Announcing Emerging Choreographer Dorotea Saykaly

Ballet BC is thrilled to announce the inaugural recipient of the Emily Molnar Emerging Choreographer Award, Canadian dancer and choreographer Dorotea Saykaly. A current member of Göteborgs Operans Danskompani and formerly with Compagnie Marie Chouinard, Saykaly is an exciting new contemporary voice known for her passionate integration of rigorous physicality with the theatrical.

Originally from Montreal, Dorotea Saykaly started her professional career with Compagnie Marie Chouinard in 2006, touring internationally and performing lead roles such as Prélude à l’après midi d’un faune. During the next 8 years with the company, Dorotea also experimented with the mediums of screen dance. She co-created, choreographed and performed in the screen dance films PAINTED (2012) and Brief Candle (2013) which were featured in international film festivals such as Dance Camera West in LA, Cinedans in Amsterdam, Dance on Camera in NY and Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal.

In 2014, Dorotea relocated to Sweden to join the Goteborg Danskompani where she has worked with renowned choreographers such as Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Marcos Morau, Sharon Eyal and Alan Lucien Oyen. Initiating opportunities to create herself, she choreographed her first solo UNraveling which was later awarded the Audience Prize at the Warsaw Zawirowania Competition.

She has since then created Try Not To Spill (a collaboration with Arika Yamada) for NUDANS 2017, a creation program with the Goteborg Danskompani; Sing to me a deeper Song, a duet premiering May 2017; Within the gaps, the birds sang for OpenFLR 2017 summer festival in Florence; Rosy Retrospection which premiered April 2018 in Gothenburg as part of the 3D National collaboration project, lead by the Goteborg Danskompani, which toured to Dansenshus in Stockholm in and Skanes Dansteatern in Malmo; DOUBLE BLINDED, a duet for two men presented on the small stage at the Goteborg Operans in June 2019; and finally SHE, her second solo which premiered in Montreal, Sept 2019 and is based on the the novel “The Passion According to G.H.” by Brazilian author Clarice Lispector. She is thrilled and honoured to be the first recipient of the Emily Molnar Emerging Choreographer Award.

“Canadian choreographer Dorotea Saykaly is a thrilling new contemporary voice!” —Emily Molnar

About the Emily Molnar Emerging Choreography Award

Ballet BC is dedicated to choreographic development, and committed to supporting new and diverse perspectives in contemporary dance. The Emily Molnar Emerging Choreographer Award is given out every 3 years and offers a tremendous opportunity for an emerging choreographer to collaborate with an internationally renowned, creation-based contemporary dance company.


Artist: Dorotea Saykaly: Image: Sören Håkanlind.