Ann Tutt is a dancer, improviser
and alternative movement specialist. Her approach to dance
and movement is based on 28 years of studying, practicing
and teaching the unique and essential work of Nehemia Cohen,
the MItzvah Technique.
Ann grew up in the Saskatchewan
prairie on Harvanamere, the family farm at Rouleau and later
in Regina. Ensuing her early classical dance training,
competitive horseback riding and long distance running she
was introduced to Cohenís early work through modern dance
training. She moved from Regina to Toronto to continue
studying contemporary dance and the not-yet-birthed Mitzvah
Technique. In 1984 she became one of Nehemia's first
students to join the professional training program. Ann
became a certified teacher and continued to observe and
participate in this course and in essence the development of
the technique throughout the schools duration.
ALTERNATIVE MOVEMENT TECHNIQUES
As a movement specialist and
dancer she has continued to explore alternative techniques
including Klein Technique, Skinner Release Technique, Laban
Technique, Continuum, Gabrielle Roth's Work, Body Mind
Centering Yoga and Cohenís early influences Feldenkrais and
The Alexander Technique as well as contact improvisation.
Ann teaches alternative
technique classes that synthesize her comprehensive movement
perspective. She has taught Master Classes across Canada and
has worked with many dancers, actors and musicians as well
as working remedially with extreme injuries and chronic
conditions. In 2004 she launched a professional training
program for The Mitzvah Technique ongoing in both Regina
,Sask. and Toronto, Ont.
DANCER / CHOREEOGRAPHER
As a dancer Ann has built her
training and performance experience independently from
within the professional community in Canada and the U.S.A.
Since 1995 Ann refocused her attention on contemporary and
experimental dance and dance theatre.
Ann has created
installation-based choreography for the Performers Gallery,
and in collaboration with sculptor Thalia Damianakis. She is
also the founder of the Open Studio Project, a
collaborative, process oriented project for theatre and
movement improvisation and creation as well as creating site
specific performance and improvisation, including Il Alidas
for New Dance Horizons 2007 Secret Garden Tour.
Ann performed in Myth
Productions, Big Man Jeremiah by Learie McNicolls and Julia
Aplinsí A Wheel Ballet. In 2007, The Red Chair, created by
Claudia Moore for Ann toured from M-DO, Toronto to Rouleau,
Saskatchewan and New Dance Horizons, Blue Print Series. Ann
also performed with Julia Aplin and The ImpulseLAB
2006-2007. She is currently in preparing to show her most
recent solo creation in April 2008 at NDH,Blue Print Series.