April 21 – April 23, 8pm
The Rachel Browne Theatre
The remount of Brent Lott’s arresting duet Angle of Repose, the World Premieres of duets by former WCD dancer Lesandra Dodson and former WCD Artistic Director Tedd Robinson* & a Sneak Peek in to Brent Lott’s Flight of Fancy.
*Robinson’s duet is a Co-Presentation with Alexandra Elliott Dance and features Winnipeg dance artists Alexandra Elliott & Ian Mozdzen
Currently residing in Fredericton, Vancouver native Lesandra Dodson has been involved in dance since the age of four. Her formative training began at Simon Fraser University, followed by the Professional Program of the School of Contemporary Dance in Winnipeg. After graduating she danced professionally with Le Groupe Dance Lab (Ottawa), Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers, Trip Dance Company (founding member), and various independent choreographers. Over the past 20 years, Lesandra’s interest in choreography and the marriage of different artistic mediums has generated several multidisciplinary video/film productions and commissioned works that have been performed at Theatres and Festivals nation-wide.
Lesandra also acts as a choreographic mentor to help facilitate emerging creators in their creative process, and continues to work and collaborate with established choreographers and theatre artists, bringing her unique insight and direction to the works. As a choreographer, she is committed to increasing her vocabulary through hands-on experience, and enjoys the challenge of learning new and exciting modes of creation. Lesandra’s curiosity leads her to seek new ways of generating authentic movement. She prefers to draw inspiration from individual performers, working collaboratively to find different means and perspectives of approaching theatrical ideas and themes.
Lesandra earned her BFA Honors in Theatre/Dance (Gold medal Award), is a recipient of the KM Hunter Artists Award (Ontario Arts Council), studied Architecture through the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and is a passionate advocate for the arts. Lesandra was Executive Director of the Charlotte Street Arts Centre in Fredericton for the past two years, initiating Platform 732, a multi-disciplinary, exploratory presentation series, a comprehensive Artist-in-Residence program and performance intensives for youths. Last season she was Artist-in-Residence at Saint Thomas University, and she is now busy constructing a new local initiative for performing artists with theatre artist Lisa Ross called the coop.
“I am absolutely thrilled to undergo this NB/MB Creative Residency with long-time collaborator Christine Fellows, and the dancers at WCD this season. WCD has been a creative home to me for many years, and supported my artistic journey from the early years as a student in the school up through the ranks of the company. I feel a strong connection and love for the institution and to the hard working souls behind it. “ – L