Artist-in-Residence and DanceLab programs

Raven Spirit Dance/photo Chris Randle

Raven Spirit Dance/photo Chris Randle


The Dance Centre’s Artist-in-Residence program provides studio space and technical and administrative support to enable choreographers to work with various artists and audiences, through creation, teaching, outreach activities and performances. Technical residencies offer production support to artists preparing for full theatre presentations.

Artists-in-Residence 2018-2019:

Company 605
Dancers of Damelahamid
Joe Ink
O.Dela Arts/Olivia C. Davies
The Biting School

Artists-in-Residence 2019-2020:

Arash Khakpour and Emmalena Fredriksson
Les Productions Figlio
Out Innerspace Dance Theatre
Raven Spirit Dance
V’ni Dansi
Wen Wei Dance


Our DanceLab program supports research and collaboration between dance artists and other art disciplines. It provides fully subsidized studio space at Scotiabank Dance Centre to the participating artists for a period of 2 weeks, enabling the artists to research how cross-art form collaboration can enhance their artistic growth and the development of new work. Upon completion of the process, the artists open up the process to the public through an informal studio presentation.

DanceLab Artists 2018-2019:

Sujit Vaidya (lighting design)
Thoenn Glover (immersive dance-theatre)
TWObigsteps collective (movement and technology installation)

DanceLab Artists 2019-2020:

Amber Funk Barton/the response. (music)
Anouk Froidevaux (film)
Lee Su-Feh (visual art, mask making)
Paras Terezakis/Kinesis Dance somatheatro (theatre)
Tasha Faye Evans (visual art, mask making)
Zahra Shahab (visual art, mask making, costume design)

New this season: programmed residency and lab artists also have the opportunity to be mentored through one-on-one sessions with senior artists. Current artist/mentor pairings are:

Company 605: Barbara Bourget
Byron Chief-Moon: Idan Cohen, Bob Baker, Margo Kane and David Geary
Olivia C. Davies: Raina von Waldenburg
The Biting School: Raina von Waldenburg