Michelle Olson wins inaugural VIDF choreography prize
The artistic director of Vancouver’s Raven Spirit Dance company is being honoured for her work as a choreographer. Michelle Olson is the recipient of the inaugural Vancouver International Dance Festival choreographic award, the festival announced today (February 26).
“With this biennial award, the VIDF recognizes the work of Ms. Olson for her outstanding artistic achievement and artistry in choreography through her notable creations inspired by the land and the culture of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in people of the Yukon,” reads a news release from the festival. “Through her choreography, Michelle Olson communicates her passion for the North and the stories that emanate from its land.”
Olson, a member of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation, has worked on the choreography for the First Nations opera Giiwedin, the Shakespeare adaptation the Death of a Chief, and Vancouver Opera’s West Coast-flavoured production of the Magic Flute, among other projects.
The choreography prize is to be presented during the Vancouver International Dance Festival’s opening reception on Tuesday (March 5). The festival takes place at venues across the region from March 2 to 23.