photos Jeremy Mimnagh
Artistic DirectorKate Hilliard is a Toronto based dance artist with a practice in creation, performance and teaching. She has danced with Ottawa’s Le Groupe Dance Lab and toured extensively with Montreal’s Fortier Danse-Création. In 2006 she moved to Toronto to accept a company position with Toronto's Dancemakers working with Artistic Director Michael Trent and guest artists Ame Henderson and KG Guttman. In 2009 she worked with Berlin’s Tino Sehgal, performing his Kiss at the AGO and MoMA in New York. As an independent artist, Kate has danced for Susie Burpee, Nova Bhattacharya, Marie-Josée Chartier and Margie Gillis.
Kate teaches contemporary dance technique and creative studies classes to dancers and actors, working with multiple training institutions including Ryerson University and The Stella Adler Studio of Acting. Hilliard’s pedagogical inspiration is born from a desire to merge artistic forms. Her workshops have facilitated many cross disciplinary collaborations, such as her 2010 tour of While We Were Waiting, which brought together students from the Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU and dancers from Arts Umbrella in Vancouver. In support of emerging artists from the Toronto community, Kate has been an advisor to the Springboard Professional Project in Montreal since 2009.
Hilliard's choreographic works have been presented across Canada and abroad. Her most recent trio with Robert Abubo and Jeremy Mimnagh, La Jeune Femme et La Mort, was produced by the Dance Made In Canada festival in 2015 and will soon be performed again at The Citadel’s Bright Nights festival. Hilliard recently presented work at a TEDx event with collaborator Luke Garwood. While continuing a practice founded in performance and creation, she is currently pursuing a degree in Art History at The University of Toronto. Deeply invested in our cultural history, Kate aspires to perform and curate movement outside of formal theatre spaces, while also aiming to contribute to gallery settings for dance in Canada.