RODNEY DIVERLUS AND MATTHEW CUFF: 2020 DANCE ONTARIO CREATIVE PARTNERSHIPS
The Dance Ontario Commissioning Committee (Lola Ryan, Jennifer Watkins, Yasmina Ramzy) are delighted to announce that Rodney Diverlus and Matthew Cuff have been selected as this year's Commissions|Creative Partnerships. The artists will present the world premieres of the new works at DanceWeekend'21 running at Harbourfront Centre in January 2021.
Rodney Diverlus will collaborate with textile artist Syrus Marcus Ware on a work that celebrates and uplifts the resiliency of our global and local communities in times of crisis while straddling the boundaries of jazz, contemporary, Afro-Diasporic, Afrikanic (West African,Caribbean Folklore) dance forms.
Matthew Cuff's Chromatic brings together five diverse individuals of different gender, race, and sexuality who have all been inspired by the Vogue Ballroom scene to make history and bring Vogue to the DanceWeekend stage.
We look forward to sharing these exciting new works with you in January!
ABOUT THE CHOREOGRAPHERS
Matthew Cuff by Christopher Cushman
To date choreographers commissioned include Nenagh Leigh, Meagan O'Shea, Terrill Maguire, Lucy Rupert, Vivine Scarlett,Jenn Goodwin, Sasha Ivanochko, Marlee Cargill, Malgorzata Nowacka, Nova Bhattacharya & Louis Laberge-Côté,Sashar Zarif & Holly Small, William Yong, Lacey Smith, Amy Hampton & Keiko Ninomiya, Jessica Westermann, Lucy Rupert & Barbara Pallamino, Pamela Rasbach, Robert Stephen, Amy Hampton & Keiko Ninomiya, Apolonia Velasquez & Ofilio Portillo, Benjamin Landsberg, Jasmyn Fyffe, Keiko Kitano, Malgorzata Nowacka with James Croker & Jack Langenhuizen, Natasha Powell, Courtnae Bowman, Hanna Kiel, Louis Laberge Cote, Jacob Niedszwiecki, Alyssa Martin, Ryan Lee, Shameka Blake, Riley Sims, Makeda Benitez and Decades Collective, Tracey Norman and Maddie Hanson.
Dance Ontario's Creative Partnership Program provides $2,000 in production/creation support plus $2,000 performance fee to each of two choreographers for NEW work to be premiered at DanceWeekend each January. Choreographers whose membership is current at the time of submission are eligible to apply. All forms of dance will be considered and two works each approximately 15 minutes in length will be selected. Deadline: May each year
The Association's Selection Committee looks for applications that :
- demonstrate excellence and professional integrity;
- bridge diverse forms and/or disciplines;
- take creative risks;
- connect with and are relevant to a broad-based audience;
- enhance the artist's repertoire.
Info 416 204 1083 or 416 973 4000 www.danceontario.ca