Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (WCD) presents MAYDAY’s production of Animal Triste.

February 13-15, 8pm
The Rachel Browne Theatre 

Tickets $22-$30

This highly charged show has travelled the world, including Brazil, Italy, France, the Netherlands, and Sweden to name a few. WCD is the first to bring this incredible show to the Prairies.

Phone 204-452-0229 or click here to purchase tickets.

Photo by Mathieu Doyon

In Animal Triste, four dancers grapple with an inner war that flares in the background. Neither quite man nor woman, slaves to their desires and anxious to escape them, prisoners of the tribal instinct, they are terrestrial beings, wild animals, angels and demons. Side by side, these domesticated primates rush towards something: their ruin, most likely.

Animal Triste features the internationally acclaimed and award winning choreography of Mélanie Demers and a national cast of dancers from Vancouver, Ontario, and Quebec, including: Marc Boivin, James Gnam, Brianna Lombardo, and Léa Noblet Di Ziranaldi.

Artist Talk to follow February 14th performance.

WCD received a Community Grant from The Winnipeg Foundation to support artist fees to ten dancers and two commissioned choreographers for WCD’s first show of the season, ACTUALIZE, marking WCD’s 55th season and the beginning of WCD's new chapter led by its newly appointed Artistic Director, Jolene Bailie.

The purpose of this grant was to create a project that was meaningful and inclusive to the Winnipeg contemporary dance community, including: providing an opportunity for new entryways into working with WCD; opportunities for new creation; increased opportunities for dancers through engaging a larger cast; and opportunities for training by providing professional development opportunities for both the artists engaged and the professional community at large through open classes. This project supported and engaged dance artists at various stages of their career, including emerging, mid-career, and senior artists. The entire project included ten dancers, three choreographers, five teachers, and an offering of 18 professional level classes.

WCD was thrilled to bring together an incredible ensemble. The impact from this grant was significant, and our three show run was met with enthusiastic response, opening to a full house.

“I am so grateful to have had the terrifying and exhilarating opportunity to dance in someone else's work at this stage in my life. Zorya's artistry and humanity are gifts worth sharing and I was honoured to help bring her ideas to light for the Winnipeg dance audience.”
- D-Anne Kuby

D-Anne Kuby started her professional dance career as an apprentice to Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers in 1978 and danced with the company until 1991. D-Anne returned to dance with WCD with support from The Winnipeg Foundation.

Photos by Leif Norman

Facility Rentals

We are now taking theatre bookings for the 2020-2021 season; our new season begins June 1, 2020!

Limited rental space is still available in March, April, and May, 2020.

Our venue is located in the heart of Winnipeg's historic Exchange District and could be the ideal location for your next event or function. The Rachel Browne Theatre is available to rent for dance, theatre and music performances, as well as workshops, lectures, classes and fundraisers. The theatre is outfitted with a deluxe seating system, a sprung floor, a production booth, two dressing rooms, as well as lighting and sound equipment.

Photo by Gary Sewell

Support Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers!

Your support ensures we can continue providing quality, innovative dance works each season. 

Please consider making a gift today.

Photo by Jolene Bailie


The Asper Foundation

Gail Asper, O.C., O.M., LL.D. and Michael Paterson

Douglas Arrell
Isaac Ben Diamond
Stan Newman/Remax Professionals
Wawnesa Insurance
Across the Board Game Café

Annette Browne – in honour of Rachel Browne

Claire Cram
Jan C.L. Johnson
Leo and Patricia Waisberg

ENTHUSIASTS under $100
Robert Schuppel
Hilary Druxman Design 

We would be thrilled to add more names to our donor list. If you would like to help us build our donor support, which will help us to stay at our current residence and maintain our beloved Rachel Browne Theatre, we are happy to accept donations in any amount. 

Donations with tax receipts can be made right now online through Canada Helps here, in person, or by phone at 204-452-0229.

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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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