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Howard Richard

“I am in awe of the human body and its power to communicate through movement.
…  My work is inspired and created both with and about the dancers. Therefore, it is important for me to work with mature and skilfully trained dancers desiring to bring their emotional experience to their dancing."

“The dance and dancer remain unattainable. Both go where few dare to go and we, as observers, honour this. But dance is much more than just a performance, it’s an expression and experience of life -- and the stage gives us a place to celebrate this.”
– Howard Richard

Howard Richard began his career as a dancer with Eddy Toussaint Dance Company in Montreal in 1979, before studying with Twyla Tharp in 1983. Howard choreographed his first work that year, Cast Dance to an Indigo Night, and founded Howard Richard Danse in 1984. Howard was the recipient of the Clifford E. Lee Award in 1990, the Merit of Distinction at the 1992 Suzanne Dellal, Tel Aviv Choreographic Competition, and the commemorative medal for 125 th Anniversary of Canada. He is an artistic advisor at l'École Nationale de Cirque and since 1999, is the artistic director of H.A.R.D. As of 2004, he has been Director of Creation at I’École Nationale de Cirque.
Howard has created works for Ballet Jorgen (Toronto), Spindrift Dance Theatre (Kingston), Les Ballet Jazz de Montréal, and the Calgary City Ballet. In 1996 he choreographed for the Hollywood production, Hysteria.

Mocean Dance has developed a strong relationship with Howard Richard and has worked intensively with him on several creations. Since 2003 Howard has created the following pieces of choreography on the company:

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