$15 | Drop-in
Location | DJD Dance Centre - Studio TBA
Attending | Decidedly Jazz & Professional Community
Focus | Embodiment Butoh
Using principles of Butoh, the Japanese postmodern dance-theatre practice, we transcend form and steps to discover dance that is specific, embodied and that cultivates creativity.
Denise Fujiwara began a series of overlapping careers starting in childhood as a gymnast, became a Canadian Champion in Rhythmic Gymnastics and competed internationally for Canada. Upon completing an Honours B.F.A. in Dance at York University, she became one of the founders of T.I.D.E. (Toronto Independent Dance Enterprise), a now-defunct but still notorious company that danced across Canada for 10 years.
She is a recipient of the Toronto Arts Foundation Award for International Achievement in Dance. EUNOIA, a multimedia work based on Christian Bök’s Griffin Poetry Prize winning book, premiered at World Stage in Toronto and was nominated for three Dora Mavor Moore Awards, named one of NOW’s Top 5 Dance Shows of 2014 and began national touring in 2015. Her six solo dance concerts have garnered praise and have toured to festivals across Canada, and in the U.S.A., South America, Europe and Asia. She receives choreography commissions and teaches at home and abroad. She co-founded the CanAsian Dance Festival in 1997 and continues as the Artistic Director. She developed the KickStart Festival to support Canadian choreographers who are interested in utilizing Asian practices, ideas, aesthetics and/or dance-based forms, and are interested in addressing contemporary issues that question, expand and/or deepen their current dance practices to create dance that is distinct and pushes the choreographer’s knowledge, skills and aesthetics. www.fujiwaradance.com