February 6, 2018 – For Immediate Release
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Calgary, AB – After an extensive 4-month national search by the Board of Directors, Dancers’ Studio West (DSW) announces Sasha Ivanochko as its new Artistic Director, commencing August 2018. Outgoing Artistic Director Davida Monk will complete her tenure in July 2018, following the 2018 Dance Action Lab. Ivanochko, Artistic Director of Ivanochko et cie-projets de performance (Montréal) and who is currently teaching at the University of Calgary and the School of Alberta Ballet, brings a wealth of experience and artistic vision to the role. Her critically acclaimed choreography has toured internationally to renowned festivals and presentations including the International Theatre Festival of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), Fluid Festival (Calgary), The Canada Dance Festival (Ottawa), DanceWorks (Toronto), 2007 IETM (Montréal) and the visiBIe Arts Festival (Los Angeles). Ivanochko will lead Dancers’ Studio West’s 37th Annual Alberta Dance Festival & Creative Intensive (as programmed by Monk) to take place in August/September 2018.

Sasha Ivanochko said “It is with honour and humility that I take up the artistic leadership of Dancers’ Studio West. I’m inspired by the direction the organization has taken in recent years in providing Alberta dance artists with programs in training, creation and performance. I’m looking forward to connecting with artists and collaborating with DSW’s staff and Board of Directors in furthering our mission to provide quality experiences
and resources for artists at every stage of career. I cannot wait to get started!”

Dancers’ Studio West Board President Megan Ballard said “We are delighted that Sasha Ivanochko will succeed Davida Monk, who has led Dancers’ Studio West so adeptly over the last ten years. Sasha impressed the Search Committee with her depth of experience as a mentor, teacher, choreographer and performer, and her passion for developing and inspiring contemporary dancers and choreographers. The Board looks forward to working with Sasha in this next exciting phase of Dancers’ Studio West’s development.”

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ABOUT SASHA IVANOCHKO

Sasha Ivanochko is a choreographer, pedagogue and artistic director of Ivanochko et cie-projets de performance, a company she founded in 2005. Active in dance communities across the country, she is currently teaching at the School of Alberta Ballet and The University of Calgary. In August, she will become artistic director of Calgary’s Dancers’ Studio West.

A School of Toronto Dance Theatre graduate, she’s performed the works of James Kudelka, Tedd Robinson, Peter Chin, Robin Poitras, Denise Fujiwara, Peggy Baker, DA Hoskins, Michael Trent, with Toronto Dance Theatre and Citadel & Compagnie, among others.

Her critically acclaimed choreography has toured internationally, with presentations at the
International Theatre Festival of Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), the Dance Meeting (Japan), The 2007 IETM and Tangente (Montréal), The Canada Dance Festival (Ottawa), The Fluid Festival and Dancers’ Studio West (Calgary), Dancing on the Edge and the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (Vancouver), New Dance Horizons (Regina), The Music Gallery, Dancemakers and DanceWorks (Toronto), The Festival of New Dance (St. John’s), Mile Zero Dance (Edmonton), La petite scène (Quèbec), and the visiBIe Arts Festival (Los Angeles). She has created commissions for Toronto Dance Theatre, Via Salzburg (Toronto), Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, Helen Husak (Calgary), Naoko Murakoshi (Japan), and others.

Sasha’s honours include two Chalmers Family Fellowships, the 2007 K.M. Hunter Award, and The Kathryn Ash Award. In 2006, she was profiled in the Bravo Channel’s Freedom Series. Having earned her MFA Interdisciplinary Studies from Simon Fraser University, her academic research was awarded the Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate-Masters Award.

Sasha’s service to the community includes three years as Chair of Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists-Ontario Chapter, and a year Chairing the Canadian Dance Assembly’s Independent Artist Standing Council.