Laureate 2020

Works presented in Montreal in 2019-2020: Eve 2050 [scenic work], Van Grimde Corps Secrets, Agora de la danse, October 2019; Les corps avalés, Compagnie Virginie Brunelle, Danse Danse, February 2020.

An exceptional performer, Chi Long never ceases to surprise us. Her talent transcends technical mastery. The strength of her personality shines through on stage. For more than 30 years, she has captivated and led us to unexpected places. Transported by poetry, she nurtures a vital energy that she instills into every process. Profoundly humble, she is transformed by each universe she eventually transcends. Her movement reveals the weight of time, the accumulation of experiences. Through her dance, the work reveals itself. As a spectator, she transforms us…


Chi Long was born in Australia and grew up in Canberra, an overly quiet city where she discovered her passion for dance. At the age of 19, she set off to explore the world, determined to pursue a career in dance, however short. Settling in Montreal, she joined her heartthrob company, O’Vertigo Danse, where she spent the next 11 years performing each of the company’s creations, from La Chambre Blanche in 1991 up until Luna in 2001. In 2002, she joined Compagnie Marie Chouinard (dream come true) where she dove into an antipodal universe, performing the vast company repertoire and participating in the creation of bODY_rEMIX/gOLDBERG_vARIATIONS in 2005. In 2006, she glimpsed the meaning of life when her daughter was born. She stepped away from dance to make space for other life revelations, but soon realised she was missing something essential. As fate would have it, she came back to O’Vertigo, for the re-creation of La Chambre Blanche in 2008, 17 years later. She now knows that dance is her lifeline, the medium where she feels closest to her potential. She presently works as a freelance dancer, grateful for the opportunities to explore creative complicity with a range of choreographers such as Ariane Boulet, Caroline Laurin-Beaucage, Martin Messier, George Stamos and Isabelle Van Grimde, to name the most recent. She continues to perform and collaborate closely with Compagnie Virginie Brunelle as well as with Melanie Demers for MAYDAY.