10 GATES DANCING INC.
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.
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.