MEET THE 2020 KICKSTART ARTISTS

ANDREA NANN

(Toronto)

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CINDY MOCHIZUKI (Vancouver)

Andrea Nann was born and raised in Vancouver and is 4th generation Chinese-Canadian.  She is founding artistic director of Toronto based Dreamwalker Dance Company. A graduate of York University’s Department of Fine Arts in 1988, Andrea was a full-time member of the Danny Grossman Dance Company from 1988-2003. Over the course of her 31-year career in contemporary and modern dance, Andrea has contributed to the creation of new works by over 60 dance/theatre creators.  She continues to work as a guest artist with Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Tribal Crackling Wind, Astrid Dance, and Volcano.  In 2016 Ontario Contact recognized Andrea as Artist of the Year for her contributions to the Performing Arts touring sector in Ontario.

CHARO FOO TAI WEI

(Montreal)

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DULCINEA LANGFELDER (Montreal)

Trained in modern dance and Chinese classical dance, Charo Foo Tai Wei arrived in Quebec City in 2005 where she trained in contemporary dance at L’École de danse de Québec. From 2007 to 2013, she performed in Robert Lepage’s production The Blue Dragon (Ex Machina), as an actress, dancer, and choreographer. Since 2010, Foo has traveled to North America, Europe and Asia to give classical Chinese dance workshops and to perform in festivals. In 2015, she discovered Butoh with Natsu Nakajima, Yukio Waguri, Atsushi Takenouchi, Yumiko Yoshioka And Rizhome Lee. Recently she had attended Tadashi Endo’s workshop which inspires her to research selfless body initiation. Now, she combines Classical Chinese Dance and Butoh to develop her own Choreographic language.

DEEPTI GUPTA

(Hamilton)

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PETER CHIN (Toronto)

Deepti Gupta is a Canadian dance artist trained in Kathak (north Indian classical dance), Chhau (tribal martial dance), contemporary dance and theatre.  Highly respected for her artistic standards, she is dedicated to creating and performing new work that challenge notions of performance and tradition in Indian dance.  Deepti holds an MA in Dance from York University.  Dedicated to community development, since 2014 Deepti has been spearheading a new arts initiative by creating ANGIKAM – Seminar in Kathak and Choreography. A professional development opportunity for Kathak dance artists from across Canada.  Deepti’s choreographic works have been presented by Tangente, Canada Dance, Peterborough New Dance, Danceworks, Kalanidhi Fine Arts and the NAC amongst others.

WINNIE HO (SUPERHOVA)

(Montreal)

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HANAKO HOSHIMI-CAINES (Montreal)

Winnie Ho (Superhova) is a dance performance artist who seeks to explore and expand ideas of intimacy, empathy and embodied eroticism.  She continues to explore these topics by interacting with organic/inorganic matter and connecting with her Chinese diaspora and queer identity.  Furthermore, she questions conventional roles of spectatorship in performance and creates practices whereby boundaries between spectator and performer can be dissolved and redefined in the felt presence of immediate experience.  Winnie seeks to activate more of the present moment in performance in relationship to time, space and spectatorship.

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