Since its inception in 2008, elleQ dance factory has been dedicated to presenting work that is all together honest, exciting, passionate and fun; making their presence in the community unique. elleQ dance factory’s goal is to create work that is at once artistic and entertaining, keeping storytelling through movement at the forefront.
About elleQ dance factory:
elleQ dance factory is based in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. The performance dance company was founded by Lauren Pero and her sister, Meghan Corcoran in 2008. The duo officially launched their debut show at Le Théâtre du Nouvel Ontario in February, 2009 where they had the opportunity to work with choreographers Sunshine Horvath (Company Blonde) and Meaghan Giusti (independent) as well as local Sudbury musician, Matt Foy.
Artistic Director, Lauren Pero is the resident choreographer and often a guest performer for Sudbury’s young dance company, earthdancers, having worked with the dancers for over 5 years. elleQ dance factory has set work on Sudbury Secondary School’s Performing Arts Dance Troupe as well as presented a number of pieces at the Northern Lights Festival Boréal. At the festival, company members, Lauren and Meghan had the pleasure of performing with the Toronto band, Great Lake Swimmers.
In December 2009, elleQ dance factory was invited to be a part of “Where We Are/Ou Nous Sommes” a celebration of dance and dancers from the North, presented by Heidi Strauss (Adelheid). Lauren debuted her solo entitled, “29 ”. It was an evocative and exciting mixed program of contemporary dance works choreographed and/or performed by Sudbury-born dance artists, Heidi Strauss, Denise Vitali, Brian Solomon and Sunny Horvath (Company Blonde).
2010 has been a bit different for elleQ dance factory, as co-founder Meghan left Sudbury to continue her teaching career at Stanstead College in Quebec. The company is still going strong, with Lauren running the show! She has had a lot of fun collaborating with Le Salon du Livre, where she choreographed various movement installations which were performed throughout the downtown core, one of them involving francophone artist Yann Perreau.
In June 2010, elleQ dance factory was involved with Corpus Dance Circus’ Arts Outreach Initiative in Ontario Shopping Malls. Performances at the New Sudbury Centre were a huge success with over 1700 spectators. Lauren presented her solo “The Butterfly Speech” which was also a part of the company’s 2011 full length production,
“The Imagination Project”.