Gaspard Louis (Founder & Artistic Director)

Was born and raised in Haiti. His experience includes being a dancer with the cutting-edge and internationally renowned Pilobolus Dance Theater. In addition to performing, touring, and teaching globally with Pilobolus, he collaborated on nine major dance works during this formative decade with the company. He has also choreographed for Freespace Dance Company in New Jersey and Kentucky University Dance Ensemble.

Currently, he directs The American Dance Festival’s year-round creative movement outreach program, which provides free dance classes to  Triangle youth.

He founded company Gaspard&Dancers, in order to create his own personal vision of dance in North Carolina.  The past couple of years he has created two works as part of planned trilogy about the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, which has personal resonance for him, as this is his country of origin.  With each of these works, he has explored themes of loss and aspiration on personal, communal, and national levels.  He has always sought to push the envelope technically and creatively in his choreography.  He hopes that his work engages the audience in a way that is emotional and visceral.