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Sylvie Bouchard is originally from Montréal, where she began her dance training. She moved to Toronto to study at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and subsequently joined the Company in 1985 and performed nationally and internationally with them for five years, in works by Peter Randazzo, Trish Beatty, David Earle and Christopher House. Sylvie also performed with Fujiwara Dance Inventions, pounds per square inch performance, Kaeja d’Dance, Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers and Dancemakers, and has worked with many choreographers including Denise Fujiwara, Tedd Robinson, Susie Burpee, Marie-Josée Chartier, Gerry Trentham, Sashar Zarif, Roger Sinha, Santee Smith and Louis-Martin Charest.
Throughout her artistic career, Bouchard has continued to forge original concepts in both the creation and the presentation of dance. In 1993, she created Dusk Dances, a festival that presents dance in public parks. Dusk Dances grew under the artistic direction of both Bouchard and Danzon, and through CORPUS, until Bouchard became sole Festival Director in 2008 and continued its remarkable development.
In 1997 Sylvie Bouchard formed the Company CORPUS with artistic partner David Danzon. Between 1997 and 2008, she co-created eight works with Danzon that toured nationally and internationally in street theatre festivals, on stage and in schools. In 2009, Sylvie Bouchard forms BoucharDanse, a company that serves as an umbrella for her artistic endeavors. Bouchard also co-created and performed in the popular series Four Square at Tree House TV.
As a performer, Sylvie Bouchard was seen as part of the cast of EUNOIA (choreographed by Denise Fujiwara), which premiered at World Stage (Harbourfront Centre) in 2014, and then toured nationally in 2015 and 2019. She performed in Gerry Trentham’s Art of Peace, Trees (from the series The Bush), and Gravity of Descent. She trains with Diane Roberts in her Arrival Legacy work. Bouchard also performed femme assise (a solo originally created by Marie-Josée Chartier in 1990) in Older & Reckless in 2013 and performed in Sashar Zarif’s Solos of My Life, presented by DanceWorks in 2011. Sylvie Bouchard was part of the cast of Apocalypsis, a Luminato Production directed by Lemi Bonifasio, which premiered at the Bluma Appel Theatre, in June 2015.
Sylvie Bouchard is the recipient of the 2009 K.M. Hunter Artist Award for dance, and she has training in trauma-informed therapy.