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MARA - Directed by Stephanie Ballard, Kathleen Hiley

Perched on a rock at the waters edge, a siren's song echos across the water. MARA delves into the ancient and mythological in this rebirth of a stage classic. Through the eye of film MARA has been transported from the theatre to the waters of Lake Winnipeg and reimagined for this new medium and environment.

Stephanie Ballard is an acclaimed choreographer, personal coach and educator. She is a recipient of Canada’s most prestigious awards for choreography including the Clifford E. Lee Award, the Jean A. Chalmers Award and the Jacqueline Lemieux Prize. Formerly an apprentice, company member, apprentice director and associate artistic director of Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, she continues a close affiliation with the company as a guest choreographer and Legacy Advisor. Her work with the Margie Gillis Dance Foundation included thirteen years of extensive touring of Asia, the U.S., Canada and Europe. She has a Masters Degree in Therapeutic Counseling and has been active with Learning Through the Arts and Artists-in-the-Schools. She is a founding Director of Mouvement/Winnipeg Dance Projects and a choreographer for Drive Dance. She continues to create new work on a regular basis. Her “Landscape Dancing” continues to be performed throughout Winnipeg, at the Canada Dance Festival and was a part of the opening ceremonies for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Ms. Ballard’s ten-year Legacy Project was the seed for establishing The Winnipeg Dance Preservation Initiative. The WDPI organizes annual celebrations on International Dance Day, joining hands with UNESCO and the international community. Ms. Ballard is a member of the Society for Canadian Dance Studies and has served on The Program Committee for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. She is an Honorary Advisor to Dance Collection Danse and is Artistic Advisor for Peter Quanz and QDance.


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