Gabrielle Martin and Jeremiah Hughes are co-founders of Ci Co. Both artists have a primary formation in dance with complementary specialties in aerial work and physical theatre. They started collaborating while performing as principal characters with Cirque du Soleil’s TORUK - The First Flight.
Ci Co offers visceral and dynamic dance-theatre, physically expressed on multiple planes. Our work explores the shadow side of our human experience, creating worlds of magic realism with strong audio-visual elements, and invented aerial apparatuses.
Gabrielle Martin is a director/choreographer, a contemporary dancer, and an aerial acrobat who has performed over 1,300 shows internationally. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, she studied somatic movement and contact improvisation, and performed fire manipulation and stilt walking before obtaining her Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University (Montreal, 2009). While in Montreal, Gabrielle independently studied aerial arts such as aerial silks and rope. In 2010, she received a Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec Research and Creation in Dance grant for her choreography, Infractions, and from 2009-2011, she toured this as well as her other works at the following Canadian festivals: Vancouver International Dance Festival (Vancouver, Canada, 2009), Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival (Guelph, Canada, 2010 & 2011), and ROMP! A Festival of Independent Dance (Victoria, Canada, 2011).
From 2011-2015, Gabrielle toured full time with Cavalia, performing aerial rope, bungee trapeze, bungee dance and harness dance numbers. In 2015, she began working with Cirque du Soleil as part of the creation of TORUK - The First Flight. She toured with this show until it closed in 2019, during which time she was the principal female character, Tsyal, and performed a solo aerial silks number. In 2018, Gabrielle co-founded the aerial dance-theatre company, Ci and directed it’s first show, Limb(e)s with the support of a Canada Council for the Arts Explore and Create grant, creative collaborators, and residencies at Cirkör LAB (SE), L’Espace Catastrophe (BE), and Le Centre de Création (FR). In 2019, she presented Limb(e)s at Montréal Complètement Cirque (CA), La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines (CA), and Assembly Festival at Edinburgh Festival Fringe (UK). Gabrielle recently completed a certificate in Circus Dramaturgy at the Centre National des Arts du Cirque (France, 2020).
Jeremiah Hughes began his training in competitive dance at the prestigious Canadian Dance Company (Toronto). After a decade of competing internationally and representing Canada on the world stage, he enrolled in the interdisciplinary Randolph College for the Performing Arts in Toronto where he expanded his craft with acting, singing, and stage combat. After touring with dance conventions, eventually being a featured soloist on So You Think You Can Dance and So You Think You Can Dance Canada, he went on to acquire a rare internship at the Broadway Dance Center in NYC. Jeremiah has had the honor of performing with artists such as Bruno Mars, Meatloaf, and Taylor Swift. During his career, he also had the honor of performing in many large-scale shows, such as PEEPSHOW, JUBILEE!, Britain’s Got Talent, Franco Dragone’s LE REVE, as well as Cirque du Soleil’s Viva ELVIS. From 2015-2019, he toured as the lead male role of Ralu in Cirque Du Soleil’s TORUK - The First Flight, where he served as the show’s original Dance Captain. When not on stage Jeremiah has found great success in choreographing and directing for such major events as Broadway Bares and the CISCO Partners Global Gala. Recently, he co-founded Ci Co and worked as a choreographer, aerial dancer, and lighting designer in the company’s first work, Limb(e)s. In 2019 he presented this show at Montréal Complètement Cirque (CA), La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines (CA), and Assembly Festival at Edinburgh Festival Fringe (UK). Jeremiah is a highly dynamic mover with a diverse profile, who places great importance on storytelling in his craft.