Humber School of Creative and Performing Arts professor Viv Moore was recently given a Chalmers Arts Fellowship by the Ontario Arts Council. The fellowships, awarded once a year, support artists from a variety of disciplines and are intended to help them further the development of their artistic career.
The fellowship will allow Moore - dancer, actor, choreographer, educator - to study, research, and shadow three master teachers: a butoh master in Mexico; a clog dance teacher who works in Kent, U.K.; and a stunt master in Los Angeles. She has used all three elements in her ongoing physical dance/theatre explorations. These have focused on traditional techniques and how they are used in a contemporary context.
“I am delighted to be a recipient of this fellowship as it is an extremely competitive award and one that acknowledges my body of work in dance and theatre. The award is profoundly meaningful to me as a mature artist and educator,” says Moore.
Moore is in her 27th year of teaching in the Acting for Film & Television and Theatre Performance programs at Humber. She has been professionally dancing since 1979 in England, Sweden, Australia and Canada and active in the Toronto dance and theatre community since 1986. In 2009, Moore choreographed and directed a solo show, Worcestershire Saucy.
“I love teaching at Humber and have developed friendships with my peers that will last. I’ve been fortunate to continue my professional career and so have been able to share my professional practice with my students.”