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.



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.


sportinglife_1 by Nicole Rivelli

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.



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.