DAVID FERGUSON - BIOGRAPHY
David Ferguson is a writer, painter, and producer of dance and film. As a Founding Artistic co-Director of Suddenly Dance Theatre (1992-present) in Victoria, B.C. he has been a producer/curator of numerous collaborative, multi-media projects and dance productions, including the annual Romp! Festival (20x). He works in a variety of media with longtime collaborator Miles Lowry. In 2005, they co-founded Suddenly Media Productions to develop, create, produce, and distribute new media works made for public art gallery, stage, print, broadcast television and feature film.
His original works include OPIUM (2005), a made-for-television dance film seen nationally on Canadian Television; NATURE ECSTASY (2007), a silent dance film made for composers; and the Bravo!FACT films AISLING – We Saw A Vision (2007) and GUTHRIE SWIMS THE LAKE (2010). As a writer, supported by The Belfry Theatre’s INCUBATOR/ SPARK! Festival, he premiered his stage play AGNES B (2010) inspired by the life of Agnes Bernelle.
He has co-choreographed and performed with dance artist Jung ah Chung in a longtime creative partnership, with LIVE appearances in South Korea at The World Dance Stars Festival, Busan International Dance Festival, the Next Wave Dance Festival, and the Daegu International Festival of Dance. In summer 2012, the duo premiered their work RUSH OF WATER / RUSH OF AIR, an outdoor dance-film installation in Victoria’s Centennial Square. They followed up with OPHELIA (2014) a dance film projection for an outdoor vertical garden as part of Antimatter Festival.
Since 2016, he has been working in partnership with Hoyeon Kim, Jungha Lim and members from Seoul's Dab Dance Project, with Ferguson directing We Are Diamonds (to be released in 2020); and, Another Version, a music/dance video made for the Irish singer/producer CHIRPY.
In 2017, with the University of Victoria and The WITS Programs Foundation, David launched WITS IN MOTION - a short, youth-engaged dance-film and educational toolkit for the prevention of peer victimization and bullying co-directed with Miles Lowry. The French version DIRE EN DANSE was released in October 2019.
In 2020, David was awarded Dance Victoria’s Chrystal Prize (for the second time) for a new international collaboration LUCKY MAYBE with South Korea’s Hoyeon Kim.
David is currently working on IN A NUTSHELL a new full-length play starring Lynda Raino commissioned by the Belfry Theatre.
His works as a visual artist are available at Love & Liberty.