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Older and Reckless — March 12th and 13th, 2011

In Events on February 8, 2011 by danceumbrella

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CONTACT PERSONS Christine Moynihan (416) 504-6429 x 28 / Meredith Anderson (416) 504-6429 x 23Older and Reckless is back with more outstanding dance!
Celebrating great dance created by some of Canada’s most acclaimed contemporary and ever-reckless dance artists, the March Older and Reckless will feature works performed by stellar females Carol Anderson, Sarah Bild with Susanna Hood, Keiko Kitano, Naoko Murakoshi and Phyllis Whyte.

For this Older and Reckless, curator Claudia Moore has invited renowned choreographers and performers to the Dancemakers Centre for Creation on March 12 and 13, 2011 for a weekend of dance. Extraordinary performer/choreographer, Carol Anderson, former Artistic Director of Dancemakers, will celebrate her 60th birthday with a new solo, Messages, to an original score by Canadian music master Kirk Elliot. Moore is thrilled that Phyllis Whyte is remounting two solo works by the late Murray Darroch, Danvers and Grey Lipstick.

The Older and Reckless performances will include a powerful duet, The Frying Pan’s Too Wide, by Toronto native Susanna Hood and Montreal’s Sarah Bild. Each performance of this duet is a first-time encounter; it is a space that Sarah and Susanna enter to meet both themselves and each other.

Keiko Kitano is collaborating with 3 artists, including her husband, media designer, Rick Thomson, on a new solo. Apoptosi, choreographed and performed by Kitano, examines a Japanese cultural phenomena- the high suicide rate in Japanese society.
Moore is also honoured to have the gifted Naoko Murakoshi from Japan perform a new solo in Older and Reckless.

Older & Reckless Workshop for All – Salsa with Miko Sobreira will give the fundamentals of salsa. Miko will get the beginners loose and pump up the fun for all experience levels on Saturday March 12, 5pm-6pm.

About the Artists:

Carol Anderson has enjoyed a diverse career as a contemporary dancer, choreographer, artistic director, educator and writer. She started her performing career in 1968 with the first Judy Jarvis Dance and Theatre Company. A member of the first graduating class of York University’s Dance Program, she was also a founding member of Dancemakers, danced and choreographed for the Toronto company for fifteen years, was Artistic Director from 1985-88, and Resident Choreographer from 1988-89. She has a lively interest in dance writing, and since 1988 has frequently worked with Dance Collection Dance. Anderson is an Associate Professor of Dance at York University.

Susanna Hood, Artistic Director of her Toronto-based interdisciplinary company hum, has forged a dynamic career as a performer, creator, and improviser in dance and music. The seamless and organic integration of body and voice has become her signature language. Independent choreographer Sarah Bild has been creating dance works in Montreal for the last twenty years, presenting her group and solo works across Canada. Sarah and Susanna are drawn together by a desire to mine their training with Ruth Zaporah’s Action Theatre and bring a wealth of individual experience as creators to their first-time collaboration, The Frying Pan’s Too Wide.

Keiko Kitano, a “masterful choreographer” and one of “the best in the country” (The Globe and Mail), Ms Kitano is an independent dance artist with a unique style influenced by her study of Butoh and Japanese dance. She has been a guest artist at numerous festivals and has worked with many artists in Tokyo and abroad. Keiko has collaborated with many local artists including Don Sinclair and Rick Thomson with the aim of unifying dance, music and multimedia by creating new interactive pieces. Keiko was a part of Toronto’s “First Impression Campaign” in 2010. Keiko is a part-time faculty of York University since 2006, and is choreographing for the York Dance Ensemble this winter.

Naoko Murakoshi, originally from Japan, was a member of Toronto Dance Theatre for eight consecutive seasons. She has been a performing member of the Four Horsemen Project since 2001, choreographed by Kate Alton and directed by Ross Manson. She taught at York University’s Dance Department from 2000-2006. Now she devotes her time to teaching and developing the dance program at Kobe College in Japan. In addition to that, from April 2011, she will join the Dance faculty of Mukogawa Women’s University.

Phyllis Whyte has been a Toronto dancer, choreographer, and teacher since 1974; and since 2000, a dance filmmaker, making docs and ScreenDances. Ms Whyte worked with the Toronto Dance Theatre and as an independent artist in Toronto, dancing for many talented choreographers including Murray Darroch.

Older & Reckless, an informal performance series, features work from OLDER artists who continue to grow more RECKLESS as time goes by. Older & Reckless provides an opportunity for seasoned dance artists to perform short works and a chance for the audience to see some of Canada’s most celebrated senior choreographers.

Conceived by Claudia Moore, artistic director of MOonhORsE Dance Theatre, Older & Reckless is “an intimate exchange for both the performer and the observer; exciting, terrifying, and lots of fun. The performances are followed by a party with music, refreshments, and a chance to talk with the artists about work, process, and whatever else comes up!”

Older & Reckless
March 12 at 8:00pm, and March 13 at 2:00pm
at Dancemakers Centre for Creation in the Distillery Historic District – 55 Mill Street (South of Front Street, Between Parliament and Cherry Streets)
Tickets- $20/$18 CADA, students and seniors
Reservations and information call 416-504-6429 ext. 30 or Online at http://www.danceumbrella.eventbrite.com

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