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This acclaimed dance series celebrates mature dance artists and their tenacious life-long pursuit of physical expression by featuring older dancers who dare to approach mastery in their art form. The program includes award-winning artists Lesandra Dodson, Heidi Latsky, Daniel Firth/Jane Mappin and Sashar Zarif, as well as Peter Chin’s project for a cast of 30 amateurs and a solo work created by Matjash Mrozewski for world-renowned ballerina, Evelyn Hart.
Presented by MOonhORsE Dance Theatre and curated by Artistic Director Claudia Moore, Older & Reckless (O&R) was established in 2000 to present work from acclaimed dance artists over 45 years of age who continue to push their limits and deepen their artistry. O&R gives audiences the opportunity to look at the senior artist, nurturing and sharing the wealth of experience, wisdom and artistry that they provide both within the dance community and for the public. The audience experience at O&R includes a pre-show audience warm-up and a post-show reception where audience and artists meet to share observations.
Claudia Moore, performer, curator and Artistic Director of MOonhORsE Dance Theatre, has been a force on the Canadian dance scene since the late 1970s. She founded the company in 1996 and continues to perform commissioned works by some of Canada’s most acclaimed creators, including Susie Burpee, James Kudelka and Tedd Robinson. Claudia’s recent performance projects include a solo evening to celebrate her 60th birthday. Her series for senior and intergenerational dance artists, Older & Reckless, was featured at the 2016 Canada Dance Festival. Claudia and former artistic collaborator Robert Desrosiers were invited to present at Moses Znaimer’s 2017 IDEACITY. Past awards include the Jacqueline Lemieux Award for her contribution to the artform.
Peter Chin, Artistic Director of Tribal Cracking Wind, is an award-winning choreographer, composer, designer, writer, director and performer of dance and music. Described as a “renaissance man”, his rich heritage gives his work a genuine global character. Peter’s works have been presented internationally and throughout Canada. Peter was Now Magazine Best of Toronto dancer / choreographer / designer in 2008. He won the 2006 Murriel Sherrin Award for International Achievement in Dance and has received 3 Dora Mavor Moore Awards for “Outstanding New Choreography”.
Lesandra Dodson, originally from Vancouver, began formative Dance Studies at Simon Fraser University and developed as a choreographer at Le Groupe Dance Lab in Ottawa under Artistic Director, Peter Boneham. Lesandra’s interest in the marriage of different artistic mediums has generated several multidisciplinary and video/film productions including works for Bravo! and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Lesandra’s work has been presented by the Canada Dance Festival, Winnipeg Contemporary Dancer’s New Creation Series and DanceWorks.
Originally from Montreal, Heidi Latsky was a celebrated principal dancer for NY’s renowned Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (1987-1993). Her experience there profoundly influenced her style and her philosophy of dance as she developed a reputation as a choreographer for stage, theater and film. Currently, Heidi has received international acclaim for her ON DISPLAY project- a deconstructed art exhibit/fashion show. ON DISPLAY is now a social movement and has been presented around the globe.
Jane Mappin has worked actively for the past 30 years as interpreter, choreographer and teacher. Her work has been shown across Canada, South America and Europe. After five years at Le Groupe de la Place Royale, Jane became an independent choreographer in her native Montreal, collaborating with visual artists and filmmakers. In 2013, Jane created Ils m’ont dit with interpreter Daniel Firth. Their collaboration continues with Je marche à côté de moi, a trilogy treating the delicate subject of mental illness.
Evelyn Hart’s dramatic intensity and sublimely lyrical dancing have made her one of the most compelling stage personalities in Canada. Hart was principal dancer with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB), entering the company in 1976. In 1980 she won the gold medal for best female soloist at the International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria, the first Western dancer to do so. Hart was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1983, elevated to the rank of Companion in 1994. In 2001 she received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award and was inducted into the Order of Manitoba in 2007.
A graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School, Matjash Mrozewski is a Toronto-based choreographer and director with an international career, having created works for, among many others, the National Ballet of Canada, the Australian Ballet, the Royal Ballet, and Les Ballets de Monte Carlo. Last year he directed the Dora Award-winning Botticelli in the Fire for Canadian Stage.
Sashar Zarif is a multi-disciplinary performing artist, educator, and researcher whose artistic practice is steeped in the artistry and history of traditional, ritualistic, and contemporary dance and music of the Near Eastern and Central Asian regions. He has toured across Americas, Europe, North Africa, Central and Western Asia, and Middle East promoting cultural dialogue and has received numerous national and international awards for his collaborations. In 2011, he received the honorary title of Master of Dance from Uzbekistan State Institute of Choreography. In 2012, Sashar Zarif was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.