Lua Shayenne is a dancer, choreographer, storyteller, dance instructor and producer of Shayenne Productions.
A 2016/17/18 K.M. Hunter Dance and 2013 TELUS Newcomer artist award nominee, Lua recently commissioned, produced and danced in KIRA, The Path | La Voie which premiered at the Luminato Festival and toured in Ontario, to rave reviews.
She is also the creator, producer and performer of the new solo dance theatre children series Tales and Dance Around the Baobab.
As an independent performer, she was recently in Lars Jan’s (NYC/LA) Holoscenes (Toronto/ Florida/ Miami/ New York/ London,UK/ Abu Dhabi/ Australia tours), Search for Simurgh, a new US/Canada interactive promenade dance-theater installation and Closer by Jenn Goodwin at Summerworks.
Lua brings African dance, music and culture to grassroots organizations and schools and loves to produce engaging programming. A recipient of the 2013 BMO seeds Fund Award for Artists working in community, Lua has facilitated dance and theatre workshops for many organizations and regularly creates dance works for youth. In 2008, she was awarded one of 12 spots reserved for outstanding dancers in the Choreographers Lab/ Community Arts Practice at the school of Jacob’s Pillow (MA, US).
Lua is currently creating FRONTIERS | FRONTIÈRES for LSDC, a new work that explores the impact of border restrictions and colonial division of land on individual lives and communities.