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 has 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 in 2018.
Recognized as one of the most promising choreographers of the next generation, her work is regularly presented in 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 the artist-in-residence at Agora de la danse in Montreal until 2020 and the associate artist of Centre Création O Vertigo. In 2018, she will return to the Venice Biennale to create her first full-length group piece. She will continue to tour in Norway, Belgium, Italy, Czech Republic and Canada meanwhile creating a new solo and a group piece set to premiere in 2019 and 2020.