DanceWorks Co-Works with Stand Up Dance
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.
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.
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.
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