Rodney Diverlus is a Performance Dance graduate now working in Toronto and Calgary as dancer, choreographer, activist, & curator. Rodney has performed throughout Canada, the US, and the Caribbean in dance, theatre, and musical theatre.
Currently, Rodney is a company member for Calgary’s Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Canada’s only professional jazz dance company, performing and touring full-length productions and mixed repertoire. There he has developed a movement aesthetic rooted in jazz techniques and contemporary approaches to movement. Professionally, he has worked with Kimberley Cooper, Hannah Kiel, Kevin Ormsby, Gadfly, Deanne Walsh, Sarisa D. Toledo, Marie-Josée Chartier, Mindy Cooper, Patricia Wilcox, Other performance credits include: 2015 Pan American Games Closing Ceremonies, Nightmare Dream(IFT/Obsidian Theatre); a piece of twisted steel(KasheDance/Wind in the Leaves Collective);
Lifetime Achievement Awards(Dance Ontario); Maelstrom Excerpts(MOonhORsE Dance Theatre); Hairspray (Hammertime Entertainment); & The Canadian Premiere of High School Musical 2(Silvermist Productions).
As a choreographer, Rodney’s work has been featured in various festivals and showcases, including the Footsteps Across Canada Showcase, Annual Alberta Dance Festival, New Voices Festival, 60x60 Festival, Cadence Ballet Company, Fashion Arts Toronto, Fresh Blood Festival, Toronto & Hamilton Fringe Festivals, Culture Jam Show, and various residencies. He has also choreographed and independently produced two full-length dance works.
In addition to creative work, Rodney is an activist and organizer. As a co-founder of Black Lives Matter – Toronto, Rodney is on the steering body for Canada’s branch of the global #blacklivesmatter movement. There his work is focused on addresses anti-Black racism, police brutality, and state-produced violence. He is also a writer, having been featured in the Toronto Star, Huffington Post, and the Handbook of Artistic Citizenship, published by Oxford University Press.