Yvonne Coutts

Yvonne Coutts’ work has been presented and commissioned in Canada by the Brian Webb Dance Company, the Winnipeg Dance Festival, Tangente, Danceworks, Women in View, Dancemakers, Arraymusic, Four Chambers, and Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers. Recipient of the 1994 Bonnie Bird Choreographic Award for choreography, she received a commission from the Laban Center in England, which toured through Europe, the United States, and Asia. This same year, she received an invitation from The Place in London to attend a dance/video forum. Her solo work, Now. In Blue, commissioned by the Canada Dance Festival (CDF) and the CanDance Network, went on to a successful Canadian tour. Her site-specific solo work, Perfect Nowhere, premiered at the 2002 CDF.

In 2006, Yvonne received a second commission from the CDF to create a solo work for Natasha Bakht. In 2009, she created an excerpt for Lana Morton’s En Vin. Yvonne was a company member of Le Groupe Dance Lab from 1988 to 1994 where she interpreted, choreographed, and engaged in numerous creative processes with artists such as Paul André Fortier, Sylvain Èmard, Louis Bédard, Russel Maliphant, Wayne McGregor, Harold Rhéaume, Noam Gagnon, Claudia Moore, Carol Anderson, and Ted Robinson. She moved on to become Artistic Associate at the Lab from 2003 to 2006. Yvonne is a rehearsal director for Anik Bouvrette, Natasha Bakht, and most recently for Jacqueline Ethier’s work choreographed by Peggy Baker. Yvonne Coutts’ work was presented independently in Toronto in the fall of 2013 on a mixed program for Four Chambers which included work by Sylvain Èmard and Ginette Laurin. Yvonne has been influenced by a wide range of teachers including Brian Webb, Peter Boneham, Joan Skinner, David Dorfman, BeBe Miller, Barbara Mahler, and KJ Holmes. She was the movement coach for the NAC English Theatre’s The Glass Menagerie and The Mikado.

Yvonne has been nominated for the K.M. Hunter Artists Award three times, most recently January 2012, which is presented to individual artists in Ontario who are making a significant impact in their field. She has been on the faculty of the Contemporary Dance Programme of The School of Dance since 2000, has been a sessional instructor at the University of Calgary, and has guest taught and choreographed at Grant MacEwan College, The School of Contemporary Dancers, and LADMMI. She has been the the artistic director of Ottawa Dance Directive since its inception in 2010 and has created Fracture (commissioned by the 2012 Canada Dance Festival), Too Near (4 environments), Dialogue (2013), and The Eventual De-Expression of RGS2, with music by Ottawa composer Jesse Stewart, at Ontario Scene in April 2015.