About

Photo by Courtney Gallery Photography
photo by Courtney Gallery

Wild Rabbit believes that dance is a deeply human form that is alive, always shifting and escalating in possibility. Our work is robust, unbound, and discernibly rough around the edges, with a physical language that is vulnerable and ever-changing, reflective of the way we see the world around us. We play with power and empathy, with embodiment and re-imagination. Our interests lie in bold work that that makes it possible to reflect on what is happening in the everyday, while at the same time, altering time and reality. Inspired by collaboration with reactive, passionate, and intelligent artists, we set out to create performance that has the ability to feed artistic impulse and generate change.


Wild Rabbit Dance Projects is an umbrella that supports the creation and performance of collaborative works under the artistic direction of Jane-Alison McKinney. These works have been presented nationally  at platforms such as Chinook Series, The Saint John Contemporary Dance Festival, Summerworks Performance Festival, and Citadel + Compagnie. An excerpt of Jane-Alison’s solo work There she was was recently showcased at Fall for Dance North’s International Presenters Program curated by Dancemakers.  Upcoming presentations of “There she was” will be at Guelph Dance Festival in 2019 and Tangente in 2020. Jane-Alison is currently developing a collaborative group work called Switch, as well as a co-creation with Emma Kerson entitled hard wire, developing at Shawbrook Residency in Ireland in June, 2019.


Originally from New Brunswick, Jane-Alison McKinney is a dancer, choreographer, teacher, and artistic director.  A graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, she has performed the works of a variety of contemporary dance artists in Canada and Internationally. In 2016, she was awarded a Metcalf Foundation Internship Grant in Artistic Direction with adelheid under the mentorship of Heidi Strauss, whose close mentorship has played a profound impact on Jane-Alison’s artistic development.  She has also worked with adelheid as a dancer, emerging choreographer, and producer. Jane Alison’s choreography has been supported nationally by a variety of festivals and residencies. She is also co-director of the performance collectives Bare Nerve (with Emma Kerson) and Temporary Collective (with Naishi Wang).