The following incredible artists have brought their diverse skills and passions to the various shows and programs of Solo Chicken Productions.
SYLVIE BOUCHARD – Co-Created & Performed in Feather & Bill
Dusk Dances Curator and Festival Director Sylvie Bouchard presented her solo Cassiopeia created by Peggy Baker, Serge Bennathan, Roger Sinha and Karen Kaeja at the DuMaurier Theatre in 1999 and was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore award for best performance. In 1997, Sylvie Bouchard formed the company CORPUS with artistic partner David Danzon and co-created and performed in 8 works (A Flock of Flyers, Carousel, Rendez-Vous, Feet in the Air Head on the Ground, Les Moutons, Nuit Blanche, Two is Company and Bridge of sighs/Peep Show) that have toured globally. Bouchard was co-artistic-director of CORPUS from 1997 until 2008. She co-choreographed and starred in the children TV Series Four-Square on Treehouse TV. She created Dusk Dances in 1993 as an offsite event for the fringe Festival of Independent Dance Artists (fFIDA) and has since created four works with Mr. Danzon specifically for the Dusk Dances, – A Flock of Flyers, Carousel, Rendez-Vous and Les moutons as well as choreographed La gigue en souvenirs for the 2008 Ontario tour. She has curated and co-produced the event for the Canada Dance Festival in Ottawa; the Dancing on the Edge Festival in Ottawa, and programmed the highly successful 10th anniversary season in 2004, which visited 6 regional Ontario communities. In 2006, Dusk Dances embarked in a new touring venture, supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, deepening its ties with communities throughout Ontario.
JESS DOBKIN- Collaborator for 'Engorged'
Jess Dobkin is a renowned performance artist. Her performances and projects are presented in museums, galleries, festivals, theatres, universities and public spaces internationally. Says Dobkin: "My body is my primary tool in my practice, and I use personal narrative as a point of departure to engage with audiences about contemporary social issues. My performance art practice is created in conversation and community, and I’m inspired and influenced by points of tension and dissonance, frictions and fractures. I’m driven by a desire for meaningful, intimate exchange with an audience, where a potent performance can be a catalyst for dialogue and embody a sense of hope."
NATASHA ECK - Nunavik Theatre Arts Program/Kangirsuk Facilitator
Natasha Eck successfully earned a scholarship at one of London’s prestigious Professional Dance and Theatre Performance colleges, Doreen Bird College. Before Leaving England for Toronto Natasha was a featured dancer for “The Ballet”, in partnership with the Royal Opera House and Ballet Soul in August 2003. Now residing in Toronto, Natasha has choreographed for dance Immersion’s 2003 In–studio presentation, choreographed for a Shakespeare in the Square production of ‘Hamlet’ alongside two solo pieces for the Irie music festival in 2004 & 2005 at Nathan Philips Square. Ms Eck was also commissioned for her choreography at ' dance Immersion Annual Showcase in 2006 at Harbourfront Centre’.Ms Eck has also performed with Vivine Scarlett’s ‘V’works at the Mutahdi Drum Festival and danced as part of the ensemble for a production of ‘Orphan Boy’ choreographed by Vivine Scarlett and Germaul Barnes. In 2006, Natasha completed a season with COBA (Collective of Black Artist) as a company member. Natasha also appeared on BPM TV’s “Dance Moves” an interactive dance class and several music videos and numerous industry events throughout Canada.
NOAH KENNEALLY - Nunavik Theatre Arts Program/Inukjuak Facilitator, Feather & Bill/Lewis the Pigeon
Noah Kenneally has worked extensively in theatre and the visual arts, and most loves to play in the places where they intersect. His combinations of sculpture, storytelling, physical theatre, puppetry and performance art, both evocative and silly, have been performed all over Canada and the U.S. at such marvelous venues as The Cooking Fire Theatre Festival, The International Toy Theatre Festival, Day O’ Delight, The Ashkenaz Festival, Harbourfront Centre’s Milk Children’s Theatre Festival, Pop Montreal, and many other wonderful events. Noah has worked as a performance artist, an arts educator and researcher for over fourteen years. Noah has collaborated and worked with Shadowland Theatre, Solo Chicken Productions, Bouchardanse, Theatre Rusticle, Blue Ceiling Dance Projects, and was an associate artist with Jumblies Theatre for eight years. Noah is also the Head Assistant Deputy aide of Imagination Recalibrations for the arts research and performance company Cardboard Heart Imagination Laboratory.
CLEA MINAKER- Nunavik Theatre Arts Program/Kangirsuk/Inukjuak Facilitator
As a performing artist, designer and director, Clea brings the language of contemporary puppetry to creations for theatre, film, music videos and musical performances. From 2002-2005 Clea trained as a student of the sixth promotion at L’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts de la Marionette. In 2007-2008, she toured internationally with Feist, designing and performing live shadow puppetry and projections for close to one hundred concert performances. Her original theatrical creations include: The Living Lantern (Festival Casteliers ‘carte blanche’ 2009) Beauty (Commissioned by Youtheatre 2010), Oh! What a Feeling (Festival Casteliers 2007), and Immobile (Rhubarb! Festival of New Works, 2006). She has worked for theatre companies; (Shadowland Theatre, Jumblies); for film (Amnon Buchbinder, ClydeHenry Productions); and on music videos (So-called, The Belle Orchestre, Little Scream). In 2011 Clea was invited; to create the opening performance of the `‘!f The 2011 International Festival of Independent Film of Istanbul’; to conduct workshops in shadow puppetry with youth at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; and to teach puppetry to children in Nunanvik.
Hannah Moscovitch is a Canadian playwright who has risen to national prominence in the last few years. She has been dubbed “an indie sensation” by Toronto Life Magazine; “the wunderkind of Canadian theatre” by CBC Radio; and “the dark angel of Toronto theatre” by Toronto Star. The National Post, The Globe and Mail, and Now Magazine have all hailed Hannah as “Canada’s Hottest Young Playwright”. Hannah’s writing for the stage includes East of Berlin, This is War, Little One, Other People’s Children, The Children’s Republic, What a Young Wife Ought to Know, The Russian Play, Essay, The Huron Bride (a ghost story) and In This World (for teenage audiences). Hannah’s plays have been produced across the country, from coast to coast, as well as in the United States, Japan, Britain, and Australia. In 2014, Hannah became the first playwright to win the Trillium Book Award. She’s won the Toronto Critic’s Award for Best New Canadian Play and the SummerWorks Performance Festival Prize for Production. She’s been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the Siminovitch Prize and the international Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.
LUA SHAYENNE - Eastdale Theatre Program/Dance Facilitator
Lua Shayenne is an actor, dancer and choreographer. Graduate of RAPA and apprentice with COBA, she frequently travels to Africa to research and learn traditional and contemporary African dance. Her dance mentor is Debbie Wilson. She trained with Ms Kwakwa and Ben Onduro in Ghana, M’ba Coulibaly, Issa Cissoko, and Mamadou Kante in Mali; Ousmane Ndiaye, Bertrand Saky (Ivory Coast) in Senegal. She has worked with master drummers Amadou Kienou (Burkina Faso), Mohamed Diaby (Guinea); choreographers Kevin Ormsby (Kashedance), De-Napoli Clarke (RJC Dance, UK), Eleo Pomare (NYC); theatre directors Erika Batdorf, Rhoma Spencer and Weyni Mengesha.In 2008 she was awarded one of 12 spots reserved for outstanding dancers in the Choreographers Lab/ Community Arts Practice at the school of Jacob’s Pillow. In the summer of 2009, Shayenne was invited as judge in the 2009 Ultimate Dance War competition in Ottawa. Shayenne is co-founder and member of Aya Dance Collective, board member of Dusk Dances and member of Toronto Playback Theatre.