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Anjelica Scannura announced as recipient
of the Paula Citron FRESH BLOOD Award for upcoming choreography

TORONTO, ON (*July 9, 2012) – Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps and The Chimera Project are proud announce Toronto-based choreographer, Anjelica Scannura as the winner of the Paula Citron FRESH BLOOD Award and the Audience Choice recipient for 2012.

Scannura won both awards for After the Fall, a dance performance she created and performed which dealt with the repression of women in societies that bar them from basic civil liberties. Scannura’s body becomes the movement, transgressing the boundaries of flamenco that is at her training roots.

“In a review early in Scannura’s career, I once called the dancer/choreographer “a wild child of dance”. This description still holds true,” says national dance critic, Paula Citron. “In performance, Scannura is passionate and compelling. She rivets the eye with her consummate charisma, and as a result, seems to dance rings around her fellows.”

FRESH BLOOD is presented by The Chimera Project, in association with Harbourfront Centre. "It's a unique opportunity for the FRESH BLOOD artists to be seen by the most respected dance critic in Canada, and we are all grateful to Ms. Citron for taking the time to invest in new contemporary dance artists in this way,” says Malgorzata Nowacka, Artistic Director of The Chimera Project. “Angelica is mesmerizing on stage - her presence and ability to transform are unique. She is someone to watch in the future."

“Harbourfront Centre is pleased to be a partner with The Chimera Project on FRESH BLOOD as a unique opportunity for the development of emerging artists and emerging voices,” says Aristic Associate for dance, Lynanne Sparrow. “Congratulations to all of the artists who were are a part of Fresh Blood and to Anjelica Scannura as the winner of both the Paula Citron FRESH BLOOD Award and the Audience Choice recipient for 2012.”

Anjelica Scannura began her dance training at the National Ballet School of Canada and her training in Flamenco at Ritmo Flamenco. Scannura appeared in Disney's Camp Rock, alongside the Jonas Brothers and starred in the TIFF 2009 film Manson, My Name is Evil. She has toured extensively throughout the world and has choreographed for and taught at various secondary schools and McMaster University. Scannura is a recipient of the Chalmer's Professional Development Award (OAC) in May 2011, a board member of Dance Ontario and has been co-producing a new dance series Dance Expeditions. Her most recent appearance was in Diasporic Genius Productions' Tumbling Into Light and she is currently working towards Ritmo Flamenco's new production Vida Flamenca.

FRESH BLOOD presents interesting, innovative and surprising dance works of tomorrow’s contemporary dance superstars. Each emerging Canadian choreographer on the programme has less than five years of professional experience and is given five minutes to showcase his or her work.

In 1996, Toronto dance critic Paula Citron inaugurated a prize to recognize choreographic artistry at fFIDA (fringe Festival of Independent Dance Artists). Since then, the Paula Citron Dance Award has been variously conferred on choreographers selected from Moving Pictures Festival of Dance on Film and Video, Fresh Blood, a showcase of emerging choreographers, and the mini-festival dance: made in canada/fait au canada. Ms. Citron’s very subjective criteria chooses a work that compels attention for any number of reasons, be they as diverse as highly sophisticated craftsmanship, inventive dance vocabulary, or unusual subject matter. Previous Recipients of the Paula Citron Dance Award include Eric Cowan (2009) and Paul Charbonneau (2010).

Harbourfront Centre is passionate about dance. NextSteps, Harbourfront Centre’s national dance series, brings the very best in Canadian dance to Toronto audiences, showcasing the depth, energy and diversity of established and emerging choreographers and companies. The 2012-13 season, running September to May, offers an incredible spectrum of dance. Harbourfront Centre supports Canada’s I Love Dance manifesto. For more information visit

Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on a 10-acre site it operates in the heart of Toronto’s downtown waterfront.


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