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Since its inception HCA Dance Theatre has commissioned and presented innovative new dance works for Hamilton audiences.
HCADT’s inaugural presentation in 2002 was An Evening with Michael Ondaatje: Dance & Poetry Unite which was a work commissioned by the company. The performance featured Ondaatje reading his works with dance performances by noted Canadian dance artists such as Andrea Nann, Robert Glumbek and Roberto Campanella among others.
In 2007 HCA Dance Theatre commissioned and presented Displacement, an interdisciplinary dance work featuring the choreography of Robert Glumbek, visual arts installations by Vessna Perunovich and music by composer Christos Hatzis. This exciting multi-media collaboration between three internationally acclaimed artists explored the immigrant experience.
In the 2009/10 season Displacement was presented as part of Harbourfront’s Next Steps series and was voted #3 dance show of the season by Now Magazine’s Glen Sumi.
In the 2010/2011 season HCADT presented Full Bloom at the Studio Theatre at Hamilton Place. Choreographed and performed by Kevin O’Day, Robert Glumbek and Luches Huddleston Jr., it is a poignant work which explores themes of mortality, strength, and personal freedom while all along questioning the role of men in society.
In the summer of 2014 HCA Dance Theatre brought the acclaimed dance festival Dusk Dances to Hamilton’s Bayfront park. Dusk Dances is an outdoor dance festival that brings high quality contemporary and traditional dance to public parks. The festival takes place each night at sunset and begins with a local band that plays while the audience gathers. Once the band has finished the evening’s host leads the audience through the park to watch five diverse dance pieces that are performed in different areas of the park. HCA Dance Theatre will be presenting Dusk Dances Hamilton from July 27-July 30, 2017 in Bayfront Park.
HCA Dance Theatre was founded in partnership with the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts (HCA) in 2001 as an incorporated non-profit organization. HCA Dance Theatre’s Mission is to make the art of dance visible and accessible to all Hamiltonians. The vision for HCA Dance Theatre is as an incubator for dance in Hamilton and the surrounding region. As such, HCADT acts as an umbrella and works to develop awareness, accessibility and audiences for the art of dance. This is achieved by:
- Engaging Hamiltonians in dance as participants or audience members
- Offering dance workshops to adults and children
- Being a resource for professional development to local dance artists
- Commissioning and presenting professional dance.
HCA Dance Theatre benefits the community through its innovative partnership with HCA and by extension with Culture for Kids in the Arts, through shared values of innovation, inclusion and arts as a vehicle for civic engagement to bring quality arts programming to Hamilton and the surrounding region.
HCA Dance Theatre Board of Directors and Staff
HCA Dance Theatre Board
Chair Person: Jay Robb
Treasurer: Josh Taylor
Secretary: Laura Kappel
HCA Dance Theatre Staff
Founder and Artistic Director: Vitek Wincza
Administrative Manager: Jessica Lea Fleming
Vitek Wincza is the Artistic Director and Founder of HCA Dance Theatre. Wincza is a professional in the dance milieu with extensive achievements and recognition. The Hamilton Nutcracker, choreographed and produced by Wincza, hosted 10,000 audience members over eight consecutive years and is often attributed with contributing to the development of dance in the community.
Gary Smith from the Hamilton Spectator attests to Wincza’s role in establishing a dance audience in Hamilton and the calibre of his productions claiming, “the fact a Polish immigrant flush with love for his new home city, desperate to put down dance roots in the shadow of steel mills and a decaying downtown was inspired enough to spearhead a grand, large-scale Nutcracker is not just amazing. It’s downright incredible. …After years of making do with hand-me-down versions, some of them quite dreadful, Hamilton had a brilliant dance work entirely its own.”