Originally from the Central African Republic, Ghislaine Doté grew up in Ivory Coast where she trained in Dance, Choral singing and Northern Shaolin Kung Fu. She moved to Montreal in 1997 where she completed a double BA in Contemporary Dance Creation and Performance. She went on to found her company, Virtu’O Danse, while performing for different companies. Her performance credits include Van Grimde Corps Secret, Flak, Sinha Danse, Cirque du Soleil, So you think you can Dance Canada. As a choreographer, she created Toronto’s critically acclaimed piece L’âmentation (2002) which also won her an award in Montreal. Performance (2004) and Mâle de femme (2006) were particularly appreciated by Montreal critics. Variations sur L’âmentation (2007), toured with the support of the Montreal Arts Council.
Ghislaine’s love for music and expression led her to Musical Theater.
In 2008, she was cast in Berger / Plamondon’s acclaimed musical Starmania and fell in love with Musical theater. She has since been involved in the Musical theater scene both as a performer and choreographer: On Second Avenue( Dora wasserman Yiddish theater),The Virgin Courtisan ( Mc Carthy/Thomson),Godspell ( comissioned by BCT), Forever Broadway (Lyric theater singers), Next to Normal ( comissioned by BCT)
Her latest work entitled Merry Age, is a combination of Musical Theater and Contemporary dance, and marks the beginning of a new tangente for her company.
A first version of Merry Age was presented at l’Agora de la danse in the 2012 winter season. While continuing to work on Merry Age, Ghislaine is pursuing a degree in Classical singing, Musical Theater and Composition. Ghislaine artistic work has been supported by the Canadian Arts council, as well as the Quebec arts council. Her work was rewarded with a nomination from The Black History Month, and the Gloria Mitchell-Aleong Award.