Our Team

JAY HIRABAYASHI

Jay is a Co-producer of the Vancouver International Dance Festival and the Executive Director of Kokoro Dance. Jay has performed modern, and butoh for the past forty years with Vancouver companies including the Paula Ross Dance Company, Mountain Dance, Karen Jamieson Dance Company, EDAM, and Kokoro Dance. Jay has choreographed over seventy dance works including forty-two full evening productions. Jay has taught butoh Zen jazz dance for the past twenty-three years. He has an MA from the University of British Columbia and he administrates Kokoro Dance and the Vancouver International Dance Festival.

BARBARA BOURGET

Barbara is a Co-producer of the Vancouver International Dance Festival and the Artistic Director of Kokoro Dance. Barbara has performed ballet, modern, and butoh for the past fifty years with dance companies including the Vancouver Ballet Society, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Paula Ross Dance Company, Mountain Dance, EDAM, and Kokoro Dance. Barbara has choreographed over one hundred and seventy dance works including forty-two full evening productions. Barbara has taught modern dance for the past forty-two years and has an MFA from Simon Fraser University.

GABRIELLE MARTIN

Gabrielle is the Festival Manager of the Vancouver International Dance Festival and a choreographer with, and founder of Company Ci. She has a BFA in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University (2009) and is currently working on her MA in Arts and Cultural Management from Rome Business School. As a dancer and aerialist, Gabrielle performed over 1,400 shows with Cirque du Soleil’s TORUK – The First Flight (2015-2019) and Cavalia (2011-2015).