Thursday, June 8, 2023

Randy Glynn to step down as Live Art Dance’s artistic director

After seven years at the helm of Live Art Dance, artistic director Randy Glynn will retire at the end of the dance presenter's 2022-2023 season.

After seven years at the helm of Live Art Dance, artistic director Randy Glynn will retire at the end of the dance presenter’s 2022-2023 season.

It’s time – time for me, as I approach 73, to take some more relaxed family time and time for Live Art Dance to be led by a fresh new energy. – Randy Glynn

“It’s time – time for me, as I approach 73, to take some more relaxed family time and time for Live Art Dance to be led by a fresh new energy,” says Glynn in a media release.

As a dancer, teacher, choreographer and director, Glynn has been a figure in Canadian contemporary dance for over four decades.

His professional career began in the mid-seventies when he helped co-found the Halifax Dance Co-op Dance Company. He became a principal dancer with Toronto’s Danny Grossman Dance Company before founding his dance company, The Randy Glynn Dance Project. The award-winning dance artist’s choreography has been produced and presented by companies in Canada, Ireland and the United States.

Under Glynn’s direction, Live Art Dance nearly doubled its audience attendance over his first few years. In addition, Glynn has worked as a national arts lobbyist and helped raise funds for the Fountain School for the Performing Arts at Dalhousie.

“I have loved my job at Live Art Dance – even the hard bits – and leaving is not easy,” he says. “And anyone who has led an arts organization through the pandemic knows what I mean when I say ‘that was a hell of a ride’.”

Based in Halifax, Live Art Dance has presented contemporary dance for 40 years and is the only organization east of Quebec City to present an entire season of dance. Next up as part of Glynn’s final season is Benjamin Kamino’s m/Othera duet for mother and son at Bus Stop Theatre on February 17 & 18. It is followed by Radical Vitality from Compagnie Marie Chouinard at the Rebecca Cohn on March 8.

For more information on Live Art Dance and the remainder of its 2022-2023 season, visit liveartdance.ca.

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