Artistic Director

Davida Monk, Artistic Director Photo: Tim Nguyen

Davida Monk, Artistic Director
Photo: Tim Nguyen

An established performer, creator and teacher, Davida Monk began dancing with Le Groupe de la Place Royale in Ottawa in 1985. She created work for the company, served as Assistant Artistic Director to Peter Boneham and was instrumental in the development of Le Groupe Dance Lab that was for twenty years Canada’s premiere choreographic development centre.

Monk came to Alberta in 1992 following her seminal experiences in the southern Saskatchewan prairies and she has maintained a creative connection with the landscape ever since creating and producing, in one of her choreographic themes, a great variety of landscape inspired works.

Monk’s works have been presented in major cities across Canada, and in Europe, and featured in the Canada Dance Festival and Dancing on the Edge.   For more information on Davida Monk’s own works please visit www.m-body.ca.

As well as working closely with various Canadian dance artists such as Lee Su-Feh, Tedd Robinson, Marc Boivin, Serge Bennathan and Robin Poitras, Monk is a frequent collaborator with contemporary musicians and composers and has been featured at the Sound Symposium in St. John’s Newfoundland, the Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound Ontario, and with Calgary’s Land’s End Ensemble.

The recipient of awards for choreographic development and touring from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Calgary Arts Development and The Banff Centre, Monk is Associate Artist with Projet bk and Associate Professor Emeritus of the University of Calgary.  In 2004 Monk founded M-body: mind and music in motion, a non-profit organization and vehicle for her activities.

Since 2008 Monk has led Dancers’ Studio West through a significant evolution. Dancers’ Studio West is a recognized and focused centre for choreographic development and presentation and critical dialogue.