Judith Marcuse CV

Curriculum Vitae
Judith R. Marcuse


Judith Marcuse is one of Canada’s senior artist/producers with an international career that spans over 40 years as dancer, choreographer, director, producer, teacher, writer and lecturer.

Marcuse was trained in classical ballet, contemporary and other dance techniques in Montréal, Toronto, Banff, New York City and London, England. A graduate of England’s Royal Ballet School, she danced professionally with major classical and contemporary companies in Canada, the United States, Europe and the Middle East, touring and performing in North America, Europe and Asia in a performing career spanning more than twenty-five years.

After establishing the Judith Marcuse Dance Projects Society in 1980 and turning her focus to choreography, artistic direction and production, she also continued to work with other organizations in Canada and abroad to produce and create for theatre, opera and musical theatre, and for television and film. Her repertory dance company toured in Canada and internationally for over 15 years and, during this period, pioneered innovative community residency and youth programs. Creating over 100 original works for live performance by dance, theatre and opera companies and many projects for film and television, she has also produced seven large-scale arts festivals: the Kiss Projects on Granville Island and the International EARTH World Urban Festival.

Her present focus is on the burgeoning field of art for social change; her pioneering work in this area is internationally-recognized. The multi-year, large-scale, issue-based ICE, FIRE and EARTH projects have explored teen suicide, violence, and environment/social justice issues as experienced by young people. Each of these five-year projects has integrated workshops, the touring of multi-media stage productions, and extensive community outreach activities, always in collaboration with local and national organizations.

Marcuse is the Founder and Co-director of the International Centre of Art for Social Change, established in 2009, a partnership between Judith Marcuse Projects and Simon Fraser University, where she is also an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Education and a Fellow of the Centre for Dialogue. She teaches, lectures, facilitates and consults in arts, university and other settings around the world.

Judith Marcuse is the recipient of many honours, including Canada’s two major awards in choreography, the Chalmers and the Lee. She was awarded an honorary doctorate by Simon Fraser University in 2000 and was elected a Senior Fellow of Ashoka International in 2011.

BIRTH: Montréal, Québec, Canada
EDUCATION: Monklands High School, Montreal
General Certificate of Education, “O” Levels,
(Oxford and Cambridge Board, England)


An Evening of New Dance and Music, a program of solos and duets, Vancouver East Cultural centre and on tour in Canada, 1977-1980
Mirrors, Masques and Transformations, co-production with Shaw Festival, 1980
Playgrounds, multi-disciplinary production, Vancouver and Toronto, 1982
In Concert, national and international touring, including World’s Fair, Knoxville, 1978 -1979
Artistic Director, Repertory Dance Company of Canada (later called Judith Marcuse Dance Company). Commissioned and remounted work included work of Marcuse, House, Bennathan, Strate, Laurin, Grossman, Trent, Glynn, MacLaughlin, Mark Morris, Ohad Naharin, Lar Lubovitch. Touring to over 100 communities in Canada, Asia, Europe, USA. Interactive young audience and residency programs. Five-person ensemble company created for performances in smaller venues. Calgary Winter Olympics commission. Two “made-for-camera” dance films that won international prizes. Directed adaptations for television, including large-scale productions for CBC network, 1984-1995
The Kiss Projects, six annual, three-five week multi-discipline winter festivals, Granville Island, Vancouver. Local and international artists. Commissions, presentations, exhibitions, film/video showings, workshops, dialogues, 1995-2000
The Ice Project, a three-year research project with teenagers exploring issues that can lead to teen suicide (1995-97), which culminated in a full-length music/theatre/dance production, ICE: beyond cool. National tours completed in the fall of 2000; television adaptation aired nationally in the fall of 2001
The Fire Project, a multi-year, multi-disciplinary project with teenagers exploring how youth are affected by violence; first performance of FIRE…where there’s smoke at the Vancouver Dance Centre, 2001. National tours in 2003 and 2009
The Earth Project, a Canadian and international initiative that explores issues of environmental sustainability and social justice as seen through the experience and sensibilities of youth around the world. The Earth Project included workshops, performances, festivals, touring, youth mentorship and the development of educational materials, 2001- 2007
The Earth Project International Symposium, a UNESCO-designated, five-day international gathering of 300 artists, youth and activists from 21 countries, produced in collaboration with Simon Fraser University, 2004
Despertar, video production about the Symposium, directed by Scott Smith, 2005
Vancouver Dance Centre, five fundraising galas, commencing 2004, co-producer and artistic director
EARTH(ling) fall 2005. A two-day, youth arts activist festival, produced by youth with young artists from across Canada
EARTH: The World Urban Festival, June 2006, the official festival of the United Nations’ World Urban Forum. Five days of performances, exhibitions, workshops. 300 artists from18 countries, 70 local community organizations. Approximately 20,000 visitors to the EARTH Village site at Great Northern Way Campus
SOS Children’s Villages Fundraiser, producer, 2006
EARTH=home, multidiscipline, professional production based on three years of workshops in Canada and abroad, premiered at the EARTH Festival and toured to 9 Canadian cities, 2009
So What is Art for Social Change? 30-minute educational video, producer and director, 2010

Montréal: modern and classical training with Elsie Salomons, Brian Macdonald, Sonia Chamberlain, Seda Zaré (1950-1962)
Toronto: National Ballet Summer School (1960)
London, England: Royal Ballet School. Classes with Barbara Fewster, Maria Fay, Pamela May, Clover Roope, Eileen Ward and others (1962-1965)
New York: classes with Benjamin Harkarvy, Anthony Tudor, Hector Zaraspé, teachers of the School of American Ballet (various summer sessions)
Banff, Alberta: School of Fine Arts, classes with Vera Volkova, Brian Macdonald and others (three summers)


Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Montréal, 1965-1968
The Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet, London, England, 1968
Ballet de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland, 1969
Bat-Dor Dance Company, Tel-Aviv, Israel, 1970-1972
Classical Ballet of Israel (guest) 1972
Oakland Ballet, Oakland, California (guest) 1972-1974
Festival Ballet of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, summer, 1973
Ballet Rambert, London, England, 1974-1976
Television appearances on CBC TV, Israel TV and BBC TV
Solo programs across Canada, 1976-1980, Judith Marcuse Dance Projects Society/ Judith Marcuse Projects, Vancouver, B.C., 1980-2007

(Partial listing only)
Classes in California for professional and advanced students and for children, 1972
Company classes, Ballet Rambert, London, England, 1974-1976
Dance Department, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, 1977, 1979
Capilano College, North Vancouver, 1977
Dance Department, York University, Toronto, Ontario, summer sessions, 1977, 1978; winter workshop, 1979
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, New York, company classes, 1978
Three’s Company, San Diego, California, company and summer program 1982
B.C. Summer Festival of the Arts, 1995
Main Dance Place, Vancouver, 1995
Arts Umbrella, Vancouver, 1994-
Vancouver Ballet Society, Spring Seminar, 2004
Co-instructor, Undergraduate Semester in Dialogue (Art and Community), Simon Fraser University, Fall, 2004 and Fall, 2007
Workshops in conference and festival settings in Canada, Asia, Europe, South America, Africa

AS CHOREOGRAPHER – Dance productions:
Fusion, Oakland Ballet, Oakland, California, 1974
baby, Ballet Rambert, London, England, 1975
Four Working Songs, Ballet Rambert, 1976; remounted for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Montreal, 1976
Session, Dancemakers, Toronto, Ontario, 1976
Trio or Quartet; You Haven't Done Nothin'; Guitar Duet; Passage; The Urge to be Pretty; and Bad Hour Alone in the Studio or The Search for New Movement; self-produced, Vancouver East Cultural Centre, 1977
Lecture-Demonstration, self-produced; first performed at the Belfry Theatre, Victoria, B.C., 1977
Additional solo concerts and lecture-demonstrations performed in Vancouver, Victoria, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montréal, Waterloo, Ottawa, 1977-1982
Apart, Entre-Six Dance Company, Montréal, 1977
Re-Entry, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, 1977
Exit, Mountain Dance Theatre, Vancouver, 1977
Spring Dance, Pacific Ballet Theatre, Vancouver, 1978
SpeakEasy, Dennis Wayne and Company, New York, 1978; remounted for the National Ballet of Canada, 1979
They Won’t Go, self-produced, 1978
Folk Song, self-produced, 1978
Celebration, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, 1979
Noodlin,’ self-produced, 1979
Sadhana Dhoti, Banff Festival, Banff, Alberta, 1979; remounted for Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, 1979
Good Clean Fun, Pacific Ballet Theatre, 1980
Mirrors, Masques and Transformations, co-produced by the Shaw Festival,
Niagara-on-the Lake, Ontario, and the Judith Marcuse Dance Projects Society, 1980
Spring Dances, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, 1981
Cuts, Dancemakers, 1981
Playgrounds, Judith Marcuse Dance Projects Society, 1981
Transfer, Nederlands Dans Theater, The Hague, Netherlands, 1981
In Concert: Judith Marcuse and Sacha Belinsky Dance, Dance Projects, a program of solos and duets which includes: First Offering, Baby, I Love You, Kind of a Fox Trot, The Tease, Folk Song, Pushing Through, The Waltz, Sephardic Song, and Elegy; first performed at the World’s Fair, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1982, and toured extensively in Canada
Elegy, Three’s Company, San Diego, California, 1982
We Can Dance! A Look at Dance and Dance-Making, Dance Projects, various versions, 1982-94; toured extensively
Seascape, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, 1983; remounted by Dance Projects Society, 1984 and later; by the National Ballet of Portugal, Lisbon, 1987, and 1994; by Vancouver Goh Ballet, 1997; and by L’École Supérieure de Ballet de Québec, 2011
On Castle Rock, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, 1983
Hors d’Oeuvre, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, 1983
Currents, Harbourfront Corporation, Toronto, 1983
Aiby-Aicy-Aidi-Ai, Dance Projects Society, 1983
Bartok Sonata, Dance Projects, 1984
Blue Skies, Dance Projects, 1985
Traces, Dance Projects, 1985
Closed Circuit, Dance Projects, 1985
Cortège, Dance Projects, 1986
Time Out, Dance Projects, 1986
Playing Without Fire or The Final Flicker of the Flying Ferromanganese Brothers, Dance Projects, 1987
Moving Past Neutral, Calgary Winter Olympics Arts Festival, 1988
Threnody, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, 1988
Purple Haze, Dance Projects, 1988
Bach and Blue, Dance Projects, 1989
Madrugada, Dance Projects, 1990
Tales from the Vaudeville Stage, Dance Projects, 1991
Room, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, 1992
States of Grace, Dance Projects, 1994
Scottish Suite for Six, Senior Performing Company, Arts Umbrella, Vancouver, 1994
Filigree, DanceArts Vancouver, 1996
Canto, DanceArts Vancouver, 1996
My Bonnie, duMaurier Foundation, 1996
ICE: beyond cool, DanceArts Vancouver, 1997. Canadian tour, 2000
Chan Chan, Junior Performing Company, Arts Umbrella, Vancouver, 1998
FIRE…where there’s smoke, DanceArts Vancouver, 2001; remounted for second
Canadian tour, 2003
Scenes from a Shared Life, DanceArts Vancouver, 2003
EARTH=home, Judith Marcuse Projects, 2006. Toured Canada in 2008
Five Working Songs (Marcuse solo), commission for Chutzpah Festival, 2008
Seascape (rework ) L’Ecole Superieure de Danse de Quebec, 2011

Puttin’ on the Ritz, Belfry Theatre, Victoria, 1977
Twelfth Night, Vancouver Playhouse, 1978
Jacques Brel is..., David Y.H. Lui Productions, Vancouver, 1979
Side by Side by Sondheim, Belfry Theatre, 1979
Foolproof, Tamahnous Theatre, 1980
Juve, Green Thumb Players, Vancouver, 1980
Puttin’ on the Ritz, Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, 1980
Reflections on Crooked Walking, Arts Club Theatre, Vancouver, 1982; remounted 1983, 1987, 1992
The Bartered Bride, Vancouver Opera, 1982
H.M.S. Pinafore, Stratford Festival, Stratford, Ontario, 1981
Romeo et Juliette, Vancouver Opera, 1982
Godspell, Alberta Theatre Projects, Calgary, 1983
Cole, Theatre London, London, Ontario, 1984
Alcina, Vancouver Opera, 1990
Dancing at Lughnasa, Arts Club Theatre, 1994
Alice, Arts Club Theatre, 1996
ICE: beyond cool, DanceArts Vancouver, 1997; re-mounted for DanceArts Vancouver’s national tour of ICE, Fall 2000
Ballet on Boards, a “ballet” for skateboarders and hip-hop dancers, Harmony Arts Festival, 1999

AS CHOREOGRAPHER – Film and video:
Children’s programmes for Israel TV, 1972
H.M.S. Pinafore, an adaptation of the Stratford Festival production, CBC Television, 1981
You Haven’t Done Nothin,’ CBC Television, 1982
Timmy’s Christmas Telethon, Purdie Mackie Productions, Vancouver with CBC Television, 1983
Western Canada Lottery Foundation Anniversary Show, CTV, 1984
Currents, CBC Television, packaged as part of Canadance, 1984
Aids and the Arts, “The Journal,” CBC Television, 1988
Crooked Hearts, A & M Films and MGM, Los Angeles, 1990
Second Nature, Rhodopsin Films, 1993
At the Races, Rhodopsin Films, 1994
States of Grace, adapted for CBC Television, 1994
The River, a Jim Byrnes music video, Jim Byrnes Productions, 1995
My Bonnie and Tommy Finale, Phaneuf Productions in association with the du Maurier Foundation and CTV, 1996
I’ll be Looking for You, Gallows Films (NBC film of the week), 1998
The Necessity of Art, Rhodopsin Films, 1999
In the Company of Women, CBC Television, introduction and titles, 2000
ICE: beyond cool, Avanti Pictures Corporation, associate director, 2000
FIRE…where there’s smoke, Lodestar Films, story consultant, co-director, choreographer, 2002
Miracle on Ice, choreographic consultant, Disney Films, director: Gavin O’Connor, 2003

(Partial listing only)
ICE: beyond cool, in association with John Lazarus, PUC Play Service, Playwrights Union of Canada, Toronto, 2000, 72 pp.
Convocation Remarks, Simon Fraser University, 2000, on-line at www.sfu.ca/mediapr/sfnews/2000/June15/hondegree.html
FIRE…where there’s smoke, in association with Kathleen Oliver and Kevin Kerr, 2003
Educating the Heart: A Case for Art in Learning, essay prepared for the Centre for Dialogue, Simon Fraser University, 2004
Breaking New Ground, The Earth Symposium: A Report on the First International Gathering of The EARTH Project, co-editor, with Diana Bulley and Richard Marcuse
Art and Social Change, presentation at Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 2006
Toward Training: the Meanings and Practice of Social Change Work in the Arts, survey researched and written by Yael Harlap, Ph.D. (J. Marcuse, advisor, publisher), 2007
So What is Art for Social Change?, 30-minute video, 2010
Art for Social Change: A Call for Partnerships, in collaboration with Richard Marcuse. Essay in a book on arts-based research, in Creative Art in Research for Community and Cultural Change, Cheryl L. McLean, ed. and Robert Kelly, assoc. ed. Calgary, Alberta: Detselig Temeron Press, 2011

(Partial listing only)
• Simon Fraser University; University of British Columbia, Vancouver; many presentations, to the present
• Three universities in Lahore, Pakistan
• Conferences and meetings in Madrid, Amsterdam, Hanoi, Shanghai, Mumbai, Santo Domingo, Bogotá, New York, Tokyo, Yokohama, Montreal
• Toronto (Art in Community national conference)
• Toronto, IGNITE! Youth Activist Arts Conference
• Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Vancouver,2008, 2009, 2010
• University of Alberta, Edmonton, 2009
• Arts4All presentations, Vancouver, November, 2009
• BC Assembly of Arts Councils (keynote), May, 2009
• Two conferences in the Hague (keynote and workshops) including United Network of Peacebuilders Conference (UNOY), 2009
• University of Regina (keynote)
• Assembly of BC Arts Councils (keynote), 2009
• Harbourfront Centre, presentation for staff, 2009 (Toronto)
• International Conference on Research in Dance, National Arts Centre, Ottawa, 2010
• Liu Institute, University of British Columbia, January, 2010
• Canadian Federation of Students, AGM, Nanaimo, January, 2010
• Art and Humanity Conference, Durban, South Africa, March, 2010
• Commonweal National Conference, Regina (keynote), May, 2010
• Arts Summit, Vancouver (keynote), June, 2010
• CARPA, International Conference in Performance Research, TEAK University, Helsinki (keynote), January 2011
• Borders and Boundaries International Conference, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, May 2011 (keynote)
• Performance for Social Change Conference, University of California, Davis, 1-2 December 2011 (keynote).

• International Network for Cultural Diversity (Mumbai)
• Action Canada (Vancouver)
• Performance Creation Canada Conference (Whitehorse)
• ArtsStarts National Conference (Vancouver)
• Performing the World Conferences (New York)
• Arts and Diplomacy Symposium, (Concordia, Montreal)
• CORD Conference (University of Calgary)
• Liu Centre (UBC)
• UNOY Conference (The Hague)
• Art and Humanity Conference (Durban)
• TEAK Conference (Helsinki)

• Professional dance classes in Canada and abroad over 45 years
• Workshops and post-secondary courses in arts for social change in Canada, the European Union, USA, Japan, Pakistan
• Semester in Dialogue, Simon Fraser University (SFU), 2004
• Youth Leadership Conference (Vancouver)
• C2D2 Conference, Segal School of Business, SFU
• Workshops, Centre for Dialogue, 2004 to present
• Workshop, SI2 International Social Innovations Conference, hosted by SFU School of Business and SigMaRs, September, 2009
• Co-instructor, Centre for Dialogue, Art in Community, Semester in Dialogue, with Dr. Mark Winston, Fall, 2005, 2009
• Co-instructor, Fall Institute of ICASC, Education 496, Exploring Arts for Social Change: Communities in Action, credit and non-credit course, Fall semester, Simon Fraser University, 2010 and Fall Semester, 2011
• TEAK University, Helsinki, January, 2011
• Borders and Boundaries Conference, Londonderry, Northern Ireland, May 2011
• Visiting Tutor, Quest University Canada, Squamish, BC, teaching an intensive introductory course in art for social change, February, 2012

Consultant/Facilitator and Related:
• Advisor, Action Canada Program
• Consultant, Imagine BC, The Future of Education (SFU)
• Facilitator, BC Disability Arts Coalition
• Consultant and jury member, Canada Council for the Arts
• Facilitator, Vancouver Community Forums
• Facilitator, Vancouver School Board
• Assessor and Jury Member, Canada Council, 1980-2011
• Member, Assessment Committee, Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), 2011
• Consultant, community development project, Port Hardy, BC, in partnership with Social Planning and Research Council (SPARC), February-March, 2011
• Consultant, Ontario College of Art and Design University, Toronto, Ontario, 2011
• Facilitator, Dance in Community Conversations, Vancouver Dance Centre, May-June 2011

Koerner Foundation Award, 1960
Quebec Government Scholarship, 1961, 1962
Canada Council Short Term Grant, 1963
Ford Foundation Grant, 1965
British Arts Council Grant, 1975, 1976
Chalmers Award for Choreography, 1976
Canada Council Arts Grant, 1976-1977
Canada Council Short Term Grant, 1978
Clifford E. Lee Award for Choreography, 1979
Canada Council Travel Grant, 1983
Vancouver YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, 1985
Vancouver Award for Excellence in Theatre, 1986
West Vancouver 75th Anniversary Achievement Award, 1987
Canada 125 Medal, 1992
Canada Council A Grant, 1992-1993
Silver Juried Award, New York City International Dance Film and Video Festival, for Second Nature, 1994, and At the Races, 1995
Juno Award, Best Blues Video, for Jim Byrnes Video, 1996
Honorary Doctor of Laws degree, Simon Fraser University, June 2000
Elected to the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame, September 2000
FANS Award, North Shore Arts Council, 2002
Jessie Award in Artistic Achievement for FIRE…where there’s smoke, Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance, 2002
Canada Council for the Arts Travel Grants, 2003, 2005, 2009
British Columbia Community Achievement Award, 2006
Jacqueline Lemieux Prize, Canada Council for the Arts, 2009
Elected Senior Fellow, Ashoka International, 2011

Actors’ Equity Association
Association of Canadian Radio and Television Artists
Canadian Actors’ Equity Association (Member, Equity Council, 1981-85)
British Actors’ Equity Association
Union of B.C. Performers
Dance in Canada Association (Member, National Board, 1978-1980)
Vancouver Dance Centre Society (Member, Board of Directors, 1992-1997, Vice-Chair, 1994-1997)
Member, Dance Advisory Panel, Cultural Services Branch, Province of BC, 1988-1990
Judith Marcuse Dance Projects Society/DanceArts Vancouver/Judith Marcuse Projects (ex officio member, Board of Directors, 1980- )
Canadian Conference of the Arts (Director, National Board, 2001-2004)

E-mail: judith@jmprojects.ca
Telephone: 604-319-8436
Website: http://www.icasc.ca/

DATE: 29 March 2012

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