Staff

 

Sylvie Bouchard

Festival Director and Curator

 

Sylvie Bouchard is originally from Montréal and began her training there 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, Trish Beatty, David Earle and Christopher House. Bouchard has also performed with Fujiwara Dance Inventions, Kaeja d'Dance, Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers and Dancemakers and has had the pleasure to work for many choreographers including: Tedd Robinson, Denise Fujiwara, Susie Burpee, Roger Sinha, Peggy Baker, Serge Bennathan, Marie-Josée Chartier, Louis-Martin Charest, 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 - Feet in the Air, Head on the Ground; A Flock of Flyers; Carousel; Rendez-vous; Les moutons; Nuit Blanche; Peep Show; Two is Company - touring nationally and internationally in theatre venues, outdoor venues and in schools through Prologue for the Performing Arts. 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, a festival that presents 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. Throughout her artistic career, Sylvie Bouchard has continued to forge original concepts in both the creation and the presentation of dance. In 2009, she formed BoucharDanse, a company that serves as an umbrella for her artistic endeavours.

As a performer outside of BoucharDanse, Sylvie Bouchard was recently part of the cast of Moving parts (choreographed by Denise Fujiwara), presented in DanceWorks’ special 40th anniversary program in November 2017. Bouchard was also part of the cast of Eunoia (choreographed by Denise Fujiwara), which premiered at World Stage, Harbourfront Centre, in 2014. Bouchard toured with Eunoia in the fall of 2015 (St. John's, Calgary, Whitehorse, Halifax, and Toronto), and will be touring the work again in the spring of 2019. In 2013, Bouchard performed femme assise, a solo created by Marie-Josée Chartier, in Older & Reckless. She was part of the cast of Apocalypsis, a Luminato production directed by Lemi Ponifasio, which premiered at the Bluma Appel Theatre in June 2015. Bouchard also performed in The Art of Peace, created by Gerry Trentham, which premiered at Fort York in November 2015, and in Trees (from the series The Bush), also created by Trentham, which premiered in October 2018. Bouchard is the recipient of the 2009 K.M. Hunter Artist Award for dance. She is also a trained psychotherapist, involved in the psychotherapeutic community.

For further information, please visit www.bouchardanse.com

(Headshot photo by John Lauener)

 

 

 

Marketa Tokova

Head Administrator

 

Head administrator Marketa Tokova began working for Dusk Dances in January 2019. She comes from the Czech Republic where she graduated in International Business at the University of Economics in Prague. Ms. Tokova has gained extensive experience working with not-for-profit organizations in the Czech Republic, Belgium and Canada, focusing on not-for-profit administration and management, events organization, and financial management.

During her studies, Tokova was actively involved in a student not-for-profit organization supporting international student exchange in Europe and beyond, called Erasmus Student Network. She joined its Board in 2007 and represented the Czech branch at the international level, being responsible for the network development and international cooperation and partnerships.

From 2008 to 2010, Tokova served on the international Board of Erasmus Student Network in Brussels – she was elected Vice-President for the period of 2008-2009 and President for 2009-2010. Marketa Tokova was responsible for the management of the organization, strategic planning, relationships with governmental, public and private partners and sponsors, and special projects, such as fundraising campaign for Unicef in 2010 that raised approx. $150,000 CAD; an extensive research of problems of recognition of credits received during an international study exchange or ExchangeAbility – a project analyzing the accessibility of international student exchange to students with disabilities.

From 2010 to January 2017, Marketa Tokova worked as a Human Resource Professional for Jan Becher – Pernod Ricard, an international producer and distributor of wine and spirits. In her role, she was responsible for many socially-focused and outreach activities of the company, as well as managed an EU-funded project developing the skills and expertise of factory workers of the company.

After coming to Canada in February 2017, Tokova worked for a production of Cirque de Soleil in an administrative role. In September 2018, she joined the Ekran Polish Film Association as Administrative Manager and organized and coordinated the last two editions of the Toronto Polish Film Festival in 2017 and 2018, with an average attendance of 3,000 people. Marketa Tokova also supported the creation and development of the new Board of Directors and assisted with the charitable application. Additionally, she was responsible for the relations with governmental and private institutions, other festivals and film organizations in Toronto.

In December 2018, Tokova started working for BoucharDanse and in January 2019, for Dusk Dances, as Head Administrator, closely collaborating with Sylvie Bouchard and helping her to realize her artistic vision.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Nina Gilmour

Social Media Consultant

 

Nina Gilmour is thrilled to be working with Dusk Dances this year in a new capacity. She has been social media consultant for Juniper Island Productions, Theatre Smith-Gilmour, and Diaspora Dialogues Charitable Society over the last few years. She is very excited about DD’s 25th anniversary and the incredible programming this season will bring.

 

 

 

 

 

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

Publicist

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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