg, Tanglewood Family Entertainment, Dusk Dances, FFIDA, Goodness Gracious, Company Blonde, Zero Gravity Circus and Circus Orange as dancer, circus artist and administrator. Holly toured across Canada five years between 1999-2010 with the Fringe Festivals with Free Flow Dance and Femmes du Feu.
In 2003 Holly co-founded Femmes du Feu (FdF) with Lindsay Goodtimes, and is now sole artistic director. FdF have been creating contemporary circus work, both short form and full-length shows, from solo to large group of up to 5 performers, such as Airship, Rhubarb Festival 2011, and BIND, Rhubarb Festival 2015. FdF also have a focus on community engagement, producing Aer Time since 2010 at various locations around Ontario, and Circus Sessions (now in its third year) at Harbourfront Centre.
Holly is also an osteopath (DOMP), and a mother of two beautiful girls.
SABRINA PRINGLE- Performer, collaborator, technical consultant, rigger, teacher
Sabrina joined Femmes du Feu as co-artistic director in 2006. She has choreographed and performed in many venues across Toronto over the last four years. Sabrina is currently being seen in film festivals across Canada and on the Olympic website as a solo aerialist/dancer in Elif Isikozlu’s film “Let Go”. Beginning in 2002 she toured several different productions extensively in the United Stated and Europe as choreographer and performer with the Caravan Stage Barge. She was also co-founder, performer and choreographer with the dance company D.I.X from 1999-2001; producing two full-length shows in Toronto and touring to Portugal. As an aerialist, dancer, fire and stunt performer she has also worked with companies such as Circus Orange, Zero Gravity Circus, A2D2, DNA Theatre, and Company Blonde.Sabrina began as a ballet, jazz and modern dancer and went on to graduate from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre in 1999. Eight years ago, she began to focus on training in the circus arts with many different coaches throughout North America and completed the International Stunt School by the United Stuntmen’s Association in Seattle. Her aerial training includes silks, single and double pick harness, bungee, trapeze, dance trapeze, hoop and invented apparatuses. Sabrina is High Angle Rescue and Fall Arrest certified with experience rigging in theatres, conference halls, tall ships, high buildings (Toronto’s City Hall) and steep rock faces. Sabrina also performs with fire, spinning, manipulating, and even eating it, using a vast array of props and techniques. She can also do a full body fire burn, and is a licensed pyrotechnician. In 2005 Sabrina began running her own aerial silks school and now proudly has many students performing as professionals in the community.
LINDSAY GOODTIMES- Co-founder, performer, collaborator, teacher
Lindsay Goodtimes has been entertaining audiences for the past two decades. After graduating from Toronto Dance Theatre in 1998 she spent many years performing and choreographing in the US, Canada and abroad. Her travels took her to South East Asia where Lindsay trained at the Thai fire school. It was there she was first introduced to the circus arts. Upon returning from her travels she was impassioned with a great desire to incorporate fire arts in dance, it was at that time that Lindsay co-founded Femmes Du Feu with Holly Treddenick as a vehicle to explore this fusion. Lindsay was honoured to be a part of the Circus Orange team for many years and participated in their trade mark spectacle performances at JFL Montreal, Winterlude Ottawa and Cavalcade Toronto to name a few. She began her aerial training with Sabrina Pringle in 2006 and is thrilled with the new direction that Sabrina and Holly have guided FDF into. A women of many interests, Lindsay has been a member of multiple bands over the years from Punk Rock to Kindie, Lindsay utilizes different types of performance mediums to explore human expression with the ultimate goal of entertainment.
LARA EBATA- Performer, collaborator, teacher
Lara has been a dancer for over 25 years. Her formative training began with ballet with the Royal Academy of Dance. An insatiable appetite for dance has led to studies in modern, jazz, Indian dance, Afro-Caribbean, hip hop, Latin ballroom, tap, fire dance, stilts, and various aerial apparatus. Since graduating from the York University Dance Program in 2000, Lara has performed across North America in festivals such as the Toronto Fringe Festival of Independent Dance Artists, Dusk Dances, the Toronto, Ottawa, London, & Hamilton Fringe Festivals, the Yonge St. Festival, Just for Laughs (Montreal & Toronto), Cavalcade of Lights, the Calgary Stampede, Wintercity, the Rhubarb Festival, and the Second City Late Night Cabaret. Lara has had the opportunity to work with Toronto circus companies such as Circus Orange, Femmes du Feu, A2D2, and Suspended Animation, and is co-artistic director of her own small fire dance company, Goodness Gracious…
NATALIE FULLERTON- Performer, collaborator, teacher
Natalie Fullerton is a classically trained dancer who also holds a BFA in dance from York University. After completing her degree she discovered the circus arts and has never looked back. In addition to co-directing her own fire and aerial company, Goodness Gracious…, she has also performed across Canada, the USA, Europe and Asia with various companies and choreographers. Most recently she has been working with Circus Orange, Femmes du Feu, Les Coquettes and Lady Luck Productions on selected events including, Airship with Femmes du Feu as part of the 2011 Rhubarb Festival, City of Toronto Wintercity Festival 2010, Femmes du Feuʼs production Head First, winner of Toronto Fringe Festival 2009 Best of Fringe award and Patronʼs Pick, The Calgary Stampede 2008 and Just For Laughs 2006 (Montreal), 2007 (Toronto) with Circus Orange, as well as an ongoing residency at Revival with Les Coquettes.
CHARISSA WILCOX- Production Manager, Stage Manager
Charissa has worked at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre (BIBT) for the past fifteen years. She has been the Head of Production for this Queer Canadian Theatre since 2005 and currently holds the same position. In addition to working at BIBT; she has been a freelance production manager/technical director for Nightwood Theatre, Studio 180, Theatre Rusticle and Summerworks’ Theatre Festival. Her production stage management experience includes companies such as Outspoke Production, Operation Snatch and Cartier Danse. In 2010 Charissa joined Circus Orange Inc. as their production stage manager.
JOANNE GALLIGAN- Performer, collaborator, teacher, graphic designer
Joanne’s training in the aerial & acrobatic world started in 2005 at Toronto School of Circus Arts. Since then she has continued to expand her knowledge, studying in Canada and the US with such artists as Angelica Bongiovanni (École Nationale de Cirque), Elsie Smith, Serenity Smith-Forchion , Aimee Hancock & Jamie Hodgson (all of NECCA), Summer Lacy (Circus Warehouse, NY), Fred Deb (France) and April Skelton (Frequent Flyers, Boulder). She has completed her Foundation Trapeze Teacher Training at NECCA under the incredible guidance of Elsie Smith (former aerialist for Cirque du Soleil) and most recently completed a Movement fundamentals workshop from former gymnast Carl Paoli.
Joanne currently teaches at Hercinia Arts Collective and Pursuit OCR in Toronto. She began her coaching career at the Toronto School of Circus Arts, and was the head coach for their Static Trapeze program from 2010 – 2016. Although Trapeze is her first love, she still loves to coach a variety of other disciplines including Silks, Hoop, Chinese Poles, Spanish web and Partner Balancing. Joanne worked with Disney Cruiseline and Norwegian Cruiseline for over five years, travelling the globe to coach their artists and dancers in aerial circus, harness work, stunts and stage combat. She is a certified personal trainer and calisthenics coach.
ANGOLA MURDOCH- Performer, collaborator, teacher
Angola’s childhood was spent mostly upside down, dancing and doing gymnastics while growing up on her family farm in Grey County, Ontario. She has trained and performed in a multitude of movement disciplines including over fifteen years of capoeira, aerial circus and acrobatics. Her strength is creating new aerial equipment that make sense in a theatrical setting. Angola is an international performer. Some highlights include: Cirque Pacifica (Maui), Waiting for Calder (Art Gallery of Ontario), Planet Power (HarbourKids, Toronto), Maravilla (Second City, Toronto), Granmercy Theatre (NYC), Command Performance (Europe), and Zip Zap Circus (South Africa). Angola has graduated from the National Circus School in Montreal where she obtained the highest level of coaching certification for circus arts. She has taught all over the world offering social circus workshops and her unique master classes. Angola is thrilled and honoured to be part of the Femmes Du Feu team.
JAMES FISHER- Sound creation
James Zirco Fisher is the Movement-Music Composer & the Blue-Prints Illustrator of the AIR SHIP. Zirco has a detailed history illustrating for numerous projects including the popular skeleton comic “Disifigures of Speech” featured monthly in Rue Morgue Magazine this past 7 years. Zirco completed the macabre soundtrack to his first feature film earlier this year called “Kenneyville”. Zirco is also the spearhead of the circus electro music project Squid Lid. This project combines his artistic and musical skills seamlessly along with a live stage spectacle that features glowing creatures. To hear and see more of James Zirco Fisher visit zircocircus.com.
MARC RICHARD- Director, dramaturge
Marc Richard is a multi-disciplinary artist. He is a graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, where he had the pleasure of working with many of this country’s finest choreographers. He worked for a time as an independent dancer and was seen in Bill James’ Big Pictures with Arraymusic. As an actor Marc has appeared in theatre productions across Canada including the World Stage Premiere of Anne Marie MacDonald’s Anything That Moves and Dorothy Dittrich’s When We Were Singing (Buddies, Belfry, National Art Centre). As a director and choreographer he has worked on over sixty professional productions across Canada including Evita (Persephone) Funny Business – The Musical (Toronto Fringe, Diesel Playhouse) The Last Resort, Nunsense, Jasper Station, I Love You, You’re Perfect (Drayton Entertainment) Plank (Toronto, London, Winnipeg Fringe) and Excuse me, would you like to buy a bar? (Toronto Fringe). As a writer he has written several full length scripts including Toad:The Anna Russell Story (Rhubarb Festival, Theatre Aquarius Stagewrite Series) Marc has taught in the Dance Department at York University and is currently a faculty member at Sheridan College in the Music Theatre Professional Training Program where he teaches, directs and choreographs (West Side Story, Berlin to Broadway, Company, Pippin). He holds a Master of Arts in Dance from York University with a specialization in dance education in elementary schools and is currently a PhD candidate in York’s Faculty of Education.