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Roger Sinha was born in London, England, of an Armenian mother and an Indian father. In 1968, when he was 8 years old, his family moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. This newfound culture collided with the two others and this started his quest for his identity which has been the source of his work as an artist .

Roger Sinha, artistic director, choreographer and dancer founded Sinha Dance in 1991. The histories of Sinha Danse and its creator are linked together. His choreographic journey began with Burning Skin (1992). The warm reception of the piece permitted numerous collaborations and creations. In 1996, Roger Sinha was awarded the Bonnie Bird Choreography Fund to create a work for the Transitions Dance Company at the Laban Centre in London.

Also in 1996, Benches was created upon request of the Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers. The piece was inspired by Albert Albee's Zoo Story. A new version was recently presented in 2007. Loha/Thok were presented together at L'Agora de la Danse in 2002. Thok was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore award in 2005. Loha was created with Canadian choreographer/ dancer Natasha Bakht. Their most recent collaboration is the duet Thread, created in 2007.The sextet Apricot Trees Exist, created in 2004, was programmed at L'Agora de la Danse and toured the following year, in the greater Montreal area, several cities in the province of Quebec and in Toronto.

Roger Sinha recently developed an interest in video art and new technologies. The solo Zeros & Ones (2008) clearly expresses this passion with the use of film and interactive technology. In 2009, Zeros & Ones, Quebasian Rhapsody and Burning Skin toured 5 cities in India : Bangalore, Ahmedabad, New Delhi, Kolkata and Sattal. As a filmmaker, he created two pieces. His first film, The Barber of Bangalore was shot entirely in India and has been presented in numerous festivals throughout the world. His second dance video Haters 'n Baiters: The Culture Collision, won the popular vote for the Radio Canada International Roots competition in April 2010.

Besides creating for Sinha Danse, Roger has participated in numerous commissions, such as the piece Tono, which was co-choreographed with Sandra Laronde. This work by the Toronto based company Red Sky has been presented in both the summer Olympics in Beijing and the winter Olympics in Vancouver and was invited to perform at the Canadian Pavilion in Shanghai in May 2010.

The 2013 season was marked by the success of the piece Sunya, an interdisciplinary creation of Sinha Danse, the Ensemble Constantinople and the visual artist Jérôme Delapierre. Sinha creates once again a hybrid universe, somewhere between his Indian heritage and a definitive contemporary body language. This highly successful work was premiered at Place des Arts in montreal and will tour 2015 locally as part of CAM en tournée as well as regionally and nationally.

Roger’s latest work is about about bullying called Hi5 Lo5 wifi takka takka dhim.

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