GMD ON ZOOM
NATASHA POON WOO & DARRYL TRACY
Tuesday, November 3 with Natasha
Thursday, November 5 with Darryl
10:15 - 11:30 am
Natasha Poon Woo grew up in Toronto and trained at Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, SUNY Purchase, and the Rotterdam Dance Academy. She earned a BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase in 2012, graduating summa cum laude with the President’s Award for Achievement. As a performer Natasha has toured Holland and Switzerland with Conny Janssen Danst, completed a residency at the Beijing Dance Academy in China with The Kevin Wynn Collection, and performed the works of such esteemed American choreographers as Twyla Tharp, Doug Varone, and Pam Tanowitz. She has worked with Toronto companies Benjamin Landsberg Dance Projects, Gadfly, Little Pear Garden Dance Company, and Hit & Run Dance Productions, among others. Also a dancer with Rock Bottom Movement, she was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance – Ensemble in the company’s production of MANICPIXIEDREAMGIRLS.
Darryl Tracy is a Toronto-based independent dance artist (choreographer, interpreter, teacher, and producer). He is a senior faculty member at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and as a dancer has created roles by many of Canada’s leading choreographers. He and Heidi Strauss were co-artistic directors of Four Chambers dance projects from 1999-2006, commissioning duets from choreographers including Conrad Alexandrowicz, Marie-Josée Chartier, Sarah Chase, Yvonne Coutts, Lesandra Dodson, Sylvain Émard, and Julia Sasso; their duet created by Italian-based company Deja Donne garnered them a nomination in performance for the prestigious Dora Mavor Moore Award. In 2004, Tracy was nominated top dancer in Toronto by NOW magazine, and he was nominated for the K.M. Hunter Award in 2013.
Tracy was part of the company Sylvain Émard Danse in Montreal for over four years, dancing and touring in Émard’s Temps de chien. He has created over 32 of his own works through commissions and self-produced events. Most recently, he has choreographed for Connection Dance (Saint John), École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, The School of Dance (Ottawa), and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre.
His most recent professional works have been performance art installations and video shorts, seen at Rhubarb Festival, Inside Out Festival, and Nuit Rose Festival. He premiered two new works in October 2017 at The Imperial Theatre in Saint John, NB.
Tracy sits on the Board of adelheid dance projects, and he works part-time as a neuro-based rehabilitation physiotherapist with Physio-Logic and University Health Network (Lyndhurst Centre).