SOCIAL GROWL DANCE
SOCIAL GROWL DANCE was founded in August 2012 by Artistic Director Riley Sims. Since its inception, the company has built a reputation for its provocative work. Sims’ first full length work Are You Still Coming Tonight? premiered in December 2014 at the Alumnae Theatre in Toronto, Canada. Are You Still Coming Tonight? received two residencies for creation in 2014. The first at Centre Q in Quyon, Quebec with Sims’ mentor Tedd Robinson (10 Gates Dancing / National Arts Centre Associate Dance Artist) and the second with Toronto theatre company lemonTree Creations. In August 2015 Social Growl's remount of Are You Still Coming Tonight? at the SummerWorks Performance Festival was awarded with the Vanguard Award for Risk and Innovation.
SOCIAL GROWL DANCE has presented work in Toronto at the Arts and Letters Club (Drunk On Fiction, 2017) SummerWorks Performance Festival (Are You Still Coming Tonight?, 2015) Fresh Blood Dance Festival (Pretending To Listen Until I Can Talk About Myself Again, 2014), Gallery 1313 ( For Morgan, 2013) and at Dance Matters (Everything We’ve Ever, 2012). The company currently employs six dancers on a project-to-project basis. It includes graduates from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, L’Ecole de danse contemporaine de Montreal , Ottawa’s The School of Dance and L’Ecole de danse de Quebec.
In 2015, Social Growl Dance was selected to be the Dance Matters 2016/2017 Commission and Residency artist. This collaboration with Dance Matters presented Sims’ most recent full length work Drunk On Fiction from February 8th - 11th, 2017.
Artistic Director Riley Sims has also created commissioned works for Winnipeg’s Nova Dance Collective (Judy and the Reckless, 2015) and Quebec’s Collectif Dans Ta Face (We Do It To Ourselves, 2014)
Awards and Accomplishments
- Riley Sims selected for Dance Ontario Creative Partnerships Commission 2017/2018
- Riley Sims one of four Canadian choreographers shortlisted for Kevin Spacey Artists of Choice Award 2016
- Social Growl Dance recipient of Vanguard Award for Risk and Innovation for Are You Still Coming Tonight? at SummerWorks Performance Festival, 2015