Artistic Director / Co-Festival Director / Curator
Yvonne Ng is a dancer, choreographer, presenter, producer, curator and arts educator. She is the Artistic Director and creative instigator behind tiger princess dance projects, which has been in operation since 1996. Yvonne founded the presentation series dance: made in canada / fait au canada Festival in 2001. Joined by festival co-directors Janelle Rainville and Jeff Morris, in 2011 Yvonne transitioned the series into a biennial festival that presents the work of contemporary choreographers from across Canada.
Of Peranakan Chinese descent, Yvonne was born and raised in Singapore and moved to Canada in the late ‘80’s where she completed her Honours BFA at York University. Ng began her training with Madam Goh Soo Khim at the Singapore Ballet Academy. Even before completing her BFA at York University, she had co-founded the dance company, Dance Allegro and was in demand in Toronto’s contemporary dance community. After a year in the Danny Grossman Dance Company, she left to work with choreographers such as Bill James (from 1992-2002); José Navas, Menaka Thakkar; Peter Chin; Dominique Dumais and Kevin O’Day (National Theatre Mannheim Ballett); Stephanie Skura; and Tedd Robinson, to name a few.
Her commissioned choreography and performance have earned her eight Dora Mavor Moore nominations and taken her to Australia, China, Italy, Singapore, across Canada and the USA. Writers describe her work as ravishing, paradoxical, immediate and hard-edged, like painful memory. Yvonne is a certified Open Source Forms© (Stephanie Skura/U.S.A.), Senior Fitness, C-I Training™ and Ashtanga Yoga teacher. She has taught in the Dance Departments of Ryerson and York University in Canada, the Theatre Department at Juniata College, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. as well as Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (college) and LaSalle College of the Arts in Singapore and is currently teaching at the University of Waterloo’s Drama and Speech Communications dept.
Yvonne is a recipient of the 2017 Muriel Sherrin Award, the 2016 Jacqueline Lemieux Prize, Soulpepper Community Artist Award, K.M. Hunter Artist Award, the New Pioneers Arts Award and the Chalmers Arts Fellowship. A multiple nominee, in 2000 she was honoured with a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance. In 2007, Ng received the Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts – New Talent Award; she was selected by fellow recipient and Canadian dance legend Peggy Baker. Ng was the Artistic Director of Series 8:08 from 1994 – 2015.
d:mic/fac Festival Co-director
Janelle has stage-managed for over 35 dance companies and independent choreographers including the National Ballet of Canada, Dancetheatre David Earle, Danny Grossman Dance Company, tiger princess dance projects and Peggy Baker. She has toured Malaysia & Singapore with the Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre as well as across Canada with Kaeja d’Dance. In the realm of theatre, Janelle has had the pleasure of working with Theatre & Company (Kitchener), Theatre Cambridge and the Globe Theatre (Regina). Her past production management clients were ProArte Danza, Le Théâtre français de Toronto, DanceWorks (Toronto) and the Magnetic North Theatre Festival. She is currently the Production Manager and teaches at the University of Waterloo’s Theatre Department. In her spare time, Janelle co-Directs the “S.M.Arts Conference” with Winston Morgan, an annual conference for and about stage management and sits on the SM Committee for Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. But her favourite project thus far has been her son, Hunter.
d:mic/fac Festival Co-director
Born in Toronto, Jeff Morris studied technical theatre production and administration at Ryerson’s Theatre School. After leaving Ryerson, he became Production Stage Manager for Toronto Dance Theatre (1990 – 1995). With Toronto Dance Theatre he toured extensively, stage managing the company’s debuts in Berlin, Warsaw, Beijing, Tokyo and at the Joyce Theater, New York City. He was production stage manager for Dancers For Life (AIDS Committee of Toronto, 1991 – 1997), stage manager for Theatre Passe Muraille (Never Swim Alone, Metamorphosis of a Shadow) and for the Fringe Festival of Independent Dance Artists.
Mr. Morris joined The National Ballet of Canada in 1995 and has since stage managed a wide range of the company’s unique classical and contemporary repertoire, including the world premieres of James Kudelka’s The Four Seasons, Cinderella, and An Italian Straw Hat, Jean-Pierre Perreault’s The Comforts of Solitude, Matjash Mrozewksi’s Monument and Wolf’s Court, Aszure Barton’s Watch her and Jorma Elo’s Pur ti Miro, as well as works by John Cranko, William Forsythe, George Balanchine, Sir Frederick Ashton, John Neumeier and Jerome Robbins.
In addition to his work with the National Ballet, Mr. Morris continues to stage manage for artists such as Peggy Baker, Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, Dancemakers and Canada’s National Ballet School. He has taught and mentored stage managers at The Banff Centre and is an adjunct faculty member at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, where he teaches Production Elements for Dancers.