“…dynamic and full of emotion…a delight to watch.”
Lucy Everleigh, Mooney on Theatre
With roots in rural Saskatchewan, Shannon Litzenberger is a Toronto-based dance artist, writer, director and advocate. Since graduating from Ryerson University’s BFA program in dance performance a decade ago, she has collaborated with some of Canada’s most dynamic artistic voices including David Earle, DA Hoskins, Susie Burpee, Heidi Strauss, Darryl Tracy, Michael Greyeyes, and Meagan O’Shea. From 2001-2007, she was the Artistic Director of the Integrated Dance Artists Collective (IDAC) – a Toronto-based group mandated to support the development of young professional artists through engagement in creative processes with Canada’s leading choreographers. Shannon also holds an MA in dance from York University where she undertook research on the topic of mentorship as a means of facilitating career transition and creative development.
Now as an independent artist, she is working with choreographer David Pressault and visual artist Gareth Bate on a futurist dance installation titled Fleshed Out, as well as collaborating with award-winning dancer, choreographer and director Marie-Josée Chartier on the creation of a new full evening work on the theme of ‘Home’. This fall she performed alongside Luke Garwood, Claudia Moore, Sean Ling, Michael Caldwell and Ceinwen Gobert in Signal Theatre’s debut production From Thine Eyes, created by acclaimed actor, dancer and director Michael Greyeyes. Other credits include the dance-theatre satire Project:Protection (Toronto Fringe Festival 2010), Dead Philosopher’s Limbo – a 12-hour performance installation by Susie Burpee (Nuit Blanche 2009), DA Hoskins’ critically-acclaimed solo work The Left Seed (Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival 2009), and two Northern Ontario tours (2009, 2010) of the first ever Cree opera, Pimooteewin: The Journey, produced by Sounstreams Canada.
Shannon is also an active arts advocate – the former Executive Director of the Canadian Dance Assembly, and a founding member of Canada’s Performing Arts Alliance. In 2010 she was the recipient of the first-ever Metcalf Arts Policy Fellowship. In this role she is taking stock of current industry trends at home and abroad and identifying ways in which the arts sector can better adapt to its changing environment. She has published over 100 articles on arts policy through contributions to local, national and international publications as well as through her popular blog The Arts Policy Diaries. She has been an invited guest speaker at several events and conferences across Canada and contributes her time to a number of boards and committees including the Dance Umbrella of Ontario, ArtsVote Toronto, the Toronto Arts Foundation Advocacy Committee, and others.
Originally from North Bay and now an independent dance artist in Toronto, Kate has worked with Kate Alton, Piotr R. Biernat, Matjash Mrozewski, Yvonne Ng, Matt Waldie and companies TILT sound+motion, ProArte Danza, Kaeja d’Dance and Zata Omm Dance Projects, among others. She traveled to Fringe Shanghai in 2006 to perform with T’art Dances. In 2008 she was honoured to appear in 25, a celebration of Premiere Dance Theatre’s 25thanniversary.
With Kate Holden, Kate is the co-artistic director of firstthingsfirst productions. The company’s successful inaugural production,Namesake had a sold-out run at the Winchester Street Theatre in 2007. Namesake was included in the NOW magazine’s Top Ten Dance Shows of the Year. Most recently the company opened the DanceWorks 2009/10 season with Namesake: three, a mixed program of world premieres by Kate Alton, Marc Boivin (Montreal), and Emily Molnar (Vancouver).
With Tina Fushell, Kate is the co-founder of Ambitious Enterprises, a collective committed to producing and promoting the work of emerging artists. Her own choreography has been shown at Quinte Ballet School’s Spring Showcase, the AE-produced At the Wrecking Ballseries, Squiggfest, YMI Dancing and Dusk Dances among other venues.
Ink to Flesh Composer www.jordanoconnor.com
I am a freelance musician, composer and recording engineer. I have worked with many famous people who I cannot name because to say I worked with them is a lie, and to lie would show poorly on my character, of which I have a lot – that and humility. But I digress, due to my impervious character I will stick to names of people I met at jam sessions, took workshops with, and bumped into in the bathroom at the Blue Note in New York (Jordan has never been to the Blue Note in New York). I will name actors I know though a guy who knows a guy and directors whose movies I liked so much I bought them (as previously viewed films at Jumbo Video). I will name Festivals I have heard of and projects I have never really been apart of in anyway, significant or otherwise. Now I will drop the names… but wait…I would name names but, unfortunately… I am…alas…. I am… out…. of… room.