Jay Gower Taylor started out as a professional dancer enjoying a 20-year international career. Parallel to his dance career, Jay developed skills as a designer. Some of his first designing opportunities were with Dancemakers, collaborating with Serge Bennathan on Absences, The Invisible Life of Joseph Finch, and the film Quand les grandmères s’envolent for CBC’s Opening Night. More recently, Jay designed Conversation, the play version of Finch, and Elles for Bennathan, and the Electric Company’s live-cinematic interpretation of Jean-Paul Sartre’s No Exit.
For Crystal Pite, he designed Plot Point, Frontier and Solo Echo at Nederlands Dans Theater, Emergence at the National Ballet of Canada, and Dark Matters and The Tempest Replica for Kidd Pivot.