Nova dance collective
Nova Dance Collective (NDC) was formed in 2011 by Zorya Arrow, Rachelle Bourget, Alexandra Garrido, Janelle Hacault, Sarah Helmer, Alexandra Scarola and Kelsey Todd as third year students in the Senior Professional Program of the School of Contemporary Dancers (SCD.) Their work includes FRESH (Winnipeg Fringe Festival 2011), And Other Stories (Winnipeg Fringe Festival 2013), and Not Potatoes and Judy & The Reckless in collaboration with Riley Sims (Rachel Browne Theatre 2015 and 2016). The collective has performed in various productions including the FemFest Cabaret, Winnipeg Fringe Festival Mainstage, and with local band The Mariachi Ghost at the Winnipeg Art Gallery's Nuit Blanche roof top celebration. Nova has also worked with Winnipeg-based choreographer, Ming Hon, and has offered a school outreach class and performance at Sister MacNamara School in Winnipeg's inner city.
For more information, visit novadancecollective.com
lise mcmillan & Thedancepost.org
Lise McMillan is a graduate of the School of Contemporary Dancers Senior Professional Program and has her B.A. Honours Degree in Dance from the University of Winnipeg. After graduation, Lise went on to be a company dancer with Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers from 2007- 2013 performing in works by Sasha Ivanochko, Serge Bennethan, Susie Burpee, Rachel Browne, Brent Lott, Lesandra Dodson, David Earle, and Bill Coleman. Lise produced and performed in an evening of duets by Susie Burpee and Serge Bennathan. Independantly, she has worked with Casimiro Nhussi (NAfro Dance in Winnipeg), Alexandra Elliott, Ali Robson, Natasha Torres-Garner, Johanna Riley, Delfos Danza Contemporanea (Mexico), Luis Sala (Mozambique), and C.Medina (Austria). Lise has performed, taught and trained internationally in Austria, Kenya, and Mexico. Lise is a teacher with The Integrated Arts Program and Learning Through the Arts and is the co-founder of the international youth arts initiative, Culture Crossing Projects. Together, Lise and Janelle founded TheDancePost.org, a volunteer run organization that helps promote and encourage professional dance training and performance in the Manitoba dance community.
hilary crist & .6 Ricochet
Hilary Anne Crist is dedicated to the tradition of modern and contemporary dance, in both creation and interpretation. She is half of .6 ricochet, a contemporary-dance company based in Winnipeg, MB. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ryerson University (Toronto) in 2011 Hilary has since had the privilege of working with Allen Kaeja in creative research and as a teacher’s assistant, as well as withKate Hilliard, Robert Glumbek, Roberto Campanella, Vicki St. Denys, Kenny Pearle, Typecast Dance Company, Ming Hon, Alexandra Elliot Dance Inc., Black Heart Dance, and with Sidra Bell and Ohad Nahara. In 2011, Hilary apprenticed with the Tanz Luzerner Theatre in Switzerland and attended Springboard Danse Montréal. In 2013 she formed Sister Clade – a collaboration between herself and her sister, Madeleine Crist. Hilary has garnered interest, and performed as a dancer to many of Winnipeg’s contemporary dance choreographers in the short time she has lived there. Maintaining an active and well-integrated presence in the dance scene Hilary enjoys taking professional classes, working with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and NAfro, and volunteering with Young Lungs Dance Exchange, among other activities. Together, Janelle and Hilary form .6 Ricochet dance company, formally known as Hacault and Crist Productions. This summer will prove to be an active one as she will be traveling with .6 ricochet to perform in SPRINGWORKS in Stratford, ON. and NEXTFEST in Edmonton, AB. Hilary will also being going to Toronto, ON. to perform Ming Hon’s Chase Scenes #1-58 at Canada’s renowned SUMMERWORKS festival.
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Born in Montreal, Jason Martin began dancing at the age of 21, after playing hockey for over 17 years. In 2012, he graduated from the School of Contemporary Dance in Montreal. Following this, he quickly established himself with several companies, including Daniel Léveillé Danse, Compagnie Virginie Brunelle, Le Carré des Lombes, Sylvain Émard Danse and the Compagnie Marie Chouinard. In 2014 he presented his first creation RAW as part of the Danses Buissonnières in collaboration with Tangente. With the hunger to broaden his horizons, Jason began a parallel acting career that same year. The Animal Heart, his first theatre premiere, lead him to La Chapelle, where he also served as a choreographer and staging consultant. In 2015, he created US as part of the Fly Project in partnership with the School of Contemporary Dance in Montreal. This second professional work cemented his insatiable passion for creationand was the catalyst for the formation of Entity/Jason Martin Company in October 2015. Entity/Jason Martin Company explores the body as the purpose and origin of the dance resulting in frenetic rhythms that leaves the viewer in a state of perpetual intrigue. The world premiere of Untamed, Entity’s most recent creation, was presented in November as part of Tangente’s 2016/2017 season. This coming January, Jason will be a guest choreographer for the graduating class of the School of Contemporary Dance in Montreal.
jaymez is a Winnipeg-based video artist, musician, VJ, and lighting and sound designer. With a multifaceted, distinct style, he has worked widely across the visual arts, dance, theatre and music communities. jaymez’s video creations have appeared in numerous international festivals, theatrical and dance productions, and he has performed live video alongside dozens of renowned musicians and artists. He has also designed lighting, video and sound for top companies and choreographers including Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Ming Hon, Adhere + Deny, Sarasvàti Productions, Moving Target Theatre Company, One Trunk Theatre, Sawdon Dance, Nova Dance Collective and .6 Ricochet. His work has been shown in cities including Stratford, Edmonton, Regina, Calgary, Montreal and Toronto; Osnabrück, Germany; and Utrecht, Netherlands. jaymez holds a BFA in Video from the University of Manitoba.
Teri-Lynn Friesen is a director from Winnipeg, MB. She has directed for various companies around Winnipeg. Credits include: Three Little Pigs (Three Little Birds Productions); Peacock Place (Comedy Clownesque); Dear Edwina Jr, Annie Jr (Masterworks Dance Studio); It's a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play (One88 Players). Apprentice/ Assistant Director: Billy Elliot; Late Company (RMTC); Sister Act; Mary Poppins (Rainbow Stage). Co Creator: Mother Mine (Downside Up Productions). She has also acted for various local companies on stage and in film and currently instructs musical theatre and acting at Manitoba Theatre for Young People, and Masterworks Dance Studio. Janelle and Teri-Lynn are currently creating an a cappella/theatre/dance performance called "Corner Of" premiering in Winnipeg Fringe Festival 2016.
Check out TL's website www.terilynnfriesen.com for more information.
Brett Owen is a Winnipeg based performer and choreographer. A graduate of the School of Contemporary Dancers, he has danced in work by Tedd Robinson, Darryl Tracy, Constance Cooke, Paul-André Fortier, Gaile Petursson-Hiley, Odette Heyn with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Most recently Brett has appeared in two musicals by Rainbow Stage and is currently a company member with Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers.
Brett and Janelle have worked together on numerous projects. He danced her choreography in the Flin Flon Arts Council production of Chicago: The musical and participated in her research series with Young Lungs Dance Exchange. Janelle danced in Brett's full-length choreographic debut The Collectors at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, the music video for Left Right Left by Winnipeg band Ashes & Dreams, and is currently on project for his newest creation, Sirens.
A graduate of the Simon Fraser University School for the Performing Arts, Tom Stroud has danced with the Karen Jamieson Dance Company, T.I.D.E. (Toronto Independent Dance Enterprise), Le Groupe de la Place Royale, and Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault. He has been commissioned to create works for Le Groupe de la Place Royale, Montreal Danse, Dancemakers, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Festival and the Canada Dance Festival. Tom was appointed as the Artistic Director of Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (WCD) in 1991 and served the company for 14 years receiving the prestigious Choo San Goh Award for choreography in 2002 – one of only eleven choreographers in North America to receive the award that year.
As an Artistic Director Stroud also spearheaded a number of highly successful and innovative projects including; JOE, a co-production with the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault and Dancemakers which toured Canada and the U.S. (1994 – 1996); Shift, an interdisciplinary installation co-produced with the Winnipeg Art Gallery (1995); and The Pan American New Creation Project, an international co-production with Mexican and American modern dance companies which culminated in performances in Winnipeg and Mexico in 1999, El Río (2002), a co-production with the Winnipeg Singers which integrated 22 vocalists into a choreographic landscape, and most recently Vuelta, a co-creation with Peter Bingham of Vancouver’s EDAM, featuring company members from both WCD and EDAM.
In 2005 Stroud joined the faculty of the Department of Theatre and Film where he currently teaches movement, performance, and acting as well as directing productions for the University. In 2013 Tom assumed the role of Artistic Director of Company Link , an organization dedicated to the Experimental Theatre and Dance artists living and working in Winnipeg.
Tom serves as a mentor to Janelle and has greatly influenced her artistic practice.
After graduating from the Senior Professional Program of the School of Contemporary Dancers, Natasha Torres-Garner started her professional career as a company dancer for WCD from 2002-2008. Her independent experience during and since then, has given her the opportunity to work with Montreal’s Fortier Danse Création, Bill Coleman, in repertoire by the late Jean-Pierre Perreault (Montreal), as well as with Winnipeg's Tom Stroud, Out of Line Theatre, TRIP Dance Company, Treasure Waddell, Johanna Riley, Alex Elliott, Ali Robson, Danielle Sturk, Ming Hon and Mia Van Leeuwen. As a choreographer Natasha Torres-Garner has presented solo and group works locally and internationally, including Winnipeg, Regina, London(UK), Toronto, St. John's, Newfoundland and Dresden, Germany. Torres-Garner has been involved in initiating a number of collaborative creative teams as well as collective presentations, including shotAG (Dresden, Germany),The Rite Productions (Winnipeg), and Momentum Collective (Winnipeg). Her commitment to collaborative forces has been a long term love, that brought her to being a founding member for Young Lungs Dance Exchange. Natasha has served as Janelle's mentor and outside eye for various projects.