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.
Originally from New Brunswick, Jane-Alison McKinney is a graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and an independent Toronto-based dance artist. In 2012, she toured internationally with Brazilian choreographer Ismael Ivo and had the opportunity to perform at the Venice Biennale. Jane-Alison has also worked with artists such as Sharon B. Moore, Sylvain Émard, Emma Kerson, Rondos Dance Theatre, Stand Up Dance, Blue Ceiling Dance, and J. Adam Brown/Blain Watters. In 2016, she was awarded a Metcalf Foundation Internship Grant in Artistic Direction to work with adelheid‘s Heidi Strauss, whose close mentorship has played a profound impact on Jane-Alison’s artistic development. This year Jane-Alison was a project lead and choreographer for re:research, adelheid’s inaugural emerging artist residency program.
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 in 2017 presented her first full-length work Ruin Road at 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, the Perspective Series, and Fall for Dance North’s Open Studio. Most recently, she performed her solo work There she was as part of a double-bill with Naishi Wang in the Bright Nights Series, presented by Citadel + Compagnie.
Dancer/choreographer Heidi Strauss is also the artistic director of adelheid, which she began in 2008. adelheid’s work looks at interaction between different people and groupings of people, with a specific interest in the situation of performance and how we consider each other (audience & performer) within that construct. She was dance artist in residence at the Factory Theatre (2008-2012) and a resident artist at the Theatre Centre (2013-16). Her award-winning work has toured nationally. Heidi has choreographed for Toronto Dance Theatre, The Frankfurt Opera, The Canadian Opera Company, Volcano theatre and the Stratford Festival, and given workshops across Canada, and in the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy and Singapore. She has worked as artistic advisor for senior dance artists Peter Chin, and Marie-Josée Chartier, and recently as mentor/outside eye for The Throwdown Collective, Kaeja Dance, Kate Hilliard, Michael Caldwell, Form Collective. Heidi received the KM Hunter Award for Dance (2012), and her recent work what it’s like recently received three Dora Mavor Moore Awards, including outstanding production. www.adelheid.ca
Naishi Wang was born in ChangChun, China and received his professional dance training from JiLin College ofArt and furthered his dance studies with the BeiJing Dance Academy. In 2004, Wang moved to Canada to continue his dance journey at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and was a member of TDT for nine years. Wang has also worked independently with Allison Cummings, Paul-André Fortier, D.A Hoskins, William Yong, Hanna Kiel and Heidi Strauss for several collaborate projects and performance. Wang is also a member with freelance dance choreographer Christoph Winkler in Berlin, Germany. In 2013, Wang worked for Ai Weiwei’s exhibition in Toronto showcase. In 2015, He was part of the Toronto PanAm game opening ceremony as a dancer.Wang was nominated for the Dora Mavor Moore Awards in 2013 for the Outstanding Performance in Different Animals created by Hanna Kiel, and won in 2017 for Outstanding Ensemble in what it’s like by Heidi Strauss.
Noah Feaver is a lighting designer originally from Vancouver, now resident in Toronto. Recent credits include: The Maid (Bridge to Artists), Rent (Mainstage Theatre Company), Cendrillon (The Royal Conservatory), Ruby Red Burlesque (Concrete Vertigo Productions), Treasure Island, Dances 2016, Arranged Marriage (Ryerson University), MANICPIXIEDREAMGIRLS (Rock Bottom Movement), Verve 2016, Momentum 2016 (The School of Toronto Dance Theatre), Crush (The Banff Centre). Assistant credits include: Unholy (Nightwood Theatre), It’s a Wonderful Life (Soulpepper), Fall For Dance North (Sony Centre), Still (The Banff Centre), Program 2 2016 (Ballet BC), A Little Too Cozy (Against The Grain Theatre).
Originally from Montreal, Kathia Wittenborn began professional training at Le Conservatoire de Danse de Montréal and Ballet Divertimento. Upon graduation, she moved to Toronto to further her training at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre where she was the recipient of the inaugural Kathryn Ash Scholarship Award. Wittenborn has participated in various workshops and professional development projects in Montreal, New York, Amsterdam, Lucca, San Sebastián, and Vienna including ImPulsTanz, The Movement Invention Project, and Springboard Danse Montréal. She has had the opportunity to tour works by Gioconda Barbuto, Sonya Stefan, and Edgar Zendejas in France and Spain. In Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, she taught and performed in a movement workshop, which she produced for their annual Aqpik Jam Festival.
Based in Toronto, Wittenborn has had the privilege of working with Robert Abubo, Amanda Acorn, Susie Burpee, Jane Alison McKinney, Sharon B. Moore, Kevin A. Ormsby, JD Dance, Red Sky Performance, The Go To Company, and Tribal Crackling Wind under the direction of Peter Chin. Tribal Crackling Wind’s work Woven, performed in Toronto and Mexico, was awarded with a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance as an ensemble. She is currently working with Aria Evans, Marie Lambin Gagnon, and Shannon Litzenberger.
Lyon Smith: Recent Selected Sound Credits: Hamlet, All’s Well That Ends Well, Taming of the Shrew and Liv Stein(Canadian Stage), Morro and Jasp 9 to 5 (Factory Theatre), The Last Donnelly Standing and If Truth Be Told (Blyth Festival), Elle (Theatre Passe Muraille), Venus’ Daughter(Obsidian Theatre), Beaver(Storefront Theatre), Sheets(Veritas Theatre), the Millennial Malcontent (Tarragon), A City (Necessary Angel). He has received a Dora Award and multiple nominations for his sound work.