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Twenty-one dancers take to the stage as Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (WCD) honours their beloved founder, Rachel Browne, by remounting nine of her signature works from 1964 through 2012. Her work has influenced generations of dancers whom she has trained and directed, and as the founding artistic director of WCD, she also gave numerous choreographers a place to develop and mount their works. Browne remained active as a choreographer, teacher and performer until her passing. She had received numerous awards, most notably the 1995 Jean A. Chalmers Award for Creativity in Dance, the 2000 Canada Council Jacqueline Lemieux Prize and was awarded the Order of Canada in 1997. Rachel Browne passed away at the age of 77 while in attendance this summer at the 2012 Canada Dance Festival. Toward Light is a loving tribute to this icon of Canadian modern dance.
A $75 ticket for Toward Light is available which includes a $50 donation to The Rachel Browne Trust. Each of these tickets will receive a $50 charitable tax receipt issued from Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers. Please type WCDBENEFIT in the promo code box on our Box Office website. Further information about The Rachel Browne Trust can be found here.
Winnipeg ‘s Contemporary Dancers was founded in 1964 by Rachel Browne CM. Under her direction the company grew from a local amateur group into a nationally recognized professional performing ensemble. During its 48-year history, the company has worked with scores of exceptional Canadian and international artists and has presented hundreds of performances of commissioned and remounted creations thus establishing a reputation for dance of the highest quality. WCD is Canada’s oldest modern dance company. The current artistic director is Brent Lott.