Michael Caldwell is a Dora-nominated, Toronto-based choreographer and performer. An “intense dynamo on stage” (Scene4) with “exceptional interpretive skills” (The Globe and Mail), Caldwell has collaborated with many of Canada’s esteemed dance creators and companies including Peggy Baker, Sylvie Bouchard, Danny Grossman, Guillaume Côté, Maxine Heppner, Sasha Ivanochko, James Kudelka, Louis Laberge-Côté, Tedd Robinson, William Yong, Anandam Dance Theatre, Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, Corpus Dance Projects, Dusk Dances, Kaeja d’Dance, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre and Signal Theatre, and has performed across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Caldwell quickly garnered critical acclaim for his “daring and powerful” (Bateman Reviews) choreography. His work has been presented at the dance: made in canada/fait au canada festival, Dusk Dances, the CanAsian Dance Festival, Dance Matters, Series 8:08 (resident artist), Porch View Dances and the Toronto Fringe Festival. He is working on a large-scale group work examining subtle communication within a world of loneliness and isolation. With a bachelor’s degree in film and art history from Syracuse University, Caldwell sits on the board of directors at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and at the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists – Ontario Chapter, and is artistic producer for the Fall for Dance North Festival.
Born in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, Zhenya grew up in a household of musicians and from an early age developed a great passion for the arts. After studying ballroom dance for nine years, he was invited to become a member of Moldova’s Show Ballet Theodor where his versatility in a range of dance styles had a chance to shine. In 2006 Zhenya arrived in Canada where quickly became an active member of the contemporary dance scene.
He has been featured in the works of a number of companies including; BoucharDanse, Coleman Lemieux Compagnie, Chimera Project, Corpus, Danny Grossman Dance Company, Menaka Thakkar Dance Company, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre.
Fort the past three years he has been a member of Dusk Dances core ensemble.
Irvin Chow began dancing at the Ontario School of Ballet in Toronto. He was then accepted into the BFA Dance program at York University in 2007. Throughout the last few years he has danced in projects by: Angela Blumberg, Sylvie Bouchard, Debra Brown, Susan Cash, Robert Glumbeck, Michael Greyeyes, Terrill Maguire, Yvonne Ng and William Yong.
Irvin has performed as a part of David Earle’s (2011) Miserere in the Toronto Heritage Dance project and with Julia Sasso (2012) in her most recent show,SLoE, performed at the Enwave Theatre. Irvin was a part of the 2012 Dusk Dances tour dancing in a Flock of Flyers andTenterhooks.
Jordana Deveau is an active force in the Toronto dance community as an interpreter, creator, producer, educator, and rehearsal director. A principal performer with CCDT since 1994, her passion and skill launched her into the roles of rehearsal director and then associate artistic director, where she trained future generations of dance artists for seven years. She is the co-artistic director of JDdance, a multifaceted dance theatre collective she co-founded with Jesse Dell in 2009. With her mentor Donna Krasnow, PhD, Deveau co-authored C-I Training: Conditioning with Imagery for Dancers. She trained in Toronto, Guelph, Vancouver, New York and Vienna, and performed in the U.S., Europe and across Canada interpreting works by notable choreographers including Carol Anderson, Peggy Baker, Sidra Bell, David Earle, Kate Franklin, Margie Gillis, Louis Laberge-Côté, Andrea Nann, Roger Sinha, Holly Small, Santee Smith and Gerry Trentham.
Mairéad Filgate is a Toronto-based dance artist and graduate of the Etobicoke School of the Arts and the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She was a member of the Danny Grossman Dance Company (2003-2008), is Artistic Associate with tiger princess dance projects, and collaborates regularly with BoucharDanse, Dusk Dances, and Public Recordings. With Public Recordings she toured across Canada and Europe and was co-recipient of Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Best Production and Best Ensemble for what we are saying (2014). Recently she has also performed work by Trisha Brown (NYC; as part of Nuit Blanche Toronto), Tino Seghal (Berlin), Bill Coleman, Ian Spencer Bell (NYC), Kaeja d’Dance, and Tom Brouillette. In 2008 she co-founded Throwdown Collective, a collaborative company that creates site-specific and stage work. Their work Various Concert (2015) received the Audience Choice Award for the MainStage Series at dance: made in canada/fait au canada. Mairéad is a board member of the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists and a part-time student of Sociology and Women & Gender Studies at the University of Toronto.
Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Tyler Gledhill trained at The National Ballet School in Toronto, Het National Balletacademie in Amsterdam, and The Pacific Northwest Ballet School in Seattle. While in school he was presented with the Peter Dwyer Scholarship for the Performing Arts and the Lawrence Hasket Memorial Award. He began his career in The Netherlands with Introdans, touring throughout Europe and Asia. Next he danced with The Göteborg Ballet and Cullberg Ballet in Sweden. Now an independent artist, based in Toronto, he works with Hit & Run Productions, Opera Atelier, The Chimera Project, ProArte Danza, The Dietrich Group, Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, Dasein Dance Theatre, Desiraeda Dance Theatre, BoucharDanse, Human Body Expression and Pollux Dance. For his role in DA Hoskins’ PARIS1994/Gallery in 2010, Gledhill was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for outstanding performance in a dance show. He received his yoga certification at Yoga Vidya Gurukul in Nasik, India in 2011 and further training on The Great Yoga Wall in California at Ventura Yoga in 2014. He is also certified by Hard Candy Fitness as an Addicted to Sweat and Beast instructor.
Born and raised on Cape Breton Island, Molly Johnson is a Toronto-based independent dance artist. Molly has worked with such esteemed artists as Nova Bhattacharya, Sylvie Bouchard, Susie Burpee, Tina Fushell, Sharon Moore, Julia Sasso, and Heidi Strauss. She has spent close to a decade performing in parks across Ontario and beyond with Dusk Dances and is an ongoing collaborator with Marie France Forcier’s Forcier Stage Works, with whom she won a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female in 2013’s Lab Rats.
Molly dances for Montréal’s Le Carré des Lombes, performing the acclaimed work of Danièle Desnoyers nationally and abroad. Under the umbrella of MjB, she investigates artistic practices with musician James Bunton. Molly was a 2012 recipient of an Ontario Arts Council International Residency grant, a 2013 Finalist for the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award, and is a freelance writer in the space between.
Originally from Aurora, Ontario, Sebastian “Bash” Hirtenstein discovered dance at twelve years old, therefore discovering himself. His versatility, fearlessness and captivating personality in performance has allowed him to work with a wide spectrum of choreographers & companies such as Puja Amin, Addy Chan, Michael Caldwell, Emilio Collalilo, DLM Entertainment, Scott Fordham, Lenny de la Pena, Rodney Diverlus, The Dietrich Group, Gadfly, Denone Isaacs, Hollywood Jade, Jennifer Thiessen, Hit & Run Dance, POV Dance Project, Irvin Washington, and at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre with Nova Bhattacharya, Marc Boivin, Susie Burpee, Peter Chin, Jennifer Dallas, Robert Desrosiers, Danny Grossman, Christopher House, Allen Kaeja, Louis Laberge-Côté, Sharon Moore, Julia Sasso, and Darryl Tracy.
He has toured throughout Canada with the sensational Bollywood company Sanskriti Arts, with Creativiva’s family musicals “Pinocchio” and “Aladdin” in Qatar and Dubai, and has shared the stage with Jason Derulo, Ariana Grande, Kiesza, Mia Martina, and Lady Pista.
Kathleen Legassick is an independent dance artist, choreographer, and performer based out of Toronto, Ontario. She was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario where she trained for 15 years at the Canadian School of Dance. Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ryerson University’s Performance Dance Program.
She has worked with esteemed companies including; ProArteDanza, Chartier Danse, Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, ACE Dance Theatre, Impromptu Movements and Toronto School of Circus Arts. She has collaborated with many established choreographers including Louis Laberge-Côté, Bill Coleman, Marie-Josée Chartier, David Earle, Roberto Campanella, Robert Glumbek, Ryan Lee, Hanna Kiel, Colin Connor, Jesse Robb, Bonnie Kim, Mauro Astolfi and Jeff Dimitriou.
Jillian Peever first moved to Toronto when she began training at the National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program. Here she achieved several qualifications in dance teaching and graduated the program with Distinction. After discovering a real passion for modern dance she decided to further her dance training at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre where she was regularly involved in student productions as producer, choreographer, and dancer. While at the school she danced in works by Marc Boivin, Jennifer Dallas, Susanna Hood, Christopher House, Sasha Ivanochko, Danny Grossman, Sharon Moore, Julia Sasso, Darryl Tracy, Michael Trent, and William Yong. She also performed in Peggy Baker’s Nuit Blanche work titled Move.
A member of Toronto Dance Theatre for eight seasons, Kaitlin Standeven was a collaborator in the creation of five original full-length works by Artistic Director Christopher House. During her time with TDT, she had the privilege of working with many affecting artists, most notably Susie Burpee, Deborah Hay, Ame Henderson and Heidi Strauss. With a renewed commitment to her role as an interpreter and keen interest in collaborative endeavours, Standeven continues her work now as an independent artist. She is currently engaged with creators Angela Blumberg, Marie-Josée Chartier and Simon Renaud, and recently toured with ProArteDanza. She is incredibly pleased to be joining BoucharDanse. Standeven holds a BFA from Ryerson University.
Brodie Stevenson was born in the small village of Wuikinuxv on British Columbia’s central coast. He was a company member of Toronto Dance Theatre from 2008 to 2014, where he created original roles in works by Artistic Director Christopher House and also performed for guest choreographers such as Lina Cruz, Étienne Guilloteau, Deborah Hay and Heidi Strauss.
Independently, Stevenson has had the immense pleasure of working with many notable choreographers including Julia Aplin, Peggy Baker, DA Hoskins and Sasha Ivanochko. Since 2008, he has been touring across Canada with Dusk Dances as a member of its core ensemble.
Also in 2008, Stevenson co-founded the Throwdown Collective with whom he has co-created three outdoor pieces for Dusk Dances to critical acclaim. In 2015, the collective premiered Various Concert at the festival dance: made in canada/fait au canada. The artist currently serves as Chair of the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists – Ontario Chapter.
Meredith Thompson is a Toronto-based independent dance artist, originally from Huntsville, Ontario. A York University graduate (BFA/BEd, 2000), she began her career as a member of the Danny Grossman Dance Company, and soon thereafter began working with Dancetheatre David Earle. Over the years, she has also enjoyed projects and performances with Trish Beatty, Sylvie Bouchard/BoucharDanse, Tina Fushell, Barbara Lindenberg, Yvonne Ng/Princess Productions, and Santee Smith/Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, among others. A core member of Dusk Dances, the artist has been performing and touring with this popular outdoor dance festival since 2007. Co-choreographic projects with fellow dance artists Mairéad Filgate and Kate Franklin (respectively) have been presented at a number of festivals and events. Fond of teaching and young people, Thompson has also worked extensively as a teaching artist with the Toronto District School Board, and is currently on faculty at George Brown Dance, as well as at the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, where she is the Director of the Young Apprentice Program.
Brendan Wyatt is an independent dance artist with over twenty years of experience in classical and contemporary dance. Since 2005 Wyatt has been one of the Canada’s most sought after professional dancers, collaborating and performing in over 50 works.
Wyatt trained professionally at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. In 1997 he co-created and instructed an interactive dance program for the postural and spatial awareness of visually challenged students with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Victoria BC.
Wyatt has interpreted works for a multitude of companies and choreographers across the country, creating and performing in dances by Andrea Nann, Heidi Strauss, DA Hoskins, Robert Glumbek, Sharon Moore, Sasha Ivanochko and Susie Burpee for Winnpeg’s Contemporary Dancers, Kevin O’Day, Emily Molnar, Matjash Mzorwecki, Shaun Hounsel and Roberto Campanella for ProArte Danaza, Yvonne Ng, William Yong, The Chimera Project, Sylvie Bouchard for Dusk Dances, Marie Forcier, Karen Jamieson and Trish Beatty.