• Metis Jigging Workshop with Yvonne Chartrand

    Metis Jigging Workshop with Yvonne Chartrand

    Sunday, February 14th, 2016

    11:00 am -12:30 pm

    Location: School of Contemporary Dancers

    104- 211 Bannatyne Avenue

    Workshop Fee $10  


    Yvonne Chartrand is a choreographer and dancer as well as a national award-winning master Métis jigger. Her Michif (Métis) ancestors comes from St. Laurent, Manitoba. She is the Artistic Director of V’ni Dansi, whose name translates as “Come and Dance” in Michif. Traditional and contemporary styles of Métis dance are performed under the name the Louis Riel Métis Dancers and Indigenous contemporary dance works as V’ni Dansi.  As a choreographer she has conceptualized and co-choreographed company group works A Poet and Prophet, Gabriel‘s Crossing, and The Crossing. Her first full-length dance-theatre work, Cooking It Up Métis has toured throughout BC. Her solo works include MargueriteStories from St. Laurent, and she is presently creating Eagle Spirit. Recently performed is her commissioned solo Sara Riel: The Long Journey created by Robin Poitras and Edward Poitras. Yvonne was awarded a 2011 Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award from the Canada Council for the Arts.

    Space is limited. Please contact Vanessa at or 204-452-0229 to reserve your spot.


  • Masterclass with Margie Gillis — The Dance Post

    Kathleen Hiley Solo Projects in partnership with

    Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers and the School of Contemporary Dancers presents a Master Class with Margie Gillis.

    Date: Wednesday February 10th, 2016Time: 9:30-11:00 AM

    Location: The School of Contemporary Dancers104-211 Bannatyne AvenueCost: $15 Space is limited.

    Please contact Kathleen or 204-688-5014 to reserve your spot.This master class is designed to encourage the dancer to rediscover the wisdom of the body as well as to reconnect with the curiosity and awe that initiate and inspire movement. The work in class strives to increase openness for continued experimentation, exploration and understanding through movement. The dancer is sensitized to the links between his/her thoughts, emotions and body. Emphasis is on observing the natural kinetic process: how our “inner landscape”, generated by electric impulses, is expressed in the muscles through movement.Dancing from the inside out: « My approach to dance and choreography is based on listening to the different connections that exist between the spirit and the body. This is the natural kinetic process whereby our inner landscape translates into electric impulses that transmit to the muscles the information as to how and with what quality to move. » -Margie Gillis MARGIE GILLISInternationally acclaimed modern dancer/choreographer, Margie Gillis has been creating original works for over forty years. Her repertoire now includes more than one hundred pieces, which she performs as solos, duets and group pieces. Over the years, Margie Gillis has won over loyal audiences with her masterful interpretation of the different facets of the human soul. Relentlessly, she continues to develop her work through experimenting, teaching and creating.In 1979, Margie Gillis was invited to teach and give lectures in China, thus becoming the first artist from the West to introduce modern dance in that country after the Cultural Revolution. Two years later, she founded her own company, the Margie Gillis Dance Foundation with the mission to support and present her artistic work. Her international tours have taken her to Asia, India, Europe and the Middle East as well as across North and South America.In parallel to her solo work and on a regular basis, Margie Gillis collaborates on projects initiated by her peers. She has worked with some of the most important dance artists and companies of her time. Teaching is also an important aspect of her career. She offers workshops for dance professionals and students in various cities throughout the world, including New York where she has taught at the prestigious Juilliard School. She also gives lectures on dance and the role of art in society. With her unique approach of “Dancing from the Inside Out”, she teaches her art form to professionals and aficionados. She also mentors fellow artists of excellence and new dancers alike.Margie Gillis is a socially committed artist. She has been spokesperson for a number of organizations dedicated to the fight against AIDS as well as for OXFAM and the Planned Parenthood Foundation. She is a fierce defender of environmental causes.AWARDS & DISTINCTIONSMargie Gillis is an Honorary Cultural Ambassador for both the Quebec and Canadian governments. In 1988, she was the first modern dance artist to be awarded the Order of Canada. In 2001, she received a Career Grant from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for her exceptional contribution to Quebec culture. In the fall of 2008, Margie Gillis was chosen by the Stella Adler Studio of New York to receive their first MAD Spirit Award for her involvement in various social causes, and she was awarded the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts by a jury of her peers at the Canada Council for the Arts. In June of 2009, Margie Gillis was appointed Knight of the Ordre national du Québec. In May 2011, she received the Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award from the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award Foundation. In July 2013, she was promoted to an Officer of the Order of Canada.

    Source: Masterclass with Margie Gillis — The Dance Post


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    In partnership with Le Festival Du Voyageur, WCD is pleased to present the Manitoba Premiere of Sara Riel: The Long Journey as well as the Buffalo Pound Round Dance and a special presentation by the Norman Chief Memorial Dancers.
    Inspired by stories of Sara Riel, sister of Louis, Sara Riel: the Long Journey is born of an on-going mentorship of Yvonne Chartrand by Robin Poitras. In 2011, Yvonne commissioned Robin to create a solo work for her.
    The evolution of the work is collaboration by Edward and Robin Poitras. The writer and poet Tim Lilburn informed Robin’s research for the project.
    “As water and waves eroding rock, as a force in the shift from hunter-gather to sedentary and then back again with all of our evolutionary instincts intact, while struggling with the belief in creation. A road-trip back to the garden. The denial of death and the belief in life after that is the fuel for this journey into an unknown wilderness, in exile. Seeing an inevitable end with a sense of urgency, with memories of statues that were alive as people and are now gone but speak in the mind and in memory, with the smell of a well used church and the sound of squeaky wheels and incessant chirping and buzzing of insects unseen in the background. A trip in time only to die two years before her brother. Then silence.”
    -Edward Poitras, artist statement
    Edward Poitras describes The Buffalo Pound Round Dance as: “A celebration of the memory of a time when the Buffalo roamed the prairies in such large numbers that you could feel the ground shake and their numbers looked like vast cloud shadows on the earth. It was truly a gift from the creator, and their loss marked an end to a way of life that we can only dream of as a possibility.”
    Sonny and Terri Delaronde in memory of the late Norman Chief, an Métis musician, singer, and entertainer, founded the Norman Chief Memorial Dancers in 2004. The Norman Chief Dancers’ primary purpose is to promote and develop community spirit through traditional style Métis music and dance.
    Monday February 15th at 8pm.
    Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for students and can be purchased at the door or by phone by calling 204 452 0229.
    Please notify us in advance if you require wheelchair seating.Thank you to Canada Council for the Arts, Manitoba Arts Council, The Winnipeg Arts Council and Le Festival Du Voyageur for supporting the show.

    Source: Sara Riel:THE LONG JOURNEY

  • TPM ENCOUNTERS:Fraz vs the Future & Village Ax |

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    JANUARY 7TH – 17TH 2016

    Hayduk and Wiest Double Bill!Venue: The Rachel Browne Theatre – 211 Bannatyne Ave. (at Main St)FRAZ VS THE FUTUREWritten and performed by Fraz WiestEver since humans invented the idea of “the future”, they have pondered, wondered and been deathly afraid of it. Fraz has the courage to make the future hilarious, while at the same time admitting he’s terrified of it. Fraz vs The Future is a show about time travel, technology, fear of change and social media.Writer and Improviser Fraz Wiest is a founding member of Toronto’s Ghost Jail Theatre, and a cast member of Winnipeg’s DnD Improv. Fraz performed White Rabbit Red Rabbit for TPM last season and is well known on the Fringe and comedy circuits across Canada.VILLAGE AXWritten by Elsa Reesor-Taylor and Sydney HaydukPerformed by Sydney Hayduk“DO YOU WANT TO DISAPPEAR?”Standing tall is a high-security village. Inside living, buzzing and breathing inhabitants struggle for their lives. Inside them is a small, vulnerable creature.Village Ax is a story within a heart, within a person, within a village that goes down in history, and proves the interconnectedness of humanity.Dedicated to those who lock themselves in.Peachy Keen Productions debuted on the Fringe scene in 2014 with the delightful hit Bizarro Obscure. (Sydney Hayduk/Christy Taronno). The company crafts each show around messages of human vulnerability and love.


    Saturday January 9thQ&A Three Way – Getting to Know You with Syd, Elsa and FrazSunday January 10th (licensed)Cocktails in the Hive – Story Time & Mixer- How Sydney & Elsa created Village AxTuesday January 12Vision Quest 2016 – Making Art & Life- When Fraz Met SydneyFriday January 15 (licensed)Dance Dance Revolution– A Licensed Artistic ExchangeSunday January 17thClear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose THE ARTISTS:Writer and Improviser Fraz Wiest is a founding member of Toronto’s Ghost Jail Theatre, and a cast member of Winnipeg’s Dungeons n’ Dragons Improv show, which has sold out every Fringe for four years running.  Last year Fraz joined Theatre Projects to perform Nassim Soleimanpour’s White Rabbit Red Rabbit. He has performed countless shows with The Big Stupid Improv Show (Winnipeg), Scratch (Edmonton), Bad Dog Theatre (Toronto), CRUMBS (Winnipeg), Comedy Knights (Winnipeg), White Rhino (Toronto) and many more – this man is improvmanic! His first one-man show, FRAZ: Lonely At Last premiered at the 2012 Winnipeg Fringe, and this, his second solo effort, FRAZ vs The Future, was performed at the 2014 Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Vancouver Fringes. Sydney Hayduk is a self-produced, self-directed, powerhouse. She has performed at the Orlando, London, Winnipeg and Saskatoon Fringe Festivals. In 2015 Sydney and co-creator Justin Otto won the Harry Rintoul Award for best Manitoba Play at the Fringe for their collaboration, Manic Pixie Dream Girl.  Her career started as a theatrical technician and has expanded to stage manager, to performer, to writer, to company founder. She has dabbled in the art of stand-up comedy and has an extensive 14 year background in dance which she always finds a way to bring to the stage. Sydney continues to try and find different ways of incorporating everything she has ever learned into her work.Expect dancing, rhyming, and messages about love, in absolutely everything that she does.Elsa Reesor-Taylor is a 21 year old lover of poetry, plays, and potions. She has a passion for finding beauty in darkness and bringing it to light through these mediums. She is currently attending her fourth year at the University of Winnipeg’s Asper Centre for Theatre and Film, and is president of the Theatre and Film Students’ Association. She is also in the process of opening a cocktail bar called The Roost, where she is the resident mixologist and bar manager. She lives in the West End with her cat, Princess Charles, and enjoys writing in her journal, riding her bike, and picking flowers.

    Source: TPM ENCOUNTERS:Fraz vs the Future & Village Ax |


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    Fortier Danse-Création  and WCD are excitied to announce the addition of Paul-André Fortier’s THIN ICE to our January 21st to 23rd performances of MISFIT BLUES at The Rachel Browne Theatre.

    WCD’s co-presentation with Fortier Danse-Création of Paul-André Fortier’s Manitoba Premiere of MISFIT BLUES and the remount of THIN ICE.Sublime misfits, Fortier and Regina’s incandescent Robin Poitras, get wild and silly in an ‘intoxicating ride through the incomprehensible abstractions and piercing truths of two people experiencing themselves as a unity.’ —BWW Review by Matt Hanson.

    Thin Ice 

    Thin Ice was created in January 2015 with two graduating students from the Professionnal Program of the School of Contemporary Dancers in Winnipeg in response to an invitation from Robin Poitras for her Men in Dance Festival held in Regina.

    Fortier Danse-Création is remounting Thin Ice in Winnipeg in collaboration with the School of Contemporary Dancers.  Aaron Paul, a graduate of the professional program  and Trevor Pick, 3rd year student, will perform the piece in a double bill program with Misfit Blues.  The evening will be co-presented by Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers and Fortier Danse-Création.


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    WCD is pleased to announce our



    Our first order of business in our 51st year is to “SET THE STAGE” designed to assist us accomplish two significant goals:

    First: the creation of a new Manitoba Dance/Movement Festival, showcasing extraordinary talent both local and from afar.

    Second, the renovation of our existing Rachel Browne Theatre to ensure both the front and back of house is spacious, well designed and optimized for artists and audience members alike.

    Please consider contributing to help ‘Set the Stage’ for the next 50 years of dance.


  • Iceland |


    By Nicolas Billon

    Directed by Ardith Boxall

    NOVEMBER 5-15, 2015Venue: The Rachel Browne Theatre – 211 Bannatyne Ave. (at Main St)

    Set against the backdrop of the banking crisis, a confrontation between a real estate agent and a tenant takes an unexpected turn. A snapshot in time of the effects of capitalism; how we all benefit from it, how we are all part of the system, and how we can all be greatly hurt by its effects. Iceland uses wit and dark humour to tackle the consequences of greed and our yearning to belong to something larger than ourselves.Iceland is part of the trilogy Fault Lines which was awarded the Governor General award for drama in 2013.“Iceland is a beautifully structured and extremely powerful play that haunts the mind. Billon is an original and exciting voice.” – Atom Egoyan

    Source: Iceland |

  • MISFIT BLUES Fortier Danse-Création

    Love, Clowning and other Silly AnticsAlthough they’ve been around awhile, they view intimate relations as an equation with several unknowns, except that today there are no limitations to expressing their enthusiasms and their failings. They love each other, good or bad. They sound each other out, challenge each other, know how to manipulate one another. Thick as thieves, they also get bored, enjoy a good laugh, tread delicately between candour and cruelty. Under the ambiguous gaze of a coyote created by the Amerindian artist Edward Poitras, they present tender, perverse, hilarious characters – angelic tramps straight out of a Beckett play or burlesque cinema. Sublime misfits.      After a successful and brilliant career over the past 40 years, the choreographer Paul-André Fortier pursues in Misfit Blues an adventure that began at the FTA in 2008 with Cabane. In this duo with the incandescent Robin Poitras (Bells, FTA 2013), he appears here in a new light in this bittersweet caricature of the grand human comedy.Fabienne Cabado

    Source: Fortier Danse-Création

  • Exploring the Manic, the Dark and the Wild | The Dance Current

    Prairie Dance Circuit has become a highly anticipated annual event on the Prairies, featuring dance and other media artists from Western Canada on a tour across the plains to Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg.

    Source: Exploring the Manic, the Dark and the Wild | The Dance Current

  • Dancers In The House

    The studio is a buzz with back to back rehearsals of Brent Lott and Johanna Riley’s world premieres.  We have dancers, Warren McClelland, Sam Penner, Brianna Ferguson, Jasmine Allard and Brett Owen in the house getting ready for the October 9th and 10th presentation of GORGE.
    Next week we welcome Calgary’s Helen Husak, Kate Stashko, Peter vonTiesenhausen and Kalyna Conrad as they arrive to present two Manitoba premieres of Helen’s work.
    And if that is not enough, we are thrilled to have Lesandra Dodson here, all the way from New Brunswick, working on her new piece which will premiere in our April show titled DUETS.  Joining Lesandra in the studio are dancers, Ali Robson and Aaron Paul plus singer /songwriter Christine Fellows.
    If you haven’t ordered your tickets yet for GORGE, please call 204 452 0229 and reserve today or Buy Online.
    See you next weekend as we GORGE on dance and thanksgiving dinner.