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Moonhorse Congratulates Vivine Scarlett!

As we continue to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Older & Reckless, we shine a light on the senior artists who we were honoured to feature in past seasons, including the remarkable VIVINE SCARLETT


Congratulations to Vivine Scarlett on receiving the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Muriel Sherrin Award!

Vivine received the prestigious award at the Mayor’s Lunch online on May 11th. She has been championing dancers and dances of the African Diaspora in Toronto for over three decades. Vivine performed at Older & Reckless in March 2014 with poet Michelle Muir and presented her female quartet Patterns in June 2002.

Last June, CBC spoke with Vivine, ahdri zhina mandiela and Philip Akin. “As the theatre world finally starts to attempt to combat anti-Black racism, it's time also for us to uplift some of the people who have been doing the work.”

MOonhORsE is grateful to the Toronto Arts Foundation for their terrific work in cultivating a rich engagement between artists and audiences and in encouraging private sector support. We were thrilled that William Yong’s film Noppera-bō 野箆坊with Denise Fujiwara, commissioned for the 20th anniversary of Older & Reckless, was shown as part of this year's Mayor's Lunch.


Vivine Scarlett’s contributions to the field of dance are generated by her passion, leading her on a journey for over 35 years of giving and serving through the arts. Vivine is Founder, Executive Director and Curator for dance Immersion, an organization that supports dancers and dances of the African Diaspora. Her inspired journey continues to provide a variety of platforms that serve Canadian artists of African ancestry with opportunities that have laid a foundation for continued growth and representation. As the former Artistic Director of Usafiri Dance & Drum Ensemble, Vivine created, performed and presented works in both traditional influenced African and contemporary African dance styles. Vivine has taught for numerous institutions and organizations throughout Canada.

Ms. Scarlett’s passion has manifested many experiences that have served Canadian artists of African descent. She is the recipient of the 2011 Planet Africa Heritage Award and a Chalmers Arts Fellowship to work with youth in Ghana, West Africa. Her choreographic endeavours in the production of "The Adventures of a Black Girl in search of God" won her a Dora Mavor Moore award in 2002. Ms. Scarlett has received the 2005 K.M. Hunter Dance Artist award, the 2017 Dance Ontario Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2021 Muriel Sherrin Award.


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