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Up Next: Flight Paths!
WCD’s Emerging Artist Initiative - one night only - Friday, October 21, 7:30pm

Witness an exciting evening of talent as twelve dancers dive deep into themselves and their dance practice! The future is bright in our first ticketed performance of the season!

Individual tickets: $15 for purchase
Also available as a subscriber add-on for only $10!
Length: 50 minutes


Three distinct works, 12 dancers, pulsating energy,
and a few good laughs!

Flight Paths features the world premiere of Proximity
– a brand new work for nine dancers! 

Proximity was in the creation process right before the first Covid-19 lockdown. Until now, this work has been referred by to as “the dance that was never done”. Experience the power of the individual and the draw of ensemble as proximity impacts connection - to one's self, to one's community, and to the material world wherein we pull up a chair. WCD's largest group work to date for its Emerging Artist Initiative! Proximity is set to original sound by Susan Chafe.

The show also features the audience favourite, Lost (2013) - a theatrical trio that uses humour and text to reflect on losing & finding oneself by way of a lost sock, and The Space In Between (2019) - a vigorous & potent duet that dances through the tension and release of a relationship that grows both away and towards itself.

These three dynamic works make for an exciting and invigorating evening of dance and we hope that you can join us!

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.

Featuring choreography by WCD Artistic Director, Jolene Bailie, additional rehearsal direction by WCD dancer, Warren McClelland, and original sound by Susan Chafe.

WCD’s Emerging Artist Initiative is in partnership with the School of Contemporary Dancers. 

Photos: Leif Norman
Choreography: Jolene Bailie
Proximity -  Alexis Taylor, Juanita Garzón Parra, Sophie Milord, Justine Erickson,  Thomas Oberlin, Gabriela García Ortiz,  Ellice Kynman
Flight Paths (feet) - Justine Erickson, Gabriela García Ortiz, Andrés Felipe Jiménez Mejia, Ellice Kynman, Alexis Taylor, Juanita Garzón Parra, Thomas Oberlin, Zeus Gonzales, Sophie Milord
Lost (two bottom images) - Aileen Holzrichter, Nathalie Sluis

Subscriptions now on sale for WCD's 58th Season
New creations and Internationally acclaimed work
planned for the 2022-23 season!

WCD’s new season will connect, inspire, and engage audiences with
a line-up of truly authentic work!

It will feature works from award-winning Metis/Dutch Canadian artist Daina Ashbee, Israeli choreographer Idan Cohen, and WCD's Artistic Director Jolene Bailie, as well as WCD’s Emerging Artist Initiative.

Artistic Director, Jolene Bailie, is excited to
present a diverse and compelling season.

 "With a focus on new creation and live performances, we welcome a season of internationally acclaimed choreographers and a fantastic line-up of spectacular dancers. We are delighted to introduce Daina Ashbee’s work to Winnipeg audiences, commission Idan Cohen, and engage as an all-Winnipeg team for my upcoming new creation.

Bailie goes on to say, “Through dance, we tell stories. Some stories are about ourselves, some are about others, and some may be abstract ideas or expressions of music. Dance can be said to be the story of the soul. WCD’s work continues with relevancy and optimism, as we continue to dance the stories of the soul."

Audiences are encouraged to purchase season subscriptions to
enjoy special perks such as skipping the line, priority seating flexibility to
exchange tickets, and reduced ticket prices. 

Regular: $85/$95 - includes all three shows!
Senior/Artist/Student/Low Income: $65/$75 - includes all three shows!

Season subscriptions can be purchased
or by calling the WCD box office at 204-452-0229.

All performances are at The Rachel Browne Theatre; an accessible venue with priority seating and an inclusive washroom. Please call ahead to reserve for mobility devices.

Photo: Leif Norman
Choreography: Jolene Bailie
Dancers: Justine Erickson, Gabriela García Ortiz, Andrés Felipe Jiménez Mejia, Ellice Kynman, Alexis
Taylor, Juanita Garzón Parra, Thomas Oberlin, Zeus Gonzales, Sophie Milord

Subscription Series - Three Feature Presentations
Serpentine by Daina Ashbee
Preview performanceNovember 24 at 7:30pm
Performance datesNovember 25 & 26 at 8:00pm, November 27 at 4:00pm
Artist Talk to follow Sunday matinee
Daina Ashbee
WCD is thrilled to introduce Daina Ashbee to Winnipeg audiences! An award-winning Métis/Dutch Canadian artist, Ashbee’s work has been presented to international acclaim in 15 countries and over 35 different cities. Her works have been performed at some of the most prestigious festivals, including The Venice Biennale - and on the world stage (Canada, France, Spain, Belgium, Norway, Finland, Greenland, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Mexico). 

Serpentine is an installation performance, set to an original composition by Jean-Francois Blouin, and features a unique and intimate audience experience with seating right on stage, up close and personal.

Advisories: Mature content, nudity, recommended for 18+.

Dancer: Greys Vecchionacce
Dancer Photo Credit: Saúl Hernández
Daina headshot: Patrice Mathiew
New Creation by Idan Cohen

Preview performanceFebruary 9 at 7:30pm
Performance datesFebruary 10 & 11 at 8:00pm, February 12 at 4:00pm
Artist Talk to follow Sunday matinee
Idan Cohen
WCD is thrilled to commission Idan Cohen to create a new work for WCD! An Israeli choreographer from Kibbutz Mizra, Israel, Cohen was selected by a panel as a Guest Artist in Residence during Covid-19.

Featuring music by Phillip Glass, an ensemble of Winnipeg-based dancers, lighting by Hugh Conacher, and piano études performed live!

Photo credit: Lior Noyman
New Creation by Jolene Bailie
Preview performanceApril 13 at 7:30pm
Performance datesApril 14 & 15 at 8:00pm, April 16 at 4:00pm 
Artist Talk to follow Sunday matinee
Jolene Bailie
New Creation by WCD Artistic Director, Jolene Bailie, showcasing an all-Winnipeg team! Featuring an ensemble of dancers, original sound by Emma Hendrix, and lighting by long-time collaborator, Hugh Conacher. Known for visual and complex work, Bailie creates experimental works that are highly physical, abstract, and reflective.

This new work uses cycles of exertion and release to reflect on perception, desire, and capacity.

Dancer photo credit: Hugh Conacher
Dancer (left): Julious Gambalan
Dancer (right): Warren McClelland
Jolene Headshot: Kristen Sawatsky
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.

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.   




Photo: Leif Norman
Choreography: Jolene Bailie
Dancers: Carol-Ann Bohrn and Warren McClelland

Thank You to Our Donors

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 all those who have generously donated right at the beginning of our 2022-2023 Season!


Ruth and David Asper and family


Patricia Philpott, in Honour of Ellice Kynman


Blair Philpott
Wanda Koop


Lorne Sunley
Nicole Zajac
Ruth Thomson

ENTHUSIASTS under $100

Angela Olivier
Jennifer Litchfield
Martha Barwinsky



Photo: Leif Norman
Choreography: Jolene Bailie
Dancer: Andres Felipe Jimenez Mejia

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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