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Susanne Chui

co-Artistic Director

A central figure in Halifax’s contemporary dance community, Susanne became Co-Artistic Director of Mocean Dance in 2012. With Mocean, Susanne has developed roles in works by Heidi Strauss, Serge Bennathan, Tedd Robinson, Lesandra Dodson, and Claire French as well as co-created Burnwater: Alchemy with Erin Donovan (Hear Here Productions 

Susanne trained professionally at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and was based in Toronto from 1999-2007. During that time she danced for many independent choreographers and extensively with Yvonne Ng, with whom she toured to Singapore in 2005. She was a founding member of TILT: sound + motion dance company, where she had the pleasure of performing works by some of Canada’s finest choreographers including, Robert Abubo, Marie-Julie Asselin, Bill Coleman, Lesandra Dodson, Deborah Dunn, Sasha Ivanochko, Sharon Moore, and Heidi Strauss.

Since returning to Halifax, Susanne has become immersed in the dance community collaborate with dance artists Jacinte Armstrong, Lesandra Dodson, Veronique MacKenzie, Gwen Noah DancePhin Performing Arts, as well as with SiNS a collective she co-founded in 2005 with Jacinte Armstrong and Sara Coffin. Susanne collaborates across disciplines, working regularly with master musician Jerry Granelli and teaching at Creative Music Workshop, an annual improvisation-based summer program. As a choreographer, her works have been presented in Moncton, Toronto as well as in Halifax by Kinetic Studio and the TD Halifax Jazz Festival. She has studied dance and improvisation in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, the United States and Austria (Impulstanz Festival).

She was the first recipient of Kinetic Studio’s Explorations Choreographic Scholarship and is the 2012 recipient of the Dianne Moore Creation Scholarship. In 2016 she received the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia's Masterworks Award for her role as a dancer in Mocean's Canvas 5 x 5, choreographer by Tedd Robinson.

Susanne is a member of the Dancer Transition Resource Centre and the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists.

Photograph by Holly Crooks