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 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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Michael Caldwell

Guest Curator Withrow Park 2018 and 2018 Festival Producer


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

With a bachelor’s degree in film/art history from Syracuse University, Caldwell sits on the artistic advisory committee at Dancemakers.



Sachi Otsuka

Administrative assistant


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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.

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

Interim 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 she has overseen countless performances and tours in Canada and the US. She has worked with 4th Line Theatre, Public Energy, New Stages, The Ode’min Giizis Festival, Indigenous Performance Initiatives at Trent University and Mysterious Entity in Peterborough and Firebrand Theatre, Old Men Dancing, Vaguardia and Spiderwoman Theater on tour among many others. She is thrilled to be spending her fifth summer as Dusk Dances touring Production Manager and is happy to be mentoring Fraser MacKinnon to take over the reins.

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Fraser MacKinnon

Interim Production Manager


Fraser MacKinnon is an ex-Scarberian independent artist and technical director living in Ottawa. Designing for companies such as Cartier Danse, The School of Dance, Dark Horse Dance Projects, Abalone Productions, Theatre of the Beat, Branch Out Theatre, Amelia Griffin, Monstrous Nights Theatre, and Red Collective. When he isn’t binge watching The Real Ghostbusters- again, he sometimes he gets to work in a studio and directs plays like these ones: “Sans Sense: A Collection of Shorter Works” (We Art), “Requiem for August” & “(oh nest) Honest Insanity” (There Was A Chair), and “Reasons to be Pretty” & “Spanish Fly” (Red. Collective). Still, stranger things are the days Fraser performs like he did in “ODD is OFF” presented by Ottawa Dance Directive and Canada Dance Festival. Continually, Fraser works as Technical Director for Ottawa Dance Directive with a summer highlight being a sole venue tech/p.t. DJ for the Ottawa Fringe Festival (2016 was 45 shows in ten days). In 2015 Fraser was given the Shaun Sauvé Spirit of the Fringe Award and the Ron Ward Technician of the Year Award in 2010 from the Ottawa Fringe Festival. This is Fraser’s fifth year working with Dusk Dances and he is thrilled to be back in Churanah working with them.




Laura Cournoyea

Stage Manager


Laura Cournoyea is a Toronto-based arts manager and administrator. She splits her time between dance, theatre and event management. Ms. Cournoyea has recently worked with Jess Dobkin, adelheid, The Dietrich Group, TOES for Dance, Bouchardanse, inDANCE, Dancemakers, Chartier Danse, Soulpepper Theatre, UnSpun Theatre, COBA, Expect Theatre, urbanvessel, and the 2015 Pan Am Arts Relay. This will be Laura's 6th year with Dusk Dances as their Company Stage Manager. As well, Laura works as the Arts Education Manager for tiger princess dance projects.




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 completing a stint as a community animator at the Centre for Social Innovation in Toronto. Dimitra is excited to be back with Dusk Dances for a second summer.







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