Bboyizm is back …

Bboyizm’s Artistic Director Crazy Smooth is creating a new work and Toronto audiences will get a chance to see it in April 25-26 2014 at the Enwave Theatre. The student matinee is already sold-out!  This video demonstrates why students love Bboyizm.

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Dora Nominations 2013

Mimi Beck works very hard, often for years in advance, to curate the Mainstage season.  It is gratifying when those productions are recognized by the Dora Jury with nominations.  The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts’ Dora Mavor Moore Awards are a wonderful way to celebrate a year of performances gone by.

Mimi Beck and Heidi Strauss at the 2008 Dora Awards
Mimi Beck and Heidi Strauss at the 2008 Dora Awards

We are very proud that dancer/choreographers Nova Bhattacharya and Louis Laberge-Côté (Akshongay), alongside Susie Burpee and Linnea Swan (Road Trip) were recognized for their artistry in both the choreography and performance categories.    In addition, Marc Parent and Phil Strong received nominations for their creative work on Akshongay.

Every season, Mimi Beck programs CoWorks performances as a way to support the independent dance community with self-presentations.  This year, Molly Johnson’s performance in Marie France Forcier’s Lab Rats was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Female Artist.  Belinda McGuire was also recognized in the same category for her performance in the Heist Project. It has been a good day.

Congratulations to all the Dora Award Nominees!

Eight Answers from Wen Wei Wang

Photo by Steven LemayWhat is your favourite word?

Why?

What is your favourite book?

Call me by your Name by André Aciman

Where is your favourite place?  

Vancouver

What do you like to eat on your birthday?  

Dumplings

What is your guilty pleasure television show or website?  

Saturday Night Live

What style/technique was your first dance lesson?

Chinese classical dance

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

Pianist

What is the Seventh Sense about in five words or less?  

Physical, Mental, Intuition, Emotions and Relationships.

Seventh Sense premieres in Edmonton and tours to Toronto on March 1st and 2nd at the Fleck Dance Theatre.

Short and Sweet with Marie France Forcier

Forcier Stage Works, Lab Rats
Wed. Jan 9 – Thur. Jan 10, 2013, 8:00 pm
Fri. Jan 11 – Sat. Jan 12, 2013, 7:00 & 9:00 pm
@ HUB 14, 14 Markham St.

For tickets, please call 416-204-1082

What is your favourite word?

Journey.

What is your favourite book?

Monsieur Malaussène by Daniel Pennac.

Where is your favourite place?

I have many. In Canada, I really like Vancouver. In the United States, I enjoy Austin, Texas. Internationally, I love Prague.

What do you like to eat on your birthday?

I like anything that goes well with Pinot Noir.

If you have pets, where do they like to sleep during the day?

I have a cat, Scarlett. These days, she likes to sleep on the radiator.

What style/technique was your first dance lesson?

Like many, I was three and it was ballet. (It was probably more creative dance than ballet-based.)

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

Psychologist.

What is Lab Rats about in five words or less?

Inner world, isolation, coping mechanisms.

This interview has been edited for length and content.