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Born in Ottawa, Canada, Tedd Robinson graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University in Toronto. He also studied at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and with eminent British visual theatre artist Lindsay Kemp.
Robinson first rose to prominence as artistic director of Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers from 1984 until 1990. There, he created highly theatrical ensemble works, including He Called Me His Blind Angel (1988) and Lepidoptera (1989).
Robinson returned to Ottawa in 1990 to pursue a solo career. He is now firmly established as a choreographer, educator and solo artist. His award-winning works have won him a multitude of commissions and an international schedule of touring and teaching. The critically acclaimed Rokudo: six destinies in three steps (1996) received the 1998 Chalmers National Dance Award.
Since 1990, Robinson has worked in close collaboration with Le Groupe Dance Lab in Ottawa. He also collaborates with other artists. In 2004, he worked with Louise Lecavalier on the creation of a new quartet, Cobalt Rouge. The work premiered in February 2005 and was a co-production of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, la Biennale di Venizia and Théâtre de la Ville in Paris.
From 1994 until 2000, Robinson was a practicing monk of hakukaze soto zen in Ottawa, Canada. Robinson is artistic director of 10 Gates Dancing Inc., a non-profit company formed in 1998 to promote the development and performance of contemporary dance creations.
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