Marie France Forcier: Performer, Collaborator
The Artistic Director of Forcier Stage Works, Marie France Forcier is a choreographer, performer and writer. First introduced to dance at a young age, she earned two DEC degrees (Dance and Sociology majors) in her native Montréal before moving to Toronto, where she completed her conservatory training at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre in 2005 and her Master of Fine Arts in Dance at York University in 2014.
Her body of choreographic work has been commissioned by dance festivals, professional training schools, independent dance artists, film-makers and youth theatres across Canada, in the USA, France, China and India.
Recent Canadian commissions include works for Kinetic Studio (Halifax),Studio 303 (Montréal), Correspondanse (Québec City), L’École de Danse de Québec (Québec City), KOBA Entertainment (Winnipeg), Judith Marcusse (Vancouver), ROMP! (Victoria) and the York Dance Ensemble (Toronto). Most recently, she signed the choreography in director Elif Izikozlu’s short film “Two”, which premiered at the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival and was subsequently presented in Canada, Turkey and Japan.
As an independent producer, Forcier generated Nucleus (2007), Passageways to Diluted Happiness (2008), Dora nominated Facts of Influence (2010) and twice Dora nominated, once recipient Lab Rats (2013). Upcoming productions include Forcier/Norman, a shared program featuring her own choreography alongside Toronto-based Tracey Norman’s, scheduled to premiere in March 2015 in collaboration with DanceWorks Mainstage/ Harbourfront Centre.
As a physical performer, she has worked for various companies and toured extensively on four continents in disciplines including aerial circus, photography, film, family theatricals and dance.
Forcier serves as the co-artistic director of Hub 14, a Toronto based arts incubator catering to independent movement-based practitioners. She is a contributor to the magazine The Dance Current, and is a WDA, CADA, Dance Ontario and DTRC member.
A Lawrence W. Heisey awardee, her research on the Post-Traumatic Lens in Contemporary Choreography will be published by Inter-Disciplinary Press in 2015. She plans on resuming her graduate research at the doctorate level in the near future.