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Michael Caldwell

Michael Caldwell is a Dora-nominated, Toronto-based choreographer and dancer. A graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, he holds a bachelor’s degree in film and art history from Syracuse University. Early in his career he was an interpreter at Le Groupe Dance Lab, studying with the iconic Peter Boneham.

Caldwell has performed roles for many of Canada’s esteemed dance creators and companies, including Peggy Baker, Sylvie Bouchard, Danny Grossman, James Kudelka, Louis Laberge-Côté, Tedd Robinson, Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, Corpus Dance Projects, Dusk Dances, Kaeja d’Dance, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre. He has toured across Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Acclaimed as a skilled and powerful choreographer, Caldwell has garnered critical acclaim for his “daring and powerful” (Bateman Reviews) choreography. His work has been commissioned and presented at dance: made in canada/fait au canada festival, Dusk Dances, the CanAsian Dance Festival, Dance Matters, Series 8:08 (resident artist), Porch View Dances and the Toronto Fringe Festival. His recent work explores the intersection of movement, sound, and visual art in contemporary performance.

In his current role as artistic producer for the Fall for Dance North Festival, Caldwell seeks to contribute to Canada’s cultural landscape with curated dance programming of the highest artistic quality. He currently sits on the artistic advisory committee at Dancemakers.

Upcoming projects/collaborators include adelheid/Heidi Strauss, Louis Laberge-Côté, Antony Hamilton/Dancemakers, Theatre Mada, Bouchardanse, Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, Corpus Dance Projects, Kaeja d’Dance and pounds per square inch performance. His next major choreography, Factory, will premiere September 20-23 at The Citadel, in Toronto.

“…an intense dynamo on stage.” – Scene4.

“…exceptional interpretive skills.” – The Globe and Mail

Louis Laberge-Côté

Louis Laberge-Côté is a Toronto-based dancer, choreographer, teacher, and rehearsal director. An acclaimed performer, the “singularly magnetic” (Fjord Review) and “absolutely charismatic” (Globe and Mail) Laberge-Côté has danced nationally and internationally with more than 20 companies, and has held full-time positions with Toronto Dance Theatre and the Kevin O’Day Ballett Nationaltheater Mannheim.

Working in film as well as on stage, Laberge-Côté has been part of six Bravo! Fact productions. He has created over 80 choreographic works, which have been commissioned and presented in Canada and abroad and have been described as a “wonderfully sophisticated jewel” (Die Rheinpfalz) and a “triumph… with tremendous depth and subtext” (Classical 96.3FM).

His work has garnered him a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Choreography as well as eight other nominations for Performance or Choreography.  He is also a three-time nominee for the KM Hunter Award, which recognizes individual artists in the areas of Visual Art, Dance, Theatre, Literature, Film, Video, and Music. NOW Magazine named him “Most Valuable Player” of the Toronto dance scene in 2006 and “Best Male Dancer” in 2014.

A sought-after pedagogue, Laberge-Côté has taught classes and workshops across the country and is apart-time faculty member at Ryerson University. He chairs the Independent Artists Council at the Canadian Dance Assembly and the Toronto Arts Council’s Dance Committee. He is currently a full-time MFA Creative Practice student at Plymouth University/TransArt Institute (UK/USA), doing research on contemporary dance training.

“Louis Laberge-Côté emphasised the momentous opening bars with a burst of energy, jumping up—imagine a person trying to remove a suit by only leaping in the air…of the altogether impressive dancers several stand out… Louis Laberge-Côté , supple and singularly magnetic…” –  fjordreview.com