Howard Richard

Artistic Advisor

For more than three decades, Howard has been active in the dance community in Canada and abroad. He has created numerous choreographic works for his company HARD, Howard Richard Danse, and has received commissions from Canadian companies such as Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Toronto’s Jorgen Ballet and the Calgary City Ballet. He has received numerous awards including the Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award, the Merit of Distinction at the Suzanne Dellal International Dance Competition in Israel, and a Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Confederation. He created several annual show productions for the École nationale de cirque. Howard has served as an artistic consultant at the School since 1996 and was named its director of creation a decade later from 2006 to 2018. As director and choreographer, he has created numerous shows integrating the circus for companies: Skating Rink for Les 7 doigts de main; Les sublimes, Base 11/19, Aimer si fort for France’s Hendrick Van Der Zee company; and Les veillées for a Brazilian company. In 2016, he created Beaux moments, a dance show that was performed at Place des arts in Montreal. He is now working with the National Circus School as an artitic advisor.