ABOUT HCA DANCE THEATRE
HCA Dance Theatre’s Mission is to make the art of dance visible, accessible and inclusive for all.
We aim to be an incubator of artistic excellence through collaboration with artists of all genres, as a presenter of dance and providing performance and educational opportunities.
INCLUSIVITY – We aim to foster an environment of compassion and belonging within our spaces through celebrating and respecting the cultural landscape of our local community and the artists that flourish within it.
ACCESSIBILITY – We believe access to participation in the arts is a right, not a privilege. Our goal is to remove barriers and provide affordable opportunities for all members of the community to experience dance.
EXCELLENCE – We are committed to producing high-quality performances, festivals and events with a focus on artistic integrity and innovation (and other opportunities).
COLLABORATION – We are committed to collaborating with local artists and organizations, educational institutions, community agencies, and municipal, provincial and federal funders to achieve our mission.
VISIBILITY – As a leader in dance, the HCA Dance Theatre ensures dance remains visible as an interactive learning experience in our community.
Established in 2001, HCA Dance Theatre is a non-profit organization dedicated to professional artists and the creation of new innovative dance and theatrical works. Vitek Wincza is the visionary behind this quest. An acclaimed ballet dancer originally from Gdansk, Poland who defected to Canada in 1982, and became Artistic Director of the Hamilton Ballet School.
In 1991 Vitek became Artistic Director of the Canadian Ballet Youth Ensemble. In 1997, he created, choreographed and produced Hamilton Nutcracker, with 30 dancers from Kiev Ballet Theatre (Ukraine), the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and 90 local dancers. It sold out for eight consecutive years. In 1997, Vitek revived the 100-year history of the Hamilton Conservatory of Music by developing it into the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts (HCA), an all-arts centre dedicated to creating arts opportunities in Hamilton. He has created the HCA Dance Theatre to further the community-building impact of the Arts.
HCA DT’s inaugural presentation in 2002 was An Evening with Michael Ondaatje: Dance & Poetry Unite, which was a work commissioned by the company. The performance featured Ondaatje reading his works with dance performances by noted Canadian dance artists including Andrea Nann, Robert Glumbek and Roberto Campanella among others.
HCA DT commissioned and presented Displacement, an interdisciplinary dance work featuring the choreography of Robert Glumbek, visual arts installations by Vessna Perunovich and music by composer Christos Hatzis. This exciting multi-media collaboration among three internationally-acclaimed artists explored the immigrant experience.
Displacement was presented as part of Harbourfront’s Next Steps series and was voted #3 dance show of the season by Now Magazine’s Glen Sumi.
HCA DT presented Full Bloom at the Studio Theatre at Hamilton Place. Choreographed and performed by Kevin O’Day, Robert Glumbek and Luches Huddleston Jr., it is a poignant work which explores themes of mortality, strength and personal freedom while questioning the role of men in society.
Now an annual must-see on the community calendar, HCA DT brought the acclaimed dance festival Dusk Dances to Hamilton’s Bayfront park. Dusk Dances is an outdoor dance festival that brings high-quality contemporary and traditional dance to public parks. The festival takes place each night at sunset and begins with local musicians who perform while the audience gathers. Once the band has finished, the evening’s host leads the audience through the park to watch five diverse dance pieces.
Our Founding Partner
Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts Artistic Director Vitek Wincza founded the Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts in 1997. It is an all-arts education facility offering over 100 programs in dance, music, visual arts and drama with strong links into the community to provide access to the arts to the wider community. HCA works in partnership with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) to provide arts programming for secondary school students specializing in the performing arts. For the past 15 years, elementary school students from across Southern Ontario have attended HCA’s unique all-arts field trips which are based in the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Arts Curriculum. The Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts is also home to Culture for Kids in the Arts (CKA) a registered charity dedicated to offering children and youth access to the arts regardless of their financial circumstances. To date 57,000 students have received after school arts programming through CKA.
HCA DT Board of Directors and Staff
Chair: Cliff Lloyd
Vice Chair: Kim Morgan
Secretary: Anna Kaminska
Treasurer: Jake How
Board of Directors: Nishana Aishath, Kim Corbin, Monika Ciolek, Kimberlee Corbin
Artistic Director: Vitek Wincza
Operations and Programs Manager: Haleigh Eady