Following studies in music and commerce, Jim Smith began working in the professional Canadian dance sector in Montreal at La La La Human Steps. Following a move to Vancouver, Jim co-founded Eponymous, an arts management and production agency. Under the aegis of Eponymous, Jim is currently the Producer for Company 605, Compagnie Vision Selective, Kidd Pivot, Les Productions Figlio, and Wen Wei Dance, and the Managing Producer of Vancouver New Music. He is also the agent and manager for Canadian choreographers Crystal Pite. In 2007 Jim co-founded DanceHouse, a subscription series of large-scale dance presentations at the Vancouver Playhouse. Jim is a past President of the Canadian Dance Assembly. He has also served on the boards of BC Alliance for Arts and Culture, The Dance Centre and DOXA. Jim regularly shares his expertise in the performing arts as both a consultant and a mentor.
The DanceHouse mission is to present exceptional international caliber dance of scale to engage, inform and challenge, and to offer transformative cultural experiences. We aim to present a range of approaches to dance-making, both in terms of form and style, in an effort to reflect the diversity of the world of dance to Vancouver audiences and the local artistic community. In so doing, it is our intention to connect Vancouver to the international dance world. We program between three to five productions in a year to make up our season. At least one presented company is Canadian from a province other than British Columbia to ensure we are presenting the Canadian experience in the context of our series. I look forward to learning more about the current developments in the Australian scene while in attendance at Dance Massive, while at the same time meeting new dance colleagues, and further developing a number of professional relationships that I have already established.
Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts