Celebrate 25 years of Dance Weekend at Harbourfront this weekend

Sashar Zarif Dance Theatre appear at Dance Weekend on Sunday Jan 21st at 4:00 PM

DUO is going to check out DANCE WEEKEND and see the fabulous range of diverse talent on display, including some of our  clients: Riley Sims, Roshanak Jaberi, Esmerelda Enrique Dance Company, Little Pear Garden and Arabesque Dance Company to name a few.

Since 1992, Dance Ontario’s DanceWeekend has showcased over 7500 incredible artists working in over 30 dance forms.
The Creative Partnerships Program has commissioned over 40 original works, supporting both emerging and established choreographers. Dance Ontario takes over Harbourfront Centre’s Paula Fleck Theatre to celebrate their 25th Anniversary Edition with three days of spectacular events ! Totally unique and completely captivating, DanceWeekend 2018 is a veritable feast of globally inspired dance.

350 dancers and musicians take the stage,
28 unique performances in Bollywood, Bharatanatyam, Ballet and more
3 FREE dance workshops to get you moving
2 world premieres from exciting new choreographic voices Shameka Blake and Riley Sims
1 unforgettable Urban Dance Battle

See you at the Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront from January 19 – 21, 2018.  For a full schedule of events and programs check out DANCE ONTARIO’S Facebook page.

Making Dance Maps/Mining the Source – a four day workshop with Yvonne Ng at The Refinery in Guelph – Jan 22-25

Princess Productions 2016

“Both dance works—Zhōng Xīn and In Search of the Holy Chop Suey—began with a simple question: what if we were all given the same map?  This led to a deeper curiosity:  What makes us who we are? Can I see with new eyes? How do I know when I become me? Am I still who I am even without my familiar…?”

Making Dance Maps instructor, yvonne ng

About Making Dance Maps
These four, two-hour workshops will follow the same process, starting with these questions, we will focus on:

Day 1 / Touch
Monday, January 22, 2018 – 7-9pm
Tap into your perception through your skin and bring awareness to this sensory faculty and use it to generate original movement vocabulary.

Day 2 / Colour
Tuesday, January 23, 2018 – 7-9pm
Explore colour through movement and writing. Colours are everywhere in our lives, affecting our emotions and thoughts, causing actions and reactions. Use specific exercises to connect colour directly and indirectly to choreography.

Day 3 / Poem Score
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 – 7-9pm
Model three Poem Scores Yvonne Ng wrote for Zhōng Xīn, inspired by Deborah Hay and Stephanie Skura, to create your own solo.

Day 4 / Text & Movement
Thursday, January 25, 2018 – 7-9pm
Create your own text and use as a tool to produce new movement vocabulary.

Over four days, Yvonne will work with participants to explore creative avenues and new entry points into finding the ‘dance’ in the memories and stories inside us. Yvonne offers this method of Open Source Forms® (OSF) as well as the work of Simone Forti, Yukio Waguri & Yumiko Yoshioka (Butoh) and Lisa Neilson and her own artistic research to lead participants in movement explorations, guided by the philosophy that we are all natural movers with a vast capacity for expression.

Participants will be guided in an improvisational setting and using imagery as a powerful tool for transformation, and weaving together various ways to warm the body and the imagination into a ready state of physicality.  This will allow the participants to uncover and originate movement focusing and building on their impulses and personal histories found in their physical self. Using the choreographic vocabulary that each participant has generated, Yvonne will guide the participants with strategies to development of their choreographic voice, and with a practised eye will gently mitigate the natural tendencies to fall back on learned or derivative choreography.

This work celebrates diversity, collaboration, and individual creative empowerment: free of inhibition, accessing intuitive knowing, and inviting the mind to collaborate.

A remarkably effective and revolutionary way of learning, the OSF approach can catalyze learning and transformation in many kinds of practices, in movement as well as voice, acting, and other fields of learning and creation.

Background on OSF:
Fluidly expanded from Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT), Open Source Forms is about cross-fertilizations and deep commonalities of SRT and creative process: shedding outer layers, finding primal energy, agility navigating subconscious realms, and imagery as powerful tool for transformation.

Workshop Details
COST $35 full (8 hours) or $10 per workshop (2 hours)
LOCATION The Registry Theatre
SCHEDULE Daily workshops designed to be attended separately, in any combination or all together.
GEAR Wear warm, comfortable, loose clothing, be prepared to work in bare feet or socks. Participants are encouraged to bring paper and pen to write and draw with, water to drink, snacks.
EXPERIENCE LEVEL For pre-professional and professional artists.
CLASS SIZE Limited – Please register in advance

To register, or for more info:
call 519-585-7763 or email pam@mtspace.ca

tiger princess dance projects:  In Search of the Holy Chop Suey and Zhōng Xīn
As a culmination of the workshop, see Yvonne Ng and tiger princess dance projects in In Search of the Holy Chop Suey and Zhōng Xīn in a special performance at The Registry Theatre on Saturday, January 27 at 7:30pm      TICKETS

Making Dance Maps: mining the source with dancer Yvonne Ng is presented as a partnership between MT Space and The Registry Theatre and the Dance @ The Registry Series which is supported by Heffner Toyota, Heffner Lexus, and the Ontario Arts Council.



on the MOVE is happening February 2, 2018 at The Sony Centre in Toronto

on the MOVE is a FREE professional development event for graduating students and emerging dance artists of all genres.

Presented by the Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC) in collaboration with regional and national arts service organizations ( including DUO), on the MOVE welcomes young dancers into the professional dance community, and provides them with the skills, resources and networking opportunities they need to make an inspired and informed transition into the profession.

Visit the DTRC website to view the full schedule featuring dance artists including: Aria Evans, Hollywood Jade, Supriya Nayak, Mateo Galindo Torres, Arsenio Andrade, Emily Law and many more!

When: February 2nd, 2018 (9:30 am – 5:00 pm)
Where: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
(1 Front St E, Toronto)

Kylie Thompson Dance Season ’18 coming up at the Winchester Street Theatre

Kylie Thompson Dance presents Season ’18 January 26th ands 27th at the Winchester Street Theatre.  The program  features two new contemporary dance works: Thirty-Three/Thirty-Three and Versus, a short film created in collaboration with SeeWhatIcy.

About the work:   Thirty-Three/Thirty-Three is an ensemble work revolving around numerology and independence. With superior lighting design by Simon Clemo and music composition by Stephanie Orlando, seven dancers will bring this highly physical, connected work to life.  Versus is a duet that has been translated into film form.  Originally presented at the New Blue Festival of Emerging Dance, it explores themes of opposition and duality and the many roles ones’ partner can play.

Kylie Thompson Dance presents  SEASON ’18
The Winchester Street Theatre (View)
80 Winchester St
Toronto, ON M4X 1B2


Dance Ontario presents the 25th DanceWeekend at Harbourfront January 19-21st

Social Growl Dance Company

Riley Sims of Social Growl, Jaberi Dance Theatre,  Little Pear Garden, Arabesque, Blue Ceiling Dance: a strong contingent of DUO clients are putting their best foot forward at the 25th anniversary edition of Dance Weekend’18 at Harbourfront in the Fleck Dance Theatre. A special shout-out to Sims who received one of two highly coveted choreographic commission’s at this year’s dance extravaganza!

Totally unique and completely captivating, DanceWeekend’18 is a veritable feast of globally inspired dance from 25 professional companies presenting in Toronto throughout the year. Come check out over 350 dancers, live musicians and two world premieres from exciting new choreographic voices – a celebration of all things dance!

For further details check out the Dance Ontario website!

See you there!
Dance Weekend ’18
produced by Dance Ontario in association with Harbourfront Centre
January 19-21, 2018
Paula Fleck Dance Theatre
Oueens Quay Terminal Building
3rd Floor
207 Queens Quay West
Toronto, ON M5J 2G8
admission by donation: $10 minimum at the door.

tiger princess dance projects performs at The Registry, Kitchener on January 27th

Where or in what time space does identity reside? Yvonne Ng asks, “How does someone else’s movement quality impact my own dancing self?”  as she undertakes a pointed investigation for her solo, In Search of the Holy Chop Suey. In it, she ponders a life of creation and imitation in movement and mines influences from sources as varied as her mother, modern dance and kung fu legends, ordinary people, wild animals and more. Says Ng, “When I imitate, I also uncover something unique in myself. Each time I fail to become more like my mother—or my favourite kung fu hero Bruce Lee—I become more me.”

In explaining the title, Ng says: “In the late seventies/early eighties, there was a TV series called In Search of… that focused on mysterious phenomena, e.g. Loch Ness, Holy Grail, Big Foot, etc. But they would never find the ‘thing’ that was the subject of the particular episode. Chop Suey is a dish that reportedly originated from migrant Chinese workers who lived in the U.S.A. in the 19th century. When I was young, living in Asia, I wanted everything western. I knew about the dish and equated it to something Western/North American. The title is a comment on my belief that each of us has a deep desire to find meaning for our lives—even as that meaning eludes us and/or is not what it seems.”

Ng then extends the exploration to Zhong Xin (which translates to centre or core in Mandarin), her trio for three dancers. The dancers and Ng unite, each harnessing different qualities and histories. In collaboration with composer Nick Storring and set designer Joe Pagnan, Ng and her dancers propose an unknowable universe of possibilities—anchored by memory, identity and the body.

tiger princess productions performs In Search o

Saturday January 27, 7:30 pm

The Registry Theatre
122 Frederick St
Kitchener, ON  N2H 2L9

Tickets: $25 in advance or Pay as you Leave for Enjoyment Received


Call 519-578-1570 or Buy Tickets Online

Kaeja d’Dance presents SOLO DANCE XCHANGE February 1st-3rd at Crowsnest Theatre


A serendipitous exchange of dance making, where one dancers solo becomes another’s inspiration to create and perform.

Produced by Kaeja d’Dance as part of Xtraordinary TO Dances (XTOD), the Solo Dance Xchange (SDX) ​is a dream come true incubated by Karen Kaeja  for a decade.

Solo Dance Xchange is a platform for 22 extraordinary Toronto dance artists to expose and fertilize each other’s creative process with essences of what makes them who they are. Artists from a multiplicity of generations and practices will perform  3-minute stage solos inspired by another artist’s original improvised XTOD film footage, shot in the summer of 2017. This gateway between dance artists and their practices provides a unique gaze into what makes each dancer move and respond.

Kaeja d’Dance invites you to join  them for an ever-evolving evening  comprised of a collection of Xtraordinary solo dances, live music and a deeply engaging talk back. The original film, directed by Allen Kaeja, all shot in various locations within Toronto, will be screened before the show each evening. Jenn Goodwin will moderate a performance-ending talkback each night.

Solo Dance Xchange is conceived by Karen Kaeja. Xtraordinary TO Dances was conceived and developed by Karen & Allen Kaeja. The production features  22 renowned dance artists including:  Peggy Baker, Nova Bhattacharya, Shawn Byfield, Michael Caldwell, Robert Desrosiers, Esmeralda Enrique, Jasmyn Fyffe, Roshanak Jaberi, Allen Kaeja, Karen Kaeja, Benjamin Kamino, Hari Krishnan, Mi Young Kim, Emily Law, Claudia Moore, Pulga Muchochoma, Roula Said, Ofilio Sinbadinho, Santee Smith, Brian Solomon, Robert Stephen and William Yong. Musicians include Eric Cadesky and Phil Strong with lighting by Simon Rossiter.

This promises to be an extraordinary night of dance!

The Guloien Theatre
Streetcar Crowsnest (T.O.)
345 Carlaw Ave
Toronto, ON M4M 2T1

Thursday February 1, 2018
Friday February 2, 2018
Saturday February 3, 2018


The International Ballet and Contemporary Dance Competition, Domenico Modugno , Lecce, Italy – March 16 -19, 2018

DUO received this call for applicants for a dance competition in Italy. Competitions are a dime a dozen, but the roster of teachers and judges was pretty stellar at this one, so we thought we would share. Hey, it’s a new year!  Why not dream big? Links on competition details and how to apply are at the bottom of this article.  The deadline for applications  is February 15th 2018.

“The International Ballet and Contemporary Dance Competition, Domenico Modugno, in Lecce, Italy is the first and the only event of this kind in the area. The 2018 Edition will be held in the beautiful baroque style city of Lecce at one of the most beautiful and culturally significant centres in Southern Italy, it aims is to promote, stimulate, and encourage young talents in the discipline of dance and choreography. The main purpose of the event is to create opportunities for the young dancers to “network”, to see and to be seen by their peers, teachers, school and company directors, and of course, the audiences. Connections made under such circumstances inevitably result in generous and even career-altering offers of scholarships and jobs.

Assessment of dancers cannot be complete without seeing them both on stage and in the studio. Thus, the Competition is designed to be a two-fold event comprised of a workshop and adjudicated stage performances.  Some of the most distinguished and influential individuals in the business of dance and dance education will serve as teachers and judges at our workshop and competition including:

·         Irina Zhelonkina – Professor of Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet

·         György Szakály – Rector of Hungarian Dance Academy, Hungary

·         Jan Broeckx – Ballet Academy of the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich

·         Misha Tchoupakov – Rehearsal Director, Master Teacher, Judge at Youth America Grand Prix

·         Sawako Haruyama – Director PBK Ballet Competition Japan

·         Zsolt Tibor Elek – Vienna State Opera Ballet Academy

·         Eriberto Verardi – Artistic Director of Balleto di Verona Ballet School

·         Slauka Ladewig Señkowski – Ballet de Jalisco, Mexico

·         Kaygorodov Dmitry Evgenevich – Director of Kiev Choreographic College, Ukraine

·         Paola Scoppettuolo – Artistic Director of “Aleph” Contemporary Dance Company

·         Dino Verga – Accademia Nazionale di Danza, Italy

·         Rick Tjia – Cirque de Soleil

·         Alexander Mishutin – Artistic Director of International Ballet High School Tokyo

·         Akiko Takahashi – Director at Russia Classic Ballet Academy, Japan

·         Valentin Bartes – Artistic Director of ASD Arte Italia, International Choreographer

·         Ruby Coletta – Artistic Director of Cultural Association of Domenico Modugno

The International Ballet and Contemporary Dance Competition in Bari, Italy, is generously supported by the local organization, Cultural Association of Domenico Modugno. Its aim is to promote the importance of cultural development and cultural significance of the region.

The 4th International Ballet and Contemporary Dance Competition “Domenico Modugno” is scheduled to take place at Teatro Politeama Greco in Lecce between March 16-19, 2018. Meanwhile International Ballet Workshop will be held simultaneously with above Competition dates, followed by the awards ceremony and Gala performance on March 19, 2018.”




Dusk Dances Call to Artists – deadline January 5, 2018

Dusk Dances’ 2018 Guest Curator Michael Caldwell is inviting applications for dance works, to be presented at Dusk Dances Withrow Park, in Toronto, from August 6 -12, 2018.

DD is  specifically looking for proposals for a remount/re-imagination/adaptation of an already existing work -or- the completion of a work already in process. They  will not consider applications for commissions -or- new works not yet in development, at this time. Dusk Dances mostly presents dance works that are ten (10) minutes in length.

Dusk Dances is an outdoor dance festival that brings high quality contemporary and traditional dance to public parks. As dusk descends, a theatrical host leads the audience – which invariably includes children, dog walkers and local residents – to eclectic dance pieces that unfold in different areas of the park.

Choreographers from various backgrounds are invited to perform a ten (10)-minute piece inspired by the park’s natural environment. Audiences are invited on a pay-what-you-can basis to an innovative site-specific festival, which is not only an artistic event but a social and cultural one as well. 2018 will mark the 24th season of Dusk Dances, and will be programmed by Guest Curator, Michael Caldwell.

Applicants must:
  • have recently presented three (3) choreographic works;
  • be a professional dance artist, who is a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
*We will not accept proposals from students currently enrolled in a post-secondary college, university or conservatory institution.
Please provide the following information and support material:
  • contact information (name, address, phone, email, website);
  • a biography, which includes information about your choreographic experience (recent works, residencies, commissions, awards, etc.);
  • a one-paragraph piece description of the proposed work;
  • a short paragraph re: your previous experience with creating works in site-specific venues, highlighting any outdoor presentations;
  • a brief statement, describing your interest in adapting this proposed work for a 10-minute presentation in an outdoor setting, and how you will accomplish this;
  • an online link to a full-version of your proposed work.*

*If you are proposing an excerpt of a longer work, please submit the full-length video, and identify the section (s) that you plan to remount (include time code markers).

*If you are proposing a work that is not yet finished, please submit as much video documentation of movement development as possible.

*Please do not include additional video documentation for other choreographic works – we will only view video of your proposed work.

Dusk Dances provides:
    • a presentation fee;
    • travel/accommodation/per-diem for out-of-town artists only;
    • outside eye services from the Festival Director Sylvie Bouchard and the Guest Curator Michael Caldwell;
    • all logistics for the festival;
    • technical personnel and equipment (including microphones and sound systems);
    • marketing and publicity (posters, postcards, newsletters, social media, house programs, etc.).

Dusk Dances is an equal-opportunities employer. We encourage applications from all cultures and backgrounds, with specific attention to marginalized communities.

If you have any questions re: your submission, please email Michael Caldwell (Guest Curator) at michael@duskdances.ca. Artists will only be contacted if the proposed work is being considered for presentation.

Deadline: Friday, January 5th – 11:59pm

Thank you for your interest in Dusk Dances!

Auditions notices, open calls…this week has some exciting DANCING OPPORTUNITIES…

Luke Walker Company

Are you looking for some new opportunities in the new year?  Check out this week’s DANCING OPPORTUNITIES.  Click on the header to go through to the complete listing…

Audition Notice Kamea Dance Company

The Kamea Dance Company is auditioning for professional Male and Female Dancers for the 2018-20 season.Contracts from August 2018.  Where: Chasse Dance Studios, Chasséstraat 64, 1057 JJ Amsterdam, the Netherlands  When: Sunday, March 4th, at 9:30 -16:30  Deadline for applications: 25.02.2018

Open Call For Performances At The Akropoditi DanceFest 2018

Open call for performances at the Akropoditi DanceFest 2018 for July 2018 Where: Akropoditi DanceFest 2018, Syros, Greece When: 07 – 20 July 2018 Deadline for applications: Thursday, February 1st, 2018

AREA-Barcelona Workshop With Iker Arrue

The main goal of the weekend workshop is to introduce participants to the choreographic style and ways of working of Iker Arrue while familiarizing themselves with some of the repertoire Iker has created as director of Ai Do Project. Through specific choreographic phrases, the workshop will focus on limb awareness in relation to the body …

Dansteater Autentic Open Call

Are you a professional dancer, dance student or amateur dancer with good contemporary technique? The new “Dansteater Autentic” offers you the chance to be part of a company. In weekly rehearsals will we work with different themes and create together a dance performance. Creativity, improvisation and partner work are very important. Where: Alingsås, Västra Götaland…

Audition Notice Luke Murphy

Luke Murphy is seeking a range of Male and Female performers for projects throughout 2018 and 2019. Projects include replacements for international touring of The Dust We Raised, a new site-specific work for Cork Midsummer Festival and research weeks in Summer 2018 towards two new creations in 2019.

Seeking experienced professionals with strong physicality, presence and an affinity for theatrical work. All opportunities are paid + travel and accommodation if required. Where/When:  Dublin Feb 24th and 25th  NYC March 12th and 13th  Deadline for applications: Jan 31st, 2018

Workshop Improvisation Skills William Forsythe

Improvisation Skills W. Forsythe with Jone San Martín and Amancio González  Where: CreArt IDP International Dance Program, Balmes 129 Barcelona  When: 22nd to 26th of January / Schedule: 9 am to 13.30pm

Shooting Gallery Open Call

Open Call to Canadian artists for experimental dance and theatre works, between 5 and 15 mins in length.

Shooting Gallery, is a contemporary performance series open to all forms of dance, theatre and/or live art; works in progress and premieres. Created as an opportunity for new ideas, experimentation in movement and interdisciplinary performance, we are striving to create a platform in the Vancouver artistic community for adventurous and interesting work in a low tech studio theatre environment.  Where: The Dusty Flowshop, Vancouver, BC, Canada  When: March 23rd + 24th  Deadline for application: January 10th

Auditions Art Factory International Contemporary Dance Programme

Art Factory International  Contemporary Dance Programme  Artistic Director Brigel Gjoka

A.F.I IX is an international contemporary dance programme, lasting 8 months from October 2018 to May 2019 for a total of 960h.  The platform offers a knowledge-intensive training in different disciplines, providing each participant the opportunity to challenge themselves with daily lessons of classical and contemporary dance, choreographic composition and improvisation.

Audition Notice Maria Sartzetaki And Piet Van Dycke

Young makers Maria Sartzetaki and Piet Van Dycke, senior at the choreography department of Fontys Dance Academy, are working towards their graduation performance on the 23rd of May 2018:  We are looking for three performers (m/f).