Sylvie Bouchard

Festival Director and Curator


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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Michael Caldwell

Festival Producer and Guest Curator, Withrow Park


Michael Caldwell is a Toronto-based choreographer, performer, curator, and arts advocate.  An 'intense dynamo on stage' (Scene4) with 'exceptional interpretive skills' (Globe & Mail), Caldwell has performed/collaborated with over 50 of Canada's esteemed dance creators/companies, including Peggy Baker, Sylvie Bouchard, Emmanuel Jouthe, James Kudelka, Laurence Lemieux, Tedd Robinson, Santee Smith, Heidi Strauss, and William Yong, among others, and has worked internationally with Antony Hamilton (Australia), Tomeo Vergés (France), and Sacha Steenks (Netherlands).  He has performed across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.  His performances have earned him two (2) Dora Mavor Moore Awards for outstanding performance in dance.

Caldwell’s more recent choreographic work explores the intersection of movement, sound, and visual art in contemporary performance.  Caldwell is quickly garnering critical acclaim for his 'daring and powerful' (Bateman Reviews) choreography.  His work has been commissioned/presented at Citadel + Compagnie’s Bright Nights, dance: made in Canada, Dusk Dances, the CanAsian Dance Festival, Dance Matters, Series 8:08 (resident artist), Porch View Dances, Nuit Blanche, Nuit Rose, and the Toronto Fringe Festival.  Caldwell is a two-time K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation Artist Award finalist.

In his current role as artistic producer for the Fall for Dance North Festival and co-curator for Kaeja d’Dance’s ‘Wind Down Dance’ and his previous work as producer/guest curator with Older & Reckless, Caldwell seeks to contribute to Canada’s cultural landscape with curated dance programming of the highest artistic quality.  Caldwell is the festival producer for Dusk Dances and guest curator for the Withrow Park 2018 season.

With a bachelor’s degree in film/art history from Syracuse University, Caldwell sits on the artistic advisory committee at Dancemakers, and the board of directors at the Dancer Transition Resource Centre.

(Headshot photo by Zhenya Cerneacov)




Miranda Forbes

Administrative Manager


Miranda Forbes is an arts manager with a strong connection to the Toronto dance community. She graduated with honours from the Arts Administration and Cultural Management Program through Humber College and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Performance Dance from Ryerson University. She has been fortunate to provide administrative support for GMD: Great Moving Dancers, Dance Gods: A New York Memoir (Kenny Pearl), MOonhORsE Dance Theatre (Claudia Moore), and work as the Executive Director of the Mississauga Children’s Choir. She is currently working as the Manager of Producing and Administration at the Dance Umbrella of Ontario.

Miranda joins the 2018 Dusk Dances team as part of our services agreement with the Dance Umbrella of Ontario (DUO), which provides administrative and management services to Ontario’s dance enterprises.




Adina Herling

financial Manager


Adina Herling began her career in Arts Management after receiving a Diploma in Dance from Ryerson University and a Bachelor of Arts in Dance at the University of Calgary. After working with a number of arts organizations including Alberta Ballet School, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, Genovese Vanderhoof and Associates, and Dance Umbrella of Ontario, she founded Adina Herling Arts Management in 2002, with the mission of providing full and dedicated management services to small-scale dance organizations.

She currently works as General Manager for CanAsian Dance, Fujiwara Dance Inventions, Tribal Crackling Wind, Dreamwalker Dance Company and Moonhorse Dance Theatre, and as Financial Administrator for BoucharDanse, Dusk Dances and pounds per square inch performance. Past clients include Eve Egoyan, princess productions, adelheid dance projects, M-DO, Toronto Table Ensemble and Company Erasga Dance (Vancouver).




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 Lavogiez met Pierre Diependaele and Louis Ziegler, artistic directors of Theatre du Marché aux Grains. With the group, he 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, Lavogiez 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.




Sachi Otsuka

Administrative assistant


Sachi Otsuka is an energetic business management professional, with expertise in project management and marketing strategy development. Otsuka has been a performing arts enthusiast since her first experience with musical theatre in her late teens; consequently, she holds a B.A. in Theatre Studies from Osaka University.

After working in brand management, focusing on business planning and audience analysis, in a global consumer goods company, her passion for the arts and theatre have led her to move to Toronto to study Arts Administration and Event Marketing. Otsuka has immersed herself in Toronto’s arts and culture sector, by volunteering with SummerWorks and Canadian Stage. She is also a world traveller who has visited numerous countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.

Actively being involved in the arts and entertainment scene, Otsuka aspires to bring unforgettable life-changing experience to people.




Ashley Belmer



Ashley Belmer has worked in communications, graphic design, marketing, events, and development in both English and French within the non-profit arts and culture community for over a decade.

From 2008 - 2013, she worked as the Marketing, Development and PR Director of Black Theatre Workshop in Montreal. In 2013, Belmer worked as the Marketing Manager for Just For Laughs, and in 2014 – 2016 she worked at FLIP Publicity in Toronto as a senior level Publicist, and did the PR for Luminato, Panamania, Cirque Du Soleil, Ross Petty, Cavalia, Factory Theatre, Dancemakers, Tapestry Opera and many more. Belmer also worked as a senior level publicist for RedEye Media, and most recently worked on Company Theatre, the Toronto Fringe Festival, Summerworks Festival, Canadian Stage and Crows Theatre. She also was the publicist for both Midnight Madness and Wavelengths at the Toronto International Film Festival 2017, and will return as a senior publicist for the Festival this fall.

In 2017, Belmer started her own PR and Graphic design company, B-Rebel Communications, with a focus on arts and culture in Toronto and Montreal. Since its inception, she has worked on the European Union Film Festival, Bouchardanse, Uncalled For, Hot Docs, Spectrum Music, One Little Goat Theatre, Porch View Dances, the Toronto Fringe Festival, and more.

Belmer has a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from Queen's University in Theatre, a Post-Graduate degree in PR from Humber College, and an intensive advanced certificate in Graphic and Web Design from Humber College.





Stephanie Aranda

Social Media Manager


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.

Stephanie joins the 2018 Dusk Dances team as part of our services agreement with the Dance Umbrella of Ontario (DUO), which provides administrative and management services to Ontario’s dance enterprises.




Juliana Feng

Social Media Assistant


Juliana Feng is a marketing and communications professional focused in the non-profit arts sector. She has been actively involved in a wide array of arts disciplines including her endeavours in the film industry having worked for the prestigious Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival and AluCine Latin Film+Media Arts Festival.

She holds a B.A. Honours in Arts Management at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) having worked for many years at UTSC’s Arts & Events Programming office to deliver administrative and events planning support for various artist talks, exhibitions, theatre shows, concerts and academic initiatives. Her interest in the cultural field has allowed her to further take part in ARTSIDEOUT, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Gallery 1265 and Roseneath Theatre. As a passionate arts advocate, Feng strives to engage the public through arts-making and encourages people in all walks of life to participate in the discussion, dissemination and creative exposure. She currently sits on the Board of Directors at Scarborough Arts and works as the Communications Assistant at the Dance Umbrella of Ontario.

Juliana joins the 2018 Dusk Dances team as part of our services agreement with the Dance Umbrella of Ontario (DUO), which provides administrative and management services to Ontario’s dance enterprises.




Fraser MacKinnon

Production Manager


Fraser MacKinnon works, lives, and plays in Ottawa as Technical Director with Ottawa Dance Directive and an independent lighting designer. A twelve-year veteran of the Ottawa Fringe he was awarded the Ron Ward Technician of the Year Award in 2010 and the Sean Sauvé Spirit of the Fringe Award in 2015. Recent design credits include: 13 Tableaux Of A Precarious Worker (Negative Theatre), ODD is ON (Yvonne Coutts), Inside Out (Chelsea Passmore & Allison Burns), Essays (Sylvie Desrosiers TSOD), Blessed Unrest (Monica Shah), Solos (Sylvie Desrosiers TSOD), 4x4 (Cathy Kyle Fenton), Curve (Yvonne Coutts), Georgie (Harold Rhéaume), Fever (Harold Rhéaume), Dark Horse Dance Projects (Various Choreographers), Drunk on Fiction (Riley Sims), Diptych for a quartet and soloist (Marie-Josee Chartier). MacKinnon has performed with Ottawa Dance Directive in ODD is OFF (choreo. Marilou Lepine) and with the University of Ottawa’s Drama Guild in Red Noses (dir. Lib Spry) and has directed shows such as Sans Sense featuring various writers, Reasons to be Pretty by Neil LaBute, Requiem for August, and (Oh Nest) Honest Insanity by Helen Posno.




Melanie Hall

Stage Manager


Melanie is a Toronto-based stage manager and works regularly in both English and French. She graduated with honours from the Ryerson Theatre School’s Performance Production program and completed a stage management short course at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Most recently, Hall completed her fifth season at Théâtre français de Toronto where she is a surtitle producer and operator as well as a stage manager. In addition to her experience in theatre, dance, and opera, Hall was on the stage management teams for the ceremonies at the 2017 Invictus Games and the 2015 PanAm and ParapanAm Games.






Laura Cournoyea

Stage Manager


Laura Cournoyea is a Toronto-based arts manager, educator, and administrator who has worked in her field for almost a decade. She splits her time between dance, theatre and event management. She has recently worked with Canadian Stage, Toronto Dance Theatre, Ontario Dances, Danceworks, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, adelheid, inDANCE, Julia Aplin, The Dietrich Group, Bouchardanse, Jess Dobkin, urbanvessel, and the 2015 Pan Am Arts Relay. She has spent the past six (6) summers touring with Dusk Dances as their Company Stage Manager. As well, Cournoyea is the Arts Education Manager and Administrator for Yvonne Ng's tiger princess dance projects. She was trained at York University’s Theatre Department, earning a Specialized B.F.A. in Theatre Design and Production.




Dimitra Chronopoulos

Volunteer Coordinator


Dimitra Chronopoulos enjoys working with others to create value and beauty, in objects and 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. Chronopoulos is excited to be back with Dusk Dances for a third summer.






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