Project CPR (Choreographic Practice & Research)

Project CPR gives choreographers and dancers the opportunity to research, discuss, create, and present dance in a group context. Hours are part-time. Participants work together to delve deeper into their practice through a facilitated process. 

There are two phases to the project-  1) Research and Creation, 2) Presentation. 

 Project CPR provides space, ensemble, dialogue, education, mentoring from senior choreographers and dancers, community connection,  workshops, debate, and facilitated creation periods – designed to help bring visions to life.

Project CPR Director: Claire French 

Claire French – Choreographer/ Co-Artistic Director Restless Productions

Claire is a UK-born, Vancouver–based choreographer, performer, and teacher. Her choreographic works have been presented throughout Canada, Europe, and the UK. Claire teaches at the university level, as well as for private studios and professional companies. She was awarded an MFA Interdisciplinary Studies from Simon Fraser University (1999) and returned to SFU as a sessional instructor for Dance Composition in Fall 2007. Choreographic works range from solos to ensemble pieces with casts of up to 20 performers, utilising both live and digital media. Her work has been commissioned by opera companies, performing arts colleges, universities, professional dance companies, solo artists, theatre companies, film-makers, commercial enterprise, interdisciplinary organisations. Recent choreography includes: The Willful Child, Classical Futures, The Moment of Forgetting (new work in progress), Hotel Japan, Sculpture Garden Project, Sweet Mystery: The Musical (co-choreographed with Heather Laura Gray), 2010 Olympic Torch Relay, Outside Out, Inside Outside In, Season to Taste, Trio X, Momenta, Where Fools Tread, 30-Love(dance film: Bravo! Canada). She has sat on the board of Directors for CADA/BC, The Dance Centre (also its advisory Committee), and Screaming Flea Theatre Society. She was Dance Artist in Residence/Teaching Fellow at Leeds University UK from 2005-2007, a dance artist in residence at The Dance Centre Vancouver 2008/9, and at The Landing Dance Center from 2010 to 2011. Claire was one of six choreographers selected for Lynda Gaudreau’s Clash project. In 2010/11 Claire was Assistant Choreographer for The Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company’s touring production of Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter and for The Fantasticks. In February 2012 she performed in Andrea Bozic’s After Trio A as part of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. and The Dance Centre’s Global Dance Connections. Claire is an Artistic Associate at The Dance Centre, and consultant for summer interdisciplinary programming at The Shadbolt Centre for the Arts. She co-runs Vancouver Global Dance Project’s summer school and is the Director of Project CPR (Choreographic Practice and Research), which is now an annual program of Restless Productions.


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