Sylvie Bouchard

Curator and Festival Director


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 (, a Company that serves as an umbrella for Ms. Bouchard’s artistic endeavors.



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Caroline Caire

Manager of Producing and Administration


Caroline Caire is a performing arts manager who has worked for different organizations since 2010 in France, Canada and Switzerland. While she was studying arts management in Toulouse Business School in France, she worked with Théâtre Dijon Bourgogne (a French national drama centre) and Théâtre Odyssud, where she first learned about show production, administration, festivals coordination and communication.

She first came to Canada volunteering for various festivals in Montréal, and ended up working as a programming and production coordinator for Zoofest, as well as a project manager at Bite Size Entertainment managing the creative process of promotional campaigns for Juste pour rire, Just For Laughs and Zoofest. Constantly attracted to performing arts of all forms, she was always collaborating with theatre artists, humorists, musicians, circus artists and dancers. She spent the last year in Geneva as an administration and production coordinator for Tutu Production, working closely with Swiss contemporary choreographers and directors such as Marco Berrettini, Marie-Caroline Hominal and Christian Geffroy Schlittler, where she really discovered the joy of collaborating with passionate artists on dance projects.

She is now settled permanently in Toronto, under contract with Dance Umbrella of Ontario as a Manager of Producing and Administration, and is really excited to be on board for this 2016 edition of Dusk Dances!




StÉphanie Aranda



Stephanie Aranda is a creative, driven and enthusiastic Communications and Marketing professional with a focus on arts, culture and community engagement. A graduate of York University, Stephanie has worked with some of the most influential community-engaged arts organizations in the city of Toronto, including: North York Arts, ArtReach Toronto and VIBE Arts. Over the course of her professional career, Stephanie has led some dynamic cultural projects, most notably developing the marketing plan and building the creative materials for Welcome 41, a series of murals created by youth across Ontario which were displayed throughout the TTC system welcoming the international athletes of the Pan Am Games. Stephanie is a foodie, loves taking photographs and is always up for a travel adventure.

The Dance Umbrella of Ontario (DUO) provides administrative and management services to Ontario’s dance enterprises.




MikaËl Lavogiez

Website & Design Administrator


Mikael Lavogiez is a web designer, photographer and videographer. A native of Strasbourg, France, he completed a degree in geography, but soon changed course and decided to invest his passion for photography and design within the arts and culture sector.

It was in Brussels in 2001 that Mikael met Pierre Diependaele and Louis Ziegler, artistic directors of Theatre du Marché aux Grains. With the group, Mikael worked as a technician and also created videographic imagery for such productions as Troilus et CressidaCassandre and Le Jour des Meurtres dans l’histoire d’Hamlet. He also delved into audiovisual production and created the association Procreaction, dedicated to recording and editing concerts and plays, as well as producing documentaries and short films.

After multiple trips to Asia, the USA and Europe, Mikael decided to continue his artistic adventure in Canada. In 2008, he packed his bags and moved to Toronto where he quickly connected with local artists, choreographers and directors. After undertaking many roles within several artistic companies in Toronto, he created his own company, iSpin Media, in 2009 offering graphic design, web-design, photo/video and public relations services.




Esther Vincent

Production Manager


Esther Vincent has worked in theatre and performance for over 25 years doing everything from acting and directing to stage and production management, set and lighting design and technical direction.

As a stage and production manager Esther has overseen countless performances from two-handers in 40 seat theatres to mid-sized productions with large casts. She has toured shows in Canada and the US. Most recently she worked with New Stages on their production “Between the Sheets” in Peterborough, Old Men Dancing at the Registry Theatre in Kitchener, Mysterious Entity for “Beside Herself” and Spiderwoman Theater touring their show, “Red Mother” to Boise, Idaho. She has also worked with Public Energy, The Ode’min Giizis Festival, Indigenous Performance Initiatives at Trent University, Red Sky Performance, the Market Hall, Arbor Theatre and The City of Peterborough among others.

She is thrilled to be spending her second summer as Dusk Dances touring Production Manager.




Laura Cournoyea

Stage Manager


Laura Cournoyea is a freelance stage and production manager, living and working in Toronto. Summer 2014 will be her third season with Dusk Dances. Recent credits include: Stage Manager for Around (Dancemakers), Land of F*** (The Dietrich Group), Petites Danses (Chartier Danse), Whirl, The Dance Cabaret (Soulpepper Theatre), The Speedy & The Tin Drum (UnSpun Theatre), Evoque (COBA), Beat + Intentions & Awake (Expect Theatre), Bullet For Adolf (Woody Harrleson/Children At Play), VoiceBox (urbanvessel), Back to X (Larchaud Dance), Cabaret (Adam Brazier/Hart House Theatre), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Canadian Tour 2011).




Dimitra Chronopoulos

Volunteer Coordinator


Dimitra Chronopoulos enjoys working with others to create value and beauty, in objects or experiences. As a freelance editor, she contributes to the production of everything from textbooks and teaching plans to websites and novels. Her clients include museums, non-profit organizations, and fellow editors. As a volunteer teacher and program director at her church, she attempts to inform and inspire through actions as much as words. Her commitment to volunteering includes five years as a narrator and technician in the recording studio of the CNIB and two years as program chair of the Toronto branch of Editors Canada. She is currently studying event and meeting management at George Brown.

After discovering Dusk Dances last year (as a volunteer) she is thrilled to help make the magic happen this summer. She looks forward to shepherding volunteers with a smile.






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