Sylvie Bouchard is originally from Montréal and began her training there before moving to Toronto in 1983, to study at the School of The Toronto Dance Theatre. She subsequently joined Toronto Dance Theatre in 1985 and performed nationally and internationally with them for five years. Bouchard has also performed with Kaeja d’Dance, Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers and Dancemakers and continues to work for many independent choreographers including Susie Burpee, Roger Sinha, Denise Fujiwara, Marie-Josée Chartier and Sashar Zarif. She was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore award for best performance for her solo Cassiopeia, which premiered at the DuMaurier Theatre in 1999.
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 internationally in theatres and outdoor venues. She also co-choreographed and starred in the popular children’s TV Series Four-Square on Treehouse TV. In 1993, Bouchard created Dusk Dances, a festival presenting dance in public parks. Dusk Dances grew under the artistic direction of Bouchard and Danzon and through CORPUS, until Bouchard became sole festival director in 2008.
As a performer and choreographer, Bouchard created La vie for dancer Mairéad Filgate which premiered at dance: made in Canada/fait au Canada in 2011; presented and performed Histoire d’amour (choreographed by Julia Aplin, Susie Burpee, Louis-Marin Charest, Denise Fujiwara and Sylvie Bouchard with Louis Laberge-Côté) as part of DanceWorks series in Toronto, in 2012; created L’envol and Petits rêves for the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, presented at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre, in Toronto, in 2012, 2013 and 2015; choreographed and performed in L’Implorante, created in collaboration with le Théâtre la Tangente, and presented in Toronto in 2012, and in Ottawa in 2013; and created L’éternel voyage, presented at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre, as part of Next Steps, alongside L’Implorante. As a performer, Sylvie Bouchard was recently seen as part of the cast of EUNOIA (choreographed by Denise Fujiwara) part of World Stage series at the Harbroufront Centre Theatre, in Toronto (2014), and on a Canadian tour (2016); she performed in femme assise, a solo work created by Marie-Josée Chartier in 1990, in Older & Reckless in 2013; and was part of the cast of Art of Peace, a multi-disciplinary performance created by Gerry Trentham and presented at Fort York, in Toronto, in 2016.
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