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dance: made in canada / fait au canada Festival
August 14–18, 2019 at the Betty Oliphant Theatre
Born & raised in Singapore, of Peranakan descent, Yvonne Ng, B.F.A., M.A., is the founder, choreographer, presenter, arts educator and artistic director of princess productions (since 1996), which houses tiger princess dance projects (TPDP) and the biennial dance: made in canada/fait au canada Festival (2001). TPDP’s repertoire includes Yvonne’s works and commissioned works, creating original roles for Bill James, José Navas, Dominique Dumais, Kevin O’Day, Marie-Josée Chartier, Robert Glumbek, Stephanie Skura, Deborah Hay and Tedd Robinson. tiger princess dance projects has toured to Singapore, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Australia, China, Canada and the USA. Yvonne is a certified Open Source Forms© and Dance for Dementia (Baycrest NBS Sharing Dance) teacher with training in Partners for Youth Empowerment Creative Facilitator (Level 1& 2), C-I Training™, Senior Fitness (CCAA), Dance for PD™ (Parkinson’s) and functional anatomy with Irene Dowd, Yvonne is the recipient of the 2017 Muriel Sherrin Award, the 2016 Jacqueline Lemieux Award, K.M. Hunter Artist Award, New Pioneers Arts Award, Chalmers Arts Fellowship, Soulpepper’s Community Artist Award and the Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts – New Talent. In 2000, received a Dora Mavor Moore Award for best performance and has received multiple nominations.
When did you first think of yourself as an artist?
I don’t know…. not to be facetious.
Who helped you develop your voice as an artist?
There’s a few who(s) – where do i start – my first audience was my mum, she would watch the solo shows I put on in our sitting room. I’m always learning from the dancers I have the fortune to work with. My best and worst teachers, because sometimes you have to learn what not to do. Many of the choreographers I worked with, bill james, marie-josée chartier, tedd robinson, stephanie skura, christopher house. Life.
What’s something that’s inspired you this week?
The amazing kids in our arts education programme, Swallowing Clouds.
What’s your favourite restaurant in the city to visit?
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What do you want to see more of on Toronto stages?
More presentation platforms in Toronto FOR dance artists based in Toronto and in Canada.