Random Acts of Dance

Random Acts of Dance
Presented by Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers
Thursday, November 4 – 2:45 pm
Winnipeg Art Gallery – Eckhardt Hall  

Winnipeg 's Contemporary Dancers' goal is to create a place on the local, national and international arts landscape that enables vital intersections, linkages and exchange among dance creators, dance interpreters, spectators and communities.

This Random Acts of Dance performance by Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers is an excerpt from Artistic Director Brent Lott’s Between the Sycamore. Scaled down from the original sixty-minute work and danced on an 8’ x 8’ stage, this “reduction” is a glimpse into a world inhabited by beings drawn from Egyptian mythology and the insect world. Original music by Greg Lowe and costume design by Norma Lachance. WCD Dancers: Johanna Riley, Sarah Roche, Lise McMillan and Kristin Haight.

Johanna Riley is a 2002 graduate of the Senior Professional Program of the School of Contemporary Dancers (SCD), with BA Honours in dance from the University of Winnipeg.  She has performed in Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, and Toronto for numerous choreographers.  A founding member of Winnipeg-based Young Lungs Dance Exchange, this is her fifth season with Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers (WCD).


Sarah Roche graduated from the Senior Professional Program of SCD, with a BA Honours in dance from the University of Winnipeg. In addition to performing under various choreographers, Sarah enjoys teaching and bringing the creative ideas of dance and body awareness to students of all ages. She has taught and choreographed in rural Manitoba, SCD, and here in Winnipeg with Learning Through the Arts. This is Sarah's fifth season with WCD.


Lise McMillan graduated from SCD's Senior Professional Program and the University of Winnipeg with a BA Honours in dance in 2007 and is now in her fourth season with WCD. Lise has worked for many choreographers, including projects based in Europe and Africa. Lise is a teacher with The Integrated Arts Program and has choreographed for local musicians and live performances. She is a co-founder of the international youth arts initiative, Culture Crossing Projects.


Kristin Haight’s dance training began in 1988 at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. In 1996, she transferred into the SCD Senior Professional Program. A graduate of that program in 2000, she received a BA Honours in dance through the University of Winnipeg with the Gold Medal Award for Academic Excellence. She has danced independently for various Canadian choreographers and dance companies and has performed as far away as Taiwan. Kristin is the assistant to WCD Founder, Rachel Browne, CM. This is Kristin's third season with WCD.


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