06 Nov Sasha Ivanochko (she/her)
Sasha is a choreographer, pedagogue and artistic director of Ivanochko et cie-projets de performance, a company she founded in 2005. She has been at the helm of Dancers’ Studio West since August 2018.
She is a School of Toronto Dance Theatre graduate, and she earned her MFA Interdisciplinary Studies from Simon Fraser University. She has performed the works of, among others, James Kudelka, Tedd Robinson, Peter Chin, Robin Poitras, Denise Fujiwara, Peggy Baker, DA Hoskins, Michael Trent, and was a company member of Toronto Dance Theatre and Citadel + Compagnie.
Her critically acclaimed choreography has toured internationally, with presentations at the International Theatre Festival of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), the Dance Meeting (Japan), The 2007 IETM and Tangente (Montréal), The Canada Dance Festival (Ottawa), The Fluid Festival and Dancers’ Studio West (Calgary), Dancing on the Edge and the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (Vancouver), New Dance Horizons (Regina), The Music Gallery, Dancemakers and DanceWorks (Toronto), The Festival of New Dance (St. John’s), Mile Zero Dance (Edmonton), La petite scène (Quèbec), and the visiBIe Arts Festival (Los Angeles). She has created commissions for Toronto Dance Theatre, Via Salzburg (Toronto), Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, Helen Husak (Calgary), Naoko Murakoshi (Japan), and others.
An educator since 1996, Sasha has been on faculty at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, The Alberta Ballet School, and she has guest taught with conservatories and company’s in Japan and Germany. She is currently teaching at The University of Calgary.
Sasha’s service to the community includes three years as Chair of the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists-Ontario Chapter, and a year Chairing the Canadian Dance Assembly’s Independent Artist Standing Council.
Sasha’s honours include two Chalmers Family Fellowships, the 2007 K.M. Hunter Award, and The Kathryn Ash Award. In 2006, she was profiled in Bravo Channel’s Freedom Series. Her graduate research at Simon Fraser University was awarded the Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate-Masters Award.