Our Story

Vazari Dance Projects (VDP) is focused on collaborative approaches to movement-based performance.

Since its inception by Jessie Garon and Anastasia Shivrina in 2014, Vazari Dance Projects has grown to establish itself as a uniquely multidisciplinary company rooted in dance under which many kinds of artists collaborate. Direct, emotive, and intelligent movement is used to reflect or distort reality, creating sacred spaces for reflection on a possible world. Through this we aim to share the collective experience of our bodies and our infinite curiosity.

The company is comprised of critically acclaimed artists from a spectrum of mediums sharing a common sensibility and a desire to work collaboratively. Coordinated and curated by Artistic Director Jessie Garon, VDP serves as a platform and resource base for projects led by varying company members, with Garon overseeing all creative endeavors and serving as the main creator.

VDP has presented work at various platforms within Toronto including: The FreshBlood Series, Dance Matters, and The LabCab Festival. In 2014, VDP performed as part of the Annual Alberta Dance Festival in Calgary. The company has received residencies at The Winchester Street Theatre in Toronto and The Centre for Movement Arts in Calgary. Most recently, VDP presented [decoherence] as an official selection of the SummerWorks Performance Festival 2016.

Vazari bases itself in the belief that dance is a social act that can bring together diverse communities. VDP offers opportunities for audiences and artists to encounter and enrich each other through a collision of ideas and practices, fostering a fertile ground for innovative concepts through open communication.

Our Work

New Creation 2017
Vazari Dance Projects is looking for actors with movement experience or dancers with acting experience to join us for a new multidisciplinary creation co-directed by Jessie Garon and Stephen Joffe.
The first phase of creation will take place from January 9-16th, 2016 in Toronto, ON. We are looking to premiere the new work in the fall of 2017. Each artist will receive $450/week for rehearsals. Artists rehearsal hours and break parameters will be in accordance with the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.
Equality and diversity are factored into every casting decision we make at Vazari Dance Projects. We encourage submissions from artists of all genders, ethnicities and abilities.

Audition is by invitation only. Please email jessiegaron@vazaridanceprojects.com with a photo, resume and statement of interest by November 18th, to apply.

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Vazari Dance Projects is excited to be working with local music artist MDL CHLD on the new music video for the song “Walk Away”. Follow us to keep up with the process.



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  • This dance is both hypnotic and rousing at different moments as the two dancers fall smoothly in line with each other or when they run to and from each other, using their thick black boots to create rhythm and vibration throughout the dance. 

    My Entertainment World
  • Garon and Siddall are obviously very talented.

    My Entertainment World
  • Amazing show go while you still can!

    Mika Lillit Lior
  • Congratulations to you both! Such a great performance, you danced so beautifully together!

    Cory Boyd
  •  The pair attempt to communicate with each other with gestures, but it is the invisible link between them that really communicates, whether they are spinning away from or toward each other.

    The Dance Current