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