DEVELOPING ARTISTS GRANTS
2010 Grant Recipient
Contemporary Dance Winner
Jarrett Siddall is a 22-year-old student who has just completed his first year of the Professional Training Program at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, bringing to these studies training and performing experience from the Ukrainian Shumka Dancers and Citie Ballet, both based in Edmonton. He has distinguished himself as an excellent student of ballet, dancer and choreographer for student-run performances, choreographic workshop participant and class representative.
In submitting the nomination for The Hnatyshyn Foundation classical ballet grant, Patricia Fraser, Artistic Director and her colleagues at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre identified Jarrett Siddall as “energetic, committed, and willing to take charge” and having “the potential for a stellar career in dance, as well as the capacity to influence the art form of contemporary dance through his stature as an interpretor.”
In adjudicating Mr. Siddall’s performance submissions, the jury for contemporary dance – which included: Sasha Ivanochko, Founder, blackandblue dance projects, Toronto; Robin Poitras, Artistic Director, New Dance Horizons, Regina; and Wen Wei Wang, Choreographer, Wen Wei Dance, Vancouver – was impressed by his excellent and natural movement quality, combined with a strong athleticism and the ability to convey nuance and subtlety in exploring grace and emotion. He was judged to have considerable promise in the contemporary field.