2021/22 Emerging Choreographer Dorotea Saykaly

Originally from Montreal, Canada, 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. In 2014, Dorotea relocated to Sweden to join the Goteborg Danskompani where she has worked with renown choreographers such as Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Damien Jalet, Alan Lucien Oyen and Sharon Eyal. 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 (in collaboration with Arika Yamada) for NUDANS Goteborg Danskompani (2017); Sing to me a deeper Song (2017); Within the gaps, the birds sang for OpenFLR summer festival in Florence (2017); Rosy Retrospection (2018) for the 3D National collaboration project lead by the Goteborg Danskompani for for which she was the inaugural choreographer; DOUBLE BLINDED (2019) and her second solo, SHE (2019) which premiered at Festival Quartier Danse at Place des Arts in Montreal.

Dorotea moves fluidly through different environments, whether it be collaborating with visual artists such as Cooper&Gorfer or working in film. She has co-created, choreographed and performed in the awarded screendance short films PAINTED and Brief Candle, both of which were featured in film festivals internationally. Her most recent film SHE, a collaboration with her creative partner Emil Dam Seidel, will have its release in Fall 2021 and will be presented at the Fotografiska Museum in New York.

Honoured and thrilled to be the first recipient of the Emily Molnar Emerging Choreographer Award, Dorotea’s new piece RELIC is specifically designed and created for and on the dancers of Ballet BC.

Dorotea Saykaly. Photo by Sören Håkanlind.