ARTISTIC DIRECTOR and Choreographer
Jolene Bailie is Artistic Director of Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers. Her work reflects on soul and identity to express a deeply human experience that is honest, complex, and thorough. A choreographer, director, and producer of contemporary dance, she has created 40 original works, including ten full length works, self-produced over 450 performances, performed the work of many national and international choreographers, and toured her work to national and international acclaim for 19 years, including for festivals, museums, and galleries. Bailie has pursued professional development projects annually 1994-2019, holds a MFA from The American Dance Festival/Hollins University, a BA Honours from The University of Manitoba, a Teacher’s Certificate from The Royal Academy of Dance, is a graduate of The School of Contemporary Dancers, and is Founding Artistic Director of Gearshifting Performance Works.
Zorya is exploring what place hope and faith have in her life. Since her last performance creation, commissioned in 2017, she has worked on an array of artistic projects, including: lead acting in an indie feature film; dancing for Alexandra Elliott; choreographing for The Threepenny Opera (Sick + Twisted/AA Battery); performing with Theatre Projects Manitoba, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (for Artist in Residence, Danielle Sturk) and The Mariachi Ghost in Halifax. Grotowski and Viewpoints hugely influence Zorya’s practice, alongside her interests in Contact Improvisation, psychology of the body, Clown, communication, abstraction and realism, boundary setting, and storytelling. Zorya is a School of Contemporary Dancers Senior Professional Program graduate, holds a BA Honours, and is a Young Lungs Dance Exchange board member. Catch her in Hamlet, January 2020 (ShakespeareFest).
Ming Hon is a dancer, choreographer, and performance artist, incorporating elements of video and installation. Her practice investigates themes of work, pleasure, and the economy/politics of the cis woman’s body. Her works have shown locally and internationally including SummerWorks Festival, as part of The NAC’s Prairie Scene, Fluid Fest, Rich Mix London, and was part of the award winning 2018 programming of CanadaHub in Scotland, among others. She has been featured on CBC, Vice, The Guardian, The BBC and many more. She will be premiering a new solo work ‘Exciting Consequences’ commissioned by Prairie Theatre Exchange in 2020 under her new company A.O.V. Adults Only Video. Hon created Forever in Blue Jeans for WCD in 2014, this is Hon’s second commission for WCD.
Hugh Conacher is a lighting and multi-media designer, and a photographer. He has collaborated with choreographers, directors, visual artists, and dance and theatre companies throughout Canada and around the world, in venues large and small. Hugh has a long association with WCD, having worked as Resident Lighting Designer at WCD from 1983-2007, with WCD Artistic Directors Bill Evans, Tedd Robinson, and Tom Stroud. Hugh was a long time collaborator with WCD founder Rachel Browne, as well as current AD Jolene Bailie, having worked with Bailie on over 450 performances.