Photo : Patrice Mathieu
The CCOV is proud to announce that choreographer Daina Ashbee has joined the Centre as an Associate Artist. This alliance stems from the CCOV’s commitment to support promising artists by providing them with the administrative and logistical resources needed to achieve their creation, production and presentation objectives.
Daina Ashbee is an artist, performer and choreographer based in Montreal, known for her radical works at the edge of dance and performance, which intelligently approach such complex subjects and taboos as female sexuality, Métis identity, and climate change. For the choreographer, creation is an instinctive and quasi-spiritual quest, which embraces her relationship with her ancestors, the universe and the entire cosmos.
At the young age of 26, she had already won two awards for her choreographies. She was a double prizewinner at the Prix de la danse de Montréal, winning both the Prix du CALQ for Best Choreography of 2015-2016 for her choreographic installation When the Ice Melts, Will We Drink the Water?, and the Prix Découverte de la danse, presented by Agora de la danse and Tangente, for Unrelated. Also, Daina was named by the prestigious German Tanz magazine as one of 30 promising artists for the year 2017 and named one of 25 to watch by the American publication, Dance Magazine in 2018.
Recognized as one of the most promising young choreographers of the next generation since 2015, her work has been presented 67 times in 13 countries and 23 cities. Her work being presented in some of the most prestigious festivals (The Venice Biennale, Oktoberdans, Les Rencontre Chorégraphiques de Seine Saint Denis, and the Munich Dance Biennale) and on the stages of the world (Canada, France, Spain, Belgium, Norway, Finland, Greenland, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and Mexico).
Daina is an associate artist at Agora de la danse in Montreal until 2020 and the associate artist of Centre de Création O Vertigo – CCOV. In 2018, she returned to the Venice Biennale to teach at the Biennale College, whilst creating a group-piece for 15 students. She continues to tour in Norway, Belgium, Italy, Czech Republic, Canada and the United States, meanwhile creating a new group piece and a solo set to premiere in 2020 and 2021.