Dusk Dances 2021 choreographers

 

 

Aria Evans

Choreographer, Virtual edition

 

Aria Evans is a queer, Tkaronto-based, award winning interdisciplinary artist whose practice spans dance theatre; creation, performance and film. Aria is a certified Intimacy Coordinator and draws on their experiences with Afro-Indigenous + settler heritage to capture meaningful social and cultural themes through their interactive art. With a large-scale vision, collaboration is the departure point to the work that Aria creates with their company POLITICAL MOVEMENT. Advocating for inclusion and the representation of diversity, Aria uses their artistic practice to question the ways we can coexist together. With a personal interest in intimacy Aria creates work that centers the needs of the artists involved.

www.politicalmovement.ca

 

 

 

 

 

Yuichiro Inoue

Choreographer & Performer, Virtual edition

 

Yuichiro Inoue has danced with the Toronto Dance Theatre for the last fifteen years. Born in Japan where he received his initial training in ballet at the age of 11, Yuichiro moved to Germany at the age of 15 where he studied full time on scholarship at the John Cranko Ballet School in Stuttgart, Germany. He spent five years performing with Staatstheater Braunschweig and additional two years with Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe before moving to Saarländisches Staatstheater in Saarbruecken and danced in Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Austria, Croatia, China, Ukraine, USA and Japan. Mr. Inoue is a RAD certified teacher. In addition to teaching at Canada’s National Ballet School, Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement, the Canadian School of Ballet, the Quinte Ballet School, Kobe Jogakuin University Japan, and numerous schools and dance companies throughout Japan, Yuichiro teaches both ballet and contemporary classes for Toronto Dance Theatre. As a choreographer, his works have included commissions for an award-winning short film, festivals and international competitions.

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah Lochhead

Choreographer, Barrie

 

Sarah Lochhead is a dance artist, educator, advocate and arts administrator who is passionate about the role dance plays in both personal development and community building. She is the Founder/Artistic Director of Simcoe Contemporary Dancers, a not-for-profit professional dance company based in Barrie (Ontario) established in 2009. She led as Artistic Director for 10 years. During her tenure, SCD received the Barrie Arts Award for Contribution to the Community (2017).

Most recently Sarah facilitated a creative process for In the time before the immediate present and the time immediately to follow (2019) as part of Simcoe Contemporary Dancers’ 10th Anniversary Simcoe County tour. Sarah holds a BFA honours and MA in Dance Studies from York University. Her artistic and academic work has been acknowledged through a Top Paper Citation award from the National Dance Educators Organization (USA) and grants from the City of Barrie, the Ontario Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Her work Brahm’s Zigeunerlieder (2015) will be remounted as part of SCD’s 2021/2022 season. You can follow Sarah’s creative projects @choreoCode on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

Pulga Muchochoma

Choreographer & Performer, Virtual edition

 

Pulga Muchochoma was born in Quelimane, Mozambique. His dance career and training began in Quelimane with Montes Namuli Dance Company. In August of 2006, he came to Toronto with the company for the International AIDS Conference. With Montes Namuli/Shakespeare Link Canada, he performed in several shows in venues in Toronto and Mozambique. When Montes Namuli returned to Mozambique, Muchochoma stayed in Toronto to study at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre where he had a chance to work with many choreographers like Coralee McLaren, D.A. Hoskins, Danny Grossman, Darryl Tracy, James Kudelka, Massimo Agostinelli, Peggy Baker, Peter Chin, Sasha Ivanochko, Sharon Moore and William Yong. During his time with Toronto Dance Theatre, he had the pleasure of working and collaborating with local and international choreographers such as Christopher House, Ame Anderson, Veronica Tennant, Susie Burpee, Peter Chin, Tawiah Ben McCart, Patricia Beaty, Thomas Hauert, Heidi Strauss, Estelle Clareton, Deborah Dunn, Deborah Hay, Simone Orlando, Josh Beamish, Alban Richard, Jean-Paul Kelly, Alicia Grant, Jeanine Durning and more. In addition, with TDT, Pulga participated in the 2015 Opening ceremony of the Toronto Panam Games, Cirque du Soleil and NBS. He’s also the creator and the founder of Pulga Dance and also African Dance and Fitness with Pulga since 2015.

www.pulgadance.com

 

 

 

 

 

Kevin A. Ormsby

Choreographer & Performer, Virtual edition

 

Celebrating over 35 years in dance, Artistic Director of KasheDance, Kevin A. Ormsby is a Recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts’ Victor Martyn Lynch - Staunton Award and Toronto Arts Council’s Cultural Leaders Fellow. He has been a Guest Artist at the Philip Sherlock Centre for the Creative Arts - University of the West Indies (Mona), University of Wisconsin - Madison and Northwestern University. He continues to hone his passion for dance, advocacy, writing and education in many aspects of the Arts Sector. Performing with various companies and projects in Canada, the Caribbean and the United States, Kevin danced with Garth Fagan Dance (NY), was the Assistant to the Artistic Director and Marketing / Outreach for Ballet Creole, and performed in works by Marie-Josée Chartier, Allison Cummings, Ron K. Brown, Menaka Thakkur, Mark Morris, Bill T. Jones, Lemi Ponifasio and Gerry Trentham. Kevin's research and creative practice to dance exists in a space of constant interrogation and navigation of Caribbean cultural nuances towards a methodology of understanding space in creation, research, and presentation.

www.kashedance.com

 

 

 

 

 

CARMEN ROMERO

CHOREOGRAPHER & PERFORMER, SCARBOROUGH

 

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 the K.M Hunter Emerging Artists Award as well as nominated for Muriel Sherrin Award for International Achievement in Dance administered from the Toronto Arts Foundation: 2013. Highlights of Carmen Romero’s career include coaching Latin Pop star “Shakira” in her 2010 Sale el Sol world tour.

www.carmenromero.ca

 

 

 

 

Neetika Sharma

Choreographer & Performer, Dream in High Park

 

Neetika is a GTA-based dance artist who started performing at the age of ten. Born in Libya to Indian parents, today she actively works as a Kathak performer, creator, choreographer, arts manager and culture & diversity advocate. In 2019, with the support of ArtReach Toronto she launched a youth empowering choreography facilitation program Katha-Ras Dance Lab for underrepresented women dancers of color in Toronto. The 2020 digital edition of Katha-Ras Dance Lab was supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. Her community-focused work has also been supported by the Laidlaw Foundation in the past. Neetika has received professional training in Indian classical dance form Kathak from Toronto based Gurus Hemant & Vaishali Panwar. Creatively, Neetika has keen interest in exploring various layers of the traditional Kathak repertoire and presenting them with new and relevant interpretations through research, creation and performance. She has worked with/for eminent organizations like Fall for Dance North, Moonhorse Dance Theatre, Muse Arts, Theatre Oculus, North York Arts, Akumal Arts Festival, the Tortuga Escondida Residency Centre, and Nia Centre for the Arts. With a passion for arts, she hopes to bring positive social change & promote inclusivity in the dance industry through her creative voice and arts management.

 

 

 

 

Naishi Wang

Choreographer & Performer, Virtual edition

 

Naishi Wang is a dance artist based in culturally enriched city of Toronto. Originally born in Changchun, China. At age 11, he began with Chinese folk dances and Ballet training at Jilin College of Art. In 2004, he moved to Canada and joined Toronto Dance Theatre, where he was active for nine years. Since 2015, the award-winning performer has been inspired to work as an independent choreographer. Wang shares the belief that performing arts create imaginary perspectives that expand what "personal dances" can be in the 21st century. His rigorous practice is themed on intertwined approaches from “communication” to “translation” in a somatic and conceptual point of view. Desire and honesty are a huge part in his works, expressed through repetition, contortions, waving, impulsion, and shaking. His work was shown at Citadel + Company (Toronto), MAI (Montreal), Monsun Theater (Hamburg, Germany), Tanzmesse (Düsseldorf, Germany), NO.46 (Beijing, China), Fall For Dance North (Toronto), FODAR (Annapolis Royal). Currently, Naishi is one of the residency artists at Citadel + Company in Toronto and in the VDA program at NAC in Ottawa.

www.naishi.dance

 

 

 

 

 

William Yong

Choreographer, Virtual edition

 

William Yong is a multi-faceted artist, performer, choreographer, designer and director for theatre and film. Since he founded Zata Omm and W Zento Production, as the artistic director, William has spent last fifteen years breaking new ground collaborating with artists, scientists and engineers in bold and innovative ways. In particular Zata Omm has become a site for research under his tenure, focusing on the integration of dance, technology and broader culture in order to re-imagining performances for our technological age. William's professional career in dance and theatre spans over twenty-six years. The award-winning director has created more than eighty-one original works worldwide that have been exhibited by major presenters. He was trained and received his master's degree with distinction at the London Contemporary Dance School in U.K. William and his works received seven-time Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations. He was also nominated for MyTheatre Awards' 'Outstanding Direction' for Comfort. William was awarded the winner of 2013 “I love dance/J’aime la danse” Award for Innovation. William and the ensemble of Against The Grain Theatre's opera production Kopernikus were awarded the winner of the Dora Mavor Moore Award 2019 for 'Outstanding Performance of an Ensemble'.

www.zataomm.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

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