DanceWorks launches 40th Anniversary Season with Dreamwalker Dance Company and its world premiere of Dual Light

TORONTO (September 20, 2017) – DanceWorks, Toronto’s longest running contemporary dance series, now celebrating its 40th Anniversary, proudly presents Toronto-based Dreamwalker Dance Company with the world premiere of its dance-theatre work Dual Light.

Described by Dreamwalker Dance Artistic Director Andrea Nann as a ‘moving concept album,’ Dual Light highlights the moments and stories in the cycle of life about the space between things, when we are betwixt and between. Reflecting the duality of the universal and the personal, this inter-disciplinary performance runs October 19-21 at Harbourfront Centre Theatre as part of NextSteps dance series.

Dual Light is conceived, written and directed by Andrea Nann who created it with dance artists and fellow performers Brendan Wyatt, Yuichiro Inoue and Kristy Kennedy as well as designers Simon Rossiter (lighting and scenography), Cheryl Lalonde (costume and scenography), Joshua Van Tassel (sound), AJ Morra (production and stage management) and James Kendal (scenographic performer), and dramaturge Sarah Chase.

Drawing on her own and her fellow dancers’ personal experiences, Nann invites us into the space between things, between spaces both familiar and unknown. In those moments, right before change happens, anything is possible. It’s here, in the betwixt and between that the performers explore new ways of supporting each other, moving through their own vulnerability to tune in to each other.

Dual Light is a poignant reflection on grace and our willingness to keep trying to meet and connect. It is a ‘moving concept album’ so to speak, within shifting environments of light, sound, story, text and memory. Dual Light embodies conversations between sound and light, between movement and stillness, between polarities as every moment contains its duality.

Originally from Vancouver, Andrea Nann is now a Toronto-based contemporary dance artist, founding artistic director of Dreamwalker Dance Company (2005) and creator of The Whole Shebang and The Ontario Shebang. Andrea Nann creates works for the stage, film and various outdoor sites. She was resident artist of Soulpepper Theatre Company (2012-2014), Young Centre for the Performing Arts (2008-2012), and Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (2008-2009); and visiting artist at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre (St Catharines 2015-2016), River Run Centre (Guelph 2013-2015), Burlington Performing Arts Centre (2014-2016), City of Kingston/Grand Theatre (2013-2015), Brock Centre for the Arts (St. Catharines 2013-2015), Pia Bouman’s School for Creative Ballet & Movement (2013), Scotiabank Dance Centre (Vancouver 2013), Shadbolt Centre for the Arts (Burnaby 2006-2007) and the Iris Garland Visiting Choreographer at Simon Fraser University (2012). Andrea was a member of Danny Grossman Dance Company for 15 years and continues to appear as a guest artist with Peggy Baker Dance Projects. In 2016, Ontario Contact recognized Andrea as Artist of the Year for her contributions to the Performing Arts touring sector in Ontario.


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