Gemma Crowe is a choreographer, contemporary dance artist and indie filmmaker residing in Vancouver, British Columbia. Graduating with distinction from the University of Calgary’s Program of Dance with a Bachelor’s Degree, Crowe actively began her pursuit of a career in the Arts, fueled by her passion for contemporary dance and her love for creation. Crowe had the opportunity to choreograph for the Annual Alberta Dance Festival series and the Fluid Movement Arts Festival’s SPARK programme in Calgary. Co-founding the Strange Change Dance Collective enabled Crowe to stay connected to the community in Calgary while exploring opportunities around the world. The collective received a Calgary 2012 Grassroots Grant for Strange Change’s first ever Strange Change Dance Exchange showcase.
With everything she does, Gemma Crowe strives to communicate with different audiences. Teaching dance to all ages; from small children to adults, allows Crowe to share her philosophy on enhancing life with art, and improving a sense of connection. It is of paramount importance to Crowe, that everyone is able to express in an effective way. When working with youth Gemma Crowe is diligent about honing skills of articulate expression and compassionate communication. Whether it’s executing a pirouette or creating a foundation for true friendship, no feat in the dance studio is more important than another.
After an internship with the think/feel Reel in Brooklyn, New York, Gemma Crowe arrived in Vancouver. Her love of creation comes from movement and, as such, Crowe has had some very important opportunities for growth. Training with Surge Company, the Training Society of Vancouver’s Working Class Scholarship and with the EDAM Dance Scholarship, Crowe has been able to deepen her movement practice while making meaningful connections in the community. Most recent works involve creating in the 2013 & 2015 BLOOM choreographic residencies with Mascall Dance, choreographing for the RAW Artists Showcase “Spectrum”, the 2013 & 2014 Lab Art Show events, The Fluid Movement Arts Festival’s Physical Therapy Cabaret, Annual Alberta Dance Festival, To. Be. Announced Showcase, The Lovers Cabaret Presents: Six Word Stories, 12 Minutes Max presented by the Scotiabank Dance Centre, GENIUNE LIVE Presents: FARA and three brand new Dance on Film projects in 2017.
Crowe’s most recent development has been in training overseas at P.A.R.T.S. Summer School In Brussels and attending ImpulsTanz, Vienna’s International Dance Festival. Gemma Crowe has acquired a greater understanding for the context of her work and global significance for art. The value of Dance as art remains of paramount importance to Crowe as she continues to explore, create and work in dance and film. Movement is a passion that fuels her engagement with the world around her.