Winnipeg ‘s Contemporary Dancers was founded in 1964 by Rachel Browne. Under her direction, the Company grew from a local amateur group into a nationally recognized professional performing ensemble. WCD performed an extensive repertoire of original works by leading Canadian, U.S., and international choreographers, and the Company toured regularly in Winnipeg, throughout Canada and the United States.
Tedd Robinson was appointed Resident Choreographer and subsequently Artistic Director in 1984. His provocative, innovative choreography became a staple of the Company’s repertoire. Tedd initiated the Festival of Canadian Modern Dance, which ran for seven consecutive years, and featured a superb roster of national and international artists.
WCD was under the strong leadership of Artistic Director Tom Stroud until May of 2005. During his tenure, Mr. Stroud’s choreography was featured, along with works by Julia Sasso, Lesandra Dodson, Yvonne Coutts, the late Jean-Pierre Perreault, Stephanie Ballard, Rachel Browne and others. Collaborations were initiated with Mexico ‘s Delfos Danza Contemporanea, EDAM Dance, Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault and Dancemakers.
WCD is committed to the training and development of dancers, choreographers, teachers, technicians, designers and arts administrators. During its 48-year history, the Company has worked with scores of exceptional Canadian and international artists, establishing a reputation for presentation of dance of the highest quality. It has presented hundreds of performances of commissioned and remounted creations, for audiences across the country and abroad. WCD has had a significant impact on both the development and the standard of contemporary dance in Canada .