Robert Desrosiers (Solo Exhibition)

November 18, 2004 - December 7, 2004

Opening Reception at the HCA Gallery: November 18, 2004, 7:00 pm-9:00 pm

Hamilton Place, Piano Nobile - Friday, December 10 - Saturday, December 11, 2004
Post-Performance VIP Reception - Saturday, December 11, 2004

Robert Desrosiers is a prominent and provocative figure in contemporary Canadian dance, recognized for his fast- paced, theatrical choreography. Best known as a dancer, Desrosiers is presenting his second visual arts exhibition wit recent pastel portrait drawings for this 2004 Nutcracker Art Exhibition, creating a unique relationship with visual arts and dance. His inaugural exhibit featured pastel drawings at the Toller Craston Gallery in 2000.


Robert Desrosiers (Biography)

Robert Desrosiers was born in Montreal, entered the National Ballet School at the age of 12 and following graduation, pursued a career as an independent dancer/ choreographer working with many established dance companies and choreographers. He formed the Desrosiers Dance Theatre in 1980 and a year later was the first recipient of the Jacquline Lemieux Prize. In 1985, Desrosiers created Blue Snake, comissioned by the late Erik Bruhn and performed by the national Ballet of Canada at the Metropolitan Opera House (New York) in 1988. Hailed for its innovative staging and theatricality Desrosiers won the Jean A. Chalmers Award for Choreography, one of Canada’s most prestigious dance awards. The Company is a recent film, produced and written by Neve Campbell that features Desrosiers presenting Blue Snake to the dancers of the Joffrey Ballet. Some artists with whom Desrosiers has collaborated with include such diverse talents as Leonard Cohen, Anne Ditchburn, Toller Cranston, Menaka Thakkar, Bruce Cockburn and in 1995, Vitek Wincza and the Canadian Ballet Youth Ensemble (CYBE), choreographing Pinocchio and later starring in Snow White.

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