Victoria-based Artist in Residence
Constance Cooke is an established Queer Canadian Dance Artist working as a Choreographer for Stage, Dance on Film and Site-Specific Work; as an Educator of Contemporary Dance and Screendance; as a Mentor and Curator. Her work has attracted and cultivated curious, open, and intelligent audiences for contemporary and experimental work for over 35 years. Cooke’s work has been presented in Canada, North America, and Europe. She has created over 60 professional works and self-produced 10 full-length works. Cooke lives, creates, and works on the unceded Coast Salish Territory of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ Nations, in Victoria B.C.
Highlights of the 2022/23 season include premiering Hope a 35-minute work that explores building capacity, awareness, and resilience. The final phase of creation for Hope is supported by a residency with Dance Victoria.
This season Cooke will also be teaching and mentoring dance, media and visual artists through her online screendances pods, dance for camera courses and through the Physical Intersections Digital Collaborations Project (XChanges Gallery & Studio, Media Net/Flux Gallery and Victoria Arts Council) and the Collective Access Screendance Residency with Creative Momentum.
In the Fall Cooke will be an Artist in Residence with The School of Contemporary Dancers Professional Training Program in Winnipeg creating new work. She also works with Victoria Academy of Ballet Professional Training Program where she teaches movement inquiry & awareness, and creative process. Cooke has been the recipient of numerous awards, scholarships and grants from The Canada Council of the Arts, B.C. Arts Council, The Manitoba Arts Council, The Vancouver Foundation, B.C. Hydro, Dance Victoria, Private Supporters and more.