Dusk Dances 2021 performers



Zachary Cardwell

Dancer, Virtual edition


Zachary Cardwell is a teacher, choreographer and dancer interested in cultivating connections within ourselves and between one another. A graduate of the Arts Umbrella Post-Secondary Dance Program, Vancouver, BC, under the direction of Artemis Gordon, Zachary has had the pleasure of performing works and excerpts by choreographers such as Crystal Pite, Marie Chouinard, Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Sharon Eyal, James Kudelka and Aszure Barton, among others. During his tenure with the Arts Umbrella Dance Company, Zachary toured Holland performing in the ITS Dance Festival and Netherlands Dans Theatre & Korzo’s Shortcuts XL.

In Toronto, Zachary has had the privilege to dance with Toronto Dance Theatre, Zata Omm Dance Projects, Dusk Dances, hART dance, Jane Alison McKinney, ACE dance theatre, Cadence Ballet, Nostos collective, The Garage and is the executive assistant at ProArteDanza. In 2019 and 2020, Zachary facilitated and presented ‘In Response: An Evening of Music and Dance’.





Sierra Chin Sawdy

Dancer, Virtual edition


Sierra Chin Sawdy is an independent dance artist, based in Toronto. Since graduating from Ryerson University’s BFA Dance program, she has had the opportunity to work with Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Citadel + Compagnie, Tiger Princess Dance Projects, Dancetheatre David Earle, Sylvie Bouchard (Dusk Dances), Aria Evans, Hanna Kiel, Toronto Heritage Dance, Avinoam Silverman Dance, ACE Dance Theatre and Alysa Pires Dance Projects. She has toured throughout Canada, China, Europe, Mexico and the UAE. To further develop her abilities, Sierra has trained across Canada, the United States, Israel and Italy, working and creating with world-renowned teachers and choreographers.





Irvin Chow

Dancer, Virtual edition


Irvin Chow graduated with a BFA in Dance at York University. Through the years he has toured across Canada and internationally working with many choreographers such as: Angela Blumberg, Sylvie Bouchard, Jasmyn Fyffe, Robert Glumbek, Michael Greyeyes, Laurence Lemieux and Yvonne Ng. Irvin has had the pleasure of performing in David Earle’s Miserere in the Toronto Heritage Dance project as well as in William Yong’s Harbourfront Centre’s World Stage show vox:lumen. He has worked with Christopher House as part of Toronto Dance Theatre in 2015 and was honoured to dance for Julia Sasso again in the remount of her much-acclaimed work Sporting Life. Irvin's latest performance was with Citadel + Compagnie’s remount of Nuit by Jean-Pierre Perreault. The upcoming year looks very exciting for Irvin as he collaborates with both new and familiar artists.





Scott Hurst

Host, Barrie


A multi-disciplined theatre artist now living in Barrie, Scott has spent over 40 years working professionally across Canada. In 2009 he received a Barrie Arts Awards for Excellence in the Arts. Favorite gigs include seasons at the Stratford Festival, an engagement in Moscow, Russia performing in 42nd Street, and two Christmas Pantos at Toronto’s Elgin Theatre with Ross Petty. This past summer he revived his solo show Laughton Common for Theatre Collingwood’s Porch Side Festival and he just returned from Stratford where he directed Andrew Prashad’s One Step At A Time in the new Tom Patterson Theatre (Lazardis Hall).




Christian Lavigne

Dancer, Virtual edition


Christian Lavigne is a Franco-Ontarian, who hails from Ottawa, Ontario. Christian is now a recent graduate from the School of Performance at Ryerson University, earning his BFA in Performance Dance. Directed by Vicki St Denys, Christian trained under Kate Hilliard, Louis Laberge-Côté, Tanya Evidente, Robert Glumbek and Lauren Cook, respectively. He has also had the chance to work with many choreographers including William Yong, Ben Landsberg, Valerie Calam and Jera Wolfe. Christian has performed the repertoire of Peggy Baker (Peggy Baker Dance Projects), Alejandro Cerrudo (Netherlands Dans Theatre). In 2019, he performed at Meridian Hall (Fiddle Embrace, Anne Plamondon) and the AGO (Changing Steps, Merce Cunningham staged by Dylan Crossman) as part of a Fall For Dance North commission with Ryerson University. Christian has trained at Arts Umbrella’s Summer Dance Intensive, Domaine Forget alongside RUBBERBAND and Gioconda Barbuto.




Jessica Mak

Dancer, Virtual edition


Jessica Mak is a Toronto based freelance dance artist who holds a BFA from X University’s School of Performance. Jessica has had the privilege of touring Red Sky Performance’s Trace across Canada. Through her continuous search for chances to learn, grow and develop, she has had the opportunity to participate in intensives such as Springboard Danse Montreal, B12 Festival, Domaine Forget, San Francisco Conservatory of Dance Summer Intensive and more. She is humbled by the opportunities she has been given to work with renown artists who generously share their knowledge, greatly influencing her progression and outlook as a dancer. Using movement-based concepts to challenge and encourage discussion, Jessica is currently interested in researching safe and consensual practices to develop socially conscious work.




Cornell Mannings

Host, Hamilton


Cornell Mannings is a dancer, instructor, and choreographer originally from Montreal, Quebec. Since 2000, Cornell has been teaching Salsa, Cha-Cha, and Bachata to students of all ages representing Canada at the Miami and Puerto Rico Salsa Congresses as well as the Montreal Salsa Convention. Cornell is also a fabulous MC that loves to get his audience into the spirit of dance and music. He was the official MC for the Montreal Salsa Convention, Ottawa Bachata Convention and the Toronto Zouk and Sensual Bachata Convention.





Njo Kong Kie

Musical guest, Virtual edition


A picnic and ping pong enthusiast, Njo Kong Kie 楊光奇 enjoys making music for dance, opera and theatre. His compositions include music for solo violin for the play Infinity (Volcano, Tarragon Theatre); comic operas knotty together, La Señorita Mundo (SummerWorks); concert-theatre Picnic in the Cemetery (Ansan Street Arts Festival, Canadian Stage); song-cycle I swallowed a moon made of iron (Canadian Stage, PuSh Festival); music theatre Mr. Shi and His Lover (Toronto Theatre Critics Award Best New Musical, Tarragon Theatre, National Arts Centre, Cervantino Festival). Kong Kie was the long-serving music director of La La La Human Steps and his compositions have also been used by choreographers including Aszure Barton, Shawn Hounsell and Anne Plamondon in productions in Canada and abroad. In development: new opera creations with Anna Chatterton, Douglas Rodger, John Greyson and Liza Balkan. Et cetera: soundtrack for film works by Alejandro Alvarez. Patrick Conner Award.





Montana Summers

Storyteller, Virtual edition


Montana Summers is from the Oneida First Nation of the Thames. Montana began training in the exploration of indigenous and contemporary dance when he was accepted into the Indigenous Dance Residency (2015) and Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’s Summer Intensive (2016). Montana had the chance to work with Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’s Artistic Director Santee Smith with other performances and projects including The Mush Hole (2016-20), The Honouring, Medicine Bear (2015-17), I Lost My Talk - National Arts Centre Orchestra (2016) and for the Grand Act of Theatre - Continuance: Yonkwa’nikonhrakontàhkwen – Our Consciousness Continues Unchanged (2020). Additionally, Montana previously acted for Backyard Theatre’s one-time new production called The Other Side Of The River (2019). Montana continues to work on his abilities in performing arts with other small projects from Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, multiple collectives he is a part of and with other colleagues.







Diana Tso is a theatre artist, storyteller, actor, playwright and a theatre faculty member at George Brown College. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a BA hons in English Literature and Ecole Internationale de Théâtre de Jacques Lecoq in France. Her most recent performances include Modern Times Stage Company’s The Cherry Orchard, Theatre Smith- Gilmour’s Les Misérables, Stratford Festival’s 2017 season in Bakkhai and The Komagata Maru Incident. Her Red Snow Collective empowers women’s voices and re-imagines mythologies through female perspectives. Her most recent creation is unwavering, commissioned by a Convergence Theatre’s COVID Confessions series.






Sydney Whittaker

Dancer, Barrie


Sydney Whittaker joined Simcoe Contemporary Dancers (SCD) as a Junior Apprentice in 2017 after participating in our inaugural Dusk Dances Barrie Festival as part of our community-engaged piece. She has recently graduated from Bear Creek Secondary School and will be continuing her education in the Fall. Sydney is also excited to continue working with SCD as a company member! Since joining SCD, Sydney has learned a variety of pieces from the company repertoire and performed in a variety of performance venues.





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