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Dominique Dumais began her career as a dancer with the National Ballet of Canada (NBC). She is now in demand as a choreographer of deeply emotional works whose non-classical vocabulary features angular movement and sculptural images.
Born in Lac-St-Jean in northeastern Québec, Dumais began ballet classes at age seven. In Toronto, she studied at the National Ballet School. She joined NBC in 1987, where her repertoire included roles in the classic ballets, such as the Lilac Fairy in The Sleeping Beauty. She also created roles in William Forsythe's the second detail (1991) and James Kudelka's The Four Seasons (1997).
Dumais created her first works for NBC choreographic workshops and then, outside the company, for Dances for a Small Stage and fFIDA (fringe Festival of Independent Dance Artists). The first of Dumais' works taken into the NBC repertoire was a commission from Karen Kain, a pas de deux premiered by Kain and Robert Conn called Tides of Mind (1996).
In 1998, Dumais left NBC to develop her choreographic career. In Canada, she has made work for various companies, including sous le silence (2000) for Toronto Dance Theatre and Petrouchka (2001) for Ballet British Columbia. Internationally, she has choreographed for Pacific Northwest Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet and Mannheim Ballet, for whom she created her first full-length piece, Collective Sonatas (2003).
Dumais is artistic associate and in-house choreographer with Germany's Mannheim Ballet.
Doob, Penelope Reed. “Creative Roles, Creative Processes: reflections on the choreographic practices of James Kudelka and Dominique Dumais”. Estival 2000: Canadian dancing bodies then and now . Ed. Iro Valaskakis Tembeck. Toronto: Dance Collection Danse Press/es, 2002.