DanceWorks began as a collective of independent dance artists in 1977 and is now Toronto’s leading presenter of independent dance.

DanceWorks’ 2016/17 Mainstage Series brings performances that will deliver evocative material that touches upon our human preoccupations, contradictions, and vulnerability. In October, Vancouver’s Wen Wei Dance brings Made in China, an interdisciplinary performance uniting four creator/performers whose stunning contemporary art has been influenced by the commonalities of their Chinese heritage. Yvonne Ng’s tiger princess dance projects follows in November with two world premieres that explore how memory and history shape identity.

Throwdown Collective appears in February with two trios: Ylem (3 Eggs Ago) a world premiere by Montreal choreographer Lina Cruz, and the Collective’s own creation, Various Concert. March brings Toronto’s inDANCE with Holy Cow(s)!, an evening of solos and ensemble pieces co-created by Artistic Director Hari Krishnan and three guest choreographers. We close the season in May with Vancouver’s Radical System Art performing Glory, which examines the complexities of violent behaviour and its glorification in our media-drenched culture.

Photo by Edward Luk