Michael Montanaro is a trans-disciplinary artist who is best known for his work in the field of contemporary dance and mixed media. A graduate of the Hartford Conservatory, he has performed with the Boston Ballet, Les Grands Ballet Canadiens and Le Groupe de la Place Royale where he also served for 5 years as co-artistic director. In 1985 he founded Montanaro Dance, developing a reputation for using cutting edge technology to create theatrical environments for his choreography. Over its ten-year history Montanaro Dance toured both nationally and internationally.
Since 1996 Michael has worked as a choreographer, director and collaborator on numerous projects including the Cirque du Soleil’s “Varekai”, Opéra de Montréal`s multi-media version of “Carmina Burana”, the documentary “Montanaro In Time”, a full length theatrical work “Frankenstein’s Ghosts, and a series of short films entitled “Dances for Small Spaces”. In 2011 Michael was invited by the Centre for Music Studies at Cambridge University as guest lecturer and also spent two separate periods of time at the University of Chicago as a visiting artist.
A Full Professor, Michael was Chair of the Department of Contemporary Dance from 1999 through 2014. As Director of the Topological Media Lab, Michael he is deeply involved in working with many undergraduate, graduate students and artists in the conception, development, creative direction and realization of many of the labs diverse research streams.
Dedicated to the envisioning, design and creation of projects focused on evolving innovative ways in which new technologies are used to enhance the first person experience within responsive environments, Michael is currently the; principal investigator and director of “InTime”- an FQRSC funded research creation project, focused on building a large scale interactive installation dealing with the perception of time; a conceptual collaborator and mise en scène for “Practices of Everyday Life |Cooking” , an electroacoustic composition / performance piece based on the sonified preparation of a meal by a professional chef/dancer; a collaborator on“Little Burgundy Narratives” funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant ; Arts and Ideas in Motion and the Solar Decathalon China, two projects with Professor Michael Jemtrud and the members of FARMM Lab, McGill University.