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Shannon Litzenberger

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Shannon Litzenberger Contemporary Dance

    Shannon Litzenberger is an award-winning contemporary dance artist, choreographer, producer, creative facilitator, arts advocate and leadership developer based in Toronto. Known for creating live performance experiences at the intersection of forms, her innovative choreography typically integrates movement, multi-media design, poetry and narrative. Her perspective is decidedly feminist, philosophical, socially conscious and emphatically Canadian. Her roots in Canada's rural prairies inspire recurring themes of connection to land, environment, belonging, identity and place. Her work has been presented across Canada and the US and she has been an invited resident artist at several prestigious institutions including Banff Centre, Soulpepper Theatre Company, Toronto Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre and Atlantic Ballet Theatre.

    As a strategist, facilitator and leadership developer, Shannon also works with many cultural institutions including Business for the Arts, the Canadian Arts Summit, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and the George Cedric Metcalf Foundation, among others. She designs and facilitates workshops on creation, innovation and leadership within organizational settings, using perception-based practices to foster effective collaboration and productive team dynamics. She has been an invited guest speaker at a multitude of universities, events and conferences across Canada and internationally, and has published more than 100 articles on dance, creative process and arts policy. Shannon is the recipient of the Jack McAllister Award for accomplishment in dance, the recipient of a 2019 Chalmers Arts Fellowship and a twice-shortlisted finalist for the prestigious KM Hunter Award.