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We are thrilled to announce that the recipient of the Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award, a biennial award established in 2004 which supports the work of emerging artists, is Jamie Robinson.
Jamie is a Vancouver-based contemporary dance artist whose practice celebrates the universality and connecting nature of movement. She has studied at Modus Operandi under the direction of Tiffany Tregarthen, David Raymond, and Kate Franklin, and at EDAM under the direction of Peter Bingham. Her work has been seen at Dance Victoria, Boombox, Left of Main, Hop Bop Shop, and Gold Saucer Studio. Commissioned by Festival of Recorded Movement in 2016, she created a movement-based short film which has been shown in Vancouver, Jersey City, Miami, and Chicago. Jamie was selected to participate in Dance Victoria’s 2018 Choreographic Lab and Adelheid Company’s 2019 re:research program in Toronto. Through the Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award, she will present her first full-length creation as part of The Dance Centre’s 2019-2020 season.
The Iris Garland Emerging Choreographer Award was established in memory of the pioneering educator who developed Simon Fraser University’s dance program. It provides $5000 to assist an emerging artist between 19 and 35 years of age who demonstrates exceptional choreographic potential, to produce their work at Scotiabank Dance Centre in Vancouver. Previous recipients are Amber Funk Barton (2005), Chengxin Wei (2007), Sara Coffin (2009), Shannon Moreno (2011), Vanessa Goodman (2013), Deanna Peters (2015) and Julianne Chapple (2017).
Photos by Nathan Ishar and Shay Saver