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Sam Penner


Sam Penner is an independent contemporary dance artist, currently living and working in Kjipuktuk/Halifax. After training at the School of Contemporary Dancers, she performed and worked extensively in Manitoba for many years, with Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers and Gearshifting Performance Works, working with choreographers such as Peggy Baker, Johanna Riley, Brent Lott, and Jolene Bailie. Her choreographic practice encompasses collaborative projects and partnerships for stage and screen, as well as community-based work. Recent creative highlights include: Nothing Doing (2019) a contemporary trio for the stage; co-curating the Manitoba Yellow Pages: A Scorebook for Movement and Sound (2021), presented by Young Lungs Dance Exchange and Cluster Festival; and co-directing the West Broadway Dance Days (2021) in partnership with the Broadway Neighbourhood Centre. She is currently leading the collective creation of a series of 5 short screen dance films, and facilitating a community circle discussion of choreographic practice.

Photo Credit: Christopher Mutimer