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, Annie Gagnon, Dany Desjardins, and Fleuve Espace Danse. She has been with the company Destins Croisées since 2009 performing more dans 300 shows across Canada, the United Sates, and Europe. Boulet has participated in a number of workshops including P.A.R.T.S., Compagnie Marie Chouinard, and the Batsheva Dance Company 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 in Montréal. She recently joined the Legacy Project under the direction of Margie Gillis 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 has danced for Davida Monk, Maya Lewandowsky, and Helen Husak and been supported by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts to attend several workshops abroad including ImPulsTanz (AT), the Gaga Intensive with the Batsheva Company (IL, USA) and Transformation Danse (CAN). In 2016, she spent several months in Mumbai, India working for Bollywood choreographer, Shiamak Davar. Based in Montreal, O’Loughlin works with Sinha Danse, Andrea Peña & Artists, and other freelance projects. In 2018, she was selected to participate in The Creative Gesture dance residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, collaborating and performing in a new work by Alan Lucien Øyen entitled The Hamlet Complex.


LAURA TOMA was born in Romania and raised in Canada, Laura is a graduate of the Laban Center in London, UK and The School of Dance in Ottawa. She has professional training in theatre as well as in latin and ballroom dance. Her professional development has included training at P.A.R.T.S. in Belgium and with the company Ate9 in Los Angeles. In August of 2012, Laura graduated from the first official Gaga Teacher Training Program in Tel Aviv, Israel under the mentorship of Ohad Naharin and is the first certified Gaga teacher in Canada. She has taught for Compagnie Marie Chouinard, the RQD, l’ÉDCMTL, and L’École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec, among others. Laura has been a part of Andrea Peña and Artists since 2014. In June of 2016 she performed at the Venice Biennale of Dance for Israeli/French choreographer Emanuel Gat.


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


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

Created in the mystical landscapes of Ireland, L’Encre Noire – the first full-length piece from LA TRESSE – draws on the Romanian,Quebecois and Irish roots of the three dancer/choreographers. It is a timeless journey, a series of rituals inherited from their cultural origins that combine folklore, fantasy and the sacred. Engaging in a full-bodied expression the performers experience release in the ecstasy of repetition and rhythm.

(2019) Agora de la Danse, Montreal


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



November 13-14-15, 2019 – 7 P.M.

November 16, 2019 – 4 P.M.


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LA TRESSE weekend in Calgary

Show: Saturday, March 2

VOLUME II & A GIRL (Roy Assaf)

Class: Sunday, March 3


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The Collective is returning as Resident Choreographers to create a new piece with selected dancers in the program.

The Dance Current

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