Photo: Rod MacIvor


Our illustrious alumnus, Tedd Robinson, will be in Toronto this week, working with the dancers of Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT) to reconstruct his recent work for them, 6 People Doing 6 Poses From 6 Photos To Music, which he created for TDT’s Glass Fields program in 2018. He is remounting the piece for the company’s Harbourfront season, House Mix, in February.

Tedd is most well-known for his idiosyncratic solo works. Born in Ottawa, he graduated with a B.F.A. from York University; he also studied here at the School, and with British visual theatre artist Lindsay Kemp. He first rose to prominence as Artistic Director of Contemporary Dancers in Winnipeg, Canada (1984-1990), where he created highly theatrical ensemble works. Having returned to Ottawa in 1990 to pursue a solo career, he is now firmly established as a choreographer, educator, and solo artist, whose critically acclaimed, award-winning, and utterly unique works have won him a multitude of commissions and an international schedule of touring and teaching. His collaborators have included Margie Gillis, Ame Henderson, Louise Lecavalier, and his regular associate, composer/performer Charles Quevillon. Tedd is also sought out for his choreographic consultations. He has been consulting with creative artists on their process since 1992, when he started training with Peter Boneham as resident guest artist at le Groupe Dance Lab.

His work has been recognised with several major awards, including the 1998 Chalmers National Dance Award, the 2016 Nova Scotia Masterworks Award, and the 2014 Walter Carsen Prize. His work is influenced by his six years as a monk (Hakukaze Soto Zen) in Ottawa, Canada. He is an Associate Dance Artist of the National Arts Centre.

Tedd has created several group works for the School over the years; the most recent of these was Ah/Awe, which premiered in May 2017. In 2014, Tedd created 16 Dancers of The 60 Dancer Project. This work was an arrangement of material created for a larger work, The 60 Dancer Project, which closed the 2014 Canada Dance Festival in June of that year, in the Theatre of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. The 60 Dancer Project was co-produced by the Canada Dance Festival, Tedd’s own company, 10 Gates Dancing Inc., and by the five professional training institutions participating: L’Ecole de danse contemporaine de Montréal, L’Ecole de danse de Québec, the School of Contemporary Dancers (Winnipeg), the School of Dance (Ottawa), and the School of Toronto Dance Theatre.

We look forward to seeing Tedd at the Winch next week, and hope it won’t be long before he again crafts one of his magical creations for us.