CONRAD ALEXANDROWICZ is a director, writer and choreographer—a storyteller who combines elements of dance and theatre—and the founding artistic director of Wild Excursions Performance. Originally from Toronto, he performed with a number of Canadian dance companies, principally Dancemakers, which he joined in 1982, and where he began to produce his own work, much of which featured original text. He left the company in 1987 to choreograph, direct and perform independently. To date he has created over forty-five dance and physical-theatre works, some of which have been presented across Canada, in New York City, France and the U.K. In 1994 he moved to Vancouver where he founded Wild Excursions Performance. His play for two men called The Wines of Tuscany was produced three times in Vancouver, in Calgary, Victoria and Edmonton, and at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto. It won Jessie, Dora and Sterling Awards. Other credits from this time include Dance, Little Lady! a satirical cabaret about women, dance, and the patriarchy, and Passion: Elysian Fields, his first full-length play, co-produced with Touchstone Theatre. In 2002 he completed an M.F.A. in Directing at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, and returned to Vancouver to restart the company and his freelance professional career. He has taught at SFU, UBC, Vancouver Film School and Capilano College, and directed at Douglas College, Studio 58 and United Players. Major productions since reviving Wild Excursions include: The Singer Falls Silent, a performance piece for five actors that examines the limitations of language, which won the Critics’ Choice Innovation Award at the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards in 2004; the musical satire called Beggars Would Ride, which was nominated for eight Jessies; and The Boy Who Went Outside, a play-with-music based on the life, work and struggles of the American musical revolutionary and inventor Harry Partch. In 2011 he directed the revision and remount of i think i can, a play for one actor and eight tap dancers by Florence Gibson and Shawn Byfield. It was produced and presented by Young People’s Theatre in Toronto in March and April, and was presented by the National Arts Centre in Ottawa in May. Thanks to a generous SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) grant he is currently exploring the possibilities of staging poetry, and has created a number of works for dancers, actors and musicians based on texts by renowned Canadian poets Lorna Crozier and Erín Moure.
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