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Choreographer, dancer, teacher and Founding Artistic Director of Company of Angels and Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal, Randy Glynn has been a recognized figure in the world of Canadian Contemporary Dance for almost 40 years. A critically acclaimed principal dancer with the legendary Danny Grossman Company for a decade, Randy began choreographing in the early 1980s. In 1987 he formed his own company, The Randy Glynn Dance Project, which toured across Canada and presented four seasons at Toronto’s prestigious Premiere Dance Theatre. Works among his critically acclaimed choreography include: ‘Mr. Pinhead’, ‘After Godot’ and ‘Dancing in the Third Act’. In 2008 he was invited to Berlin to direct the Circus Cabaret Show ‘MyLife’ at the Chamaeleon Theatre in the heart of the city. The show ran for a year and was seen by over 100,000 people.
Randy’s choreography has been produced and presented by major 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. In recognition of his work Dancing in the Third Act, Mr. Glynn was selected as one of five finalists for the 2015 Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award. This was the first time since the inception of the award that dance was named to the Masterworks shortlist.
In addition to his position as Artistic Director of Company of Angels and FODAR, Randy is also the Artistic Director of Live Art Dance Productions. Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Live Art Dance is the only dance presenter in Atlantic Canada programming a full-season contemporary dance series featuring international calibre artists.
Associate Artistic Director
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Michael Caldwell is a choreographer, performer, curator, director, producer, and arts advocate, based in Toronto, Canada.
Currently, Michael Caldwell serves as Associate Artistic Director for Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal, programming dance on the stage, in the studio, and on the street, engaging directly with this unique arts community. Additionally, he is Executive Producer for Fall for Dance North, an annual large-scale international dance festival in Toronto. Caldwell brings his valuable insight into diverse dance forms/styles in a local, national, and international context, primarily overseeing the festival’s Mainstage programming, and now – the festival’s digital online content. He is also Curator and Production Director for the 10th anniversary season of Kaeja d’Dance’s Porch View Dances. Previously, Caldwell has served as a Guest Curator and Festival Producer for Dusk Dances,as well as for Older & Reckless. He also acts as a consultant with various arts organizations and as a mentor to many emerging artists/curators in the Canadian performance sector.
Garnering critical acclaim, his choreography has been commissioned/presented throughout Canada at major festivals, in traditional venues and in site-responsive and community-engaged contexts. Caldwell’s most recent choreographic work responds to the ‘site’ in as many ways as can be conceived, and subverts traditional modes of viewing. He will premiere a new web-based movement work online in 2021, in addition to a large-scale performance/sound work in Toronto’s Year of Public Art in 2022. Caldwell is a two-time K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation Artist Award finalist.
An ‘intense dynamo on stage’ (Scene4) with ‘exceptional interpretive skills’ (The Globe & Mail), Caldwell has performed/collaborated with over 50 of Canada’s esteemed performance creators/companies, and has worked internationally with Antony Hamilton (Australia), Tomeo Vergés (France), and Sacha Steenks (Netherlands). He has danced across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. His performances have earned him two Dora Mavor Moore Awards for outstanding performance in dance.
With a bachelor’s degree in film/art history from Syracuse University in upstate New York, and professional dance training at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Caldwell now sits on the board of directors at The CanDance Network and the Dancer Transition Resource Centre.
Header photo: Company of Angels. Lighted Rooms. FODAR 2017. Photo by Tim Wilson