Christopher House, Artistic Director
Christopher House is a choreographer, dancer, teacher and director. Born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland, he joined Toronto Dance Theatre as a dancer in 1979, was named Resident Choreographer in 1981 and became Artistic Director of the company in 1994. He has made over sixty works for the TDT repertoire and has also created choreographies for many other organizations and individuals including Lisbon’s Ballet Gulbenkian, the National Ballet of Canada, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens and Ballet British Columbia, Peggy Baker, Guillaume Côté, and Claudia Moore. He has directed two collaborations with Joel Gibb and The Hidden Cameras and created several short films and videos. His most recent choreographies include Rivers (2012), Eleven Accords (2013) and Martingales (2014), a commission from the National Arts Centre, all for Toronto Dance Theatre.
As a performer, House has appeared in new works by Sarah Chase, Peter Chin, David Earle, Mark Morris, James Kudelka and Peter Randazzo, among others. While a guest with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in the 1980s, he performed the title role in Michel Fokine’s Petrouchka, also dancing in Kudelka’s In Paradisum, Nijinska’s Les Noces and in his celebrated solo Schubert Dances at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He has recently appeared with TDT in Ame Henderson’s voyager and in Jordan Tannahill’s Rough House, and performed his new adaptation of Deborah Hay’s I’ll Crane For You.
House has developed a variety of programs in collaboration with TDT’s staff that reflect his commitment to ongoing education and shared learning, including work with young people, new audiences and the local and international community of artists. He has commissioned work for TDT from more than forty Canadian and international choreographers including Alban Richard, Jean-Sébastien Lourdais, Peter Chin, Heidi Strauss, Thomas Hauert and Ame Henderson, and established collaborations with leaders in the fields of the visual arts, theatre, music and design.
Christopher House has taught technique, creative process, improvisation and bodywork across Canada and in the USA, UK and Holland. Since 2006, his teaching and directing have been profoundly influenced by his continuing involvement in the experimental practice of choreographer Deborah.
He has received many awards for his work, including three Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding New Choreography. He received the Muriel Sherrin Award for International Achievement in Dance in October 2009, was made an honorary doctor of letters by Memorial University in 2010, and received the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts Silver Ticket Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts in 2012. In 2013 he was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance in The Body in Question.
Christopher House is an Associate Dance Artist of Canada’s National Arts Centre and a member of Projet bk. His upcoming projects include the creation of Echo for TDT in November 2015, performances of I’ll Crane For You in Calgary in Jan. 2016, and Marienbad, a duet created and performed with Jordan Tannahill in May 2016.