An Agent of Change
The Propeller Dance Company is an agent of change. Through the performance company we create and perform original, high-quality works of contemporary dance-theatre. The company has been presented at venues across Canada. In doing so, the company offers new aesthetics that contribute to broadening people’s acceptance of diversity, and promote a holistic view of the body. Propeller inspires people with disabilities to take up dance.
The Propeller Dance Company is comprised of seven performers, plus the two co-directors. Dancers are hired by audition and/or invitation. In addition, guest artists are invited to perform in select pieces, and professional artistic collaborators are essential to the productions.
Works are created by in-house choreographers Shara Weaver and Renata Soutter, as well guest and emerging choreographers. The company uses a collaborative creation methodology. We build meaningful dance works that move audiences, empower dancers, and ensure a positive representation of diversity. Original, innovative movement is sourced from each individual dancer, often through intensive improvisational research, and built into dynamic choreographies that are relevant to diverse bodies and minds.
Our professional creations provide a distinctive artistry; crowds are moved, perceptions are changed, people are entertained. The experience of watching our work provokes reflection on themes of what is beauty, what is power, and who is a dancer. Our performances are known to shake people out of their previous fears and beliefs about people with disabilities by demonstrating that we are all able.
Our audiences’ enthusiasm proves our success: productions consistently sell out!
Now heading into its 13th year, the Company presents in professional theatres, including the National Arts Centre (Ottawa), Centrepointe Theatre (Ottawa), Vertigo Theatre (Calgary), Daniels Spectrum Theatre (Toronto), and The Great Canadian Theatre Company (Ottawa). Some of our many achievements include: being presented by DanceWorks at the Fleck Dance Theatre in Toronto; being presented by GCTC and Ontario Scene; performing as part of Ontario Celebration Zone at Harbourfront Theatre in Toronto; creating a dance score to accompany a section of the NAC Orchestra’s Family Music Series The Hockey Sweater; performing at Ottawa’s Dusk Dances; self-presenting many sold-out theatre shows in Ottawa; and performing in the Senate Chamber on Parliament Hill for National Child’s Day.
In 2014, the entire company toured to the Tangled Arts Festival at Daniels Spectrum Theatre in Toronto, Kingston’s Able Artists Festival, and Registry Theatre in Kitchener. The company has also worked with two international choreographers, Sonsherée Giles from Axis Dance Company, USA (Thanks to MASC and the Embassy of the United States) and Tara Brandel, Croi Glan Integrated Dance Company, Ireland, each creating new works on the company. Our work has been presented as part of a showcase of the best of Ontario Arts and Culture during the Ontario Celebration Zone in Toronto and as part of Ontario Scene in 2015.In 2017. Propeller performed for Canada Day at the National Arts Centre for prestigious audience that included Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire, Governor General David Johnston and his wife Sharon, and some royal visitors: Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall!
The Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) selected Propeller Dance to be its resident company for 2014-2015 and this partnership has continued into the 2019-2020 season.