Sharon B. Moore creates as a choreographer, director, writer, and movement coach for dance, film, theatre, and circus. She is an award-winning creator and performer working for companies around the world. While studying theatre at the age of 17, Moore discovered dance; she went on to graduate as a full scholarship student from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. A former member of Contemporary Dancers of Canada under the direction of Tedd Robinson, she is now a choreographer sought after for her highly textured and intensely magnetic theatre of movement. Flavoured by her understanding of theatre and her experience as an actor, her work has forged a unique approach to the creative process as it applies to dance movement.
In 2007, Moore became the first Canadian to receive a Bessie Schönberg Choreographic Award Residency at The Yard, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. In 2010, her work BLISS (commissioned by Forcier Stageworks) was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for outstanding new choreography. In 2011, her full-evening The Great Farini Project was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for outstanding new choreography, as was Brian Solomon for his performance. Her Mystery of Mr. Leftovers received four Dora nominations, including a win for Jillian Peever for outstanding female performance. Moore was a K.M. Hunter Award in Dance nominee in 2015.
Moore shares her creative process through an extensive repertoire created for professional training programs including The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and The School of Contemporary Dancers in Winnipeg. In 2013 she was the international guest faculty artist at The Lewis Center for the Performing Arts, Princeton University Program in Dance. There, she co-created and co-taught a new syllabus for improvisation toward set choreographic work with Susan Marshall, Director of the Program in Dance, and Artistic Director of Susan Marshall and Co. (NYC). Additionally, she was the recipient of a Lewis Centre for the Performing Arts Atelier residency. Over 100 original dances comprise the body of her professional work. This fall, her new work for JDdance titled IN ABSENTIA will premiere at Harbourfront. Currently, Moore is creating Snake Oil, a 60-minute dance-theatre work for herself and colleague Paula Blair. Recently, Moore’s interdisciplinary work The Infinity Machine, highlighting Humber Theatre Performance Program’s 22 graduating actors, played to a sold-out run at The Theatre Centre.
Moore and artistic partner Derek Aasland run Cinetic Creations, a company creating live stage works in circus, theatre, dance, and opera, as well as serving the major motion picture industry. Cinetic Creations has developed a signature style of narrative creation praised by critics and audiences alike for a seamless and deep integration of story and discipline. In 2007, Moore and Cinetic created their first full-evening circus show Le Livre des Souhaits with L’École National de Cirque. The work played at Cirque de Soleil’s home big top, LA TOHU, centre for circus in Montreal, for a sold-out run, and traveled to CIRCA, an international circus festival in Auch, France. Their circus show La Vie En Swing was CBC’s # 1 pick for things to see in Montreal, May 2013. Currently they are developing a new circus show based on the works of Mexican painter Remedios Varo, with Flip circus/Defectuoso Productions in Mexico City.
Moore’s work The Thirst for Love and Water, created and produced in collaboration with director/producer Derek Aasland, had its world premiere at PANAMANIA, the arts and cultural festival of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games in July 2015. She is currently working on several writing projects including two plays and a book of poetry for children.