Each year, Canada’s National Ballet School commissions a Canadian artist to create a piece of choreography that embodies a thoughtful theme. The 2021 NBS Sharing Dance Choreography, created by Jera Wolfe and Lua Shayenne, is an expression of this unique moment in time, lived and felt by the global community.
Our worlds have become smaller in unexpected ways, giving way to reflection and metamorphosis, and bringing into focus the things that matter most. We’ve learned how to connect without touching, to navigate new realities without maps, to be still within chaos, to adapt by bending and flowing. The choreography encourages each of us to go inward as the path to connect with the immediate world around us; to explore this process of isolation, reflection, growth, transformation and balance through movement.
Through this year’s choreography, dancers can explore and reflect on their own unique experience from the past year. The choreography is divided into small sections and taught through set-by-step video resources, adapted for ages 6 to 100+. Resources support educators, community programmers for kids, programmers for seniors, dance studios, families, individual dancers and more. Pre-registration is now open! Click the link below to enroll for FREE today to be the first to access the choreography in the coming weeks.
Introducing NBS' 2021 Sharing Choreographers—Lua Shayenne and Jera Wolfe! Watch the video below to learn more about their process for creating this year’s choreography:
I’m an artist who tells stories, through dance, song and word. My art practice is embedded in my cultural roots and my spiritual beliefs. My goal is to “effect a spiritual conquest” by establishing a relation with the human hearts and create art that is original but preserves the authentic spirit of my culture and Faith.
A 2016/17/18 K.M. Hunter Dance award nominee, I proudly tour with Lars Jan’s (NYC/LA) Holoscenes (Toronto/ Florida/ Miami/ New York/ London,UK/ Abu Dhabi/ Australia tours), a multidisciplinary water installation on climate change. In the midst of this seemingly never-ending pandemic, I was featured in Fall for Dance North, NBS Sharing Dance, at Dusk Dances/Canadian Stage at High Park and was part of Jamii’s programming.
As the artistic director of Lua Shayenne Dance Company (LSDC) I commissioned, produced and danced in DORA nominated KIRA, The Path | La Voie which premiered at the Luminato Festival and toured in Ontario, to rave reviews. LSDC brings the beauty of African cultural expression, its rich diversity and its vast influence, onto the world stage. LSDC is also deeply committed to building healthy communities through enriching educational programs and workshops with local and international artists.
I’m also about to resume the research and development of two works, WAVES | VAGUES & FRONTIERS | FRONTIÈRES for LSDC and, will be presenting my new tale, Yassama and the Beaded Calabash, thanks to the Wee Festival and le Théâtre Français de Toronto.
Follow me and LSDC by visiting luashayenne.com or follow us on Instagram and Facebook:
Born in Toronto, Canada, Dora winner Jera Wolfe is a choreographer and performer of Métis heritage and is an Associate Artist with Red Sky Performance. Jera is the official Canadian choreographer for NBS's Sharing Dance Day 2020, and the Ontario Ambassador for International Dance Day 2020.
His captivating choreography has awarded him the 2019 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Original Choreography for Trace
. He has demonstrated an impressive repertoire of works presented by Canadian Stage, Fall For Dance North, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Festival des arts de Saint-Sauveur, Danse Danse, and Jacob's Pillow.
His recent works include Bare
choreographed on Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Trace
by Red Sky Performance, and Arise
for Canada's National Ballet School, Embers
for Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, Reliance
for Ryerson University’s School of Performance, and Begin Again
for Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers.
His recent commission FLOW
opened Fall For Dance North’s virtual Signature Program. He is currently choreographing Soul
for The National Ballet of Canada. Jera graduated from Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet School and, since 2016, returned to the company to create new works each year. Aside from choreography, Jera performs primarily for Red Sky Performance and has also performed with many other companies including Peggy Baker Dance Projects.
Follow Jera Wolfe by visiting jerawolfe.com
or on Instagram: @JeraWolfe