Véronique comes from an eclectic artistic background having trained in Canada, the U.S. and England. Her early days included training at The National Ballet School before she went off to continue her studies at York University, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and The Virginia Tanner School of Creative Movement. She has and continues to supplement her training in visual art, clowning, Fool-work, creative movement and theatre from which she has developed a unique performance and teaching style.
In addition to being a 30-year core member of the Halifax Dance staff teaching modern technique, creative movement as well as composition, Véronique is on faculty at the NSCAD University, Neptune Theatre School, The Fountain School of Performing Arts (Dalhousie University) and Halifax Dance. She is on the boards of Dance Nova Scotia, and Keep Good (Theatre) Company and she is the Atlantic rep for the Dancer Transition Resource Centre out of Toronto. She has also taught in schools across the province for the Arts Smarts and PEFORM programs as well as for EDANS (Education for Drama and Art teachers)
Nova Scotian dance artist, Véronique MacKenzie, is a movement artist who continues to entertain audiences with the exploration of comedic and traditional genres as well as collaborative and site-specific work. A recipient of one of Nova Scotia’s prestigious Established Artist Awards, and two-time recipient of Live Art’s Diane Moore Scholarship for choreography, Véronique has presented her work across the country in a variety of festivals and productions including Toronto’s Junction Festival, The Edmonton Fringe Festival, the Charlottetown Late Night festival, the Labrador Arts Festival and Festival Antigonish.
Her collaborations with artists such as Susan Tooke and Lukas Pearse (Depths of Sorrow, Motion Activated), videographer Ariella Pahlke, and media artist, Nicholas Bottomley, have taken her into the exciting world of collaborative work with electronics, video, and computer imaging which has enriched her practice and increased her multi-media skills.
After receiving scholarships in the Interrarium Creative residency at Banff and at the Centre for Art Tapes (CFAT) in Halifax, Véronique is creating “She Wakes up Gasping”, an interactive media piece. Her most recent site-specific piece entitled “Storm Dances” was presented in one of this decades most intense storms which garnered national media attention.
This past season has been a busy one with choreography for Neptune’s musical production of “Runaways” (YPCO), choreography for Keep Good Theatre’s “Constellations”, and Meghan Hubley’s theatre piece, “Honey and Jupiter”. Véronique is currently touring her own one-woman show, throughout Nova Scotia, entitled “You, Me, and One Piece of Chalk” and just finished setting work on “Coram Boy” with the Fountain School of Performing Arts for their spring season.
“V” is also a visual artist where she is commissioned regularly for portraits and works in oil and pencil. V also holds degrees in science and social work believing that both have fed her art practice. She lives in Halifax and has two grown sons.
Photo: Bruce Bottomley