In 2004, a Winnipeg collective produced a successful showcase, Not Frozen or Canned which prompted regular shows by various local creators all under the moniker of Young Lungs Dance Exchange.

In 2006 Young Lungs incorporated as a not­-for­-profit and introduced two annual professional presentations: No Idling which presented new works and Link which presented interdisciplinary collaborations. In 2012, responding to community desire for more in-­depth development and experimentation, No Idling and Link evolved into two annual open-­form creation/presentation contexts.

1. The Production Series, which would begin to offer two creators a longer presentation platform and more development time.

  2. The Research Series, which would facilitate workshop-­style development/experimentation and interaction in and around dance.

As experimentation is essential to artistic practice, YLDE invests much of its energy into producing The Research Series. This past 2014/15 year, additional components were incorporated into the Research Series thanks to a presenters grant from Canada Council. These included peer­-to­-peer observation, creator classes, and an endnote address & roundtable discussion, including the presentation of an essay by a commissioned academic reflecting on the process.




Jasmine & Elise Allard

Sasha Amaya

Zorya Arrow

John Bevan

Rachelle Bourget

Carol-Ann Bohrn

Branwyn Bundon

Tim Church

Hilary Crist

Brenna Marie Cross Klavercamp

Leslie Crozier

Alexandra Elliott

Jennifer Essex

Janelle Hacault

Ming Hong

D-Anne Kuby

Florian Lassnig

Andrée Lavergne

Coral Maloney

Samarah McRorie

Ian Mikita

Andrew Milne

Ian Mozdzen

out of line theatre

Freya Olafson

Brett Owen

Leigh Anne Parry

Vanessa Rigaux

Johanna Riley

Ali Robson

Boriša Sabljić

Giana Sherbo

Brittany Thiessen

Robyn Thomas

Kelsey Todd

Natasha Torres-Garner

Treasure Waddell

Kyla Wallace

Alexandra Winters

Tanja Woloshen

Lise McMillan

Carol-Ann Bohrn

David Graham

Joel Klaverkamp

Samarah McRorie

Elise Page

a. charlie peters

Kelsey Todd

Delf Gravert

Eric Blais

Rylaan Gimby