Industry Panel Biographies

Moderator Tim Roberts, Quebec

Tim Roberts is currently the Chief executive of the Quebec City Circus School, a post he has held since August 2019.

Prior to that he has experienced the wide range of offers that the circus sector can provide; Boss Clown for Ringling Bros., Permanent teacher at Le Centre National des Arts du Cirque in Châlons-en-Champagne, France, and Director of Higher Education at the National Centre for Circus Arts in London, UK.

For 12 years, as President and Vice-President of the European Federation of Professional Circus Schools (FEDEC), he lobbied for the creation of HE level circus arts degrees around the globe.

Anahareo Dölle, St John’s Int. CircusFest, Newfoundland

Anahareo Dölle is the co-producer/co-founder of the St. John’s International CircusFest. She is a graduate of the National Circus School of Montreal where she specialized in aerial hoop and silks. For the past eighteen years she has performed in various shows, including places such as Canada, Switzerland, Italy, Norway, Japan and Germany. She performed and lived in Berlin for seven years before she returned to her hometown St.John’s in 2011 with her husband and family.

Anahareo is a certified in Acrobatic Arts, Yoga, and Pilates instructor and operates her own aerial school “iFly Aerial Arts” at Wonderbolt’s downtown studio, The S.P.A.C.E. She teaches classes for students aged-5-67 and loves sharing her passion with others. Anahareo is the Aerial director for budding new aerialists of the iFLY Performance Troupe. She is very excited to be planning the fourth St. John’s International Circus Fest and is thrilled to be bringing more circus to the East Coast.

 

Christine Bouchard, En Piste, Quebec

Christine Bouchard has sustained a career in the cultural sector since the beginning of her professional life. She has been executive director of En Piste, the National Circus Arts Alliance, since 2015, where she works actively at developing this sector. Previously, she has worked in various organizations such as the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, the École de danse contemporaine de Montréal and the City of Longueuil. She has also acted as a consultant at DAA Strategies. This experience has allowed her to carry out diverse mandates in strategic planning, studies, project design, cultural policy development, etc. She sits on various boards of directors and representative groups. Committed to cultural development, she dedicates herself to the advancement of arts and culture in order to ensure that they reach their full potential. Photo by: Jim Mneymneh.

Holly Treddenick, Femmes du Feu Creations, Ontario

Holly is a born Prairie girl from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and now lives on traditional territory of the Haudensaunee and Anishnaabeg peoples in a town now called Welland, Ontario. 

Holly is an artist, an osteopath (DOMP), an entrepreneur and a mother. She is passionate about art, both as a creator and interpreter, with a focus on performance.

Holly has been dancing since she could walk, and has built her life around body movement, community and health. Holly is an advocate for community development through arts engagement, and believes that art can inspire, educate and catalyze transformation. Holly strives to create art that is accessible, evocative and provoking, drawing inspiration from human experience and self-reflection, that brings us to a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world around us.  

Holly moved to Toronto in 1994 to study at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, where she graduated in 1999. In 2001 holly began her journey into circus arts, beginning with fire performing. She has since studied Pochinko clown, and aerial arts. Holly has trained on many apparatuses, but is most excited working with invented apparatuses or on her aerial ladder. Holly has had the opportunity to work with various companies as performer, choreographer and administrator, touring across Ontario, Canada and the USA. 

In 2003 Holly co-founded Femmes du Feu (FdF) with Lindsay Goodtimes. In 2019 FdF became a not-for-profit, Femmes du Feu Creations. Through FdF and now FdFC, Holly has been creating, presenting and producing contemporary circus work across Canada and the USA, including at The St. John’s Newfoundland International Circus Festival, and is a co-leader for a MICC Working Group. Holly has participated in several panel discussions on circus arts in Canada and is excited about this ongoing conversation. 

In July 2019 Holly and her family relocated to Welland, Ontario, to work towards the creation of a new arts & culture centre called The Bank Art House. Holly is a board member for the Welland Downtown BIA (October, 2019).

Nicholas Beach, Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre, Alberta

Nicholas Beach is the General Manager of the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre.  He is responsible for programming the arts centre’s multi-disciplinary season of 35+ artists in 5 different series each year. The Lougheed Centre presents Canadian and international artists including theatre, dance, circus, and a large variety of music genres.  In his 20 year career in the arts, he has worked in several theatres across Canada.  Nick is also a board member for the Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta and coleader of the Canadian working group for contemporary circus with MICC.

The Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre opened in 2014 and is located on the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus in Camrose, Alberta.  The Lougheed Centre is home to a 584 seat state-of-the-art proscenium fly house and a 120 seat cabaret venue.

Dean Bareham, Greenfools Theatre Society, Alberta

Dean is artistic director and co-founder of Green Fools Theatre in Calgary. He began his studies at the Alberta College of Art & Design and then attended the Dell’ Arte School of Physical Theatre in Blue Lake, California. For the last twenty-nine years Dean has been delighting audiences across the globe with his buffoonery and stilt characters; his alter ego, Gustavo the Impossibilist is infamous world-wide. Dean has performed and taught workshops all across Canada, Europe, South America, Macedonia, New Zealand, Lesotho, Japan, and the USA. He has performed with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Symphony in Ottawa and with Cirque du Soleil at the Luminato Festival in Toronto. Dean is currently working as a puppeteer on two tv series shooting in Calgary.

Robin Szuch, Spectacle Blue, Alberta

Founder of Spectacle Blue, Robin Szuch, spent almost 20 years as a dancer, training in ballet, tap, jazz, modern and contemporary dance.  Armed with those years of dance training, and a degree in Fine Arts in Drama and Dance, Robin moved to Toronto to pursue her love of theatre and dance.  While working as a dancer and actor and continuing her professional training, Robin found the element of artistry she was looking for to complete her artistic vision, Aerial.  Taking the plunge with fellow artist Stacy Clark, High Strung aerial dance was born and the two spent the next 10 years training, performing, coaching and creating dance, circus and aerial dance works around the globe.  

After 10 successful years on the road High Strung aerial dance officially retired and Robin opened a full time training and coaching studio, Spectacle Blue Circus Arts.  

Spectacle Blue Circus Arts is a place where we strive to build stellar human beings by fostering self-confidence, positive self image and community awareness through physical discipline and creative performance.  What we really are doing is helping grow awesome kids into awesome adults…. if they learn a little circus along the way, that’s great too.

 

Renée Mak, Pause.Shift.Rebound Show, BC

Renée is a multi-disciplinary circus artist and creative extraordinaire based in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia and available internationally.

Unlike so many circus artists out there, she started my circus journey late at the age of 22. Despite a great desire to learn dance, gymnastics and diving, she grew up in a culture that greatly discourages creative endeavours and had no background in any sort of movement or creative realms. What started as a means to lose weight became an empowering, artistic journey that has become an integral part of her identity.