Cherry Blossoms? Contemporary Dance? See both at High Park this weekend!

Just in time for the cherry blossoms to open, DUO client Lucy Rupert‘s company Blue Ceiling dance premieres Animal Vegetable Mineral in the historic Forest School, the High Park Nature Centre’s new home on the grounds of High Park this weekend.

Animal Vegetable Mineral is an ensemble dance work in which the dancers’ bodies are ecosystems built on the sensory experiences of organisms: animal, vegetable and mineral. These embodied ecosystems interact and collide, highlighting the interdependence of all life on earth during a breakdown. The cast includes some of Toronto’s most compelling contemporary dancers.

Blue Ceiling and the HPNC hope to introduce new people to the High Park Nature Centre and new people to contemporary dance. Pre-show hikes with Nature Centre staff will illuminate the points of inspiration for Blue Ceiling’s new work.

“Rupert is a choreographer with an immense imagination. She is not afraid to make the audience work a little, which is a good thing.” Paula Citron, Globe and Mail ​

Animal Vegetable Mineral
Choreographed by Lucy Rupert performed by Sky Fairchild-Waller, Kate Nankervis, Bee Pallomina, Lucy Rupert, Elke Schroeder, William Yong Music by Jascha Narveson Stage management and lighting design by Alaina Perttula-Anderson

April 20, 21, 22 at 8pm,

7pm pre-hike at the High Park Nature Centre
375 Colborne Lodge Drive just inside the Bloor Street gates to High Park
TICKETS $25 show + $5 optional hike (limited spots available so book early!) ​

To book tickets or for further information click HERE

 

Tour de Danse at Toronto Dance Theatre on Saturday April 22nd at the Winchester Street Theatre

Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT) presents its fourth annual Tour de Danse  this Saturday, April 22nd at the Winchester Street Theatre. This signature fundraising event invites dance lovers from all walks of life to join forces with Christopher House and the TDT dancers on stage as guest artists for a fun-filled performance on April 22, 2017 at the Winchester Street Theatre in historic Cabbagetown.

The guest artists learn new choreographies–especially created for the event–by company dancers Peter Kelly and Pulga Muchochoma, and by artistic director Christopher House. The participants collect pledges in support of TDT via Canada Helps, and invite friends to witness their one-night-only performance onstage with the TDT company members.

The top fundraisers will be awarded one of three special prize packages, including the grand prize of two VIA Rail round trip tickets to Montréal and two nights at Le Centre Sheraton Montreal. Runners-up will receive two tickets behind home-plate for a Blue Jays home game, and a night on the town featuring dinner at the House on Parliament plus tickets for two to the upcoming TDT production Emerging Voices: New Works by Alicia Grant & Emily Law (May 24-28).

Included in the performance are two works by Christopher House: the beautiful Four Towers and excerpts from our new production of Chiasmata. Guest artists will be partnered by TDT company members Valerie Calam, Justin de Luna, Alana Elmer, Yuichiro Inoue, Peter Kelly, Megumi Kokuba, Lukas Malkowski, Pulga Muchochoma, Danah Rosales, Jarrett Siddall, Margarita Soria, and Christianne Ullmark. Join TDT and their supporters for  what promises to be a fun night.

PERFORMANCE DETAILS

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Doors and bar open at 7:30 PM, performance at 8 PM
Winchester Street Theatre, 80 Winchester St, Toronto ON M4X 1B2

TICKETS: $25
BOX OFFICE: 461 967 1365

Tickets are available here

 

Marie Chouinard’s The Garden of Earthly Delights is now on at Canadian Stage until April 23rd

International dance icon Marie Chouinard returns to Canadian Stage with her latest creation, a provocative adaptation of one of the most famous paintings of all time. Hieronymus Bosch: The Garden of Earthly Delights revels in the fantastic imagery of Bosch – monsters, hallucinations, twisted fantasies – shifting ecstatically between creation and damnation in a veritable feast for the senses.

Act 1: The Garden of Delights
Act 2: Hell
Act 3: Paradise

“Just as a choreographer can start with a piece of music in order to create, I am starting with the painting by Bosch. And just as a choreographer can choose to ‘stick’ to a musical score (or not), I have chosen to ‘stick’ to Bosch’s painting, its spirit. The joy of bowing before a masterpiece!” – Marie Chouinard

“Marie Chouinard transposes Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights with raw gusto… the bodies are free, delightfully engaged in this fearless dance…” –
LE MONDE

“Magnificent, delightful” – TANZCHRIFT (VIENNA)

Bosch: The Garden of Earthly Delights
Canadian Stage
Bluma Appel Theatre
27 Front Street East

Friday, Apr 21, 2017 7:00 PM
Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 8:00 PM
Sunday, Apr 23, 2017 1:00 PM

To book tickets or for further information, click HERE

The AMY PROJECT presents a public workshop of ALMEIDA (The Glorious) April 21 & 22

Poster design by Amber Williams-King

DUO’s neighbour, the AMY PROJECT is excited to invite the community to their workshop presentation of:

ALMEIDA (THE GLORIOUS)
“I’m on a mission to look for my history… I want a relationship with my ancestors…
I took my grandmother’s middle name just because I like the way it sounded: Almeida, the Glorious.
I will pull from my ancestors to create my new self.”

The AMY Project’s 2017 ensemble of young creators bring together monologue, poetry, movement and music in this original creation. Almeida (The Glorious) explores personal power, our relationships with our ancestors and descendants, and how our given and chosen names shape who we are.

ALMEIDA (THE GLORIOUS)
Written and Performed by: Nicole Acaso, Zainab Egbeyemi, Karis Jones-Pard, Jamie Kasiama, Destiny Laldeo, Caroline Manjaly, Morgan, Adri Almeida, Rofiat Olusanya, & Kaitlynn Rodgers
Directed by: Julia Hune-Brown & Nikki Shaffeeullah
Assistant Director/Stage Manager: Saba Akhtar
Assistant Director/Script Coordinator:Julia Vodarek Hunter
Producer: Rachel Penny
Music coach: Lisa Bozikovic
Movement coach: Amy Nostbakken
Poetry coach: Jamie Kasiama

AMY 2017 mentors: Lisa Bozikovic, Marjorie Chan, Audrey Dwyer, Karen Glave, Virgilia Griffith, Sarah Kitz, Kama La Mackerel, Shaista Latif, Amy Lee, Amanda Nicholls Amy Nostbakken, Clare Preuss, Gein Wong

Canadian Stage Rehearsal Hall:
26 Berkley Street
Fri April 21 at 7pm
Sat April 22 at 2pm & 7pm

Pay-What-You-Can Tickets available at the door
RSVP to the Facebook event HERE!

 

Tickets for THE SUBTLE TECHNOLOGIES FESTIVAL are available online today!

DUO client, The Subtle Technologies Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary by exploring the radical potential of hybrid frameworks for art, science and technology to redefine our understanding of agriculture and the interdependence of life on our planet.

The multi-venue and multidisciplinary six-week program of events offers festival-goers unique engagements with artworks and dialogue-based educational experiences. By presenting a multiplicity of approaches to land-use and cultivation in the context of Canada’s sesquicentennial Subtle Technologies supports participants’ conscious progression toward a future grounded in equity, diversity and inclusivity.

Central to this program are the voices and perspectives of aboriginal artists and community leaders who will guide discussions on themes of interdependence and ecology.

A full event calendar for the festival and tickets for each event are both now available on-line.

MOonhORsE Dance Theatre and Kaeja d’Dance at The Theatre Centre May 9 -20, 2017

MOonhORsE Dance Theatre and Kaeja d’Dance share a two-week engagement at The Theatre Centre from Tuesday May 9 to Saturday May 20 with works by award-winning choreographers, featuring some of Canada’s most celebrated dancers.

The two companies present two different programs, performed in repertory: comprised of world premieres by DA Hoskins and Allen Kaeja, and smash hits Room #7 by Montreal’s Lina Cruz and Crave by Karen Kaeja.

MOonhORsE Dance Theatre presents a Cloud 9 production

Room #7 and Bird Nesting in Fingers in Bloom
May 9, 10, 13, 18 & 19 at 8:00pm; May 20 at 2:00pm

Kaeja d’Dance presents Crave and DEFIANT
May 11, 12, 16, 17 & 20 at 8:00pm; May 13 at 2:00pm

 

 

 

See both shows for $39! Tickets available HERE or (416) 538-0988.

MOMENTUM DANCE presents ONEFIFTY at the Al Green Theatre, April 26 – 29

ONEFIFTY, MOMENTUM Dance‘s seventh annual production celebrates Canada’s 150th anniversary. Using exclusively Canadian music, the dancers have choreographed pieces that explore and celebrate all that it means to be a part of our great country.

MDT has chosen to highlight the beauty that can come from change and the many ways Canadians work together to make our country better every day. ONEFIFTY showcases the boundless beauty in the geography and topography of our country and celebrates everything from our four seasons to our musical, athletic and artistic success stories. The dancers highlight one of the best parts of being Canadian: our growing acceptance, diversity and love of one another.

ONEFIFTY by Momentum Dance
April 26-29
8:00 PM nightly with an additional
2:00 PM matinee on Saturday, April 29th
The Al Green Theatre
215 Spadina ( at Bloor) in the JCC

For further information on the show click  HERE
Tickets are $15- $30 and are available  ONLINE or at the door.

RISE ASHEN opens the ELECTRIC CIRCUITS FESTIVAL in Kingston, Ontario tonight!

 

ELECTRIC CIRCUITS, an intense upcoming weekend of electronic music, digital projections, movement-based art, and general partying kicks off its first year at The Isabel in Kingston, Ontario tonight, April 7th with two rooms of DJs, immersive projections and special guest, dancer and DJ Rise Ashen.  The licensed event runs from 9pm to 1am.

The following night, Saturday April 8th, is a TETT  TAKEOVER with 3 rooms occupied with DJs, live movement-based and aerial performances. The headliner for this night is Basic Soul Unit. A bar as well as non-alc refreshments are available from 10pm to 6am, so come well rested and ready to dance.

One of the best features of this Festival will be the 6  FREE artist-run workshops  at The Tett on April 8th from 1-4pm. Participants can broaden their creative horizons by learning how to mix and edit new soundscapes.

 

For tickets or further information check out the festival website: http://www.electriccircuits.org

 

Join pounds per square inch at THE APOLOGY PROJECT April 13th and 14th at 918 Bathurst Street

Produced by lbs/sq” performance, The Apology Project is a collision of performance, visual and media art examining the nature of falling, the individual body or collective nation. These distinctive artists feel it vital to challenge classical western contexts of art creation, performance and curation. Multiple disciplines establish a dialogue that challenges division.

This bi-national collaboration has developed into a duet with Gerry Trentham and Kevin Ormsby within the landscape of Kaersten Colvin – Woodruff’s extraordinary art and projections of excepts from Valerie Buhagiar’s remarkable films.

The work – ironic, real and challenging – is a meditation on the deep questions of the nature of shame, oppression and apology that can change a community.

THE APOLOGY PROJECT
918 Bathurst, Toronto
April 13th and 14th, 2017
Final Creation Installation
– Limited Seating –

Admission is PWYC by donation with a suggested contribution of $20.  To reserve a seat, click HERE

Jazz & Dance Improvisations

A collaboration of Jazz Piano, Bellydance, African Dance and Vocals with Bob Ruglass, Chemagne, Jay Davis and Lua Shayenne. And a special guest appearance by Roger Williams on Bass.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Heliconian Hall

35 Hazelton Ave. Yorkville, Toronto

 

Bob Ruglass – Jazz Pianist

Chemagne – Bellydancer

Jay Davis – Vocalist

Lua Shayenne – African Dancer

Roger Williams, special guest – Bass

 

Admissions

$35 in advance

$45 at the door

Tickets online at eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/jazz-and-dance-improvisations-tickets-31883552564

Doors Open At 7:30pm Showtime At 9pm

For More Info. Contact Chemagne Dance – 416-803-5552

ER-7 Musik & Chemagne Dance Presentation

 

Parking

There is green P parking available on Yorkville Avenue and Cumberland Street, as well as limited street parking right on Hazelton Avenue.

 

By TTC

Take the Cumberland exit at the Bay subway station. Walk north along the pedestrian walkway to Yorkville Avenue. Cross the pedestrian crossing at Yorkville Ave. and continue on Hazelton Avenue, where you will see The Heliconian Hall on your right hand side just after Scollard Street.