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Randy Glynn named as new Live Art Dance Artistic Director

July 18, 2016 – Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, CANADA: Live Art Dance has announced that that effective immediately Randy Glynn will become its new Artistic Director, succeeding Paul Caskey who led the organization from 2003 until Spring of this year. Mr. Glynn is currently Artistic Director of Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal (FODAR) and will continue in that role guiding what has become a hugely successful dance festival based in Nova Scotia.

Live Art Dance is the leading presenter of dance in Atlantic Canada. Founded by the late Diane Moore in 1982, it has become an important advocate for contemporary dance in Canada.

“We are delighted to welcome Randy Glynn to Live Art”, said Live Art Board Chair Sheila Strong. “He is an artist of the highest calibre and a recognized leader in his field. We believe that he has the essential combination of vision, experience and artistry that will not only enrich our own organization but contribute the vibrant cultural life of Halifax and the region of Atlantic Canada as well.”

Choreographer, dancer and teacher, Randy Glynn has been a recognized figure in the world of Canadian Contemporary Dance for over four decades. He began his professional dance career in Halifax in 1977 as dancer/manager of the freshly minted Halifax Dance Co-op Dance Company. He has maintained an ongoing connection with the evolution of the dance community in Halifax over the years.

Mr. Glynn joined the legendary Danny Grossman Company in 1978 and performed as a principal dancer with that company for a decade. In 1987 he formed his own company, The Randy Glynn Dance Project. Mr. Glynn’s choreography has been produced and presented by companies in Canada, Ireland and the US. A Dora Mavor Moore Award nominee, he is also a recipient of the prestigious Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award. He was one of five finalists selected for the 2015 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award for Dancing in the Third Act. This was the first time since the inception of the award that dance made the Masterworks shortlist.

Mr. Glynn founded FODAR in 2014 with a vision to grow an audience for contemporary dance in an underserved rural area of the province of Nova Scotia by presenting accessible international calibre work by leading Canadian contemporary choreographers. Since that time the festival has expanded its program and attracted ever-growing audiences from across Atlantic Canada and beyond.

Mr. Glynn is excited to be adding a new chapter to his artistic career in Nova Scotia. Growing artists for contemporary dance will be a particular focus for the new Artistic Director.

“Live Art has a solid reputation within the Canadian dance community for innovation, high production values and engagement with the Nova Scotia arts community and I am delighted to be appointed as its new Artistic Director. My professional career began in Halifax and now has come full circle. With my 40 years as dance professional I hope to be able to build on the wonderful legacy of Live Art’s solid history as a major presenter of contemporary dance in Atlantic Canada. In my roles as Artistic Director of two leading dance presenters in Atlantic Canada, I look forward actively contributing to the growth of the ecology of dance in Nova Scotia.”

FODAR) 2016 is funded in part by: the Government of Canada through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, by Canada Council for the Arts, and by Arts Nova Scotia/support4culture, and also by Business for the Arts.