Live Art Dance Names New Artistic Director
Live Art Dance is pleased to announce that effective immediately Randy Glynn will become its new Artistic Director, succeeding Paul Caskey who served at the helm of the organization from 2005 until Spring of this year. The announcement by Board Chair Sheila Strong and Vice Chair and Hiring Committee Chair Seth Levinson ends an extensive nine- month search.
“We are delighted to welcome Randy Glynn to Live Art” said Ms. Strong. “He is an artist of the highest calibre and a recognized leader in his field. We believe that he has the essential combination of vision, experience and artistry that will not only enrich our own organization but contribute to the vibrant cultural life of Halifax and the region of Atlantic Canada as well.”
Award winning choreographer, dancer, director and teacher, Randy Glynn has been a recognized figure in the world of Canadian Contemporary Dance for over 40 years. Currently Artistic Director of Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal, he began his professional dance career in Halifax in 1977 as dancer/manager of the freshly minted Halifax Dance Co- op Dance Company. He has maintained an ongoing connection with the evolution of the dance community in Halifax over the years and is well versed in the ecology of dance in Atlantic Canada.
Mr. Glynn joined the legendary Danny Grossman Dance Company in 1978 and performed as a principal dancer with that company for a decade. In 1987 he formed his own company, The Randy Glynn Dance Project. Mr. Glynn’s choreography has been produced and presented by major companies in Canada, Ireland and the US. A Dora Mavor Moore Award nominee, he is also a recipient of the prestigious Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award. He was one of five finalists selected for the 2015 Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Nova Scotia Masterworks Awards Foundation for Dancing in the Third Act. This is the first time since the inception of the award that dance has made the Masterworks shortlist.
Mr. Glynn is excited to be adding a new chapter to his artistic career in Nova Scotia. Growing artists for contemporary dance will be a particular focus for the new Artistic Director. “Live Art has a solid reputation within the Canadian dance community for innovation, high production values and engagement with the Nova Scotia arts community and I am delighted to be appointed as its new Artistic Director. My long professional career began in Halifax and now has come full circle. With my 46 years as dance professional I hope to be able to build on the wonderful legacy of Live Art’s solid history as a major presenter of contemporary dance in Atlantic Canada. I also look forward to being a positive force contributing to the growth of the ecology of dance in Halifax through my work with Live Art.”
Mr. Glynn will begin work with Live Art part-time immediately then assume a full-time role in early September. He will also continue to serve as the Artistic Director of Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal (FODAR).
Live Art Dance is the leading presenter of contemporary dance in Atlantic Canada. It was founded by the late Diane Moore in 1982. Under her watch the organization became a key ambassador for contemporary dance for over two decades. From 2005 until Spring 2016, under the visionary and resourceful leadership of Paul Caskey, the organisation took a bold and invigorating trajectory, further establishing Live Art Dance as a central player in the Canadian contemporary dance scene.