Jordana Deveau

What role does dance play in your day-to-day life?

How about in your culture, community, family or background?

Hm. Dance IS my day-to-day life. I find it hard to separate the two. It is what gives me my strongest, clearest, most honest sense of self. It is what keeps me grounded, focused, sane. Dance also shapes my sense of community: my fellow dancers at GMD and in workshops across the city, my current and former teachers whose lessons I carry with me in my daily practice, my current and former students who continue to inspire and impress me, my peers and collaborators on each new project, the designers, stage managers, presenters and supporters that I’ve had the good fortune to meet and work with over the years … These are my best and longest relationships and I feel so privileged to be a part of such an inspiring, encouraging and loving social network.

How has your relationship with dance evolved through time?

Dance has remained a constant in my life for as long as I can remember. My relationship to dance and my identity as a dance artist, however, seems to be constantly evolving. Like most independent dance artists I have been blessed and challenged by the many hats I have had to wear throughout my career. I continue to evolve as a student, interpreter, creator, producer, teacher, rehearsal director, administrator, publicist and advocate for dance.

What are your plans for the near future?

I am currently working on a solo project with choreographer Louis Laberge-Côté that will be premiered at Dance Ontario’s Dance Weekend in January 2016. I am also co-artistic director of a dance-theatre collective JDdance with Jesse Dell. We have commissioned choreographer Sharon Moore to create a full-length duet that we hope to present in spring of 2017. This spring I will continue to work with Julia Aplin and collaborators Anna Chatterton, John Gzowski, and Jim Ruxton on an interdisciplinary performance piece called The Yellow Wallpaper which will be presented in Kitchener and Hamilton in April/May 2016.

Jordana DeveauJordana Deveau has been an active force in the Toronto dance community for over a decade. A principal performer with CCDT since 1994, her passion and skill launched her into the roles of Rehearsal Director and then Associate Artistic Director, where she trained future generations of dance artists for 7 years. Now pursuing an independent career, Jordana is the Co-Artistic Director, with Jesse Dell, of JD Dance and a founding member and Rehearsal Director of Event Horizon Dance directed by Miranda Abbott. Jordana is the co-author with Donna Krasnow, MS, of ”C-I Training: Conditioning with Imagery” documenting Krasnow’s conditioning system for dancers. She has trained in Toronto, Vancouver, New York and Vienna, and audiences have enjoyed her performances in the U.S., Europe and across Canada. She has performed in works by notable choreographers including Carol Anderson, Peggy Baker, Sidra Bell, David Earle, Kate Franklin, Margie Gillis, Andrea Nann, Roger Sinha, Holly Small, Santee Smith, and Gerry Trentham. When not on stage, she works in the community as an educator, rehearsal director and workshop facilitator.

(Header by John Lauener & Headshot by Kevin Konnyu)