Sylvie Bouchard is originally from Montréal where she began her training before moving to Toronto in 1983 to study at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She subsequently joined Toronto Dance Theatre in 1985 and performed nationally and internationally with them for five years in works by Peter Randazzo, Trich Beatty, David Earle and Christopher House. Bouchard has also performed with Fujiwara Dance Inventions, Kaeja d'Dance, Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers and Dancemakers and has worked for many choreographers including Tedd Robinson, Denise Fujiwara, Susie Burpee, Roger Sinha, Peggy Baker, Serge Bennathan, Marie-Josée Chartier, Gerry Trentham, Santee smith and Sashar Zarif.
In 1997, Bouchard formed the company CORPUS with artistic partner David Danzon. Until 2008, she co-created and performed in eight works through CORPUS, touring nationally and internationally in theatres, outdoor venues and in schools. She also co-choreographed and starred in the popular children’s TV Series Four-Square on Treehouse TV. In 1993, Sylvie Bouchard created Dusk Dances. Dusk Dances grew under the artistic direction of Bouchard and David Danzon and through CORPUS, until Bouchard became sole Festival Director in 2008.
In 2009, Bouchard formed BoucharDanse, a company that house her creation and production projects. Through BoucharDanse, she created La vie for Mairéad Filgate (Dance: made in Canada/fait au Canada & Dusk Dances); choreographed and performed in L’Implorante, created in collaboration with Théâtre la Tangente (Glendon College & Harbourfront Centre); created L’éternel voyage (Harbourfront Centre); created Cycle romantique (Glendon College); created L’envol and Petits rêves for Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (Harbourfront Centre); performed in Histoire d’amour, choreographed by Julia Aplin, Susie Burpee, Louis-Martin Charest, Denise Fujiwara and Louis-Laberge Côté (Harbourfront Centre).
Bouchard also performed femme assise, a solo created by Marie-Josée Chartier (Older & Reckless); was part of the cast of Apocalypsis, a Luminato Production directed by Lemi Bonifasio, (Bluma Appel Theatre); was part of the cast of Eunoia and Moving Parts, both choreographed by Denise Fujiwara (Harbourfront Centre); performed in Tedd Robinson’s Disconcertante and Susie Burpee’s This Time Past (presented by Cloud 9); and performed in Gerry Trentham’s Art of Peace (Fort York). Sylvie Bouchard is the recipient of the 2009 K.M. Hunter Artist Award for dance.
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(Headshot photo by John Lauener)