Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers Inc.

#204 - 211 Bannatyne Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3B 3P2
ph: 204-452-0229
fx: 204-287-8618

Registered Charitable Number: 118875160RR0001

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Mission

Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers creates, produces, teaches, presents and promotes professional modern dance to further the art form for professional dance artists and audience members alike.


Description

Established in 1964, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers is Canada’s oldest, and one of its most respected modern dance companies. WCD is dedicated to creation and promotion of the art of modern dance. Led by Artistic Director Brent Lott and operating out of The Rachel Browne Theatre, WCD’s performance season is a varied mix of new creations, touring artists and up-and-comers. 


History

Founded by Rachel Browne, CM, WCD grew to include the School of Contemporary Dancers, an apprentice program, a subscription series and national and international touring. From '84 to '90, Tedd Robinson established the 1st Canadian Festival of Modern Dance. A disastrous season followed, leaving the company with a crippling debt and ending the Festival. Tom Stroud's 14 year tenure introduced co-productions & presentations to the mix. Since 2005, Brent Lott has reinvigorated the company with inspiring works and innovative programming.   


Programs/Services

Subscription Series of Performances Each season, WCD stages performances of a mix of dance created by Artistic Director Brent Lott, existing repertoire, works created on our company dancers by outside choreographers and presentations of some of Canada's best touring modern dance artists. 
VERGE Emerging Artist Company For 5 weeks a year, Artistic Director Brent Lott works with graduate and near-graduating students from the School of Contemporary Dancers, providing them with mentorship and professional work experience in preparation for their careers as  professional performers.
Apprenticeship Program Via the VERGE process, WCD identifies and hires apprentices to work with full company members when possible.

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