A graduate of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) School Professional and Aspirant Programs, as well as a participant in various contemporary programs by Springboard Danse Montréal, Nederland’s Dance Theatre, and DOCH’s Within Practice, Philippe Jacques works as a choreographer, dance educator, dancer, and coordinator.
As an independent choreographer, many of Jacques projects have been collaborative in nature. For example, July 2015 saw the premiere of Text Me at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival which was created with Beyond Borders ECPAT Canada, to bring attention to the resources provided by Beyond Borders to affected communities. More examples of such collaborations can be found on the choreography page.
As a commissioned choreographer of classical and contemporary dance, Jacques has created for all types of spaces and for all levels of “ability”. He has had the opportunity to work with the RWB, Ballet Victoria, and Sweden’s Teatre Interakt, but also has created for professional and competitive schools. He additionally has choreographed in commercial settings for music videos and events, such as the David Suzuki Blue Dot Tour, for singer Faouzia and for singer Don Amero. His work has been performed in Canada, Mexico, and Sweden.
As a teacher, Jacques has worked with professionals, aspiring professionals, competitive, recreational, and beginner dancers. Some of the courses he has taught fall within the realms of ballet, repertoire, contemporary, partnering, and jazz. While employed by the RWB School as Artistic Coordinator and Choreographer, he participated in the Teacher Training Program while also teaching in the Professional School and for the National community outreach initiative, Sharing Dance, which he also coordinated regionally. Jacques also teaches classes involving the embodiment of human rights concepts, created for Senator Marilou McPhedran’s university program, Adventures in Global Citizenship.
Jacques currently resides in Montréal, Canada, during the pandemic, where he teaches for Ballet Divertimento and Makam Danse while also creating online content for various companies and schools. He is comfortable working in English, French and Spanish.