SEASON

SERPENTINE

November 25-26, 8:00pm

November 27, 4:00pm

November 24, 7:30pm - Preview performance

WCD is thrilled to introduce Daina Ashbee to Winnipeg audiences! An award-winning Métis/Dutch Canadian artist, Ashbee’s work has been presented to international acclaim in 15 countries and over 35 different cities. Her works have been performed at some of the most prestigious festivals, including The Venice Biennale – and on the world stage (Canada, France, Spain, Belgium, Norway, Finland, Greenland, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Mexico). Serpentine is an installation performance, set to an original composition by Jean-Francois Blouin and features a unique and intimate audience experience with seating right on stage, up close and personal.

Artist Talk to follow Sunday matinee.

SERPENTINE:

Artistic Direction, Concept, Choreography & Scenography:
Daina Ashbee

Interpreted by:
Greys Vecchionacce or Angélica Morga

Original Sound Scape Design:
Jean-Francois Blouin

Photo (above):
Photo: Saúl Hernández Performer: Greys Vecchionacce

Daina Ashbee

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Daina Ashbee

Choreographer

Artist, performer and choreographer based in Canada, born in Nanaimo, British Columbia known for her radical works at the edge of dance and performance. At the age of 26, she had already won two awards for her choreographies. She was a double prizewinner at the Prix de la danse de Montréal, winning both the Prix du CALQ for Best Choreography of 2015-2016 for her choreographic installation When the Ice Melts, Will We Drink the Water?, and the Prix Découverte de la danse, for Unrelated (her first choreography). Daina was named by the prestigious German TANZ magazine as
one of 30 promising artists for the year 2017 and named one of 25 to watch by the American
publication, DANCE in 2018. In 2019, she won a New York Dance and Performance Award, Bessie, for Outstanding Choreographer. In 2021, at the age of 31, she had two separate Retrospectives of her performance artworks; one in Montpellier, France and the second in Montreal, Canada.

Recognized as one of the most prolific choreographers of her generation, since 2015 her work has been presented over one-hundred times in 15 countries and over 35 different cities. Her work being presented in some of the most prestigious festivals (The Venice Biennale, Oktoberdans, the Munich Dance Biennale, Montpellier Danse) and on the stages of the world (Canada, France, Spain, Belgium, Norway, Finland, Greenland, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Mexico).

After residing for 8 years in the city of Montréal, in 2020 she relocated to Gabriola Island, British
Columbia (unceded territory of Snuneymuxw Nation) where she re-sources her creative and
energetic practices close to the rain forest on the west coast of Canada while she is not touring or
creating abroad. She continues to tour regularly in Europe, Canada and the United States. In 2020
two new pieces were released: a male solo, Laborious Song and a group piece, J’ai pleuré avec les chiens (later renamed J’ai pleuré avec les chiens TIME, CREATION, DESTRUCTION in 2021).

Daina has also begun creating another group piece My Tale on a Fish’s Body which will premiere in 2023. In 2021 Daina presented 5 of her original works at Montpellier Dance Festival: Unrelated (2014), Pour (2016), When the ice melts, will we drink the water? (2016), Serpentine (2017) and Laborious Song (2020). Daina presented 4 of her original works at Usine-C titled <<Daina Ashbee
Retrospective>> which featured Unrelated, Pour, When the ice melts, will we drink the water? and
Laborious Song in October 2021.

She is also a teacher of movement, choreography and therapeutic practices. She has taught at the
Venice Biennale College in Venice, Italy, as a guest at The University of Stavanger, Norway and at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia U.S.A. Daina presented her workshops at Nulty Bod/ZeroPoint Festival in Prague, in Guadalajara, Mexico, across Canada and especially in Montreal, Quebec., for the past 13 years. In 2022 she will teach in Costa Rica and across Canada.

Photo by Patrice Mathieu

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New Creation by Idan Cohen

February 10-11, 8:00pm

February 12, 4:00pm

February 09,7:30pm -Preview performance

WCD is thrilled to commission Idan Cohen to create a new work for WCD!

An Israeli choreographer from Kibbutz Mizra, Israel, Cohen was selected by a panel as a Guest Artist in Residence during Covid-19. WCD is thrilled to introduce Cohen’s work to Winnipeg audiences! Featuring music by Phillip Glass, an ensemble of Winnipeg-based dancers, lighting by Hugh Conacher and piano études performed live!

Artist Talk to follow Sunday matinee.

NEW CREATION:

Choreography:
Idan Cohen

Idan Cohen

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Idan Cohen

Choreographer

Photo by Lior Noyman

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New Creation by Jolene Bailie

April 14-15, 8:00pm

April 16, 4:00pm

April 13, 7:30pm - Preview performance

New Creation by Artistic Director, Jolene Bailie, showcasing an all-Winnipeg team! Featuring an ensemble of dancers, original sound by Emma Hendrix and lighting by long-time collaborator, Hugh Conacher! Known for visual and complex work, Bailie creates experimental works that are highly physical, abstract, and reflective.

Artist Talk to follow Sunday matinee

NEW CREATION:

Choreography:
Jolene Bailie

Photo(above):
Photo: Hugh Conacher Dancer: Julious Gambalan

Jolene Bailie

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Jolene Bailie

Choreographer

Photo by Kristen Sawatsky

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Emerging Artist Initiative

October 21, 7:30pm

Witness an exciting evening of talent as twelve dancers dive deep into themselves and their artistic practice!

The future is bright in our first ticketed performance of the season! Please join us!

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

Choreography:
Jolene Bailie

Additional Rehearsal Director:
Warren McClelland

Dancers:
Justine Erickson, Zeus Gonzales, Aileen Holzrichter, Ellice Kynman, Andrés Jiménez Mejía, Sophie Milord, Anne Neudorf, Thomas Oberlin, Gabriela García Ortiz, Juanita Garzón Parra, Natalie Sluis, Alexis Taylor

Photo (above):
Photo: Leif Norman Dancer: Andrés Felipe Jiménez Mejía

Jolene Bailie

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Jolene Bailie

Photo by Kristen Sawatsky

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Warren McClelland

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Warren McClelland

Additional Rehearsal Director

Photo by Leif Norman

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Justine Erickson

Zeus Gonzales

Aileen Holzrichter

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Aileen Holzrichter

Photo: DJ Green

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Ellice Kynman

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Ellice Kynman

Photo: Alexis Taylor

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Andrés Felipe Jiménez Mejía

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Andrés Felipe Jiménez Mejía

Photo: Carley Hungerford

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Sophie Milord

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Sophie Milord

Photo: Courtney Martens

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Anne Neudorf

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Anne Neudorf

Photo: Brittney Leitner

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Thomas Oberlin

Gabriela García Ortiz

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Gabriela García Ortiz

Photo: Citlali Hernandez

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Juanita Garzón Parra

Natalie Sluis

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Natalie Sluis

Photo: Courtney Maertens

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Alexis Taylor

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Alexis Taylor

Photo: Ellice Kynman

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