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Join me in this chat with Julie- Saroyan creative producer and founder of Small Stage in Vancouver.

Julie-anne Saroyan | Creative Producer

Julie-anne loves sharing dance with everyone by connecting audiences to dance in non-traditional venues, mentoring next generation artists, and more recently experimenting with dance in digital realms.

In 2001, Saroyan co-founded the company and kicked off the series Dances for a Small Stage in Vancouver.  Since then, Julie-anne has she has produced over 50 installments of the series Dances for a Small Stage in Vancouver, including three installments at the The National Arts Centre in Ottawa for the Canada Dance Festival (2006), BC Scene (2009) and Magnetic North Theatre Festival/Canada Dance Festival (2015).

Julie-anne’s background in includes a degree in dance combined with technical theatre from York University and an internship in dance stage management at The Banff Centre.  Saroyan has had the pleasure of working with many dance artists and companies including Ballet BC, Margie Gillis, Emily Molnar and Crystal Pite/Kidd Pivot. She also was on Faculty at Simon Fraser University from 2005-2007 as the Production/Stage Management Instructor in the School for the Contemporary Arts.

Saroyan is dedicated to creating and producing innovative and accessible new dance works through collaborations with dance artists, musicians and technologists. Small Stage shows have showcased a wide variety styles and genres of dance -  including contemporary, ballet, hip-hop, , tap, Flamenco, Bhaṅgṛā, Scottish Highland, Burlesque and many others - that reflect the depth of unique and talented dance artists.

Saroyan is inspired by identifying and bringing together artists who share Small Stage’s values of passion, hard work, risk-taking, curiosity and trans-cultural artistic expression.