Davida Monk began dancing with Le Groupe de la Place Royale in Ottawa in 1985. She created work for the company, served as Assistant Artistic Director to Peter Boneham and was instrumental in the development of Le Groupe Dance Lab that was Canada’s premiere choreographic development centre between 1988 and 2009. In 2004 Monk founded M-body through which she advances her own creations and projects.
As a performer and as a choreographer Monk has been presented across Canada, in Poland and Finland. She is a frequent collaborator with fellow choreographers, dancers, musicians, poets, philosophers, visual artists and designers. She recently commissioned and toured solo works by Serge Bennathan and Lee Su-feh, and is currently collaborating with choreographer Paras Terezakis and dancer Arash Khakpour.
Known as a teacher and mentor, Monk is the Artistic Director of Dancers’ Studio West and the Dance Action Group.
The recipient of support for choreographic development, artistic direction and touring from the Canada Council, the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Banff Centre and Calgary Arts Development, Monk is an Associate Artist witH Projet bk, and Associate Professor Emeritus of the University of Calgary.
Photo: Tim Nguyen