Dusk Dances 2020 choreographers



Julia Aplin



Julia Aplin has been dancing and creating dances for as long as she can remember. She has performed around the world with Dancemakers and has created dances for theatres, rivers and cyberspace. She continues to explore her fascination with the human body in motion through dance, healing and teaching.

www.juliaaplin.com / www.upwardspiral.me






Carmen Romero



Carmen Romero is an established flamenco dance artist with over forty years of experience in performance, educating, production and adjudicating in dance for all levels of government arts councils. As a dancer she has an innate ability for improvisation in the flamenco form that few can attest to; pushing the edge with confidence in her craft. Creation and choreography are an integral part of Carmen Romero’s exploration of the mind, body and spirit in space and time. She earned a Dora Nomination in 2003 for Best Choreography for her production CARMEN COMPLEX. In 2017, her next major production won the Dora Award for Best Sound Design in dance where she collaborated with Musical director Benjamin Barrile to create the sound environment for JACINTO that premiered as part of the Theatre Centre’s Dance Card Series in Toronto.

Carmen Romero is an artist who fosters relationships with audiences, students and fellow colleagues through the art of flamenco. She has performed at every flamenco festival across Canada building a network of national artists and fostering relationships that go beyond the flamenco community. She is the Artistic Director of Compañía Carmen Romero and the School of Flamenco Dance Arts, based in Toronto, Canada, founded in 1992.

Carmen Romero is a recipient of the Chalmers Award and the K.M Hunter Emerging Artists Award. She was also nominated for Muriel Sherrin Award for International Achievement in Dance, administered from the Toronto Arts Foundation in 2013. Highlights of Carmen Romero’s career include coaching Latin pop star Shakira in her 2010 Sale el Sol world tour.







Santee Smith



Santee is a multidisciplinary artist from the Kahnyen’kehàka Nation, Turtle Clan, Six Nations of the Grand River, Haldimand Treaty Territory, Ontario. Santee trained at Canada’s National Ballet School, completed Physical Education and Psychology degrees from McMaster University and a M.A. in Dance from York University. Santee premiered her debut work Kaha:wi - a family creation story, in 2004 and one year later founded Kaha:wi Dance Theatre which has grown into an internationally renowned company. Santee’s artistic work speaks about identity and Indigenous narratives. Her body of work includes 14 productions and numerous short works which tour nationally and internationally. Her commissions include choreography for the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company, North American Indigenous Games, among others. She is the recipient of the K.M. Hunter Award; Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award; John Hobday Award; Hamilton Music Award for Kaha:wi; Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Choreography in Dance for Susuriwka – willow bridge, REVEAL Indigenous Arts Award, and the inaugural Johanna Metcalf Prize for the Performing Arts. Her work Blood Tides received Outstanding Production and Outstanding Performance Ensemble in Dance at the 2019 Dora Mavor Moore Awards and 5 Dora Mavor Moore 2020 awards went to her production of The Mush Hole. Santee is a sought-after teacher and speaker on the performing arts and Indigenous performance and culture. Her life and works have been the topic of TV series and films and most recently on CBC Arts - The Move II. Santee is the Chancellor of McMaster University.







Gerry Trentham



lbs/sq” artistic director Gerry Trentham’s life-long dedication to the art of performance has led to the creation of more 40 works that garnered top ten lists and Dora Award nominations, internationally acclaimed performances in the works of many of Canada’s most renowned choreographers, most recently as cast/voice director in Denise Fujiwara's hit EUNOIA. He has directed, dramaturged, mentored and taught on four continents. His teaching focuses on the range and presence of the voice/body in performance, researched over almost a decade with Denise Fujiwara in their new frontier of performance training Butoh / Voice and over the past 22 years with internationally acclaimed core faculty of Canada’s National Voice Intensive, now the Moving Voice Institute. Gerry is excited to premiere this first chapter of Monument at Dusk Dances 2020, a film that bridges two larger works Art of Peace (part one): Invitation (2016) where it was first created and Art of Peace (part two): Arrivals that is co-visioned with Pounds associate artist director/dramaturge Diane Roberts.









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