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.


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

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…” –

“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

Les Petit Ballets of Ottawa seeks a Choreographer/Rehearsal Director

Les Petits Ballets, a well established pre-professional ballet school and performing company located in Ottawa, Ontario is seeking a Resident Choreographer/Rehearsal Director to lead the company through its 2017-2018 season staging two theatre performances per season. Candidates must have a background in classical ballet, enjoy working with children and teens and possess strong choreography skills. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Please direct inquiries and resumes by May 31, 2017 to the Director of Dance at

FRESH announces their GTA Summer Intensives for dancers aged 8 – 20

Fresh Dance Intensive is offering fun-filled open workshops for dancers aged 8 – 20 with classes in Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Improvisation and more …

The Fresh Approach is educational and inspirational!  Fresh emphasizes transferable skills that apply both in the studio and everyday life: risk-taking, awareness, focus, responsibility, communication, and teamwork.

Fresh Dance Intensive Summer Workshops

SCARBOROUGH August 9 – 12
at Dance Fusion

OTTAWA August 15 – 18
at Leeming DanceWorks

GEORGETOWN August 22 – 25
at Center Stage School of the Arts

To inquire or register, please contact the host studio directly through links on the Fresh website

Call for Volunteers – 20th Annual SUBTLE TECHNOLOGIES Festival

DUO’s client, Subtle Technologies is looking for some capable, sociable people who love art, science and technology to help spread the word about the 20th Annual Subtle Technologies Festival, and to help host workshops in May and June. Volunteers will meet and work with the artists, scientists and innovators who create the festival’s content, and will get free access to some ticketed events. It’s a great way to get involved!

The Subtle Technologies Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with the theme Food, Farms and Future Ecologies, exploring the radical potential of hybrid frameworks for art, science and technology to redefine our understanding of cultivation, consumption and the interdependence of life on our planet.


Before the festival


2 volunteers

Description and Details:

You’ll be delivering promotional postcards to businesses and organizations around the city of Toronto. A list of locations will be provided, and we’re hoping you’ll be able to add to this list, drawing from your knowledge of the local scene. At the end of the festival, you’ll be responsible for providing a list of places where you delivered postcards. You’ll get started right away, distribute another round of postcards early in May that will highlight the May 17th event, and continue doing occasional distribution rounds into early June.

Each of these volunteers will receive 2 tickets to Universe in a Glass, a program of animated shorts at the Gardiner Museum on May 17th, as well as complimentary registration for any one of the single-day workshops at Evergreen Brick Works in June.

Time commitments:

We estimate this will take about 2-3 hours per week for 5 weeks = 10-15 hours total

Upbeat and friendly
Good communication skills
Understanding of the festival’s mandate and content
Knowledge of the city and how to get around it; having a bicycle is an asset
During the festival

1 person per shift
19 shifts total (18 workshops and 1 performance)

Description and Details:
At each festival workshop, the Workshop Assistant will be greeting registered participants, processing tickets purchased through or (for some June workshops) taking cash at the door, and handing out surveys, flyers, and festival programs. You’ll be able to answer participants’ questions about the event and venue, and help the presenters as needed. You’ll also post to social media (Instagram, Twitter) about the workshop as it’s happening. You’ll be able to participate in the workshops to some extent (i.e., when you’re not assisting).

For the May workshops, this role will include helping with setup and takedown, which may involve some heavy lifting. For the June Indigenous Plants/Indigenous Histories guided hikes, assistants will need to be able to walk a fairly easy nature trail, and to be comfortable using smartphone apps.

Time commitment:
One orientation session and a minimum of one workshop (minimum ~6 hours)

Friendly and personable
Organized and reliable
Understanding of the festival’s mandate and content
Good understanding of social media
Customer service experience a plus

For some events:
Basic cash handling skills
Basic tech knowledge (to help with the smartphone app)
Able to lift 40 lbs
Able to go on an easy nature hike
Volunteers with specialized skills

1 or 2 volunteers

This volunteer will come to some of the June workshops to shoot video. Subtle Technologies will provide an in-house editor to work with raw footage.

This is a good opportunity for a video production student looking to build a portfolio.

Each of these volunteers will receive 2 tickets to Universe in a Glass, a program of animated shorts at the Gardiner Museum on May 17th, as well as complimentary registration for any one of the single-day workshops at Evergreen Brick Works in June. Any transit or travel expenses will also be reimbursed.

Flexible. Ideally, you’d attend two workshops, which would take about 5 or 6 hours, plus your editing time.

Must have video equipment, access to editing software, and videography shooting and editing skills.

For more information, or to sign up, contact Nadia Halim at:

CADA-DUO Rehearsal Space Program on hold until May 15, 2017


NBS has asked DUO and CADA  to advise our members that no further bookings will be taken for rehearsal space at NBS until after May 15th. This includes both paid and free bookings.

Preparations are under way for the Assemble International Festival and Encore Performances. Due to evening rehearsals and other ongoing programs, NBS unfortunately cannot  presently accommodate any further demands on its studio space.

CADA and DUO members who have already booked  rehearsal time at NBS  in the period leading up to May 15th will have their bookings honoured by NBS, as usual.

Tickets for the May performance may be obtained by calling the  NBS Box Office at 416-964-5148 or send an email to



The Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA) in partnership with Miziwe Biik seeks applicants for an Administrative Coordinator

Administrative Coordinator Job Posting

SUBJECT TO GOVERNMENT FUNDING:  All interested applicants must be registered and working with an employment counsellor at Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment & Training.

The Canadian Dance Assembly (CDA) in partnership with Miziwe Biik is seeking applicants for a contract position (26 weeks) as an Administrative Coordinator.

Posting date: April 5, 2017
Closing Date: April 21, 2017 12:00pm
Start Date: May 1, 2017
Location: 476 Parliament St., 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON M4X 1P2

Job Summary: The Administrative Coordinator supports the programming, communications, and membership relations for the CDA. The Administrative Coordinator works directly with the CDA’s General Manager in a supportive capacity.  The Administrative Coordinator oversees the accurate and timely delivery of administrative services, maintains and updates online content, assists with programming related to Conferences and regional events and assists with membership renewals. This position will play an essential role in expanding the operations of the organization.


  •  Assist in the coordination of CDA’s National Conference
  • Assistance with membership renewals and processing
  •  Assistance with website and social media updates
  •  General office support as needed, perform clerical duties to include but not limited to: photocopying, mailing, and filing
  • Act as support to the Executive Director and/or General Manager which may include : maintaining agendas, meeting coordination, minute taking, travel arrangements
  • Provide secretarial support to the management team
  • Support the organization in the coordination of program delivery and development
  • Reply to general information request

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Strong English communication and written skills
  • Basic knowledge in French an asset
  • Post secondary education, training and experience equivalent to a diploma in business administration or administrative office experience is an asset
  • Passionate about the arts
  • The candidate must be an effective communicator: He/She will respond to internal and external enquiries with diplomacy, courtesy and discretion
  • He/She must have a keen sense of organization and ability to multi-task. Effective time-management skills including the ability to organize, prioritize work and meet deadlines are a proven asset
  • Must have strong computer skills (MS Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Design and Photoshop skills an asset

Wage: $17/hr. x 35 hours per week x 26 weeks

Please note all applicants must be registered with Miziwe Biik in order to be eligible for consideration.

Forward your resume and cover letter to:

Aviva Fleising,
General Manager
476 Parliament St. ,
2nd Floor
Toronto, Ontario M4X 1P2


We thank all applicants but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Alias Dance Project SUMMER INTENSIVE 2017 Early Bird Deadline extended to April 20th

Alias Dance Project invites interested members of the community to join them for their 3rd Annual Summer Dance Intensive.
Three international guest artists, one Montreal guest, and a handful of our favourite Toronto gems will share their knowledge with the participants this summer. Each of these artists has a shared approach to their dance that is athletic, dynamic, impulsive, and clear.

The participating artists include: Mate Meszaros (Hungary), Laida Aldaz Arrieta (Spain), Frankie J (UK), Mecdy Jean-Pierre ‘Venom’ (Montreal), Lauren Cook (Toronto), Troy Feldman (Toronto): Elke Schroeder (Toronto), Jasmyn Fyffe (Toronto), Rosh Amendra (Toronto) and Nick Robinson (Toronto)

This is the full SCHEDULE for the intensive. A preview video featuring the instructors may be found  HERE

Two Week Intensive Workshop:
2 Weeks of Training (56 hours)
Creation (24 Hours)
With Mate Meszaros (Hungary) or Laida Aldaz Arrieta (Spain).
Free 2 vs 2 Experimental Battle & Party Admission
(co-hosted by Lost is Found)
Regular price (after April 20th): 799 + HST

Two Week Workshop, Training Only:
2 Weeks of Training (56 hours)
575 + HST

One Week Workshop, Training Only:
1 Week of Training (28 hours)
400 + HST

Two Weeks, Creation Only:
24 Hours of Creation
400 + HST
Work in the studio in creation with a small group of artists, led by guest

August 21st- September 2nd, 2017.
Mondays- Fridays @ Dovercourt House
Saturdays @ The Citadel

Fill out the Registration Form here
2) Email with your completed registration form, CV and Headshot attached to the email.
3) Once your submission is received and reviewed, you will be asked to pay the deposit. If you are not able to pay the 50% deposit up front, please contact us at to discuss individualized payment plan. 



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:

“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.

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!