FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 28, 2021
The Board of Directors of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre is delighted to announce the appointment of Sasha Ivanochko as the School’s new Artistic Director; Sasha will join the School in mid-August. As previously announced, Patricia Fraser, the School’s current Artistic Director, will retire at the end of the summer.
“Sasha brings a wealth of experience to the School as a performer, choreographer, educator, arts manager, and advocate for dancers, dance training, and social justice through art,” notes Board President, Gail Lilley, and “we look forward to her leading the School into an exciting new era.”
Sasha is an alumna of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and went on to join Toronto Dance Theatre and run her own ad hoc company, Ivanochko in company, for 15 years. She subsequently pursued her Masters of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies at Simon Fraser University. Her research there was awarded the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate – Masters Scholarship.
Sasha has taught in leading contemporary dance schools and post-secondary institutions, and has held numerous creative residencies across Canada and beyond. She has done extensive research in dance pedagogy, and is a passionate teacher of young adults. Her choreography was featured in the Bravo Network “Freedom” series, and she was honoured with the John Hobday Award in Arts Management in 2020.
In recent years, Sasha has been the Artistic Director for Dancers’ Studio West in Calgary, a service organization focussed on the evolution of contemporary dance in Alberta. In speaking about her new role at the School, Sasha says, “I consider teaching a great privilege and responsibility, but also a thrilling journey that must be taken with others. The process of learning dance involves working with questions and sensations, and experimenting with the body to create something that is always freshly forming and ‘becoming’; dance is vulnerable to both witness and to do. My own artistic foundation was established at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and I am very grateful and honoured to return as the Artistic Director and to have the opportunity to integrate the knowledge and skills I’ve acquired throughout my career.”
More about the incoming Artistic Director
Sasha Ivanochko is a choreographer, pedagogue, and from 2018-2021 was the Artistic Director of Dancers’ Studio West, a support service organization dedicated to the evolution of contemporary dance practices in Alberta. She is the artistic lead of Ivanochko in company, an ad hoc company she founded in 2005 to promote and produce her choreographic work.
A School of Toronto Dance Theatre graduate, she earned her M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Simon Fraser University. Her artistic research has also been supported through two Chalmers Family Fellowships.
Her critically acclaimed choreography has toured internationally, with presentations at The 2007 IETM (Montréal), The Canada Dance Festival (Ottawa), the Dance Meeting (Japan), Dancemakers (Toronto), Dancers’ Studio West (Calgary), DanceWorks (Toronto), Dancing on the Edge (Vancouver), The Festival of New Dance (St. John’s), The Fluid Festival (Calgary), the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (Vancouver), the International Theatre Festival of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), La petite scène (Québec), Mile Zero Dance (Edmonton), The Music Gallery (Toronto), New Dance Horizons (Regina), Tangente (Montréal), and the visiBIe Arts Festival (Los Angeles). She has created commissions for Toronto Dance Theatre, Via Salzburg, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, and multiple independent dancers.
Sasha’s service to the community includes three years as Chair of the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists, East, and a year as Chair of the Canadian Dance Assembly’s Independent Artist Standing Council.
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The School of Toronto Dance Theatre would like to thank the members of the Search Committee, composed of board members and external members of the dance community, for their time and expertise given to the search for the School’s new Artistic Director. Your invaluable support and guidance is greatly appreciated. Thank you!