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Christopher House is a choreographer, dancer, director, teacher, and writer. Born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland, he joined Toronto Dance Theatre as a dancer in 1979, was named Resident Choreographer in 1981, and became Artistic Director of the company in 1994.

In partnership with his creative team, House has developed a variety of programs for TDT that reflect his commitment to ongoing education and shared learning, including work with young people, new audiences, and the local and international community of artists. He has commissioned work for TDT from more than forty Canadian and international choreographers such as, most recently, Susie Burpee, Peter Chin, Thomas Hauert, Ame Henderson, Jean-Sébastien Lourdais, Alban Richard, Heidi Strauss, and Emanuelle Vo-Dinh.

As a choreographer, he has made over sixty works for the TDT repertoire and has also created choreography for Ballet British Columbia, Lisbon’s Ballet Gulbenkian, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, and the National Ballet of Canada, among others, and solo works for such artists as Peggy Baker, Guillaume Côté, Patricia Fraser, and Claudia Moore. He has directed two collaborations with Joel Gibb and The Hidden Cameras and created several short films and videos. His most recent choreography includes Rivers (2012), Eleven Accords (2013), and Martingales (2014), all for TDT.

As a performer, he has appeared in new works by Sarah Chase, Peter Chin, David Earle, James Kudelka, Mark Morris, and Peter Randazzo, among others. While a guest with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, he performed the title role in Michel Fokine’s Petrouchka, also dancing in Kudelka’s In Paradisum, Nijinska’s Les Noces, as well as in his solo Schubert Dances, at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.  He continues to perform in new choreography by Deborah Hay, Ame Henderson, and Jordan Tannahill.

House has taught technique, creative process, improvisation, and bodywork across Canada and in The Netherlands, the U.K., and the U.S.A. Since 2006, his ongoing involvement with the experimental practice of choreographer Deborah Hay has profoundly influenced his teaching and directing.

He has received many awards for his work, including three Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding New Choreography. He received the Muriel Sherrin Award for International Achievement in Dance in October 2009, was made an honorary doctor of letters by Memorial University in 2010, and received the Toronto Alliance for Performing Arts Silver Ticket Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts in 2012. In 2013 he was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance in Deborah Hay’s The Body in Question.

Christopher House is an Associate Dance Artist of Canada’s National Arts Centre.