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Gioconda Barbuto

Interprète, Chorégraphe, Enseignant, Répétiteur / Dir. des répétitions

Gioconda Barbuto is an internationally esteemed Italian-Canadian dancer and choreographer. She trained in the professional program at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, The Banff Centre, and under the tutelage of Gladys Forrester in Toronto, her natal city. As a long-time member of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, dancing with the company for sixteen years and of Nederlands Dans Theater III, for eight years, Barbuto was quickly recognized as a versatile and magnetic soloist. Her performances have highlighted Jiří Kylián’s dance films Birth Day and Car Men, Robert Wilson’s 2Lips and Dancers and Space, Margie Gillis’s M.Body.7, and most recently Joe Laughlin’s 4OUR. In 1994, Danse-Cité selected Barbuto for its Traces-Interprètes production, affording her an opportunity to exploit her burgeoning artistic vision. Sinces1996, she has unflaggingly pursued her choreographic calling, creating detailed, dynamic friezes of full-bodied gesture, marked by her innate musicality. Her oeuvre now counts over fifty works, among them solos, duets, group pieces, and films. Internationally acclaimed dance companies—Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Ballet BC, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Alberta Ballet, Ballet Kelowna and many others—have commissioned her choreography. She created FOOTPRINT—a “stark and poignant” work (Star Tribune)—as the 2015 McKnight International choreographer Artist Fellow for TU Dance company in Minnesota. Gioconda also recently obtained one of the choreographic positions for Oregon Ballet Theater’s Choreography XX competition, creating BRINGINGOUTSIDEIN — named “best in premiere” in Dance Europe Magazine from the success of the June 2017 performances and has been triumphantly restaged for their 2018-19 season in the Director’s Choice Program. In 1996, she was nominated for The Kennedy Center Fellowship and received The Banff Centre’s Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award. In recent years, Barbuto has been extending her methods for moulding space and energy through her Movement Workshops. She is invited to teach actors, circus artists, vocalists, and dancers at academies, and institutions worldwide. Barbuto has recently been invited to choreograph for Alonzo King Line’s Training Program and choreographs frequently for, Arts Umbrella Dance in Vancouver, École supérieure de ballet du Québec, Dutch National Ballet Academy and École Nationale de Cirque in Montréal where she created and directed the graduating circus production L’abri.

Gioconda shares her creative life in Montréal with her husband, the renowned dance photographer Michael Slobodian.