Wild Rabbit believes in work that is strong and bold, both in its physicality and its interpretation. We are interested in the human body’s extreme physical possibilities, as well as its nuances, and continuing this juxtaposed exploration with theatricality, musicality, and emotional expression that is innate in the human body. We play with power and precision. We are inspired by skilled, passionate, and intelligent artists collaborating to create something that feeds them as artists, as well as offer performances that have the ability to move people.
Jane Alison McKinney is an independent dance artist, a four-time recipient of the artsnb Scholarship and a graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She has also studied in intensives with Movement Research (NYC), Gaga Dancers (BCN), Arsenale della Danza (Venice), and ImpulsTanz (Vienna). In 2012 she performed in work by Ismael Ivo, which toured to Italy and Brazil, including the Venice Biennale. Independently she has also worked with Sharon Moore, Common People, Rondos Dance Theatre, Stand Up Dance, and Blue Ceiling, In 2016 she was awarded a Metcalf Foundation Internship in Artistic Direction with adelheid under the mentorship of Heidi Strauss.
McKinney founded Wild Rabbit Dance Projects as a means to create and present her choreographic work, and collaborate with artists that inspire her. Her choreography has been presented in festivals such as Chinook Series, Nextfest Arts Co. (Edmonton), Venture, The Saint John Contemporary Dance Festival (Saint John), Dance Matters, and SummerWorks Performance Festival (Toronto). She has also taught workshops for young students and professionals alike with Good Women Dance Collective, Durham School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, The Studio Dance School, and the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Her work has been developed in residencies with Series 8:08, Toronto Dance Theatre, Artscape Sandbox, and the Perspective Series. Upcoming is her solo work There she was as part of a double-bill with Naishi Wang in the Bright Nights Series, presented by Citadel + Compagnie in April 2018.