A recipient of multiple arts awards from national, provincial and municipal arts councils, Danielle Sturk is a bilingual multi-disciplinary artist with a BA in Film/Theatre from the University of Winnipeg. Sturk began her career as a dance artist and choreographer, performing nationally and internationally from 1986-1997, with the Anna Wyman Dance Theatre, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, Margie Gillis Foundation, William Douglas Danse and has worked with choreographers such as Jean-Pierre Perreault, Jane Mappin, Sharon Moore, Stephanie Ballard, Ruth Cansfield and Gaile Petursson-Hiley. She co-founded and co-directed the dance company Graffiti Tango in Montreal from 1990-1996. Sturk created the dance and film interdisciplinary work FLESH+MACHINE as Artist-In-Residence at Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers in the fall of 2017.

As filmmaker, her combined films d’auteur have been screened at over thirty film festivals and broadcast on most major Canadian English and French networks, such as CBC, Radio Canada, APTN, UNIS, TV5, MTS TV, Vision TV and for the National Film Board of Canada. She has been commissioned by the Canada Council for several web-based video projects, including artist portraits of Governor General Award recipients
in Visual and Media Arts.

Alongside her screen-based projects, she continues to produce live multidisciplinary stage events, and acts as National Artistic Director for the national broadcast concert “Indigenous Day Live” (formerly Aboriginal Day Live) on APTN live from multiple cities and stages across Canada, programming Indigenous musical and dance performances, and overseeing curated media art on LED screen on stages.

Artist’s Statement:
I am drawn to

  • framing gesture
  • listening to the spaces between
  • the transformative power of a shared moment