10 Gates Dancing Inc. promotes the development and performance of contemporary dance creations. Through the teaching, creation and performance of these works, 10 Gates provides entry points for the education of the public to contemporary and theatrical dance. Since its inception, the company has created an exceptional body of work for some of the most renowned dance artists and companies in Canada and has held a unique role in the field of dance through its mentorship activities with choreographers in Canada and abroad.

10 Gates Dancing gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Ottawa.



City of Ottawa

TEDD ROBINSON, Artistic Director

Choreographer, Performer, Artistic Consultant, Mentor

Born in Ottawa, Canada, Robinson graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from York University, and studied at The School of The Toronto Dance Theatre and with eminent British visual theatre artist Lindsay Kemp. Robinson first rose to prominence as Artistic Director of Contemporary Dancers in Winnipeg, Canada (1984-1990), where he created highly theatrical ensemble works. Having returned to Ottawa in 1990 to pursue a solo career, he firmly established himself as a choreographer, educator and solo artist whose critically acclaimed, award-winning and utterly unique works won him a multitude of commissions, and touring and teaching engagements across Canada and abroad. Rokudo: six destinies in three steps received the 1998 Chalmers National Dance Award. His works have involved collaborations with Margie Gillis (2003-04 and 2012), Louise Lecavalier (2003-06), Ame Henderson (2011-2013) and Charles Quevillon (2010-2013). Between 2005 and 2012, Tedd Robinson took up residence in the Pontiac, Québec and established La B.A.R.N., an intimate venue for creation and performance. Through 10 Gates Dancing he created a series of works for La B.A.R.N. that were presented during the summers at Lac Leslie. From 2013-2020, he co-directed Centre Q: a centre for questioning.

His work was influenced by his six years of study as a monk in the Hakukaze soto zen monastery, Ottawa. His work at La B.A.R.N. won le Prix en art de la scène l’Avant-Première at the Culturiades de l’Outaouais 2009. He won the 2014 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts and was a National Arts Centre Associate Dance Artist.

Tedd Robinson passed away on August 27, 2022 at the age of 69. As a younger man, he had dreamed of being a rock star. He went on to shake up the Canadian dance world with his unforgettable works, and to share his remarkable and generous spirit with so many artists. Tedd's manager and friend for the past 25 years, Tina Legari, along with the company's board of directors -- Barbara Laskin, Stephen Legari, Tom McSorley, Diane Morey and Laura Taler -- join so many others in mourning his loss. A celebration of Tedd's life and career will be planned sometime in the future.

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