The Canadian-Swedish troupe Tentacle Tribe was born from the dynamic association between two creative artists, Emmanuelle Lê Phan and Elon Höglund. The pair founded the company in 2012 when they created the groundbreaking duet, Nobody Likes a Pixelated Squid, for the Cirque du Soleil, a work that toured internationally, appearing in more than 50 cities. This was followed by the dreamlike duet, Fractals of You, which incorporated video mapping projections imagined by artist Gene Pendon.
With Tentacle Tribe, the two choreographers brought their joint experience to the stage in a shift to a different kind of contemporary dance, derived from Hip-Hop concepts and integrating organic influences from earthly creatures. Currently in expansion, the company has transposed its intricate partnering format to group pieces that include Origami Mami and Threesixnine, as well as a full-length work for six dancers for the upcoming Danse Danse season.
Emmanuelle and Elon’s choreographies have also been adapted for the short films Elon & Emmanuelle, Vanishing Points, and Crack the Cypher, among others.