Seika Boye

Lecturer

Biography

Seika Boye is a scholar, writer, educator and artist whose practices revolve around dance and movement. She teaches practical and lecture courses and is the Director of the research oriented Institute for Dance Studies.

From 1995-2010 Seika performed and presented her choreography across Canada. She danced professionally with Ballet Creole, Electric Company Theatre, Judith Marcuse Projects, Lucie Mongraine, Sarah Febrarro and other independent choreographers. Most recently, Seika has worked as a movement dramaturg with Syreeta Hector (Distant Histories, 2018-19); Deanna Bowen (The Long Doorway, 2017/Gibson Duets2019); Heidi Struass/adelheid dance (re*researchchoreographic intensive, 2018); and Djanet Sears (Adventures of Black Girl in Search of God, 2015). 

Invested in movement histories and the archive, Seika’s current research explores blackness and dancing in Canada. In 2018, she curated the archival exhibition It’s About Time: Dancing Black in Canada 1900-1970 (Dance Collection Danse Gallery/ OCAD Ignite Gallery). Her publications include writing for Dance Chronicle (forthcoming), Canadian Theatre Review, alt.theatreThe Routledge Encyclopedia of ModernismPerformance Matters, Dance Collection Danse Magazine and The Dance Current

Seika participates in and collaborates on a range of research communities and projects including the Toronto Photography Seminar and Gatherings: archival and oral histories of Canadian performance (SSHRC Partnership Development). She was recently appointed Adjunct Curator at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto. 

Seika’s book project Dancing on Dime: Social Dance within Toronto’s Black Population at Mid-century, is contracted to McGill-Queens University Press. Her research was supported by the Ontario Graduate Scholarship and SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship. She completed her doctoral degree at the University of Toronto in 2016. 

From August 2018 - February 2019 Seika is an Artist-in-Residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario. 

Seika lives and works in Toronto with her husband and their two sons. 

Education

PhD, University of Toronto
MA, York University
BFA, York University