Rebecca Sawdon is an independent contemporary dance artist with experience as a dance interpreter, performer, educator and choreographer. Based in Winnipeg MB, she has worked steadily since 2010, including diverse performances for Odette Heyn-Projects, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO), The Little Opera Company, M-body, New Dance Horizons, Company Link, and Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, amongst others. As the Artistic Director of Sawdon Dance, Rebecca successfully self-produced and performed a 90-minute solo production, including four commissioned solos that received glowing reviews. She holds a BA Honors Degree in Dance from the University of Winnipeg, where she was awarded a gold medal for having top marks in her faculty, and is a graduate from the Senior Professional Program of the School of Contemporary Dancers. Rebecca has been the recipient of many national, provincial, and municipal artistic grants. She has toured and performed across Canada and has trained professionally in Europe.
Rebecca has extensive experience working as a dance educator, mentor and rehearsal director. Working with diverse groups, from pre-professional training students, to troubled youth at a corrections facility, she has an immense ability to inspire and connect with students of all ages and abilities. Her experience includes teaching contemporary and powwow dance for the Aboriginal School of Dance (ASOD) to various demographics, including child family service groups and students with cognitive and physical disabilities. She has taught throughout Manitoba as an Artist-in-Residence, and is currently a Contemporary Dance Artist in the Manitoba Arts Council’s Artists In The Schools directory. Rebecca is also an Artist-Educator for St. James-Assiniboia School Division’s The Integrated Arts Program, working with youth, while training teachers on how to incorporate dance into curriculum.
Most recently, Rebecca performed alongside the WSO for nearly 7000 people in Firebird, Odette Heyn-Project’s latest production. She is currently in the midst of a delightful and busy year of teaching, including over 17 weeks of residencies in Winnipeg and rural areas. This March, Rebecca will be teaching at Linden Meadows School and at Ecole Swan River South School. She will finish off the 2016/17 school year at Stevenson-Bratiannia School, before heading south to Falcon Beach School in May.
As an emerging choreographer Rebecca has created intimate and interactive installation works, including performances with Central Canadian Center for Performance, Young Lungs Dance Exchange, The Mariachi Ghost, and the ASOD. This July Rebecca looks forward to adventuring to Skagastrond Iceland, to begin a month-long choreographic research process at the Nes Artist Residency.