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Susanne Chui

co-Artistic Director

A central figure in Halifax’s contemporary dance community, Susanne became Artistic Director of Mocean Dance in 2012. Moving fluidly between dancing, choreographing and improvising, she collaborates with a range of dancers and musicians to create unique dance works.

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 in 2007 Susanne has become immersed in Halifax’s dance community collaborating with Jacinte Armstrong, Cory Bowles, Lesandra Dodson, Rachael Franco, Ruth-Ellen Kroll Jackson, Lisa Phinney Langley as well as dancing in Live Art Dance Productions' Ear I Am with Belgium-based choreographer Barbara Mavro Thalissitis. Susanne also dances for Verve Mwendo Dance Company, Gwen Noah Dance and is a co-founder of SiNS (Sometimes in Nova Scotia) dance. An active improviser, Susanne performs with the Upstream Orchestra & Zokugagu as well as initiating her own projects. 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.

Susanne is a member of the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists.

Photograph by Holly Crooks