Monday, December 29, 2008

Washington -- Tonya Lockyer

Washington – Tonya Lockyer
Tonya Lockyer works internationally as a dance-artist, performance maker and teacher. Beginning her career with Contemporary Dancers Canada, she performed the work of Donald Byrd, Mark Haim, Charles Moulton, Wade Madsen and others; and was principle dancer/ Rehearsal Director for Paula Josa-Jones 1993-98. In 1999, she moved to Seattle to found VIA, a performance company dedicated to intercultural exchange. VIA's critically acclaimed work toured internationally receiving awards from Arts International, The Nureyev Foundation, The Canada Council, and The Banff Center. In 2008, Tonya's evening solo "Consumed" was commissioned and presented by On The Boards, Seattle and awarded residencies by ACT Theater and American Dance Festival. Artist Residencies include Mimar Sinan University Istanbul, Brigham Young University, The University of Calgary, Banff Center and The University of Maryland Baltimore County. Tonya is currently on faculty at Cornish College of the Arts and has served on the faculties of The Bates Dance Festival, Emerson College, Sfadi and as a co-teacher in Composition with Mark Haim at ADF. 2002-07, Tonya was Curator/Program Manager for Velocity Dance Center's regional and inter/national programming where she initiated the annual NEXT Dance Cinema Festival. Tonya's writing on improvisation and experimental performance is published in CQ and the book Vu Du Corps: Lisa Nelson Mouvement et Perception.

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