Jeanne-Marie Robillard loves matching inspirational messages to audiences. For her, there’s nothing like enjoying a live artistic experience, sitting shoulder-to-shoulder in the audience and sharing an “ah-ha” moment with everyone in the room.
With 15 years experience as Director of Sales & Marketing with Prologue to the Performing Arts, Robillard represented over 35 performing artists and companies. In her earlier career, she worked in Visual Arts at the AGO, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. Now in her 14th year at the National Speakers Bureau, she is helping to create the ‘wow’ factor by representing high-calibre individuals for their speaking engagements. When Robillard isn’t helping to inspire audiences, she’s a busy mother and wife, with her husband and teen son. Originally from Ottawa, she has been based in Toronto for more that 30 years. She is fluently bilingual.
Natasha Finlay is delighted to join the board of BoucharDanse, having an ongoing admiration for the company’s work and deep respect for Artistic Director Sylvie Bouchard.
Finlay is a dance notator and pre-show speaker for The National Ballet of Canada. Previously the notator and rehearsal manager for Compagnie Marie Chouinard, Finlay has also documented works for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, James Kudelka, Peggy Baker, Paul-André Fortier, Marie-Josée Chartier, Nova Bhattacharya and Danny Grossman. Twice a gold medal recipient in piano pedagogy from the Royal Conservatory of Music, she runs a piano studio in Toronto. She tutors for the Royal Academy of Dance’s Certificate of Ballet Teaching Studies, and has managed outreach programs for Dreamwalker Dance Company, Dance Collection Danse and DanceWorks.
Sylvie Bouchard is originally from Montréal and began her training there before moving to Toronto in 1983, to study at the School of The Toronto Dance Theatre. She subsequently joined Toronto Dance Theatre in 1985 and performed nationally and internationally with them for five years. Bouchard has also performed with Kaeja d’Dance, Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers and Dancemakers and continues to work for many independent choreographers including Susie Burpee, Roger Sinha, Denise Fujiwara, Marie-Josée Chartier and Sashar Zarif. She was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore award for best performance for her solo Cassiopeia, which premiered at the DuMaurier Theatre in 1999.
In 1997, Bouchard formed the company CORPUS with artistic partner David Danzon. Until 2008, she co-created and performed in eight works through CORPUS, touring nationally internationally in theatres and outdoor venues. She also co-choreographed and starred in the popular children’s TV Series Four-Square on Treehouse TV. In 1993, Bouchard created Dusk Dances, a festival presenting dance in public parks. Dusk Dances grew under the artistic direction of Bouchard and Danzon and through CORPUS, until Bouchard became sole festival director in 2008.
As a performer and choreographer, Bouchard most recently created La vie for Mairéad Filgate which premiered at dance: made in canada / fait au canada in 2011; presented and performed in Histoire d’amour (choreographed by Susie Burpee, Denise Fujiwara, Louis-Martin Charest and Sylvie Bouchard with Louis Laberge-Côté) as part of the DanceWorks Series in Toronto in 2012; created L’envol for the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre which premiered at the Fleck Theatre in Toronto in 2012; and choreographed and performed in L’Implorante, created with the Théâtre La Tangente in 2012. As a performer, Bouchard was most recently part of the cast of Eunoia (choreographed by Denise Fujiwara) as part of World Stage in Toronto, and she performed femme assise, a solo work created by Marie-Josée Chartier in 1990, in Older & Reckless in 2013. Bouchard is the recipient of the 2009 K.M. Hunter Artist Award for dance.