Rachel Browne C.M.
Rachel Browne (1934 - 2012) founded
Rachel provided opportunities for a number of Canadian choreographers to develop and mount their works on the Company. These included Stephanie Ballard, Ruth Cansfield, David Earle, Karen Jamieson, Judith Marcuse, Jennifer Mascal, Gaile Petursson-Hiley, Paula Ravitz, Tedd Robinson and others.
Rachel remained active as a choreographer, teacher and performer until her passing in 2012. She continued to create dances of quality and relevance for WCD, the Professional Program of the
Rachel received numerous awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council, the Winnipeg Arts Council and private foundations. These include the 1995 Jean A. Chalmers Award for Creativity in Dance, the 2000 Canada Council Jacqueline Lemieux Prize and the 2001 Manitoba Arts Council Great-West Life Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1997 she was appointed as a Member of the Order of
Sunstorm (2002), done to Chopin’s Twenty-Four Preludes, was remounted for WCD’s 40th Anniversary season in May 2004. Sunstorm was also presented at the 2004 Dancing on the Edge Festival in
Rachel’s recent activities included creating works for senior dance artists as part of her ongoing project, Older Women Dance. Edgelit, featuring six senior dance artists, premiered at WCD’s 35th Anniversary Festival in 1999 and was produced in
Rachel’s more recent undertakings included performing Flowering with Odette Heyn-Penner, Co-Director of The School of Contemporary Dancers, at the Older and Reckless series in
Below are links to WCD's articles about Rachel Browne's sudden and unexpected passing.
WCD's obituary for Rachel.