Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers

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Mission Statement

Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers' (WCD) goal is to create a place on the local, national and international arts landscape that enables vital intersections, linkages and exchange among dance creators, dance interpreters, spectators and communities. Our values, programs, and activities are based on respect for our history, the ongoing development of our artists, and to our place in the community. We are an evolving, responsive arts system, which serves as a springboard for advancing the art form through the presentation of new and existing dance work that foster and advance artistic vitality and excellence in dance.

We create, produce, teach, present and promote professional contemporary dance with a view to furthering the art form for professional artists and audiences alike.

Artistic Goals

  • Create and produce the work of our Artistic Director;
  • Further the creative development of our Artistic Director;
  • Collaborate with choreographers in developing & producing an exceptional range of contemporary work;
  • Support and engage dancers;
  • Train and nurture dance artists at all stages of their development;
  • Create professional development opportunities for all company members, both artistic and administrative;
  • Foster a strong working relationship with the School of Contemporary Dancers;
  • Collaborate with other dance organizations locally, nationally and internationally;
  • Engender vital links with communities.

Company History

Winnipeg 's Contemporary Dancers was founded in 1964 by Rachel Browne. Under her direction, the Company grew from a local amateur group into a nationally recognized professional performing ensemble. WCD performed an extensive repertoire of original works by leading Canadian, U.S., and international choreographers, and the Company toured regularly in Winnipeg, throughout Canada and the United States.

Tedd Robinson was appointed Resident Choreographer and subsequently Artistic Director in 1984. His provocative, innovative choreography became a staple of the Company's repertoire. Tedd initiated the Festival of Canadian Modern Dance, which ran for seven consecutive years, and featured a superb roster of national and international artists.

WCD was under the strong leadership of Artistic Director Tom Stroud until May of 2005. During his tenure, Mr. Stroud's choreography was featured, along with works by Julia Sasso, Lesandra Dodson, Yvonne Coutts, the late Jean-Pierre Perreault, Stephanie Ballard, Rachel Browne and others. Collaborations were initiated with Mexico 's Delfos Danza Contemporanea, EDAM Dance, Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault and Dancemakers.

WCD is committed to the training and development of dancers, choreographers, teachers, technicians, designers and arts administrators. During its 48-year history, the Company has worked with scores of exceptional Canadian and international artists, establishing a reputation for presentation of dance of the highest quality. It has presented hundreds of performances of commissioned and remounted creations, for audiences across the country and abroad. WCD has had a significant impact on both the development and the standard of contemporary dance in Canada .

The current WCD Artistic Director is Brent Lott.