DANCE ARTIST NATASHA POWELL TO LEAD DANCEMAKERS THROUGH
ITS FINAL SEASON OF PROGRAMMING
It is with great regret that Dancemakers’ Board of Directors has made the decision to end the company’s artistic and operations activity, effective July 31, 2021.
Board Chair Louis-Michel Taillefer stated, “As with many arts organizations across the country, the global pandemic directly impacted Dancemakers’ capacity to deliver its 19/20 artistic programming, and its financial revenue sources. Combining these losses with the burden of our ever-increasing studio rental costs, we have regretfully come to the decision to shut our doors at the end of this current fiscal year.”
Dancemakers’ studios are located in one of Artscape’s properties in the Distillery District. The impact of growing occupancy costs has now become unsustainable for the organization: We spent 36% of our 2019-20 operating revenue on occupancy costs, and have seen an annual increase as high as 9% in the last four years.
DANCE ARTIST NATASHA POWELL TO LEAD DANCEMAKERS THROUGH ITS FINAL SEASON OF PROGRAMMING
Recognizing the important role Dancemakers has played in the Canadian dance ecology for 46 years, the Board felt it was crucial to engage an artistic leader who would provide inspiration and direction for its last year. Following a 2-month, in-depth community consultation, dance artist and choreographer Natasha Powell has been appointed as Artistic Producer to lead the company through its final season of Resident Artist and Guest Artist Programming.
Said Natasha Powell, ““I am honoured to be appointed as the Artistic Producer for Dancemakers' final season. We are in a challenging time of many unknowns, and dance organizations and artists are posed with questions about the near and distant future of our work. While Dancemakers and the Centre for Creation will be dearly missed, my hope is that we can take this last season to reflect, honour, and celebrate the legacy with which the company leaves for Canada’s dance community, while uplifting and supporting the current generation of dance artists as we all brave the future of live performance art.”
As the founder of Toronto’s Holla Jazz, Natasha will bring a wealth of producing experience to Dancemakers as well as deep-rooted connections throughout the community. While guiding the 20-21 Resident Artists’ and connecting with Dancemakers’ Resident Artists, Natasha will also create new Guest Artist residency initiatives, and develop projects that honour Dancemakers’ history.
Dancemakers’ wind down will take place over two stages. The first is the cancellation of the Baker Studio and Office leases, effective December 31, 2020. The second stage is the cancellation of the Theatre Studio lease, effective July 31, 2021. While open, both the Baker and Theatre Studios will house programming and other events; after the office closure, Dancemakers’ staff will work remotely.
The Board of Directors,
Dancemakers Centre for Creation