Sharon B. Moore creates as a choreographer, director, and movement coach for dance, film, theatre, and circus. She is an award-winning creator and performer working for companies around the world. So far, 2016 has seen the premier of Sharon’s The The Mystery of Mr. Leftovers starring Jillian Peever. In 2015 her outdoor dance/acrobatic/aerial work The Thirst for Love and Water for the 2015 Pan Am games was seen by over 80,000 audience. In 2010 her work BLISS (commissioned by Forcier Stageworks) was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore award for outstanding new choreography. In 2011 her full evening The Great Farini Project was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for outstanding new choreography as was Brian Solomon for his performance as The Great Farini.
In 2007 Sharon became the first Canadian honored with a Bessie Schönberg Choreographic Award Residency at The Yard, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Sharon is an associate artist at The Atlantic Centre for the Arts in Florida and a current nominee for the 2015 K.M. Hunter Award in Dance.
While studying theatre at the age of 17, Moore discovered dance and went on to graduate as a full scholarship student from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. A former member of Contemporary Dancers of Canada under the direction of Tedd Robinson, she is now a choreographer sought after for her highly textured and intensely magnetic theatre of movement. Flavored by her understanding of theatre and her experience as an actor, her work has forged a unique approach to the creative process as it applies to dance movement. Over 100 original dances grace the body of her professional work.
Sharon shares her creative process through an extensive repertoire (over 80 works) created for professional training programs including The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and The School of Contemporary Dancers in Winnipeg. In 2012/13 Sharon was the International guest faculty artist at The Lewis Center for the Performing Arts, Princeton University Dance program. There, she co-created and co-taught a new syllabus for improvisation toward set choreographic work with Susan Marshall A.D. of Susan Marshall and Co. (NYC). She was also the recipient of a Lewis Centre creative residency where she began research on 2 new full evening solo shows.
Sharon and artistic partner Derek Aasland run Cinetic Creations, a company creating live stage works in circus, theatre, dance and opera, as well as serving the major motion pictures industry. Cinetic Creations has developed a signature style of narrative creation praised by critics and audiences alike for a seamless and deep integration of story and discipline.
In 2007 Moore and Cinetic created their first full-evening circus show Le Livre des souhaits with L’ecole National de Cirque, which played at Cirque de Soleil’s home big top, LA TOHU, centre for circus in Montreal, to a sold-out run, and traveled to CIRCA, an international circus festival in Auch, France. Their latest circus show La vie en swing was CBC’s # 1 pick for things to see in Montreal May 2013. Currently there are developing a new circus show based on the works of Mexican painter Remedios Varo with Flip circus/Defectuoso Productions in Mexico City.
In 2006, The Hunt, made in association with Montreal’s Mouvement Perpétuel, was nominated for the Jury Prize at the Dance on Camera Film Festival in New York. It has screened in over 30 countries.
Recent dance commissions include new works for Belinda McGuire (NYC), and JD Dance (Toronto). Currently Sharon is creating Snake Oil, a 60 – minute Dance Theatre work for herself and colleague Paula Blair. Mr. Leftovers a new full evening solo for Jillian Peever will be presented in Toronto in the fall 2015.
Sharon is adjunct faculty at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and also teaches at Humber College and George Brown College.
The Sharon Moore Solo Project: Each year, Sharon donates a solo work to a graduating student(s) of the School Of Toronto Dance Theatre. Facilitated by Pat Frazer and the school, these graduates receive a professional solo work choreographed by Sharon B Moore which they can use as their calling card, and to give them a serious, performance ready solo piece to help launch their career. Many of the young dancers have taken their pieces around the world, finding themselves with a ready work to contribute to the professional dance community wheresoever they find themselves. 7 Tales recently premiered in Kazan, Russia, Nutshell was presented by LIVE ART Dance Productions in Halifax, and the ADFDA in Moncton and Mr. Leftovers presented at The Lewis Centre for Performing Arts, Princeton and has just received OAC funding and will premiere as a full evening work in 2015 in Toronto.
As well as her performance pursuits, Sharon is working on several writing projects; 2 new plays and a book of poetry for children.
Sharon is a proud member of ACTRA, TAPA and CADA.