2011- 12 DanceWorks Mainstage Series

In Events on May 12, 2011 by danceumbrella

Dance Curator Mimi Beck has announced the 2011- 12 DanceWorks Mainstage Series, as DanceWorks marks 35 years of presenting contemporary dance to Toronto audiences. Says Beck, “The Mainstage Series will feature four evening length world premieres by artist-led companies at the forefront of Toronto’s contemporary dance scene: Michael Greyeyes / Signal; William Yong / Zata Omm; Peter Chin / Tribal Crackling Wind; and Sylvie Bouchard /BoucharDanse; along with two touring companies: Ottawa’s Bboyizm led by choreographerdancer Crazy Smooth; and Montreal’s renowned Sylvain Emard Dance. I selected these six programs based on the strength, clarity and authenticity of their artistic propositions. The works consider central concepts of the human condition: mortality, spirituality, our urgent need for love and understanding, and a desire to unlock the true nature of artistic expression.”

All performances take place at the Enwave Theatre and are part of Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps Series


Michael Greyeyes – From Thine Eyes – Signal  (Toronto)

DW 190 Sept. 22- 24, 2011

Choreography: Michael Greyes

Direction: Yvette Nolan

A new dance work, from director and choreographer, Michael Greyeyes and his company, Signal, set in limbo between the land of the living and that of the dead, where six characters struggle to find meaning at the end of their lives, as they confront their deepest fears, most cherished memories and each other.

This dance theatre project brings together two contemporary Aboriginal artists for the first time: Michael Greyeyes (Director) and Yvette Nolan (Writer). Together, they examine mortality, memory and forgiveness, lensed through indigenous dance expression, confronting head on the reality that only when the veil of our mortality is finally removed can we see ourselves and each other truthfully.

from thine eyes is a co-production with Signal, Native Earth Performing Arts, and co-presented with DanceWorks.


William Yong – Eight Ways From Mara – Zata Omm  (Toronto)

DW 191 Oct. 20 – 22, 2011

Choreography: William Yong

Video Design: Elysha Poirier

Music Composition: Andrea Rocca

Performers: Heather Berry, Kate Franklin, Nicholas Melymuk, Erika-Leigh Stirton and William Yong.

Zata Omm’s new full-length work Eight Ways From Mara is a multi-disciplined, imaginative and visually dense choreographic work that explores a modern interpretation of how people strive to find ways to avoid life’s misery by capitulation or opposition to three elemental forces: confusion, temptation and distraction.

The imagery and poetry from Buddhist philosophy and musings is distilled to achieve a work of great richness evoking a spirituality that guides and inspires.  After the successful debut of Frames in 2009, Zata Omm returns to DanceWorks Mainstage with a unique and powerful multi-media dance work thoughtfully conceived and choreographed by artistic director William Yong.


Peter Chin – Fluency – Tribal Crackling Wind  (Toronto) 

DW 192 Nov. 3-5, 2011

Choreography: Peter Chin

Videography: Jeremy Mimnagh

Music: Garnet Willis

Performers: Peter Chin, Alison Denham, Billy Marchenski, María Constanza Guzmán, Jeremy Mimnagh

Lighting and set design: David Duclos

Can one become Nicaraguan? The Jamaican-born and Toronto-based artist Peter Chin has answered that question with Fluency, a multidisciplinary work imbued with his trademark finesse and humour, a piece that he developed during a stay in Latin America. Over a two-year period, the choreographer, dancer, musician and four-time Dora Mavor Moore winner documented (with videographer Jeremy Mimnagh) his efforts to learn Spanish and attempts to integrate into a new culture, an undertaking that involved more than a few comical situations. It all led to this very playful piece for Chin and four performers, an atypical progress report that lies somewhere between dance, theatre, video and a talk show.

“…when it comes to avant-garde art, Peter Chin walks the walk – and it’s a pretty memorable strut. The renaissance man of the dance world is devoted to innovation.” (NOW, Toronto)


Sylvain Emard – Fragments – Volume I – Sylvain Emard Danse  (Montreal)

DW 193 Mar. 3, 2012 (ONE NIGHT ONLY!)

choreography: Sylvain Emard

Dancers: Laurence Ramsay, Manuel Roque and Catherine Viau.

Performer: Monique Miller

Music: Michel F. Côté, Jan Jelinek

Scénographie: Richard Lacroix


Yvon Soglo (Crazy Smooth) – IZM – Bboyizm  (Ottawa)

DW 194 April 13-14, 2012

Choreographer: Yvon Soglo (Crazy Smooth)

Dancers: Emanuel Septier (Bourik), Felipe Soto Palestro (Chilly), Melissa Flerangile (Melly Mel), Mathieu Dumoulin (Lost child), Jean-Luc Fournier (Dirty D), Rahime Gay-Labbe (N O S B), Mathieu Bilodeau (Strife), Marie-Pier Lopes (Zepol rock), Mathieu Ulrich (Soul Step), Yvon Soglo (Crazy Smooth).

Deeply rooted in authenticity, choreographer-dancer Crazy Smooth explores street dance tradition in a modern performance setting pushing current popular boundaries of the dance spectrum. Drawing on his technical background in two hip hop dance styles (rocking and bboying), Crazy Smooth presents IZM, an investigation into the very nature of artistic expression, developing an interplay between the artist’s intentions and the viewer’s desires, challenging both dancers and the audience. IZM brings together 10 of Canada’s most talented performers of the genre, in a piece that evokes the essential nature of pure street dance with all its intricacy and passion.


BoucharDanse/Sylvie Bouchard AD  – l’Histoire d’amour  (Toronto)

DW 195 May 3-5, 2012

Choreography: Susie Burpee, Denise Fujiwara, Louis-Martin Charest, and Sylvie Bouchard/Louis Laberge-Côté,

Performers: Brendan Wyatt, Sylvie Bouchard and Adam Paolozza

Direction: Marie-Josée Chartier

Text: Adam Paolozza

Video Projection: Ayelen Liberona

Our undying search for love and understanding of its meaning is the basis for this full length trio that marries dance and theatre. Histoire d’amour invited choreographers to engage with historical narratives on idealized love to illustrate, through movement and images, expressions of affection in various times. These were then used as diving boards into poignant and comical journeys for three timeless lovers. Histoire d’amour examines the essence of this ethereal feeling we cannot live without.


Programs are subject to change.  

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