Core performers

Dusk Dances Core Performers are vital to the overall success of the festival. These dance artists have been closely involved with Dusk Dances over the years, and are intimately familiar with the unique nature of outdoor performance and community engagement and connection. They believe in the festival’s mandate and values, they know how it works, and they are eager to participate in the festival events and activities, year-after-year. When possible, Dusk Dances Inc. further supports the development of these Core Performers as choreographers, rehearsal directors, and curators, by offering mentorship and various other artistic opportunities.

 

Zhenya Cerneacov

 

Zhenya Cerneacov was born in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova. In 2006 Zhenya moved to Canada where he quickly became an active member of the contemporary dance scene broadening his horizons to include works in Contemporary, Bharatanatyam, Modern, Aboriginal Dance, Contemporary Ballet and Argentine Tango performing with companies including Danny Grossman Dance Company, Coleman&Lemieux Compagnie, Corpus Dance Projects, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Menaka Thakkar Dance Company, Chimera Project, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, Kaeja d’Dance and many more.

Zhenya is co-founder and co-choreographer for the “Throwdown Collective” with which he co-created three critically acclaimed commissions for Dusk Dances, and a stage piece presented at “dance: made in canada 2015” which won the Audience Choice Award and subsequently the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Original Choreography and 3 other nominations. In 2011 Zhenya co-founded “The School of Cadence Ballet” with partner Courtnae Bowman with whom he shares artistic direction.

For the past 10 years Zhenya has been a member of the core ensemble of Dusk Dances.

 

 

 

Molly Johnson

 

Born and raised on Cape Breton Island, Molly Johnson makes body-based performance projects and texts that investigate connection through the universal and familiar on themes of how to be. A Dora Award-winning dance artist, she has worked with such brilliant women as Nova Bhattacharya, Susie Burpee, Danièle Desnoyers, Marie France Forcier, Tina Fushell, Sabina Perry, Julia Sasso, and Heidi Strauss, and spent a decade plus of summers in the park with Dusk Dances, performing site-specific work across Ontario and beyond. Based in Toronto, Molly is co-artistic director of hub14 art + performance works and a freelance writer in the space between.

 

 

 

Kathleen Legassick

 

Kathleen Legassick is an independent dance artist, choreographer, and performer based out of Toronto, Ontario. She was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario where she trained for 15 years at the Canadian School of Dance. Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ryerson University’s Performance Dance Program.

She has worked with esteemed companies including;  ProArteDanza, Chartier Danse, Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, ACE Dance Theatre, Impromptu Movements and Toronto School of Circus Arts.  She has collaborated with many established choreographers including Louis Laberge-Côté, Bill Coleman, Marie-Josée Chartier, David Earle, Roberto Campanella, Robert Glumbek, Ryan Lee, Hanna Kiel, Colin Connor, Jesse Robb, Bonnie Kim, Mauro Astolfi and Jeff Dimitriou. Kathleen is thrilled to be involved with the 2017 Dusk Dances Festival as well as joining the company of BoucharDanse.

 

 

 

Jillian Peever

 

Jillian Peever is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and producer. In 2016 she received the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding performance in the solo show The Mystery of Mr. Leftovers, by Sharon B. Moore.

Her artistic development began with 6 cumulative years of professional training at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and the Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School. Continued artistic development has included mentorships under Peggy Baker, Sasha Ivanochko, Sharon B. Moore, and Gerry Trentham as well as workshops at home and abroad including Impulstanz, Vienna, and Transformation Danse, Montreal Peever dances in her own creations as well as for companies such as Fujiwara Dance Inventions, BoucharDanse, Dusk Dances, Signal Theatre, and Vazari Dance Projects.

Peever has been the recipient of grants and awards from Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, and Toronto Arts Council, and is a member of the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists.

www.jillianpeever.com

(Headshot photo by Marion Voysey)

 

 

 

Meredith Thompson

 

Meredith Thompson is a Toronto-based independent dance artist, originally from Huntsville, ON.  A dancer with the Danny Grossman Dance Company for several years, she has also worked with Dancetheatre David Earle on many occasions, as well as a variety of other choreographers and companies including Trish Beatty, Sylvie Bouchard/BoucharDanse, Michael Caldwell, Mairéad Filgate, Tina Fushell, Barbara Lindenberg, Yvonne Ng/Princess Productions, Santee Smith/Kaha:wi Dance Theatre and Lydia Wagerer, among others.

A core member of Dusk Dances, Meredith has been performing and touring with this popular outdoor dance festival, yearly, since 2007. Co-choreographic projects with fellow dancers Kate Franklin and Mairéad Filgate (respectively) have been presented as part of a number of festivals and events across Canada. Meredith also enjoys teaching and rehearsal directing and has worked extensively as a teaching artist with the Toronto District School Board, and is happy to be the Director of the Young Apprentice Program at Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre. Meredith is a graduate of York University’s Department of Fine Arts and Faculty of Education.

 

 

Brendan Wyatt

 

Brendan Wyatt is a Canadian dancer and choreographer who began his contemporary career working extensively with Zata Omm Dance Projects, The Chimera Project, Adelheid Dance Projects, Proarte Danza, The Dietrich Group, Sasha Ivanochko et cie, Karen Jamieson Dance, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, Bouchardanse and Chartier Danse amongst others.

He is a core member of Dreamwalker Dance Company, forming a distinct and expanding partnership with Artistic Director Andrea Nann. Together they have choreographed several works including 'Sleepless Night', a commission by the Glenn Gould Foundation and the Dora nominated 'Beside Each Other' set to the solo music of Gord Downie. Wyatt is a multi nominated and award receiving artist including 7 Dora Mavor Moore award nominations and is a two time recipient for outstanding performance in Dance both individually and as part of an ensemble.

Wyatt has acted and choreographed for film including starring in the tiff2014 world premiere of 'Father' by Jordan Tannahill, a music video for indie pop band XiuXiu and choreographing the finale sequence of 'Crazy House' by director Aaron Mirkin. In August 2015 he was seen performing in the epic production 'The Thirst for Love and Water' by Cinetic Creations commissioned by the 2015 Panamerican Games at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto. From 2016-2017 Wyatt was featured in highlighted repertoire including performances with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, 'The Whole Shebang' Ontario series and touring Canada with the outdoor summer dance festival Dusk Dances for his tenth season since 2004.

 

 

 

 

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