MIchael Montanaro is a transdisciplinary artist known for his work in the field of contemporary dance and mixed media. In 1985 he founded Montanaro Dance, developing a reputation for using cutting edge technology to create theatrical environments for his choreography. He has worked as a choreographer and director on numerous projects including the Cirque du Soleil’s “Varekai”, Opéra de Montréal`s “Carmina Burana”, a theatrical work “Frankenstein’s Ghosts, and a series of short films “Dances For Small Spaces”. Michael has been chair of the Contemporary Dance, Concordia University for the past 15 years, is CoDirector of the Topological Media Lab and a founding member of Hexagram/ Institute for Research/Creation in Media Arts. He is currently overseeing the direction of “Einstein’s Dream” a largescale interactive installation and is also involved in the envisioning and design of numerous projects dedicated to evolving innovative ways in which technology is used to enhance live performance.

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