Dusk Dances 2020 performers



Julianne Blackbird



Julianne Blackbird is from the Mohawk Nation, Turtle Clan and resides at Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Julianne has been dancing since age 3, in all genres including Ballet, Pointe, Contemporary, Hip hop, Jazz, Lyrical, and Tap. Julianne danced in The Gift in Toronto, in 2014 for Mercedes Bernardez. She danced with Santee Smith at the opening ceremonies of the North American Indigenous Games, World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education closing ceremonies (2017), Indspire Awards (2018) and is a core member of The Mush Hole. Julianne appeared as an extra in the documentary Desert Between Us & Them: Raiders, Traitors, and Refugees in the War of 1812 (2013).





Justin Brown

Flamenco guitarist


Justin Brown has been playing guitar for 23 years, and was raised in a musical family, whose mother was the executive director of the International symphony orchestra in Sarnia, Ontario. Justin began his musical studies with classical guitarist Dino Molito from Sarnia who went on to create his own musical label in Los Angeles, California. Later Justin studied with Dr. John Higney, professor of music from University of Western, Ontario. He not only continued to develop Justin’s musical skills in classical guitar, yet also, changed the course of his artistic path, by introducing him to flamenco guitar music. In search of a more in-depth training in flamenco, Justin moved to Toronto, Ontario to study with internationally recognized flamenco artist Miguel de la Bastide. As well this led to Justin being invited in to accompany flamenco dance classes at Carmen Romero School of Flamenco Dance arts where he currently holds the position of resident guitarist. In the past seven years, Justin has been invited to play for the schools of Maria Serrano, Esmeralda Enrique, Arte Flamenco, as well as playing for collectives such as Triana project and is the resident guitarist for Tablao Flamenco, a local presentation venue in Toronto. Other than flamenco, Justin explores experimental electronic music with and without flamenco.





Michael Caldwell



Michael Caldwell is a choreographer, performer, curator, director, producer, and arts advocate, based in Toronto, Canada. Garnering critical acclaim, his choreography has been commissioned/presented throughout Canada at major festivals, in traditional venues and in site-responsive contexts. Caldwell's most recent choreographic work responds to the 'site' in as many ways as can be conceived, and subverts traditional modalities of viewing performance.  He will premiere a new web-based movement work online and a large-scale performance/sound work in Toronto's Year of Public Art in 2021, in addition to a new commissioned work for Toronto Dance Theatre. Caldwell is a two-time K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation Artist Award finalist.

An 'intense dynamo on stage' (Scene4) with 'exceptional interpretive skills' (Globe & Mail), Caldwell has performed/collaborated with over 50 of Canada's esteemed performance creators/companies, and has worked internationally, performing across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. His performances have earned him two (2) Dora Mavor Moore Awards for outstanding performance in dance.

Currently, Caldwell serves as Executive Producer for Fall for Dance North, an annual large-scale international dance festival in Toronto, and as Associate Artistic Director for Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal, a dance festival in rural Nova Scotia. He has previously served as a Guest Curator and Festival Producer for Dusk Dances, and also for Older & Reckless.

With a bachelor’s degree in film/art history from Syracuse University in upstate New York, and professional dance training at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Caldwell now sits on the board of directors at the Dancer Transition Resource Centre.





Patty Chan

Closing musical act


Erhu player Patty Chan is an innovative and sought-after instrumentalist, teaching artist and author. She is the Music Director of the Toronto Chinese Orchestra, and the Director of the Centre for Music Innovations. As a second-generation Chinese Canadian, it was music that helped her connect with her culture and shape her identity. She has extensive experience with traditional and contemporary Chinese-Canadian orchestral repertoire, connecting traditional Chinese instruments with Canadian composers, and developing cross-cultural music composition and performance. Ms. Chan has played erhu with many ensembles and organizations including the Toronto Chinese Orchestra, Strings of St. John’s, Red Snow Collective, Toronto Masque Theatre, and the Canadian Children’s Opera Company. She has performed in world premieres of theatre/opera productions such as Red Snow (2012), The Lesson of Da Ji (2013), Comfort (2016) and The Monkiest King (2018). Her composition Redemption: The Chan Kol Nidre (2015) for erhu and viola da gamba has been added to the archives at the Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot in Tel Aviv. Ms. Chan’s book Playing Erhu – Bridging the Gap has sold in over 30 countries and was the world’s first English language erhu instruction book.






Amadou Kienou

Opening musical act


Master drummer Amadou Kienou hails from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, West Africa, once part of the vast ancient Mandingo Empire. A descendant of the Dafin people, Amadou was initiated as a griot (an oral historian), one of a long line of griots whose role is to preserve and transmit their people’s history, culture, and values. The djembe is Amadou’s principal instrument. As he describes it, “the djembe is more than a musical instrument; it is an extension of the musician through which he expresses his life, his emotions.” Mastery of the djembe requires a lifetime of discipline and dedication, and the guidance of a djembe master, provided, in Amadou’s case, primarily by his father, the late revered Baba Kienou. As a griot, musician-composer, and choreographer Amadou Kienou has been active throughout North America, Africa, Europe, Asia, India, and the Caribbean. In recognition of his artistry, he has received numerous awards, including Best African Performing Artist in Canada 2019, Radio Kilimandjaro’s Best Male Performer of 2018 and Male Artist of the Year 2016, Cultural Ambassador of Burkina Faso in Canada in 2014, and Best Artist of Burkina Faso in 2011. His most prestigious award is being honored with the Order of Merit in Canada in 2017.



Vincent Leblanc-Beaudoin



Vincent is a two-time Jessie Award winning and a Dora Award nominated actor who works in both French and English. He has an Honours B.A. with Specialization in Theatre from the University of Ottawa, is a graduate of Studio 58, and he has completed the Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance’s summer intensive. He has a kinesthetic and corporeal approach to theatre. His main areas of interest include devised theatre, physical theatre, clown, and work that creatively tackles social issues.

His film & TV credits include La Malédiction de Jonathan Plourde (Super Écran), Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce (Bravo Network) and Abigaëlle et le date coaching (TV5/Unis).

His theatre credits include Camping Royale (Corpus Dance Projects), Les Zinspiré.e.s (Théâtre français de Toronto), If on a Christmas Night (DLT), The Curious Voyage (Talk is Free Theatre), Histoire d’amour (BoucharDanse), Unité Modèle (Théâtre la Seizième), Catacomb (Summerworks Performance Festival), Anonyme (Vortex Theatre), Bonjour, Là, Bonjour (Théâtre la Seizième), The Stranger (DLT), Bull (Rumble Theatre), Mathieu Mathématiques (Théâtre la Seizième), Let’s Talk About Sex, I Can't Tell You (San Diego/Tijuana/Vancouver/Victoria Fringes), and Selfie (Théâtre la Seizième). He was recently awarded the Paulette Gagnon prize and the Power Corporation prize from la Fondation pour l'avancement du théâtre francophone au Canada. Vincent is also currently developing his solo show Le Concierge - an immersive experience about a lonely janitor working a night shift.




Raelyn Metcalfe



Raised in Vancouver and based in Toronto, Raelyn is from Plains Cree descent from Saskatchewan. She is a graduate of The Conteur Dance Academy. Her love of performing began with ballet and transitioned her into other styles, including musical theatre. She has trained with The Richmond Academy of Dance, MOVE: the company, and The Conteur Academy. Raelyn has also worked with Aria Evans who is the artistic director of Political Movement. In 2017, Raelyn performed Aria’s work Voice of A Nation, commissioned by the Toronto Concert Orchestra. Revisiting her identity and background, Raelyn had the opportunity to perform as a dancer at the 2018 Indspire Awards along with Santee Smith, and Kaha:wi Dance Theatre's Dora Mavor Moore Award winning The Mush Hole.




Kaitlin Standeven



Kaitlin Standeven is an independent contemporary dance artist living and working in Toronto. She is deeply motivated by what transpires when ideas and bodies come together. Most recently Standeven has engaged in projects with Allison Cummings, Marie Lambin-Gagnon, Yvonne Ng, Lucy Rupert, BoucharDanse and Citadel + Compagnie. Standeven began her career as a member of Toronto Dance Theatre. Over eight seasons she originated roles in five full-length works by Artistic Director Christopher House, and was also greatly influenced by the thinking of notable creators Susie Burpee, Deborah Hay, Ame Henderson and Heidi Strauss. Her work now extends beyond performance as she aims to support, nurture and inspire through her multiple roles as a teacher, facilitator and administrator. Standeven holds a BFA from Ryerson University.




Brodie Stevenson



Brodie Stevenson was born in the small village of Wuikinuxv on British Columbia’s central coast. From 2008 – 2014 Stevenson was a company member of Toronto Dance Theatre, where he performed in original works by Artistic Director Christopher House and also for guest choreographers such as Lina Cruz, Deborah Hay and Heidi Strauss. As an independent dancer Stevenson has worked with many choreographers including Peggy Baker, Marie-Josée Chartier, James Kudelka, Allison Cummings and Laurence Lemieux. Since 2008 Stevenson has been creating and performing as part of the award-winning trio, Throwdown Collective. He is a Dora Award nominated performer and choreographic recipient with Throwdown Collective.






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