«KEYNOTE ADDRESS - MICHAEL CALDWELL Michael Caldwell is a Toronto-based choreographer/performer. A graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, he ...»
PANELS & WORKSHOPS
KEYNOTE ADDRESS - MICHAEL CALDWELL
Michael Caldwell is a Toronto-based choreographer/performer. A graduate of The
School of Toronto Dance Theatre, he has interpreted roles for many of Canada’s
esteemed dance creators and companies, including Peggy Baker, Sylvie
Bouchard, Danny Grossman, Guillaume Côté, Maxine Heppner, Sasha Ivanochko, James Kudelka, Tedd Robinson, Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, Corpus
Dance Projects, Dusk Dances, and Kahawi Dance Theatre, among others, and has performed across Canada and the United States, in Europe, Asia, and Australia. Michael was an interpreter at Le Group Dance Lab, studying with the iconic Peter Boneham. He has also initiated a solo-commissioning project, performing in the work of established choreographers – Conrad Alexandrowicz, Danny Grossman, and Karen Jamieson.
Michael is quickly emerging as a skilled, and critically acclaimed choreographer. His recent works include:
Ash Unravel, an acclaimed solo based on his journey to Vietnam, The Horologium, a whimsical group piece created for Dusk Dances, Boogie Back, a community work for non-dancers in Porch View Dances, and Mary, a dynamic new solo for Stéphanie Tremblay Abudo. With a bachelor’s degree in film and art history from Syracuse University, Michael seeks to incorporate cinematic sensibilities in all his work. Upcoming, Michael will begin creation on a new group choreography, based on loneliness and isolation.
Michael’s teaching experience varies from professional level contemporary technique classes to intensive workshops for youth, the elderly, and the disabled. He has taught at various locations in Toronto, and across Ontario.
He currently sits on the board of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, is the chair of the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists - Ontario Chapter, and is a Metcalf Foundation Performing Arts Intern for Moonhorse Dance Theatre/Claudia Moore, specifically for Older & Reckless. Photo: Kristy Kennedy.
Panel - DANCE OUTSIDE THE BOX Where does dance happen? You may be surprised by the answers these panellists give as they talk about dance work in projects that bust boundaries.
Hear from three unique artists—JoDee Allen (breakdance), Marie-Josée Chartier (contemporary dance) and Brandy Leary (aerial dance)—about their experiences creating and performing outside conventional dance productions. Each of these artists has a story to tell about bringing their dance training to performance situations that are collaborative and inventive.
This is dance performance—but maybe not like you’ve imagined it.
This panel will be moderated by Michael Trent.
The panel discussion will be followed by a short Q & A.
Ms. Chartier has received choreographic commissions from solo artists and Canadian dance companies. She is the recipient of the K.M. Hunter Artist Award, nine Dora Mavor Moore Awards nominations winning among others a Dora for fifty-one pieces of silver and two Doras for And by the way Miss and most recently the multi-disciplinary dance artist award from the Young Centre for the performing arts. She choreographs and directs contemporary music, multi-media and opera productions for companies such as Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, Gryphon Trio and L’Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal with ongoing national and international touring. She is increasingly active as artistic advisor, mentor or director for several established and/or upcoming dance artists. She continues to perform on international and national stages; she is also a regular guest teacher in training centres and universities in Canada and Latin America in modern dance, voice exploration and improvisation. Photo: Don Dixon.
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She has been the resident choreographer at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto since 2010 where she is creating her Precipice Project cycle of site activation choreographies that will span through to 2013 and she is an Associated Artist with IMPACT (Indian Martial and Performance Art Collective of Toronto) teaching youth Indian dance and martial arts in priority neighborhoods accross the GTA. She founded Anandam Dancetheatre as an umbrella structure for her performance projects and is its Artistic Director.
(www.anandam.ca) Her work has been presented in Toronto, New York, Gatineau, Ottawa, Winnipeg, New Delhi, Calcutta and Ahemnabad.
Prior to coming to Dancemakers, Trent was the founding Artistic Director of the empty collective. Since its inception in 2000, the empty collective produced The Memory Show (2001) and invisible borders (2004), with works by Trent, Sarah Chase, Laurence Lemieux, Louise Bédard and Doug Varone.
As a performer, Trent has danced for some of Canada’s most respected creators including Louise Bédard, Martin Bélanger, Sarah Chase, David Earle, Sylvain Émard, Ame Henderson, Christopher House, Sasha Ivanochko, Laurence Lemieux, Antonija Livingstone, Jean-Pierre Perreault, Dominique Porte and Julia Sasso.
He has taught across Canada and in Holland and was the co-recipient of the 2004 K.M. Hunter Artists Award in dance.
Panel - BEYOND PERFORMANCE
A dance education offers so much more than just performance skills. It provides you with a perspective on dance, and a vocabulary to communicate that perspective. These panellists have careers that go beyond performance, to encompass teaching dance (Tina Nicolaidis), writing about dance (Lindsay Zier-Vogel), and producing multidisciplinary work (Sky Fairchild-Waller). Find out how each of these panellists has used their dance training to help build a multi-faceted career.
This panel will be moderated by Kevin Ormsby.
The panel discussion will be followed by a short Q & A.
Tina also gained recognition for training lead actor Jake Simons for his role as the original “Johnny Castle” in North America’s fastest selling premier stage production of Dirty Dancing. As a full time choreographer, her most recent accomplishments include choreographing Nelly Furtado’s ‘Mi Plan’ concert tour for 2011. Currently she is a board member for DanceOntario and contributes to local columns such as Want To Dance website sponsored by the National Ballet of Canada as a Salsa dance expert where she brings some thought provoking and educational topics on dance to the forefront.
Select credits also include performing in Death in Venice (Canadian Opera Company), Kiss (Art Gallery of Ontario), and The Ballad of Roy & Silo (BravoFACT); choreographing Of a Monstrous Child (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre) and Bella: The Color of Love (Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts); as well as artistic producing Dachshund UN (World Stage). His work has been published in Border Crossings, the Existere Journal of Art & Literature, Giornale dell’Umbria, and KATALOG, and has received support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Die Schweizerische Post, Kunststiftung NRW, the Metcalf Foundation, the Vancouver Foundation, and the Royal Bank of Canada.
Sarah Lochhead is a dance artist originally from Windsor, ON, where she performed with HNM Dance Company. She attended York University and was a member of the York University Dance Ensemble working with choreographers Julia Aplin, Susan Cash, Andrea Nann, and Holly Small. She also participated in an academic exchange to University College Chichester’s dance program in England. She graduated from York in 2005 with a BFA honours specializing in dance. She has performed with Menaka Thakkar Dance Company, Collective HEAT and has shown choreography at The Toronto Fringe Festival, Series 8:08, Casino Rama, Culture Days and a variety of self produced performances. Sarah holds intermediate level ballet certificates from the Royal Academy of Dance and in Cecchetti method. She completed a Limón teacher-training course with Donna Krasnow in Toronto, a teaching contemporary Limón course with the Limón Company in New York and pedagogy classes in Humphrey technique with master teacher Gail Corbin in Oak Park IL. Sarah has been nominated across three categories of Barrie Arts Awards, as an Emerging Artist for Community Contribution and for Excellence in the Arts. Her work has been acknowledged through the receipt of grants from the City of Barrie Cultural Department and the Canada Council for the Arts. She is the founder and Executive Director of Simcoe Contemporary Dancers - a not for profit professional dance ensemble located in Barrie Ontario. Sarah holds professional memberships with the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists, the Dancer Transition Resource Centre, Dance Ontario and the Canadian Dance Assembly. Photo: Wendy Hutchinson.