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Gioconda Barbuto in Car-Men by Jiří Kylián

A reintroduction to the choreographer, dancer and mentor


Toronto-born artist Gioconda Barbuto has been admired unflaggingly for four decades. In the 1980s and 1990s, she danced with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, appearing as a soloist in works by James Kudelka, Ginette Laurin, Nacho Duato and Hans van Manen. After her sixteen years with the company, Barbuto was offered a position at Nederlands Dans Theater III (a company for dancers over forty) by Jiří Kylián. At NDT III, Barbuto developed a deep artistic connection with Kylián. Reciprocally, he made room for her unique talents. She appeared in six of his pieces, including the films Car-Men and Birth-Day (which showcases her comedic flair). She stayed in the company until it shut its doors in 2006.

Today, Barbuto is a sought-after teacher and choreographer, leading workshops at schools and companies across the country and internationally, including Montréal’s L’École nationale de cirque, L’École supérieure de ballet du Québec, Vancouver’s Arts Umbrella Dance and Ballet BC.

Meet Gioconda Barubuto in Lucy M. May’s profile, “The Body Magnetic,” in the March/April 2016 issue. 

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