AMAZING new #TripleBill!

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June 18-20 | 8 pm | Collective Space (221 Sterling Road, Unit 5)

Gandhari is a contemporary re-visioning of the Mahabharata character accompanied by the internationally renowned Parmela Attariwala on violin.


Re:Pairing is a female duet that delves into forgotten stories in a boldly crafted dance with surreal theatricality.


see-through offers rare insight into the performer’s perspective through tightly integrated video, installation and sound.


choreographed by Gitanjali Kolanad & Brandy Leary (Anandam Dancetheatre) | interpreted by Brandy Leary | accompanied by Parmela Attariwal


choreographed by Emily Gualtieri (Parts+Labour_Danse) | interpreted by Linnea Swan & Emily Gualtieri


choreographed by Allison Nichol Longtin | interpreted by Karen Fennell

June 18-20 | 8 pm | Collective Space (221 Sterling Road, Unit 5)

$25 General Admission
$20 Students/Senior/Arts Professional
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 Is it our instinct to attack, or are we conditioned to think that?


Would we surrender in order to survive?


Gridlock is an exploration of why and how people fight


Physically electric, intelligent, and relevant


This is a must-see Larchaud production!

Founded in 2004, Larchaud Dance Project combines breakdance aesthetics with contemporary technique to create repertoire based on strength, agility, and gravity-defying movement.  Pioneers of this hybrid dance form; their  highly stylized partnering is now recognized as Larchaud Technique.  This Toronto based company guarantees to captivate audiences with high voltage athleticism, compelling presence, and a unique approach to dance art.  Under the Artistic Direction of Jennifer Robichaud, a dynamic performer, choreographer, and educator, Larchaud Dance Project has been recognized for its vibrant workshops, cutting edge choreography, and multimedia performances.

Choreography: Jase Cozmic, Jennifer Robichaud, Raoul Wilke
Collaborators: Patrizia Ferlisi, Amy Hampton, Ryan Lee
Rehearsal Direction: Marie France Forcier, Jesse Dell
Lighting Design: Siobhan Sleath
Stage Management: Gillian Lewis

When: June 11-13, 2015 and June 18-20, 2015 at 9pm
Where: Artscape Youngplace – 180 Shaw St., Toronto*

*Please Note: This is a site-specific performance that will travel throughout the building. Box Office will be inside the main entrance to the building.


Tickets: $22 in advance, $25 at the door (cash only)
$20 students/seniors/CADA
Tickets are sold through TO TIX.

Tickets can be purchased in person at the TO TIX Booth in Yonge Dundas Square or online at T.O.TIX online accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Interac Online. The T.O.TIX Booth accepts cash, Visa, MasterCard, and Interac.

We don’t need another hero

DanceWorks Co-Works with Stand Up Dance

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Inspired by the Occupy movement and the battle between action and inertia, Hero is an interdisciplinary performance, a communal catharsis and an experiential spectacle. Art can be R&D for society. Hero looks at how we interact with the world as individuals, in couples, and in community. I think we are often good at two out of three. Hero attempts to integrate them all.

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This project is a call, an invitation to experience, action, and new perspective. Through dance duets, solo dance-theatre with audience participation and a bilingual translator, and immersive sonic experience Hero asks the audience to decide where truth lies: heart, head or guts and to use that as a frame through which to make choices about what to stand up for and how to come together.

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Hero is created and performed by Meagan O’Shea, along with composer/choir director Christine Duncan (Celebrated vocalist and co-leader of the Element Choir Project), sound designer Debashis Sinha (Knuckleduster; Dancemakers; Theatre Passe Muraille; Theatre Gargantua), dancers Christine Birch (Skindivers Dance Company; Frog In Hand Dance; Soft Matter/Meryem Alaoui), Nicole Rose Bond (Danny Grossman Dance Theatre, Toronto Dance Theatre, Christopher House’s Rivers & Eleven Accords), Brodie Stevenson (Toronto Dance Theatre, Throwdown Collective), Dora Award Winner Linnea Swan (Road Trip; Bravo!FACT videos Slip, Sahara Sahara, and La Revue) and Dora Award Winner Brendan Wyatt (this time, aldheid/Heidi Strauss; The Dietrich Group; Andrea Nann/Dreamwalker Dance Company; Bouchardanse) and outside eye Andrea Spaziani (Dancemakers TWObyFOUR; Hub 14’s Under a Paper Moon; Toronto Love-In’s PS: We are all here) with Finnish assistant Suvi Kemppainen  (North Karelia College Dance program, Finland), and renowned improvisational group The Element Choir.

We Don’t Need Another Hero

The Theatre Centre

PERFORMANCE DATES (each performance is partially translated into a different language)

Wednesday, April 8, 8pm (French)
Thursday, April 9, 8pm (Finnish/Swedish)
Friday, April 10, 1pm (Japanese)
Friday, April 10, 8pm (French)
Saturday, April 11, 2pm (Hungarian)
Saturday, April 11, 8pm (Tamil)
Sunday, April 12, 2pm (French)

For tickets visit:

Box Office: 416-538-0988

Old Stories

Maxine Heppner’s newest dance show OLD STORIES reveals myths shared by a community of storytellers and the private world of a woman living amongst them.

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In the ensemble work “Old Story”  the audience literally becomes guests at the tables of an extraordinary cast who, through dance, share tales of birth, love, loss, and reunion, and of sustaining energies that are universal. Participate by writing a short story, a very short story (25-250 words) real or imaginary, that encapsulate one of these moments in time for you. Write it as easily as a text message or craft it more carefully if you like.
All ages welcome. All languages welcome. Send to oldstories (at)


At any moment a person lives simultaneously inside one’s own experience, in relationship with the people around, and in context with the public and history.  No one is passive. The heart of our living is our moving breathing person; the dance impulses within us are the roots of our stories that branch out to include everyone around us.” – Maxine Heppner


DanceWorks Co-Works

Across Oceans

February 5, 6, 7 at 8pm
February 8 at 3pm

Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement (6 Noble St.)

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Co-works with BoucharDanse

BoucharDanse, in collaboration with Théâtre la Tangente, presents

L’Implorante and L’éternel voyage

as part of Harbourfront Centre, NextSteps 2014-15 season, a DanceWorks CoWorks Series Event.

Harbourfront Centre Theatre (formerly the Enwave Theatre)
231 Queens Quay W
October 23 – 25, 2014 @ 8pm, Oct 25 @ 2 pm


L’éternel voyage

In L’éternel voyage, Sylvie Bouchard continues her quest to reveal human dilemmas. Three characters learn to trust the beating of their own hearts as they move forward on a journey, both individually and together. The trio explores an ethereal landscape residing in an in-between space, bringing forth the mystery of the unknown, undiscovered places and new territories. Where do we begin, and where do we end? How do we comprehend the incomprehensible? Calm and dazzling winds, sudden gusts and tornadoes accompany this group on their voyage. L’éternel voyage is a hymn to life and a call to fully savour the moments that are precious to each of us.



Misunderstood and alienated, Camille Claudel’s genius was terrifying. Auguste Rodin described her as “his most extraordinary disciple.” Of sound mind and in full possession of her magnificent talent, Camille was committed in 1913 at 49, and finally succumbed, depressed and unrecognizable, after 30 years of continuous confinement.

What inspires us? What moves us to create? Here lies the basic theme of L’Implorante. This production puts movement and immobility in opposition, in both a literal and figurative sense. While on tour in Europe, a choreographer (played by Sylvie Bouchard) visits the Rodin Museum in Paris. She comes upon an autobiographical sculpture by Camille Claudel (Rodin’s student and mistress), on her knees begging him not to leave her. The work, entitled L’Âge mûr (Mature Age), disturbs the choreographer so that she becomes obsessed by its emotive power and even more so by ‘L’Implorante’, the third figure in the group.

Desperate to understand the emotional charge within this sculpture, she begins a frantic search through Camille’s personal correspondence. She works on movements in suspension, like Claudel worked on a piece of clay. Absorbed in Camille’s quest to liberate from the earth a woman in her own image, the choreographer finds her own “self” through movement, while accompanied by the letters Claudel wrote to her brother Paul and to Rodin.

An original idea by Claude Guilmain, based on letters between the artists Camille Claudel and Auguste Rodin, this stage adaptation directed by Guilmain and Louise Naubert will be presented in French, with English in-ear translation. Please note that the text in this production is minimal. L’Implorante has received many accolades from press, media and audiences both in Ottawa, and for the in-progress showing at Glendon College.

For tickets visit the NextSteps website
Choreography: Sylvie Bouchard
Directed by: Claude Guilmain and Louise Naubert
Performers: Sylvie Bouchard, Bernard Meney, Louise Naubert, Mairéad Filgate, Meredith Thompson, and Brendan Wyatt

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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Upcoming CoWorks Show by Lua Shayenne

Lua Shayenne

Our upcoming CoWorks’ show,, is a 60-minute program filled with explosive contemporary and traditional West African dance, and live drumming and music. The presentation features two compelling works choreographed by Lua Shayenne: Landed Immigrant, based on the experience of newcomers to Canada and Hybrid, which explores identity through a fast-growing multi-racial and multicultural prism. runs May 29-31 at 8pm and June 1 at 2pm, at the Harboufront Centre Studio Theatre, 235 Queens Quay West. Tickets can be purchased by calling 416.973.4000.

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Hanna Kiel’s Project L, December 12-14


Upcoming CoWorks show, Project L, choreographed by Hanna Kiel hits the stage from December 12-14, 8pm at The Citadel. Featuring dancers Erin Poole, Tyler Gledhill and Anisa Tejpar, with lighting design by Mikael Kangas, the work explores how the past shapes our experience. From curiosity to learning and adapting, Hanna’s first full length piece looks at our journeys throughout the span of a lifetime. Says Kiel: “Project L investigates the ways in which we are able to see truth and find answers in our darkest moments, which is an ongoing journey for each human being. ”



Tickets to Project L, choreographed by Hanna Kiel, are available by emailing

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An Interview with Eroca Nichols, director of Lady Janitor Productions, Producer of Dance in My Back Yard (DIMBY)

A DanceWorks CoWorks Series Event

August 27th, 2010 at 7:30 pm, August 28th, 2010 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm

171 Havelock St.

Rain or shine

PWYC with suggested donation of $10; No one turned away for lack of funds

Interview by Lucy Rupert

Lucy Rupert: Since you’ve made many site-specific pieces, how do you determine where your dances will take place?

Eroca Nichols: I’m a fan of art in unlikely places and I love playing with the intersection of public and private performance space. I feel that the proscenium stage automatically creates a division between audiences and performers.

LR: There is a strong female presence in the line up for DIMBY, which is very exciting … is this intentional?

EN: There are way more ladies in dance than gents, but it feels like there is an expectation of gender balance within companies. That means a lot of great ladies are not dancing. DIMBY supports emerging choreographers without their own platform, and because there area a lot of women in dance out there looking for and creating their own opportunities, they happen to be women.

LR: Who or what are your greatest inspirations in art-making and art-producing?

EN: In no particular order: Björk for her stage show, Busby Berkeley, Esther Williams; film noir; movies and musicals of the mid 20th century, karaoke; Love and Anarchy by Wertmüller; carnivals (carnies, the bearded lady, strong man, aqua boy etc); my family; love.

LR: Your contribution to this program is Made to Order – part post-modernist improvisation, part theatre game, part audience participation, part sheer daring – have you performed this work before?

EN: Made to Order started out as a series of dance films and was then performed live for pretty massive audiences at Nuit Blanche. With DIMBY, I’m trying to find the right mix of big dancing, theatricality and interaction so that everyone has a good time and good dancing happens.

LR: You are from San Francisco; how do you think California is imprinted in your approach to dance?

EN: I’m sort of a closet hippie, and the Bay Area is arguably the centre of the hippie universe. Much of my desire for inter-activity, audience involvement and making the professional dance community a love-fest stems from my California roots.