SEASON

BLACK BALLERINA

November 26-27, 8:00pm

November 28, 4:00pm

WCD is thrilled to present Black Ballerina by award-winning and critically acclaimed Syreeta Hector.

Based on Hector’s blackness & indigeneity in relationship to classical ballet, award-winning and critically acclaimed Black Ballerina explores the nuances within identity & the unconscious ways one tries to fit in. This will be the first time Toronto-based Hector’s work will be presented in Manitoba.

Artist Talk to follow Sunday matinee.

 

More info to come soon!

Created & Performed by:
Syreeta Hector

Lighting:
Noah Feaver

Stage Manager and Production Manager:
Helin Gungoren

Photo (above):
Jeremy Mimnagh

Syreeta Hector

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Syreeta Hector

More info coming soon

Photo by David Leyes

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New Creation + Icône Pop

February 25-26, 8:00pm

February 27, 4:00pm

WCD is thrilled to commission Mélanie Demers to create a new work for WCD!

This new work will be programmed with Demers’ solo Icône Pop. Internationally acclaimed, Demer’s work has been presented throughout Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Asia. Her multi-award-winning work is known for its originality, intensity, and complexity. This show features a unique audience experience with performances inside the theatre and “in situ” in the McKim Building’s underground parkade.

Artist Talk to follow Saturday night’s performance.

 

Icône Pop was a co-production with Operaestate Festival – Comune di Bassano del Grappa.

 

NEW CREATION:

Choreography:
Mélanie Demers

Performers:
Carol-Ann Bohrn, Mark Dela Cruz

Rehearsal Directors:
Anne-Marie Jourdenias (for MAYDAY) and Jolene Bailie (for WCD)

Lighting:
Hugh Conacher

Music:
Jean-Sébastien Côté

Costumes:
Mélanie Demers. Special thanks Elen Ewing for having opened her wardrobe.

Photo (duet):
Cloe Pluquet

ICÔNE POP:

Choreography:
Mélanie Demers

Performers:
Stacey Désilier, Mykalle Beilinski

Music:
Mykalle Beilinski

Costumes:
Mélanie Demers

Photo (solo):
Christian Brault

Mélanie Demers

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Mélanie Demers

More info coming soon

Photo: Julie Artacho

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New Creation

April 22-23, 8:00pm

April 24, 4:00pm

New Creation by Artistic Director, Jolene Bailie, featuring an ensemble of Winnipeg dancers and lighting by long-time collaborator, Hugh Conacher. Known for her visual and complex work, Bailie creates experimental works that are abstract, personal and reflective. This new work uses collage to explore dynamics of perceptions and desire.

Artist Talk to follow Sunday matinee

 

More info to come soon!

Choreography:
Jolene Bailie

Lighting:
Hugh Conacher

Dancers:
More info to come soon

Photo (above):
Leif Norman

Jolene Bailie

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Jolene Bailie

Jolene Bailie is a choreographer, director and producer of contemporary dance. Her work reflects on humanness, soul and identity to express a deeply human experience that is honest, complex and thorough.

Appointed Artistic Director, fall 2019, works performed by WCD since appointment include: ModulationsThe Space In BetweenLast SchemaAnthemAn Aspect of Alterity and Covid Sonata.  Bailie’s choreography has also been presented for Calibrations of Flux and Up Close and disDANCING for WCD’s Emerging Artist Initiative.

Since 2019, her choreography has been presented in Winnipeg, Vancouver, Regina, Toronto and online.  This is her first full length work for WCD.

Bailie has produced shows annually in Winnipeg since 2000, created 11 full-length works, and toured her work to national and international critical acclaim. Her career began with over a decade of solo performance; Highlights include performing works by Jose Limon, Anna Sokolow, Marie-Josee Chartier, Joe Laughlin, Denise Clarke, Deborah Dunn, Marc Boivin, Bill Evans and Rachel Browne. In 2004 her focus began to shift to choreography and then it shifted again in 2010 to focus primarily on creating for an ensemble of dancers. Collaborations with Hugh Conacher, Wanda Koop and Susan Chafe have been critical to her development as an artist.

Bailie holds a Masters of Fine Art in Dance through The American Dance Festival/Hollins University, where she studied under Thomas De Frantz. Her thesis performance, Gloria’s Sensoria, was presented at The American Dance Festival in 2012, under thesis advisor, Jeffery N. Bullock.

She holds a Teacher’s Certificate with Distinction from The Royal Academy of Dance; and a Bachelor of Arts Honors degree and the Gold Medal Award for Academic Excellence from The University of Winnipeg. Bailie is a graduate from The School of Contemporary Dancers and the Founding Artistic Director of Gearshifting Performance Works, a company that successfully operated for 19 years and where she created over 30 original works.

Photo: Kristen Sawatsky

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Emerging Artist Initiative

October 22, 7:30pm

An ensemble of emerging dancers come together for a return to live performances featuring new choreography and up-and-coming talent.

WCD’s Emerging Artist Initiative is in partnership with The School of Contemporary Dancers.

Choreography:
Jolene Bailie

Additional Rehearsal Director:
Shawn Maclaine

Dancers:
Andrés Jiménez Mejía, Sophie Milord, Gabriela Garcia Ortiz, Shayla Rudd, Ariadna Schulz

Photo(above):
Leif Norman

Jolene Bailie

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Jolene Bailie

Photo: Kristen Sawatsky

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Shawn Maclaine

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Shawn Maclaine

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Photo: Fiona Witherell

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Andrés Jiménez Mejía

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Andrés Jiménez Mejía

Photo: Carley Hungerford

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Sophie Milord

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Sophie Milord

Photo: Jace Hodges

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Gabriela Garcia Ortiz

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Gabriela Garcia Ortiz

Photo: Philip Ariano

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Shayla Rudd

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Shayla Rudd

Photo: Rodney Brawn

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Ariadna Schulz

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Ariadna Schulz

Photo: Courtney Martin

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