We were happy to connect with the dancers performing in Looking Glass to share some of their thoughts on the upcoming production!
Carol-Ann Bohrn Shawn Maclaine
Sophie Milord Andrés Felipe Jiménez Mejia
Justine Erickson Warren McClelland
What has been the most enjoyable part of the process so far? Carol-Ann: Spending the day at the studio with so many brilliant dancers. Shawn: I love making it farther mentally and physically then I think I can. Sophie: The theatrical side of movement. Idan involves so much intention behind movement.
What’s your favorite part to dance? Andres: I have a solo that has a lot of dynamic movement. It really pushes my technique and attention to detail. Justine: I love all the partnering we get to do. Sophie: Since I have had the opportunity to learn all the sections (..yes, all the sections - I first worked as a standby/cover dancer for every role), it is difficult to choose one. But I would say the opening of the piece when it is paired with the music and my two solos.
What are looking forward to most, leading up to the premiere?
Warren: Bringing together all the “parts” of the show – live music, lighting, costumes.
What are you hoping resonates with people who watch the show?
Carol-Ann: The absolute thrill of full-body dancing. Shawn: I am hoping people leave the theatre inspired to move.
Thanks so much to the cast for sharing their energy and thoughts.
Carol-Ann Bohrn headshot credit: Jenna Wilder
Shawn Maclaine headshot credit: Fiona Witherell
Sophie Milord headshot credit: Courtney Maertens
Andrés Felipe Jiménez Mejia headshot credit: Carley Hungerford
Justine Erickson photo credit: Charles Fernandes
Warren McClelland headshot credit: Leif Norman
Save the Date!
Studio Performance and Artist Talk with Christopher House!
One night only: Friday, March 17th at 7:30pm
Free/Pay What You May with a suggested donation of $15-$20 for those who are able; please reserve throughEventbrite.
Christopher House will perform the solo NEWS by Deborah Hay. Following the performance, there will be an Artist Talk moderated by
WCD’s Programming Support, Ian Mozdzen.
About Christopher House:
Christopher House is a queer choreographer, performer, director, educator, and curator. He was resident choreographer and a leading dancer with Toronto Dance Theatre from 1979-2020; the last twenty-six years as Artistic Director. He created over sixty works for TDT, diversified the company’s repertoire, and developed innovative programs in education, audience cultivation, and support for young choreographers.
Christopher has collaborated with many leading companies and artists including The National Ballet of Canada, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Ballet Gulbenkian, Cirque du Soleil, Kimsooja, Ame Henderson, Jordan Tannahill, The Hidden Cameras, and post-modern icon Deborah Hay. He is currently collaborating with Dance Collection Danse, curating an exhibition on the impact of HIV/AIDS on Canadian dance. He is a member of the 8 Days Collective; a long-time Associate Dance Artist of the NAC, and a member of the Order of Canada.
Top image: Omer Yukseker
Choreography: Deborah Hay
Dancer: Christopher House
Headshot of Christopher House: David Leyes
WCD's 50/50 for Dance!
We are so excited to be teaming up with Funding Change for a
much-loved Manitoba tradition...the 50/50!
The winner will receive half of the final amount with the other half going to support Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers' passion for creating, producing, teaching, and presenting contemporary dance with a view to advance the art form for professional artists and audiences alike.
Final Draw: Monday, April 17th, 2023, at 11:00 AM Tickets: $5.00/each, 3/$10.00,10/$20.00
This is a position for a self-starter who is comfortable implementing strategies and taking initiative, as well as being hands-on managing day-to-day office administration. As WCD gears up for its 60th anniversary season, we are looking to grow our subscriber and donor base. While fundraising experience is not required, it is considered a valuable asset.
While a full-time position is preferred, we are open to flexible working arrangements and discussions about how to best structure the position. This position will occasionally work evenings and weekends to accommodate activities such as board meetings, performances, fundraising events, and representation of the organization at public events.
Thank you for being a part of WCD’s community and
appreciating the power of dance.
It’s because of our community that we’ve been able to create and produce contemporary dance in Winnipeg since 1964.
Donations help make dance possible. Donations help make shows possible. Donations help make new creations possible. Donations help provide professional training for dancers. And donations help keep the Rachel Browne Theatre open for a wide variety of shows.
If you have the means, please consider supporting WCD.
WCD gratefully acknowledges and appreciates the support of our community, including patrons, season ticket holders, donors, funders, and volunteers.
WCD is grateful for the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council, the Winnipeg Arts Council, The Winnipeg Foundation, and our season donors.
Thank You to our 2022-2023 Season Donors*:
CONTRIBUTORS $10 000+
Ruth and David Asper and family
Isaac Ben Diamond
Patricia Philpott, in Honour of Ellice Kynman
Marcel Van Woensel
Randal Newman, in Memory of Tedd Robinson
Bonnie and Jim Bailie
Annette Browne, in Memory of Rachel Browne
Leo and Patricia Waisberg
ENTHUSIASTS under $100
Jean Paul Cloutier
*list reflects donations received by February 11, 2023
Photo: Leif Norman
Choreography: Idan Cohen
Dancer: Warren McClelland
With the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council, the Winnipeg Arts Council
and the Winnipeg Foundation!
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