time sensitive since 1992
SUDDENLY DANCE THEATRE
Artistic co Directors: David Ferguson & Miles Lowry
Suddenly Dance Theatre supports the development, creation, presentation, and preservation of the dance arts through collaboration and diverse media to reach the widest possible audience. Our original works have been highly collaborative with other art forms as a vital method for audience development.
Our resident 27 year-old company has become an established, identifiable part of the City of Victoria’s cultural community, as both an Importer (presenter) of dance and as an Exporter (creator) of dance. Our touring activity of original LIVE works and production of dance films has allowed us to be proud ambassadors - through national television (OPIUM, AISLING & GUTHRIE SWIMS THE LAKE); Film Festivals (New York, New Delhi); residencies (Ireland, South Korea); as well as works toured to such diverse places as Seoul, Kim Hae, Busan, Daegu (South Korea), Hornby Island, Vancouver, Nanaimo (BC) and Guelph (Ont).
Recent innovations include our large-scale outdoor dance video installations RUSH OF WATER / RUSH OF AIR (2012) and OPHELIA (2014); and WITS IN MOTION (2017), a new non-verbal, anti-bullying dance-film for youth.
We are also known as the producers and the curators of the annual Romp! Festival of Independent Dance (20 Festivals), which includes ticketed shows as well as the the free outdoor dance showcases ROMP! IN THE SQUARE (in Victoria’s downtown Centennial Square) and ROMP! in the PARK (in Beacon Hill Park). Participants of ROMP! have included: Lindsay Renee Derry (San Francisco); Hyoseung Ye (Seoul); Lina Cruz (Montreal); Jennifer Mascall, Josh Beamish, Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg, Aeriosa (Vancouver); DA Hoskins (Toronto); Helen Husak (Calgary), Constance Cooke, Jung ah Chung, Ballet Victoria (Victoria), and many others. *The Festival is now on hiatus.
Suddenly Dance Theatre Society is based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and was formed in 1992 by David Ferguson, Lori Hamar, and Miles Lowry. We are a charitable non-profit society (BN #885685636RR0001) led by a Board of volunteer community members. Our work has been supported by: The British Columbia Arts Council, Capital Regional District Arts Development, The Canada Council, Heritage Canada, Bravo!FACT Foundation, and the City of Victoria.
The purposes of the Society are: To educate and provide opportunities for dancers and choreographers to improve in their craft; and, To educate and increase the public's understanding and appreciation of dance by providing performances of an artistic nature in public places.