In February 2020,Mary-Louise Albert left her 15-year position as the Artistic Managing Directorof the Norman Rothstein Theatre (NRT)and the multidisciplinary international Chutzpah! Festival. Now based full time in Sointula, she is lookingforward to growing the BC Movement Arts Society and the development of professional dance presentations, artistsresidencies and community outreach activitiesthroughout rural BC.
A formerprofessional dancer, she worked for 20 years nationally and internationally asa solo dance artist and as a companymember with the Judith Marcuse Dance Company, Anna Wyman Dance Theatre, Karen Jamieson Dance Company aswell as apprenticing with Les Grands Ballet Canadiens. Albert has performed work by choreographers such as Mark Morris, CrystalPite, Lar Lubabvitch, Robert North, SergeBennathan, Allen Kaeja, Judith Marcuse, Grant Strate, Peter Bingham, TeddRobbinson, Judith Garay andChristopher House, to name a few. She has an extensive teaching background that includes Arts Umbrella, SessionalPositions at Simon Fraser University School for the Contemporary Arts, Harbour Dance Centre, Goh Ballet aswell as adjudicating for dance festivals throughout Western Canada.
Transitioningfrom professional dance at the age of 45, Albert won the nationally awardedEric Bruhn Memorial Award from theDancer Transition Resource Centre to attend Capilano University and the British Columbia Institute of Technology(BCIT) School of Business, graduating with a Post Diploma of Technology in BusinessAdministration andAdvanced Arts and Entertainment Management Diploma, respectively. She is the recipient of the 2011 Canada Council for the Arts’ John HobdayAward for
Excellence in Arts Management, one of two awarded nationally, was anappointed member of the City ofVancouver’s first Arts and Culture Policy Council. She sits on a ProgramAdvisory Committee for the BCIT School of Business and is a Board ofDirector of the Sointula Museum Historical Society.
In November 2020Albert was presented by The Dance Center’s Global Dance Series with a show that includedthree works originally created for her in the latter part ofher dance careerby Tedd Robinson, Peter Binghamand Allen Kaeja remounted now on and performed by three exquisite dancers: Vanessa Goodman, Livona Ellis and RebeccaMargolick respectively, as well as a new work choreographed by Serge Bennathan for Albert who returned to performing after a 19 year “hiatus”.