NEW CREATION by JERA WOLFE
Born in Toronto, Canada, Dora winner Jera Wolfe is a choreographer and performer of Métis heritage and is an Associate Artist with Red Sky Performance.
Jera is the official Canadian choreographer for NBS’s Sharing Dance Day 2020 and the Ontario Ambassador for International Dance Day 2020.
His captivating choreography has awarded him the 2019 Dora Mavor Moore Award for
Outstanding Original Choreography for “Trace”. He has demonstrated an impressive repertoire of works presented by Canadian Stage, Fall For Dance North, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Festival des arts de Saint-Sauveur, Danse Danse, and Jacob’s Pillow.
His recent works include “Bare” choreographed at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, “Trace” by Red Sky Performance, “Arise” for Canada’s National Ballet School, “Embers” for Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, “Willow” for the School of Contemporary Dancers, and “Reliance” for School of Performance and Ryerson University. Jera graduated from Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and, since 2016, returned to the company to create new works each year.
Aside from choreography, Jera has also performed in many dance performances including, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, “who we are in the dark”, as part of the Holland Dance Festival.
Featuring a cast of Winnipeg dancers: Carol-Ann Bohrn, Allison Brooks, Mark Dela Cruz, Kira Hofmann.
Carol-Ann Bohrn grew up in Brandon, Manitoba. Select performance credits: The Space in Between, Modulations, Last Schema, An Aspect of Alterity, and Anthem for Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (Jolene Bailie), four seasons with Gearshifting Performance Works (Bailie, Marie-Josée Chartier, Rachel Browne), Sick + Twisted Theatre, Odette Heyn, Ming Hon, Saskatoon’s White Birch Ballet (Darlene Williams, Gioconda Barbuto, Josh Beamish), and for television commercials. Carol-Ann was selected to participate in both the Cartae Open School at aceartinc; and the Foundation Mentorship Program at MAWA. Recently, Carol-Ann was nominated for an Evie Award for her choreographic collaboration with Alexandra Garrido and Thom Morgan Jones for the full-length song cycle show By Grand Central Station at the Prairie Theatre Exchange’s Mainstage season, 2020. Carol-Ann is a graduate of The School of Contemporary Dancers and also trained at Ryerson University and The Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Teacher Training Program.
Allison Brooks graduated from the School of Contemporary Dancers (2017). Since then she has performed internationally with many talented dance artists. Allison previously danced for WCD as part of the Artist in Residence seasons for the creation of two world premieres, Beyond with choreographer Jason Martin (2018), and Lucas is Lonely with choreographer Jasmine Ellis (2019). As an emerging dancer, Allison danced with WCD’s Verge for three projects, working with Stephanie Ballard and Brent Lott. Additional credits include: GPS Collective’s tour to Leon, Mexico and with Meghan O’Shea for Pop Up Dances in Newfoundland and Victoria and The Love Project in Vancouver. Currently splitting her time between Winnipeg and Vancouver, Allison also works as a Stott Pilates instructor.
Mark Dela Cruz
Mark Dela Cruz is a Filipinx-Canadian dance artist based out of Treaty 1 Territory, known as Winnipeg, Canada. A graduate of the School of Contemporary Dancers, he’s been able to deeply nourish and supplement his origins in street dance training. He has performed with Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers – for Artist in Residence projects Lucas is Lonely with Jasmine Ellis and Flesh + Machine with Danielle Sturk. Additional performances include: Weather Parade Dance Theatre, Christina Medina, and Harold Rhéaume. For the last two seasons, Mark worked as a choreographer for a national registered charity called Outside Looking In. His most recent performances during the COVID-19 Pandemic: a live socially-distant performance at Rainbow Stage for Drop In Dance’s Recital, an Instagram Live broadcast of ‘House Party’ by LIVE Dance, and a Zoom broadcast for Young Lungs Dance Exchange’s Research Series.
Born in Kelowna, BC, Kira Hofmann began her professional training at the age of 13 at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. After graduating from the Ballet Academic Program under the direction of Arlene Minkhorst, Kira continued her dance training in the Akadamie at the John Cranko School in Stuttgart, Germany. At the age of 18, she accepted an apprenticeship with the Stuttgart Ballet, where she performed numerous ballets including John Cranko’s Taming of the Shrew and Onegin. During her time with the company, Kira danced both classical and contemporary repertoire and toured to Singapore, Thailand, and Oman. Since moving back to Canada, she has worked as artistic assistant to choreographer, Jera Wolfe to set contemporary works on Canada’s National Ballet School, The School of Contemporary Dancers, and Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Kira achieved her Teaching Certificate from The Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and currently teaches in the Professional Division at the RWB. She is thrilled to continue her journey back on stage.
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.