Susie Burpee is a dance artist with twenty-five years of experience in the performing arts in Canada. Traversing both dance and theatre, her practice includes choreography, performance, teaching, and mentorship. As a performer, she has worked with many notable choreographers and directors, including Serge Bennathan (Dancemakers), Peter Boneham (Le Groupe Dance Lab), Marie-Josée Chartier, Peter Chin, Lesandra Dodson, Sasha Ivanochko, and Tedd Robinson. As a choreographer, her critically acclaimed works have been presented across the country at various festivals and performance platforms, and she has worked on productions with Crow's Theatre, Seventh Stage Theatre/Nightwood, and Soundstreams. Susie has received Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding Choreography and Performance, and she is a recipient of the K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Dance. Her studies in Bouffon and Character with Philippe Gaulier have been an important influence on her artistic trajectory. Her work investigates the intersections of creator and performer, and the collision of chance and craft. Her keen interest in choreographic development has led her to teach in many post-secondary dance training programs across Canada, as well as act as rehearsal director and outside eye for devised work. She is a board member of Toronto Dance Community Love-In, Young Lungs Dance Exchange, and a member of Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists and Canadian Dance Assembly.
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