Festival Director: Sylvie Bouchard

 

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 The Toronto Dance Theatre in 1985 and performed nationally and internationally with them for 5 years. Sylvie 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, Sylvie Bouchard formed the company CORPUS with artistic partner David Danzon. Until 2008, she co-created and performed in 8 works through CORPUS, touring nationally internationally in theatres, as well as 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 that presents dance in public parks. Dusk Dances then grew under the artistic direction of Bouchard and Danzon and through the Company CORPUS, until Bouchard was appointed sole festival director in 2008.

As an interpreter and choreographer Bouchard most recently created La vie for Mairéad Filgate which premiered at Dance: made in Canada / fait au Canada in 2011; presented and performed in Histoire d’amour (choreographed by Susie Burpee, Denise Fujiwara, Louis-Martin Charest and Sylvie Bouchard / Louis Laberge-Côté) as part of Danceworks Series in Toronto in 2012; created L’envol for The Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre which premiered at the Fleck in Toronto in 2012; and choreographed and performed in L’Implorante, created with Le Théâtre La Tangente in 2012. As a performer, Bouchard was most recently part of the cast of Eunoia (choreographed by Denise Fujiwara) as part of Word Stage in Toronto, and performed femme assise, a solo work created by Marie-Josée Chartier, in Older & Reckless in Toronto in 2013. Ms. Bouchard is the recipient of the 2009 KM hunter award for artists in dance, and is the Artistic Director of BoucharDanse (www.bouchardanse.com), a Company that serves as an umbrella for Ms. Bouchard’s artistic endeavors.

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