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Biography

Christopher House

choreography / Toronto Dance Theatre

(1955- )

Christopher House is one of Canada's leading modern dance choreographers. Originally from St. John's, Newfoundland, House studied political science and philosophy at university before turning to the performing arts. He joined Toronto Dance Theatre as a dancer in 1978, became the company's resident choreographer in 1981 and was appointed artistic director in 1994.

As a choreographer, House began to receive acclaim in the early 1980s with works such as Glass Houses (1983). His choreography is marked by musicality and technical precision. In 2000, he began to create full-length multimedia productions, including Nest and Severe Clear (2000), Persephone's Lunch (2001), Sly Verb (2004) and Echo's Object (2005).

House's work is in the repertoires of modern and ballet companies as well as independent dance artists. He has received many awards including, the Jean A. Chalmers Award for Choreography in 1983 and a Toronto International Festival Music/Dance Award in 1992.

Websites:

Toronto Dance Theatre

Learn more:

Mason, Francis. A Conversation with Christopher House. Canadian Dance: Visions and Stories. Eds. Selma Landen Odom and Mary Jane Warner. Toronto: Dance Collection Danse Press/es, 2004: 365-376.