We’d love to connect with you as we kick off our 58th season of
creating and presenting contemporary dance!
We are thrilled to feature performances by a spectacular cast of Winnipeg dancers including Reymark Capacete and Andrés Felipe Jiménez Mejia, who are both making their WCD debut! We also welcome back an exciting group of returning dancers including Carol-Ann Bohrn, Julious Gambalan, Shawn Maclaine, Warren McClelland, and Shayla Rudd.
Enjoy a WCD performance! Be the first to hear about our 2022/23 season! Enjoy a beverage at our cash bar! Win prizes! Mix and mingle with artists! Check out our lobby expansion! Be the first to welcome new dancers to the WCD stage! Celebrate returning dancers!
WCD's Season Launch is presented as part of Culture Days.
We are thrilled to introduce the dancers performing
in WCD’s Season Launch!
WCD debut performance!
Photo: Reymark Capacete
Andrés Felipe Jiménez Mejia
WCD debut performance! You may recognize Andres from WCD’s Emerging Artist Initiative (2020, 2021) where he performed the works Covid Sonata, Aspects of Alterity, and Dancing through Uncertainty (choreography by Jolene Bailie).
Photo: Carley Hungerford
Returning dancer! Previous WCD credits include in between here and now, The Space in Between, Modulations, Last Schema, An Aspect of Alterity, Anthem, Body & Light (all by Jolene Bailie) and Begin Again (by Jera Wolfe). Carol-Ann performs in WCD’s Class at Home, a free online class, and danced in WCD’s Guest Artist in Residence research project with Ralph Escamillan, remixing choreography by Tedd Robinson, and an artistic process with Mélanie Demers.
Photo: Jenna Wilder
Returning dancer! Previous WCD credits include in between here and now and Body & Light (both by Jolene Bailie). Julious also danced in WCD’s Guest Artist in Residence research project with Ralph Escamillan, remixing choreography by Tedd Robinson, in WCD’s Emerging Artist Initiative shows Calibrations of Flux & Up Close and disDANCING, and previously for Verge: Remembering Rachel Browne.
Photo: Mark Dela Cruz
Returning dancer! Previous WCD credits include in between here and now, Last Schema,Covid Sonata, Body & Light, Anthem (all by Jolene Bailie), and COMMENTARY ON/OFF (by Ming Hon). Shawn recently danced in a WCD research project with Guest Artist in Residence, Idan Cohen, and expanded his work in dance to include working as a Rehearsal Director and Assistant Stage Manager for WCD’s Emerging Artist Initiative show, RECONNECT. As an emerging dancer, Shawn also performed in WCD’s Verge.
Photo: Fiona Witherell
Returning dancer! Previous WCD credits include in between here and now, Body & Light, Last Schema, Anthem, Modulations, The Space in Between, As Though I Had Wings, For the Turnstiles, GORGE, and as an emerging dancer in Verge. Warren also danced in WCD research projects with Guest Artists in Residence, Ralph Escamillan, and Idan Cohen. This season, Warren is working as an additional Rehearsal Director and Assistant Stage Manager for WCD’s Emerging Artist Initiative show.
Photo: Leif Norman
Returning dancer! Previous WCD credits include in between here and now. Shayla previously danced in WCD’s Emerging Artist Initiative for three seasons and in the works Lost, Myriad Beings, Feedback, Bell/Anti-Bell, and Dancing through Uncertainty (all by Jolene Bailie). Shayla also danced in a WCD research project with Guest Artist in Residence, Idan Cohen, and dances in WCD: Class at Home 2, a free online class.
Photo: Jastin Manalo
WCD’s Season Launch features choreography by our Artistic Director, Jolene Bailie! Appointed Artistic Director in the fall of 2019, Bailie came to WCD with a large body of choreographic work and a practice of creating one new work per year. Works by Bailie performed by WCD since appointment include in between here and now, Modulations, The Space In Between, Last Schema, Anthem, An Aspect of Alterity, Body & Light, and Covid Sonata. Full evenings of Bailie’s choreographies have also been presented for Calibrations of Flux and Up Close and disDANCING as well as Reconnect for WCD’s Emerging Artist Initiative and WCD’s online presentations.
WCD's Season Launch features original sound by Emma Hendrix. Emma Hendrix is a sound designer, composer, and artist focused on creative technology. Through sound, Emma builds visceral, expressive environments that explore the inherent qualities of sounds, particularly field recordings, found sounds, and ‘machine languages’ of everyday things.
WCD is thrilled to welcome Venue Technician, Zambia Pankratz, and Stage Manager, Samantha Desiree, who are also
working with us for the first time!
We are so saddened to hear of the passing of Tedd Robinson. One of Canada’s most celebrated dance artists, his artistry deeply influenced the development of WCD and the development of contemporary dance in Winnipeg.
Robinson was a Resident Choreographer and subsequently Artistic Director in 1984. His provocative, innovative choreography became the main staple of the Company’s repertoire. During Robinson’s tenure, WCD also presented the Festival of Canadian Modern Dance, which featured a superb roster of national and international artists. Additional highlights include WCD’s 20th Anniversary Gala, the 1985 tour to Mexico, and the 1989 performance of Robinson’s Lepidoptera at the National Arts Centre.
Robinson’s contributions to dance were wide-reaching. After WCD, Robinson pursued a tremendously successful solo career and his critically acclaimed work was presented nationally and internationally. Robinson created for many of Canada’s most renowned artists, worked as a choreographic consultant, and supported the development of many emerging artists. In 1998 he founded his own company, 10 Gates Dancing, to promote the development and performance of contemporary dance.
Tedd’s work continued to be presented by WCD on numerous occasions after his tenure, including several full-length solo shows. His choreography was most recently presented at WCD in 2016 and 2017. In May, 2021, WCD Guest Artist in Residence, Ralph Escamillan, worked over Zoom to re-mix excerpts from Robinson’s choreography Camping Out with WCD dancers.
Tedd Robinson passed away on August 27, 2022, at the age of 69.
Tedd’s contributions to WCD and the Winnipeg dance community are significant and we are grateful for all that he gave us. We offer sincere condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.
ClickHERE to read a beautiful feature from The Free Press.
Photo of Tedd Robinson by Rod MacIvor
Save the Date!
Please join us for WCD's Emerging Artist Initiative show on
Friday, October 21st at 7:30pm.
Witness an exciting evening of talent as twelve dancers dive deep into themselves and their artistic practice!
The future is bright in our first ticketed performance of the season!
Dancers: Justine Erickson, Gabriela García Ortiz, Andrés Felipe Jiménez Mejia, Ellice Kynman, Alexis Taylor, Juanita Garzón Parra, Thomas Oberlin, Zeus Gonzales, Natalie Sluis, Aileen Holzrichter, Anne Neudorf and Sophie Milord.
WCD's Emerging Artist Initiative is in partnership with
the School of Contemporary Dancers.
Photo from WCD's 2019 Emerging Artist Initiative
Choreography and photo: Jolene Bailie
Dancers: Anastasia Evsigneeva and Emily Solstice
Please Consider Supporting WCD
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 made today help us start the 22/23 season on
more stable footing.
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