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 created La vie for dancer Mairéad Filgate which premiered at dance: made in Canada/fait au Canada in 2011; presented and performed Histoire d’amour (choreographed by Julia Aplin, Susie Burpee, Louis-Marin Charest, Denise Fujiwara and Sylvie Bouchard with Louis Laberge-Côté) as part of DanceWorks series in Toronto, in 2012; created L’envol and Petits rêves for the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, presented at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre, in Toronto, in 2012, 2013 and 2015; choreographed and performed in L’Implorante, created in collaboration with le Théâtre la Tangente, and presented in Toronto in 2012, and in Ottawa in 2013; and created L’éternel voyage, presented at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre, as part of Next Steps, alongside L’Implorante. As a performer, Sylvie Bouchard was recently seen as part of the cast of EUNOIA (choreographed by Denise Fujiwara) part of World Stage series at the Harbroufront Centre Theatre, in Toronto (2014), and on a Canadian tour (2016); she performed in femme assise, a solo work created by Marie-Josée Chartier in 1990, in Older & Reckless in 2013; and was part of the cast of Art of Peace, a multi-disciplinary performance created by Gerry Trentham and presented at Fort York, in Toronto, in 2016.
Sachi Otsuka is an energetic Business Management professional, with expertise in project management and marketing strategy development.
Sachi has been a performing arts enthusiast since she first saw a musical theatre in her late teens; consequently, she holds BA in Theatre Studies from Osaka University.
After experiencing brand management focusing on business planning and audience analysis in a global consumer goods company, her passion for arts and theatre led her to move to Toronto to study Arts Administration and Event Marketing aiming for an expansion of the professional field. She immersed herself in Toronto’s arts and culture sector, including SummerWorks and Canadian Stage by volunteering. She is also a world traveller who has visited numerous countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.
Actively being involved in the arts and entertainment scene, Sachi aspires to bring unforgettable life-changing experience to people.
Communications and Marketing.
Mikael Lavogiez is a web designer, photographer and videographer. A native of Strasbourg, France, he completed a degree in geography, but soon changed course and decided to invest his passion for photography and design within the arts and culture sector.
It was in Brussels in 2001 that Mikael met Pierre Diependaele and Louis Ziegler, artistic directors of Theatre du Marché aux Grains. With the group, Mikael worked as a technician and also created videographic imagery for such productions as Troilus et Cressida, Cassandre and Le Jour des Meurtres dans l’histoire d’Hamlet. He also delved into audiovisual production and created the association Procreaction, dedicated to recording and editing concerts and plays, as well as producing documentaries and short films.
After multiple trips to Asia, the USA and Europe, Mikael decided to continue his artistic adventure in Canada. In 2008, he packed his bags and moved to Toronto where he quickly connected with local artists, choreographers and directors. After undertaking many roles within several artistic companies in Toronto, he created his own company, iSpin Media, in 2009 offering graphic design, web-design, photo/video and public relations services
Stephanie Aranda is a creative, driven and enthusiastic Communications and Marketing professional with a focus on arts, culture and community engagement. A graduate of York University, Stephanie has worked with some of the most influential community-engaged arts organizations in the city of Toronto, including: North York Arts, ArtReach Toronto and VIBE Arts. Over the course of her professional career, Stephanie has led some dynamic cultural projects, most notably developing the marketing plan and building the creative materials for Welcome 41, a series of murals created by youth across Ontario which were displayed throughout the TTC system welcoming the international athletes of the Pan Am Games. Stephanie is a foodie, loves taking photographs and is always up for a travel adventure.
The Dance Umbrella of Ontario (DUO) provides administrative and management services to Ontario’s dance enterprises. www.danceumbrella.net