NEWS

  • CALL FOR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

    December 2, 2020

    Who we are: Founded in 1964, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers is Canada’s oldest, and longest running, contemporary dance company. The company creates, produces and presents contemporary dance with a view to advance the art form for professional artists and audiences alike.

    The company presents an annual subscription series, operates the Rachel Browne Theatre, and is under the leadership of its newly appointed Artistic Director; Jolene Bailie, appointed 2019.

    To find out more about Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers please visit: http://www.winnipegscontemporarydancers.ca/company/

    Who we are looking for: WCD is looking for individuals who have a strong commitment to fulfill WCD’s mission.

    There are positions available for individuals with financial and/or fundraising skills, experience and interest. Ideally, these individuals will have board experience and strategic foresight. The WCD Board will also consider individuals with education in finance and fundraising who may be looking to enhance their professional experience through a volunteer role such as this.

    What is involved: For Board Members, the time commitment is approximately two to four hours each month. Board meetings are held in-person, in Winnipeg, ten times per year. These are volunteer positions with no financial compensation. Board members typically attend and/or support WCD events, are interested in promoting WCD’s events, and may be interested in assisting to develop revenue opportunities, including fundraising.

    Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for appointment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or age. Applications will be reviewed as received by Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers Board of Directors.

    How to apply: To apply, please send your information to communications@winnipegscontemporarydancers.ca. Please include your resume and a statement as to why you are interested in joining the Board of WCD. We thank all who apply in advance for their interest in serving on the WCD Board of Directors.

  • WCD’S 2020 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

    WCD’s 2020 Annual General Meeting will be held December 10th, Thursday, at 6:30pm. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this meeting will be held virtually.

    If you have any questions, please submit your questions before the AGM to communications@winnipegscontemporarydancers.ca by December 9, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

  • Update

    November 15, 2020

    Due to Covid-19, WCD will continue to be closed to the public until further notice.

    In the meantime, please join us online for Up Close and disDANCING, our first online presentation in our 56 year history. Tickets and the performance link are available November 13-29, 2020.

    If you are interested in renting The Rachel Browne Theatre, we are now taking bookings for Spring and Summer 2021.

  • CALL FOR GUEST ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

    October 05, 2020

    WCD is thrilled to offer a new Guest Artist in Residence opportunity!  

    WCD invites artists who work in contemporary dance to submit expressions of interest.

    Interested artists are invited to submit the following, by email, by November 22, 2020:
    –  A one page description of your intent. For example, you may want to include: what you are interested in, what you will be working on, who you are working with, are you working alone, how will WCD assist your project, what will your day look like, anything you would like to share…
    –  1-3 video links that support your expression (no passwords please)
    –  Your Bio, up to 500 words
    – Your artistic resume (1-3 pages)
    – 1-3 images that you give permission to be used by WCD to announce residency, if successful, including sharing images and news of your residency on social media
    – Budget

    Please submit video links in the body of your email and all other information in one attached document. In fairness to all those who are interested, please submit only the requested items.

    Your video link may include anything you wish to share as your expression of interest. This could be, but is not limited to, a recent creation, rehearsal footage, a previous performance of your work, or something you are working on. Recent footage is appreciated. Please include all credits and date of filming.

    This opportunity is open to established, mid-career, and emerging artists. This opportunity is not intended for student dancers.

    Artists are requested to confirm their availability.
    Available weeks:  February 01-12, 2021 or March 02-12, 2021.

    Selected artists receive studio rehearsal space at WCD from 10:00am-5:00pm each day and an artist fee of $5000, for a two week residency. The Guest Artist in Residence opportunity is intended to support the research and development of contemporary dance-based work, support the work of dance makers, as well as provide opportunities and linkages for choreographers and dancers who work in contemporary dance.

    Artists must agree to WCD’s health and safety protocols, which may include physical distancing and mask wearing.   

    The Guest Artist in Residence opportunity is an in-studio creation/rehearsal opportunity.  A rehearsal sound system will be provided. This opportunity does not include equipment or personnel, such as, but not limited to: theatrical lighting, technical equipment, or the services of a venue technician or a project manager. Additional studio hours may be available upon request.  

    All submissions will be reviewed by Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers and a panel of artists. The panel of artists includes: Jera Wolfe, Tanja Woloshen, and Jolene Bailie.

    Applicants will be notified of results early-mid December. Travel stipend may be available. Please note in your application if you require additional support to travel.

    Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. All submissions will receive consideration without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or age.

    Please email your submission to: submissions@winnipegscontemporarydancers.ca

    RE: Guest Artist in Residence

  • FIRST FRIDAYS in The EXCHANGE, October 2

    Self-guided viewing experience, 7:30-9:30pm. Enjoy WCD’s dance projection as part of your First Friday experience as you explore the Exchange District.

    Location:
    211 Bannatyne Avenue
    Winnipeg, MB
    WCD’s dance video is projected on the window at Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, facing Old Market Square. The projection can be viewed from many points in Old Market Square. Your closest viewing point is the McKim Building parking lot. Look up to WCD’s neon signs and you will see our video.

    Free. View with physical distancing from outdoors. Video played on a loop, stop by anytime between 7:30-9:30pm.

  • Call for Dancers

    September 10, 2020

    We are thrilled to commission Guest Choreographer, Jera Wolfe, to create a new work for WCD!

    WCD invites Winnipeg-based contemporary dancers who wish to be considered for this project to submit an expression of interest.

    Interested artists are invited to submit the following, by email, by October 2, 2020:
    –  One 3-5 minute video link (no password please)
    – 150 word bio
    – One paragraph expressing why you are interested in working with Jera Wolfe
    – One paragraph expressing why you are interested in working with WCD
    – Your artistic resume (1-3 pages)

    Please submit video link in the body of your email and all other information in one attached document. In fairness to all those who are interested, please submit only the requested items.

    Your video link may include anything you wish to share as your expression of interest. This could be, but is not limited to, a recent performance, rehearsal footage, or something you are working on.

    Recent footage is appreciated. Please include all appropriate credits and date of filming. This opportunity is open to established, mid-career, and emerging artists. This opportunity is not intended for student dancers.

    Please email your submission to: submissions@winnipegscontemporarydancers.ca


    About 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 Dance Festival. 

    His recent works include Bare choreographed at Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Trace by Red Sky Performance, and Arise for Canada’s National Ballet School, Embers for Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, Willow for School of Contemporary Dancers, and Reliance for Ryerson University’s School of Performance. 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. 


    About WCD:
    Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers encompasses a place on the local and national arts landscape that enables intersections and linkages among dance creators, dance interpreters, and audiences. Our work gathers people together to appreciate, share, create, and contribute to the development of contemporary dance. Founded Rachel Browne in 1964, WCD is Canada’s oldest and longest running contemporary dance company.


    Project Commitment:

    Rehearsals November 09-27, 2020
    Rehearsals are typically expected to run Monday thru Friday each week.

    Typical schedule for November 09-27, 2020*:
    10:00-11:15 Dancers’ class, provided by WCD
    11:30-1:30 Rehearsal
    2:30-4:30 Rehearsal continues
    * please note that for November 11th, a later start and end time will be scheduled 

    Production week and performances:
    November 30-December 06, 2020
    Schedule to be confirmed closer to production week.

    Project is anticipated to include live performances, online dissemination, and may include studio sharing during the creative process, live streaming, and/or other platforms or activities.

    WCD has Covid-19 health and safety protocols in place. Dancers will be requested to agree to WCD’s protocols. These protocols will include daily screening, and will follow government recommendations, which may include physical distancing and mask wearing.

    All dancers will be paid according to CADA West recommendations. Dancers will be paid hourly rates for all rehearsals and a flat fee for production week.  Dancers’ class provided by WCD on all rehearsal days. Proposed schedule is subject to changes/revisions.

    All submissions received by October 02, 2020, will be reviewed for consideration by Jera Wolfe and WCD.  

  • A message from Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, 2020-2021 season

    September 1, 2020

    WCD is committed to presenting a diversity of creative work and to being a place where the creative work of Indigenous, Black, People of Color, and other marginalized groups, is presented, encouraged and shared.  WCD acknowledges the harm caused by systemic racism and inequity and we have committed to the following actions.

    A commitment to diversity will be added to WCD’s mandate and a new Guest Artist in Residence opportunity will be offered.

    WCD is committed to increasing diversity in contemporary dance and learning from IBPOC artists. WCD is committed to providing opportunities for emerging IBPOC contemporary dancers through WCD’s Emerging Artist Initiative. This will assist to support greater diversity emerging into the profession. WCD is committed to engaging IBPOC artists to teach professional class/workshops.

    WCD is committed to presenting IBPOC artists, Winnipeg artists, and a range of artists each season. WCD’s most recent season presented choreography by 4 choreographers, 2 of which were IBPOC.  WCD’s most recent season included 15 Winnipeg-based dancers, 27% of which were IBPOC dancers. WCD has a long history of presenting and engaging LGBTQ artists and remains committed to presenting and engaging LGBTQ artists.

    WCD will engage in learning and begin this through a workshop on systemic oppression, allyship, and privilege. WCD will also engage in diversity and inclusion learning. This learning will begin with participating in a workshop on diversity, equity, inclusion, inclusive language, transgender and non binary inclusion, and communication.

    WCD is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and typically operates with a staff of three employees who work a combination of full and part-time hours for approximately 10 months of the year. The Board supports current staff, one of which is a new Canadian. WCD will advertise for Board positions, prioritize IBPOC applicants, and is considering increasing staff.

    WCD is in the process of completing documents that will improve the organization, including: a Safe Spaces document, a document for diversity and inclusion, and a document for artists, arts workers, staff, and third party rentals to provide feedback with regards to working at WCD.

    WCD also acknowledges that dance has a history of giving preference to male choreographers and male-led leadership. WCD is committed to advancing women in dance. WCD’s 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons were programmed entirely of work by female identifying choreographers.  In 2019, WCD appointed a new Artistic Director, marking the first time a woman had been appointed AD since founder, Rachel Browne.

    WCD was founded by Rachel Browne in 1964. Rachel Browne was committed to human rights; she was a feminist, a member of the LGBTQ community, and of Jewish heritage, a heritage with a history of being subjected to racism and white supremacy. Rachel’s legacy continues to inspire the company.

    We are reflecting, looking inward, and looking outward. We are also looking to the arts sector, the world, our community, and the national contemporary dance milieu to learn so we can move forward in a way that includes love for the art form and action for the here, now, and future. We are listening to the Indigenous and Black leaders in our community and we are committed to listening, learning, and further improving. We acknowledge that we have benefited from our privilege and that our statements are starting points.