2015/2016 Student Matinees Announced!

Our 2015-2016 Main Stage season includes 4 exciting Student Matinee shows!

Student Matinees provide students with the experience of attending professional contemporary dance shows followed by intimate Question and Answer periods with dancers and choreographers. Bringing students to live performance expands students’ world perspectives, exposes them to contemporary art and cultivates skills to look, analyze, feel and appreciate a diversity of performance experiences.

In addition to the Student Matinees, our Study Guides provide teachers with contextual information on artists and dance genres along with research activities, studio activities and pre and post reflection/discussion prompts for each Student Matinee. Our innovative Study Guides can be used in tandem with teachers’ lesson plans, other curricular topics and are adjustable to meet students’ needs.

If you are interested in booking a student visit, please email education@danceworks.ca


 

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Woven

Tribal Crackling Wind (www.tribalcracklingwind.ca)
(Contemporary dance with dancers from Canada, Cambodia, Indonesia and Mexico – Toronto)

Wednesday Sept 23rd 2015 at 12:30 | Harbourfront Centre Theatre | $10 per student & FREE for teachers

Woven explores traditional weaving practices, the revitalization of lost traditions of woven art and working collaboratively with nature. Woven is a meditation and ceremony towards deeper interconnectivity among us all, and with all things, seen and unseen. Woven features an international cast of dancers from Canada, Cambodia, Indonesia and Mexico. To view an in studio performance rehearsal, visit: https://vimeo.com/91225903

The Student Matinee/Study Guide integrates topics such as globalism, traditional weaving and textile work and choreography. Students will have the opportunity to research traditional weaving techniques as well as learn about how these techniques/ideas can be explored through dance. $10 per student

To book tickets email education@danceworks.ca


 

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Sporting Life

Julia Sasso (www.juliasasso.com)
(Remount/remake of contemporary dance from the 1990s – Toronto)

Friday March 4th 2016 at 12:30 | Harbourfront Centre Theatre | $10 per student & FREE for teachers

Accomplished Canadian choreographer Julia Sasso re-envisions and remounts Sporting Life (originally created in 1996). Placing five characters in conflict, Sporting Life reveals ridiculousness, vulnerability, pain and the potential for redemption. Sporting Life is a series of scenes linked together by theme, movement style and content which investigates human behavior. To view a video made by Michael Downings, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHlAKpQd1-4

The Student Matinee/Study Guide explores Canadian dance history, what is involved in ‘remounting’ a dance piece, ways to archive and revisit dance works from the past as well as themes of contemporary dance, sports and masculinity. $10 per student

To book tickets email education@danceworks.ca


 

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Jackie Burroughs is Dead (and what are you going to do about it?)

Danielle Baskerville / DA Hoskins (www.thedietrichgroup.com)
(Contemporary dance world premiere – Toronto)

Friday April 8, 2016 at 12:30 | Harbourfront Centre Theatre | $10 per Student & FREE for teachers

This world premiere focuses on the light, energy and impulses that drive us following significant loss. Throughout the creative process with DA Hoskins, dancers Danielle Baskerville, Luke Garwood & Robert Kingsbury drew upon personal experiences, including the loss of Canadian stage and film actress Jackie Burroughs, who died in 2010. Burroughs was a highly dedicated contemporary dance enthusiast whose enduring presence inspired many dance artists throughout her lifetime. The work explores the power of reaction – how we observe, absorb and ultimately respond.

The Student Matinee/Study Guide explores how art can be a place to deal with emotional and personal issues as well as aspects of humanity. Through personal reflection, journal entries and choreographic structures, students will be able to explore various emotions through their bodies with movement for pre and post studio activities. $10 per student

To book tickets email education@danceworks.ca


 

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Vital Few

605 Dance Collective (www.605collective.com)
(Hip Hop with Contemporary – Vancouver)

Friday May 6th 2016 at 12:30 | Fleck Theatre | $10 per student / $18 per student for Staging the World & FREE for teachers

Vital Few highlights autonomy and responsibility within a collective consciousness, based on individual dancers’ choice-making within a group dynamic. This work employs six dancers who share in the creative process through collaboration and improvisation. To view rehearsal footage of Vital Few, visit https://vimeo.com/97354339

The Student Matinee/Study Guide looks at the development of Hip Hop and contemporary dance, collective responsibility, collaboration and improvisation. Students will reflect on their own definitions and experiences of collective responsibility and collaboration through studio activities and written journal reflections. $10 per student

Staging the World! DanceWorks and the Harbourfront Centre’s School Visits program are offering a special Workshop & Student Matinee package for student groups. Participate in a half day workshop at the Harbourfront Centre with a local dance artist before seeing Vital Few on Friday May 6th 2015. For more info visit, http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/schoolvisits/?p=1608 $18 per student

To book tickets email education@danceworks.ca

 


 

2015/2016 Mainstage Season Announced!

DanceWorks 2015-16 Mainstage Series

DanceWorks’ 2015-16 Mainstage Series will bring works by three Ontario-based choreographers, and one each from Quebec and British Columbia to Toronto’s lakeside theatres as part of Harbourfront’s NextSteps Series.

Local artist Julia Sasso will remount a seminal piece presented by DanceWorks in 1997 that continues to address current social concerns, while Peter Chin and DA Hoskins will create world premieres for the Mainstage. The two touring companies will present new repertoire in return engagements with the series. Montreal’s Daniel Léveillé Danse last had a successful run at DanceWorks in 2008. With their popular urban style, Vancouver’s 605 Collective will build on their theatrical debut here in Fall, 2013, which included two sold-out student matinees.

With two world premieres, two Toronto premieres and one remount, the Mainstage series brings our human individuality into sharp relief – the state of solitude and its emotional resonance; the substance of social power dynamics; how we intertwine and form allegiances; the transformation caused by loss, separation and moving on. The dances highlight the fabric of personal interactions, from the upbeat to the tragic.
Mimi Beck, Dance Curator

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Sept 24-26, 2015 DW 212 – Woven by Peter Chin, Tribal Crackling Wind

Woven draws on the metaphor of intertwined threads of woven art, and the spirit of traditional weaving communities. Choreographer Peter Chin has worked directly with weaving communities in Cambodia, Flores Indonesia, Oaxaca Mexico and Toronto, also gathering his international cast of dancers from those four countries. During a final creative residency at Dancemakers Centre for Creation, he will unite the cast of five dancers once more, joined by a musician/performer and a back-strap weaver who will weave on stage over the course of the presentation. Following its world premiere in September, 2015, Woven will tour internationally.

 

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Oct 23-24, 2015 DW 213 – Solitudes Solo by Daniel Léveillé, Daniel Léveillé Danse

Solitudes Solo leads us – ever so painlessly – to the difficult emotional states of our human condition. In this grouping of spare, elegant dances, performed in silence and to Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, Léveillé highlights five performers who explore what it means to be alone. Winner of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ ) Award 2013 for the best choreographic work presented in Quebec in the 2012-2013 season, Solitudes Solo appears on its cross-Canada tour. Léveillé received the Dora Award for Outstanding Choreography for Amour, acide et noix, presented by DanceWorks in 2004.

 

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Mar 3-5, 2016 DW 214 Sporting Life by Julia Sasso, Julia Sasso dances

Choreographer Julia Sasso will re-envision and remount her Dora nominated work (Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Performance – Mark Shaub) that examines the nature of violent behaviour. Placing five characters in conflict, Sporting Life reveals the ridiculousness, vulnerability, pain and potential for redemption through a series of vignettes linked together in theme, movement style and content. With an arc that is clear, potent and often darkly humorous, this highly anticipated, rigorously physical, technically and emotionally challenging piece is set on one female and four male dancers. Sound score is by Sasso and Eric Cadesky. Rehearsal assistant is original cast member Julia Aplin.

 

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Apr 7-9, 2016 DW 215 Jackie Burroughs is Dead (and what are you going to do about it?)

Artistic Producer: Danielle Baskerville, Choreographer: DA Hoskins

This world premiere focuses on how energy reverberates and grows through exchange – an echoing forever permeating the present and speaking of the residuals of loss. Throughout the creative process with DA Hoskins, dancers Danielle Baskerville, Luke Garwood & Robert Kingsbury drew upon personal experiences, including the loss of Canadian stage and film actress Jackie Burroughs, who died in 2010. Burroughs was a highly dedicated contemporary dance enthusiast whose enduring presence inspired many dance artists throughout her lifetime. The work explores the power of reaction – how we observe, absorb and ultimately respond.

 

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May 7, 2016 DW 216 Vital Few by 605 Collective, Artistic Co-Directors Josh Martin & Lisa Gelley

DanceWorks will present 605 Collective’s spring, 2016 touring repertoire, Vital Few that highlights autonomy and responsibility within a collective consciousness, based on individual dancers’ choice-making within a group dynamic. The work features six dancers who share in the creative process.

 

That’s A Wrap!

DanceWorks wrapped up the 2013-14 Season this past weekend. Thank you to our Mainstage artists firstthingsfirst productions, 605 Collective, Signal Theatre, Robert Glumbek and Kevin O’Day, and Bboyizm Dance Company. Here are some photographic highlights of the past season.

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{Photo Credits from top to bottom: Jeremy Mimnagh, Robert Sondergaard, John Lauener, unknown, unknown}

 

Also, a special thank you to our CoWorks artists Hanna Kiel/Human Body Expression, Lua Shayenne & Company, and Find the Floor Dance Collective.

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{Photo Credits from top to bottom: unknown, Rema Tavares, unknown}

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Vancouver’s 605 Collective Chats With Toronto Students

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605 Collective premiered New Animal, choreographed by Dana Gingras, for Toronto area school students on November 15 at the Enwave Theatre. The work mixed film and movement (along with lemons), and brought applause and gasps of excitement from the young audience.

Former Education and Outreach Manager at DanceWorks, Kate Cornell, led a post-performance chat with the 605 Collective. The group shared insight about their dance beginnings and activities outside of stage rehearsals. From Shay Kuebler’s training in martial arts and capoeira, Lisa Gelley’s love of ballet at five years old and her rock-climbing jaunts, to David Raymond’s childhood tap dancing, and Josh Martin’s admission of video gaming during the off season, the students enthusiastically responded to the 605ers.

Dancer Amber Funk Barton even detailed elements of Dana Gingras’ rehearsal process as a playful mix of task-based improvisations such as exploring how to survive a bear attack or an approach from an anaconda. Ms. Barton went on to declare that her favourite moment in the piece was “chucking lemons”, as it’s a unique opportunity to initiate a food fight in a theatre.

If you missed the show, here is a video clip (just as the lemons meet their demise) and a collection of images from the pre-performance stage warm-up (just before the dancers take on their New Animal personas).

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Josh Martin on tap, birds, and beer

What is your favourite city to visit on tour?

Josh Martin by David Cooper
Josh Martin by David Cooper

My favourite is whenever I can go somewhere I’ve never been before. I like to explore a bit while traveling. Touring interior/northern BC is always beautiful and a lot of fun. But I also really enjoy performing work in bigger hubs like Toronto, with larger audiences and usually a chance to see some friends and family while visiting.

What style/technique was your first dance lesson? 

I took a tap class first, but soon after my older brother went into a “street jazz” class (with the inclusion of “street” simply being a successful ploy by the studio to get more male dancers enrolled), and I begged my mother to put me in his class. He quit the next year because it was embarrassing dancing with his little brother, but I kept going.

What profession, other than dance artist, would you like to attempt and why?

Ornithologist, because for some reason I have an unexplainable passion for learning about and helping endangered/exotic birds, OR an astronomer of some sort, because I can’t imagine ever being bored in that field.

What do you like to eat before a show? After the show?

Before – Half a club sandwich and a small salad.

After – Beer and Poutine (and whatever was left in the greenroom).

What is New Animal about in five words or less?

Release The Beast.

This interview was edited for length and content.

Shay Kuebler on theatre, karate and curiosity

Shay Kuebler by David Cooper
Shay Kuebler by David Cooper

What style/technique was your first dance lesson? 

At the age of 5, I studied theatre and karate, which would lead to my beginnings in dance. My first dance lesson was in hip-hop. 

What profession, other than dance artist, would you like to attempt and why?

I’m very interested in working in film as well as with music production. From my theatre background, I’d be very interested in working in film in front of and behind the camera, as well as working in theatre as an actor or director. With my current producing and choreographing, I’m also finding a great passion in creating and editing music for stage and performance.

What do you like to eat before a show? After the show?

Depending on the physicality in the work, I tend to eat some fruit, seeds and nuts over the course of the day to keep my energy up. I will then eat some pasta with a vegetable juice or smoothie a couple hours before the performance. Directly after the show I like to get some sugar and protein in my body. I traditionally do some form of vegetable-based protein powder mixed with coconut water. After the immediate protein and sugar boost, I will traditionally eat some animal protein with some starches like potatoes or sweet potatoes. A beer is also a nice way alleviate some of the tension in the body and stimulate circulation.

What is your favourite city to visit on tour?

I especially like touring because we get to visit and spend time in cities, and with communities that are new and unique. This process of discovery and learning about the communities we perform in, along with the development of the connection between the artists and the audience is one of the greatest returns from touring. Although I haven’t performed or toured in this city, my favourite city to tour to would be Tokyo. I’ve always had a great connection to Japanese art forms and disciplines and, from travel and training in Tokyo, I believe that it would be one of the greatest experiences to share work with Japanese audiences and to immerse your artistic practice in Japanese culture.

What is New Animal about in five words or less?

Visceral responsiveness, raw and curious humans.

Ever wonder why it is called the 605 Collective – Lisa Gelley answers the question

Lisa Gelley by David Cooper
Lisa Gelley by David Cooper

What is your favourite city to visit on tour? 

We just got back from performing in New York, and I think that will probably always be up there with my favorite cities to visit on tour. But, I like any city that I’m visiting for the first time. The great thing about touring is getting to discover places you wouldn’t otherwise visit. For example, this tour, we get to perform in Summerside, PEI. I’ve never been to PEI, so I’m really excited about that. 

Why is your company called the 605 Collective? 

Before 605 Collective was a company, we were just a group of peers getting together to train as a form of professional development and an outlet for creative experiments. We met in a work/live studio that Josh and I lived in, and it was Apartment #605. For our first small performance, we were asked what the name of our group was over the phone, and without too much thought, we decided to be 605 Collective, and it stuck. 

What style/technique was your first dance lesson? 

My first lessons were in ballet at the age of 5. 

What profession, other than dance artist, would you like to attempt and why?

If I weren’t a dance artist, I would like to work with other peoples’ bodies in a more human form, ideally an osteopath and naturopath combo. I’m interested in and inspired by the power our bodies have to heal ourselves with guidance from professionals. 

What do you like to eat before a show? After the show?

My ideal pre-show meal is fairly bland and easy to digest. I am a fan of avocado on toast, or a piece of salmon and some greens. After the show, I’ll go for pretty much anything. New Animal in particular is one of those shows that I need to eat right after. Something about the lemons we eat in New Animal gets my digestive system going!

What is New Animal about in five words or less?

Letting your inner animal escape.

This interview has been edited for length and content.

 

Get Ready for Lemons, lots of lemons: 605 Collective

605 Collective, the second production in DanceWorks’ 2013-14 Mainstage Season, will perform Dana Gingras’ New Animal on November 15-16 at the Enwave Theatre. This piece features ferocious choreography, incredible athleticism, and lemons.  (Many lemons will be harmed in the production of New Animal.)

Here is a little taste …

http://player.vimeo.com/video/35694486?title=0&byline=0&portrait=0&autoplay=1