Dana Maria Gingras

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Guest Choregrapher/

Director of Animals of Distinction

In 1993, Dana co-founded The Holy Body Tattoo (with Noam Gagnon) as a multi-media dance company. Since its inception, the company has captured a number of significant awards and honours for both its stage and film work. In 1997, our brief eternity won The Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best Ensemble Performance. The work has been performed over one hundred times in Canada, Europe, USA, and in Australia at the Sydney Opera House. Circa, which received the inaugural Alcan Performing Arts Award, has been performed around the world, including at Ein Fest in Wuppertal, Germany at the invitation of Pina Bausch, and at London’s Barbican Theatre. The company’s last work, monumental, was co produced and premiered by the National Arts Centre, toured nationally and was presented at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles. In 2006, Dana formed satellite company Animals of Distinction, and created Smash Up, a full evening presentation of solos and duets conceived as a collision between dance, animation and sound with animator/programmers James Paterson and Amit Pitaru. Smash Up is a co-production with the Festival TransAmerique and premiered in Montreal May 2008 and is continues to tour nationally. Dana is an Associate Dance Artist of Canada’s National Arts Centre. animalsofdistinction.org