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Julie-anne Saroyan | Creative Producer

Julie-anne loves to share with and connect people through dance. Saroyan’s approach is to “bust down the theatre walls”, and bring dance out of traditional brick-and-mortar venues.  She mixes technology with dance to create innovative experiences designed for everyone to enjoy and appreciate.

Saroyan’s work focuses on capacity building in the dance sector both through the incubation of new choreographic work and the development of promising artists through uniquely designed workshops, mentorships, and hands-on residencies; as well as cross sectoral collaborations and strategic partnerships.  

In 2001, Saroyan co-founded the company and kicked off the series Dances for a Small Stage in Vancouver.  Since then, Julie-anne has she has produced over 50 installments of the series Dances for a Small Stage in Vancouver, including three installments in Ottawa at the The National Arts Centre.  Small Stage shows are a collection of 5-7 minutes dances that showcase a wide variety styles and genres of dance - including Contemporary, Ballet, Urban, Tap, Flamenco, Bhaṅgṛā, Indian Classical, Chinese and Japanese Classical and Contemporary, Scottish Highland, Burlesque and many others - that reflect the depth of unique and talented dance artists.

Saroyan has had the pleasure of working with many dance artists and companies including Ballet BC, Margie Gillis, Emily Molnar and Crystal Pite/Kidd Pivot, whom she toured with Internationally for more than 10+ years.  She also was on Faculty at Simon Fraser University from 2005-2007 as the Production/Stage Management Instructor in the School for the Contemporary Arts.

Saroyan’s holds a BFA in Dance and Technical Theatre from York University in Toronto and trained at The Banff Centre in 1993 for Dance Stage Management and 2016 for New Fundamentals: Leadership for the Creative Ecology.  In 2014, Saroyan had the pleasure of mentoring with Farooq Chaudhry in London, UK. His ideas and concepts surrounding the role of the cultural entrepreneur in the dance world is fundamental to Saroyan’s approach.

Saroyan has also worked extensively in Corporate Special Events and has created and produced large scale Awards shows and team-building events in Vancouver and internationally including Barcelona, Malta & Phoenix and Hawaii.  Clients include: BP International Engineering Conferences, Nike, Visa International and Buckingham Palace.

Most recently Saroyan has been producing live and digital dance events and mixing reality, by combining real world dance and virtual objects.  This includes creating a digital dance augmented reality mobile app for I0S and Android platforms. Most recently her work involves connecting people to spaces by animating the public realm through dance.

Saroyan is inspired by identifying and bringing together artists who share Small Stage’s values of passion, hard work, risk-taking, curiosity and trans-cultural artistic expression.