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SAMPRADAYA DANCE presents an Emerging Artist Performance Showcase on March 26

In Memoriam: Penelope Reed Doob

The dance community lost a distinguished scholar and a great advocate with the passing of Dr. Penelope Billings Reed Doob on Saturday, March 11, 2017 in Toronto at the age of 73.

Dr. Reed Doob was a Professor of Dance, English Literature, and Women’s Studies at York University, where she also served as Chair of the Department of Dance, Associate Vice President of Faculties, Associate Principal of Glendon College, and Academic Director for York’s Centre for the Support of Teaching. Her teaching and research areas encompassed Medieval and Renaissance studies; dance history and criticism; sexual stereotypes in opera, literature, and dance; and non-fiction writing. She co-authored with Stephen Godfrey legendary Canadian principal dancer Karen Kain’s Movement Never Lies: An Autobiography.

Dr. Reed Doob’s reviews and feature articles appeared in publications such as the Globe and Mail, the Ottawa Citizen, Dance Magazine, Ballet News, Performing Arts in Canada, and Ballet International. She developed more than 20 documentaries for the CBC Radio program, The Dance, and wrote extensive historical program notes for the National Ballet of Canada.

Dr. Reed Doob was active as a facilitator for strategic planning in many arts and academic organizations in Canada and the USA.  A long-time director of the Actors’ Fund of Canada (1993-2006), she was also founding Chair of Corps de Ballet International and a charter member of the Canadian Society for Dance Studies.

Her professional contributions included serving on the board of the World Dance Alliance (2001-05) and co-chairing its Education and Training Network (2001-09).

She will be missed.




APRIL FOOLS at The Alumnae Theatre on Saturday, April 1st

Jillian Peever Dance Creations presents APRIL FOOLS featuring work by Robyn Breen, Colleen Snell and guest artists.   There will be dance, theatre, music, food and drinks.

Sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday night!

Saturday, April 1st  2017 | 7:30pm
The Alumnae Theatre, 70 Berkeley Street, Toronto
Tickets: $25 ($20 for CADA/Artists) cash at the door

Contact: info@jillianpeever.com


Last Chance to See CAGE at the Young Centre for The Performing Arts

A stage, any stage, even the one within our mind, is a cage… that defines, limits, and reveals.

CAGE, an experimental interdisciplinary performance experience inspired by apes, Zen Buddhism and the ideas of avant-garde composer John Cage has its final weekend at the Young Centre for The Performing Arts this Friday and Saturday

Shannon Litzenberger, Artistic Director of Shannon Litzenberger Contemporary Dance collaborated with  actor and Soulpepper founding member Diego Matamoros, designer Lorenzo Savoini and composer Richard Feren to create CAGE.

Positioned at the intersection of artistic disciplines, CAGE is a meditation on time, space, memory, and the human animal.

“Our goal was to create something that was the result of chance encounters between various disciplines that would be governed by a structure, with all three of us as active performers… Space, themes, objects, text, performance, lighting, video projection and sound were all equal participants intersecting and juxtaposing one another as they created an abstract collage of experience.” Lorenzo Savoini


8:00 PM
Friday March 24,2017
Saturday March 25, 2017

Soulpepper Theatre
Young Centre for the Performing Arts
50 Tank House Lane
Distillery Historic District
Toronto, Ontario M5A 3C4

To book tickets, click  HERE


Job Opportunity: Festival Volunteer Coordinator


Date Posted: Mar 22, 2017

Application Deadline: Mar 31, 2017

Start Date: Apr 10, 2017

Salary: Commensurate with experience
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Term: Contract

Organization Description

Dance Umbrella of Ontario
The Dance Umbrella of Ontario/DUO, is one of Canada’s leading arts management organizations for professional dance creators and small-scale dance companies.

Job Description

Festival Volunteer Coordinator, Subtle Technologies (Toronto)

For 20 years, Subtle Technologies has served as a platform for sharing new ideas at the intersection of art, science and technology. Through our annual festival and year-round programming, we incubate the next generation of artists and thinkers who are passionate about the overlap of art and science, showcase Canadian creativity and promote projects generated by those encounters. The 20th edition of the festival will take place from May 10th to June 25th, 2017 (more info on subtletechnologies.com)
We are currently accepting applications for the position of Festival Volunteer Coordinator. Under contract with Dance Umbrella of Ontario (DUO), the Festival Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for recruiting and coordinating all festival volunteers and provides additional production coordination support. The Festival Volunteer Coordinator reports directly to DUO and to Subtle Technologies’ Artistic Director.

The successful candidate will have a working knowledge of arts festivals. S/he will possess firsthand experience in managing volunteers and production coordination.



• 2+ years experience in project management and volunteer coordination
• Proficiency in a Mac environment
• Cordial and effective communication skills
• Experience working with the public
• Strong problem solving skills
• Self starter and able to work in a team environment
• Proven ability to prioritize and manage simultaneous tasks
• Strong written and verbal communication
• Prior experience in production coordination is a plus.



Volunteer Coordination
• Coordinate and disseminate call for volunteers to multiple organizations across multiple platforms/channels
• Recruit a minimum of 25 volunteers for various roles for the duration of the festival
• Confirm volunteers and communicate their times and expectations at regular intervals
• Prepare and disseminate a volunteer package (short description of festival programming; tasks and responsibilities for each position)
• On-site at various locations for the duration of the festival to manage volunteers and event
• Maintain and update shift volunteer schedules throughout the event
• Other duties as required

Other festival coordination
• Installation of the opening reception (May 10)
• Attend all meetings as required
• In close collaboration with the Festival Director, purchase necessary supplies for workshops
• Compile and print guest lists and disseminate as required
• Assemble festival and press passes
• Other duties as required


➢ Start date: April 10th, 2017
➢ End date: June 27th, 2017
➢ Prep time prior to the festival is estimated at 8 hours per week until festival opening event May 10th
➢ Must attend all festival events and workshops. Working hours during the Festival, require flexibility. A detailed schedule will be provided to the successful applicant.


➢ Flat fee commensurate with experience
➢ A desk will be provided at DUO for the preparation periods in April and May and during the festival.
➢ The contractor is required to have a fully functioning personal laptop and cell phone.


How to Apply:

Please send an up-to-date CV and letter of interest in MS Word or PDF format to caroline@danceumbrella.net. Include “Volunteer Coordinator 2017” in the subject line. No phone calls will be accepted when applying for this position.

Application deadline: March 31st, 2017

While we appreciate all interest in the position, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. DUO is an equal-opportunities employer.


Contact Info:

Name: Caroline Caire
Telephone Ext.:
Email: caroline@danceumbrella.net
Website: www.danceumbrella.net

TAPA announces INDIE X 2017 The Indie Trade Forum on Saturday April 8th

The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) announces the upcoming INDIE X on Saturday April 8, 2017 at 918 Bathurst.


The INDIE X brings together independent theatre, dance, and opera artists, arts managers, producers and companies in a spirit of collaboration to build strong networks between emerging and established members of the performing arts community.


Keynote speaker Marjorie Chan, Artistic Director of Cahoots Theatre, kicks off this year’s INDIE X. The Keynote will be followed by four interactive panels:

Interdisciplinary: Get FANCY!, examining the collaborative elements that go into interdisciplinary work

Write? Produce? Establish your own company?, find out what it takes to self-produce from expert dramaturges and playwrights

Budgeting 101, make budgeting fun and effective with a crash course in the essentials

DIY Marketing for Indie Artists, how to create a successful brand to help develop and support new audiences

New at INDIE X this year!

Speed IDEAting, an opportunity for creative minds to meet, share, and learn from others in the arts community through speedy 2 minute discussions. Fast-paced, creative minds, thought provoking talks. When was the last time you were on a date that good?

• Participants will be able download the INDIE X Producer’s Toolkit that provides a range of practical resources including: contract & budget templates, marketing tips and a range of equipment providers.

The Agora, a Connections Forum, which offers participants a chance to chat with representatives from various cultural and government organizations, along with independent business owners and services.

INDIE X closes with a cocktail reception Cinq à Sept generously supported by Big Rock Brew Pub. Enjoy $4 drinks and a room filled with Indie artists from across Toronto. Come learn, network, and be inspired at the 2017 INDIE X

Conference Registration:

Online General Admission with lunch: $29.66 (incl. service fee & HST)
Online General Admission without lunch: $16.10 (incl. service fee & HST)
Same Day Registration at venue: $28.25 (incl. HST) cash only

Full schedule available at:  TAPA
For all updates on INDIE X: Follow us on Twitter@TAPA_TO and Facebook TAPA

DanceWorks presents inDANCE’s World Premiere of Holy Cow(s)! Thursday March 23 to Saturday March 25

This weekend, DanceWorks presents cutting-edge Toronto dance company inDANCE with their world premiere of Holy Cow(s)! choreographed by Artistic Director and Dora Award nominee, Hari Krishnan.

A subversive and physically complex full-length dance production, Holy Cow(s)! turns South Asian dance on its head, toppling taboos of gender, identity, sexuality and cultural (mis)appropriation: provoking desire and derision through humour and eroticism.

Holy Cow(s)! is Krishnan’s deeply personal reflection on consumerism, dance as a product for public consumption and superficial ‘east-west’ binaries. The eclectic dance vocabulary, drawn from Asian dance traditions and contemporary western dance sensibilities utilizes solos, duets, trios, and ensembles, all performed to a commissioned world music score by Niraj Chag (London, U.K.).

The provocative dance performance also features solos choreographed by Sean Curran (New York City), David Brick (Philadelphia) and Jay Hirabayashi (Vancouver). Other collaborators include lighting designer Jack Caar (Connecticut) and costume/visual designer Rex (Toronto).

Holy Cow(s)! is performed by seven talented Toronto dance artists: Paul Charbonneau, Beth Despres, Peter Hessel, Roney Lewis, Megan Nadain, Vinod Para and Xi Yi.

DanceWorks presents Holy Cow(s)! as part of Harbourfront’s  NextSteps Series
Thursday March 23 through Saturday March 25
8pm nightly
Tickets are now on sale, with dynamic pricing in effect, and discounts for students/seniors/arts workers/ and groups of 10 or more.
Call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office: 416-973-4000 OR purchase online here

AIM (Artists in Motion) Present ASHES at Dancemakers Studio March 24 & 25

Artists in Motion reprise their full length dance performance, ASHES next week at Dancemakers Studio.

A journey from the shores of Africa to the Americas, ASHES remembers the legacy of the ancestors and their determination to RISE to the status of human beings.

Artists in Motion is an award-winning multidisciplinary Toronto dance company with some of the best dancers and choreographers in North America. The company brings together and fuses different styles and genres of dance including: Hip Hop, African, Dancehall, Contemporary and Ballroom. As a collective, AIM has performed in numerous award shows, movies, stage shows, and music videos.

ASHES by AIM (Artist in Motion)
Shameka Blake
3 Case Good Lane
Theatre 313
8:30 PM
March 24 & 25, 2017

Tickets Available at at Joy of Dance or $30 or $35 at the doors.
Reserve by calling (416) 406-3262 or by emailing: aimdancecompany@gmail.com

Toronto Dance Theatre’s ACCELERATION 2017 opens March 22


Celebrate the first days of spring by checking out some fresh, new dance talent! Toronto Dance Theatre invites you to join the graduating class of the Professional Training Program for ACCELERATION 2017.

ACCELERATION 2017 showcases the soon-to-be graduates in a range of exciting small ensemble works including: a new piece by Peggy Baker, one of Canada’s most influential dancemakers, a commission by Susie Burpee, a prominent Toronto choreographer known for her signature theatrical movement style, and a new dance by Robert Desrosiers, the world renowned choreographer of startling imagination and originality.

The graduates also revisit some favourites:  Paul-André Fortier’s Tell (1987), an energetic physical romp for four male dancers and four apples, originally commissioned by Montréal Danse and a remount of Christopher House’s demanding and extremely precise quartet, Colder Ink (1994).

Every day in the lead up to the show,  TDT features  the lively third year class in stunning photos by Cylla von Tiedemann on the School’s Instagram account . Check them out –  and book your tickets to ACCELERATION 2017 to see  TDT’s latest crop of graduate dancers on the mainstage.

March 22-25, 2017, 8 pm
Winchester Street Theatre (80 Winchester St.)Toronto, ON M4X 1B2

To purchase tickets, click HERE

Compañia Carmen Romero Opens Jacinto Tonight at The Theatre Centre

Compañia Carmen Romero opens a new full-length work, Jacinto tonight at The Theatre Centre as part of its Dance Card Series.

Jacinto is a contemporary flamenco performance created by  Compañia founder and artistic director, Carmen Romero, who both choreographs and performs. Her artistic collaborators on Jacinto include: producer Soraya Peerbaye, guest choreographer Oscar Nieto, director and dramaturge Karin Randoja and musical director Benjamin Barrile.  The costume design is by Rita Benz ,with art direction by Vanessa Guillen and lighting by Michelle Ramsay.

Jacinto tells the story of a woman in search of catharsis as she grieves the loss of her father. Through letters, photographs and talismans, she unearths the mysteries of his life.

Jacinto examines the dark angels within us: the black crow inside one’s heart, the pain that is passed on from generation to generation. It can lie dormant within us, but it also wants to free us; it dances out the fear.

Fantastical, seductive, volatile and unnerving, this is a new solo dance-theatre work by one of Toronto’s and Canada’s most powerful flamenco artists.


The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St. West
March 16–19, 2017

Thursday, March 16 – 8:00pm – Preview Performance
Friday, March 17 – 8:00pm
Saturday, March 18 – 8:00pm
Sunday, March 19 – 2:00pm

Tickets: Preview $15–$20 | Regular $30 | Student/senior/arts worker $22
Dance Card passes available
Service charges may apply
Book 416-538-0988 | PURCHASE ONLINE HERE