Lina Cruz - Fila 13 Productions



Fila 13

About the work - Always evolving on the margins of mainstream dance, the work of Fila 13 Productions aims at maintaining a strong link between freely associating images and hyper stylized bodywork. Through imaginative choreographies and a detailed body language, its productions convey a surreal landscape in which intriguing codes of expression and movement quality design on stage an appealing fusion of styles. The dance is eloquent, characterized by an intricate articulation of the body, traveling sharply and fluidly through the body parts.

Montreal choreographer Lina Cruz - With a background in classical ballet as much as in modern and contemporary styles, Lina Cruz also takes interest in martial arts and various forms of stage expression. What she delivers is a versatile and theatrical dance, creating works with a very personal signature, considered different, inventive and, as a journalist once said, unclassifiable.

Parallel to her work with Fila 13, Lina Cruz also collaborates with theatre and opera projects, including productions with the Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal and Chants Libres, contemporary opera company directed by Pauline Vaillancourt. Through these projects, Cruz further nourishes her interest in actively integrating music/voice to movement.

Working with musicians - Before founding the company, Lina Cruz created various works which she performed mostly herself as solos. In the fall of 2000, the Canadian Electronic Ensemble, a Toronto music group directed by Jim Montgomery, commissioned her to choreograph two solos to be performed in concert with the musicians. This experience was a determining factor for Cruz's following creations which since then have often been works with live music on stage.

Founding the company - After 15 years as an independent choreographer, Lina Cruz founded the company, Fila 13 Productions on August 13, 2003. Its mission statement is to support the artistic vision of the choreographer and the creation and production of dance and/or music performances. The company encourages the artistic exchange between artists of various disciplines, thus promoting research and artistic renewal in the creation of modern works of dance.

Dora Awards - Fila 13 and Cruz's work have been warmly celebrated in Toronto, where Lina and her collaborators have been recipients and nominees of the the Dora Mavor Moore Awards on several occasions and in different categories. More info

Catherine Larocque and Danielle Davidson in Imaginarium, don't feed the animals!
Photo : Alexandre Frenette

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What does Fila 13 mean? The name of the company makes allusion to the thirteenth aisle or row of seats in a theatre. Fila, in Spanish, literally means row.