Janelle Hacault

Contemporary dance artist


Janelle Hacault is a professional contemporary dance artist and educator from Winnipeg MB, now based in Montréal, QC. She is a graduate of the Senior Professional Program at the School of Contemporary Dancers, trained actor, and holds a BA Honours degree from the University of Winnipeg. She is co-founder of Nova Dance Collective, .6 Ricochet, and co-creator of thedancepost.org. Her past choreographic works include OvertakenLamentImprimatur, and a collaborative creation with Jason Martin entitled, Falling.

Artistic Vision

My artistic approach in this work utilizes both theatre and contemporary dance practices I have adapted. The practice of what we call shapeshifters are created by morphing one or more emotional state(s) of the whole body and face to another without fully completing them.  The idea is that a gesture has a life of its own, and the performer is the open channel in which it can express itself. This deep work is essentially an exercise of mindfulness, sensitivity and awareness.

Photo credit: Ray Arzaga