After the three dancers’ serendipitous meeting while attending a Gaga Intensive in Tel Aviv, Erin O’Loughlin (Calgary) and Laura Toma (Ottawa, the first certified Gaga teacher in Canada) decided to relocate to Montréal and formed the collective LA TRESSE together with Geneviève Boulet.

Geneviève Boulet/The Magician, Erin O’Loughlin/The Empress, and Laura Toma/The Priestess believe in a collective spirit where all elements of the creative process are a shared endeavour. Driven by their fantasies and inspired by pop culture, they create worlds of contrast where the audience is transported to places both familiar and unknown. They are intuitive, lighthearted, and devoted to the pursuit of pleasure.





GENEVIÈVE BOULET received her training from L’École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal. She has danced for Roger Sinha, Lina Cruz, O Vertigo, Dany Desjardins, and Fleuve Espace Danse. In addition, she has been with the company Destins Croisées since 2009 where she started her integration of urban dance forms. Ms. Boulet has participated in a number of workshops including P.A.R.T.S. in Belgium, with the company Marie Chouinard, and with the Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv, Israel for which she received support from the CALQ. In 2014, she was selected to be part of the creation, Dance Grammar, by Israeli choreographer Roy Assaf at the Dance Biennale in Venice, Italy. Since then, her professional relationship with Assaf progressed into the creation of the solo, A Girl, which was presented at Springboard Montréal in 2016. She recently joined the American production of Pearl under the direction of Daniel Ezralow, and continues her collaboration with Dynamo Théâtre in the piece Devant moi le ciel.


ERIN O'LOUGHLIN’s professional training includes the Alvin Ailey School in New York City and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. In 2010 she graduated with a BA in Dance and International Relations from the University of Calgary. In Alberta, she danced with companies M-Body (Davida Monk) and La Caravan Dance Theatre (Maya Lewandowsky) as well as with independent choreographers Helen Husak, Deanne Walsh, and Veronica Benz. With funding from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts she has attended a number of workshops including ImPulsTanz (AT), the Gaga Intensive with the Batsheva Dance Company (IL, USA) and Transformation Danse (CAN). In Montréal, Ms. O’Loughlin’s professional experience includes Compagnie Bouge de Là (Hélène Langevin), Sinha Danse (Roger Sinha), and Andrea Peña & Artists. She has been fortunate to receive support from the Canada Council for the Arts for several choreographic research processes and spent several months of 2016 in Mumbai, India working for Bollywood choreographer, Shiamak Davar.


LAURA TOMA is a graduate of the professional program at The School of Dance in Ottawa and holds a diploma in Dance Studies from the Laban Center in London. Her professional development includes training at P.A.R.T.S. in Belgium and with the Ate9 Dance Company in Los Angeles. In 2012, she graduated from the first official Gaga Teacher Training Program in Tel Aviv, Israel under the mentorship of Ohad Naharin. Ms. Toma is the first certified Gaga teacher in Canada and has taught, among others, for Compagnie Marie Chouinard, the RQD, l’EDCML, and L’École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec. She dances with Montréal based Andrea Peña & Artists and in 2016 performed at the Venice Biennale of Dance (Italy) for Israeli/French choreographer Emanuel Gat. Parallel to her dance career, Laura is pursuing studies in Design Arts at Concordia University.


Anne-Claire Vimal du Monteil

“Danseuses de haut vol et profusion de tableaux-pépites, le Collectif La Tresse est indéniable- ment à suivre.”
Nayla Naoufal, Le Devoir

“Sans relâche, elles engagent l’entièreté de leurs corps dans une gestuelle très détaillée. Ce sont trois mèches qui s’entrelacent, tressant un tout indéfinissable.”
Juliette Marzano, Blogue Lèche -Vitrine

“...Toma, O’Loughlin and Boulet are grounded yet supernatural, individual yet mysteriously joined.”
Jillian Groening, The Dance Current


New creation coming soon


Choreographed by Geneviève Boulet, Erin O'Loughlin, and Laura Toma
Interpretation by Geneviève Boulet, Lindsey Mattheis, Erin O’Loughlin, AJ Parr, Shahar Sarit Sharashove, and Laura Toma

In A Walkabout, LA TRESSE re-envisions their work in an urban setting with a focus on encompassing and orchestrating a vast outdoor space. Maintaining the themes of desire, ritual and powerful representations of femininity, the pleasure-seeking creatures of their choreographic universe are thrust into a fresh light and forced to adapt to their new environment.

(2017) Springboard Danse Montréal
(2017) Festival Quartiers Danses


Choreographed and interpreted by
Geneviève Boulet, Erin O'Loughlin, and Laura Toma

BEAUTÉ BRUTE is a dance work supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts wherein three female creatures meet. The audience is invited into a dreamlike world where there exists a strong connection to desire, mysticism, and variations of self portrayal. The piece examines a common pulse between the dancers through the lens of femininity and sisterhood. While connecting to a deep sense of fantasy, each character embarks on a path towards feminine expression through a shared experience in ritual.

(2015) Festival Zone Homa, Montréal
(2015) Dance Matters Series, Toronto
(2016) Festival Vue Sur La Relève, Montréal
(2016) Festival OFFTA, Montréal
(2017) La Rotonde, Québec City


Choreographed and interpreted by
Geneviève Boulet, Erin O'Loughlin, and Laura Toma

Woven together in the image of a braid, the three members of LA TRESSE Collective focus their research on an unconventional femininity. In this second volume, LA TRESSE explores a feminine force through an intense and total physical presence. The women are lead to discover a sacred connection anchored in desire, ritual and devotion.

(2016) Galerie Arsenal , TD Mardis Culturels, Montréal
(2016) Festival Quartiers Danses, Montréal
(2017) Place des Arts, Espace Georges Émile Lapalme,
La Semaine de la Danse présentée par CCOV


Choreography by Roy Assaf
Interpretation by Geneviève Boulet

Roy Assaf and Geneviève Boulet met in the summer of 2014 at the Dance Biennial in Venice, Italy. After their encounter they felt a strong urge to collaborate once more. They did not want to let financial constraints or distance infringe on the very simple desire to collaborate and create with one another. This fuelled their desire to make possible, beyond these boundaries, the time and place to create a solo. A year later they met in Montreal to create A GIRL. The solo is the daughter of Girls, a 50 minute quintet. From a dance of five women on white linoleum comes a dance of one woman on a single meter, a runway on which she approaches and retreats repeatedly, revealing herself.

(2016) Springboard Danse Montréal


Festival Quartiers Danses

Roy Assaf + Collectif LA TRESSE + James Viveiros. September 10

Cinquième Salle de la Place des Arts, 10 September 2018 20:00

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