EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Due to COVID-19, DanceWorks Student Matinee performances and in-school Workshops are on hiatus until we can gather safely. We currently offer film screenings and virtual Workshops to schools. 

Film Screening Fee$50.00 for unlimited access to a film for five days, including a Study Guide and Artist Interview package.

Virtual Workshop Fee
: $150.00 for a 75 minute Workshop, including a Q & A with the artist.

Below is our current roster of available artists and films, beginning in January 2022. Email education@danceworks.ca for more information and to book a program.

Transversare

Transversare explores the feeling of urgency in our daily lives, portrayed through fast movement and film techniques juxtaposed with an ever present static city. Random encounters lead to interesting interactions between strangers.

Miha Matevzic (Director / Choreographer) has over 15 years of professional dance experience in jazz, hip hop, house and locking. Miha moved to Toronto in 2014 from Slovenia, and has danced for the Much Music Video Awards and Junos, performed at Breakin’ Convention, and is also a part of Holla Jazz Dance Company.

Study Guide, Artist Interview, Workshop available. Email education@danceworks.ca to book.

River

River offers a moment of calm repose, celebrates rhythm, and shares a glimpse of Mississauga’s serene natural landscape. The film features original music and spoken word compositions by Callahan Connor.

Colleen Snell (Director) devises and performs collaborative, multidisciplinary, site-specific work. She has created for parks, a fountain, a factory, a conservation area, a sawmill, and in the digital realm (films and an original radio play). Colleen’s choreographic tendencies lean toward large-scale ensemble work and stories inspired by science fiction.

Study Guide, Artist Interview, Workshop available. Email education@danceworks.ca to book.

Isha

Ardhanarishwara, in which Shiva and his female consort Parvati are held within the same body, is at the centre of this choreographic work based in the Indian dance forms of Kathak and Kuchipudi. Isha showcases the vastness of our Indian dance practices and how they collapse and collide with manifestations of energy beyond notions of sex and gender.

Harikishan S Nair (Director / Choreographer), through his artistic practice and training in three styles of Indian classical dance – Bharathanatyam, Kuchipudi and Mohiniyattam, explores contemporary themes of his own curiosity and new working methods in a process situated in his trainings, but expanding out of purely classical or repertoire works.

Study Guide, Artist Interview, Workshop available. Email education@danceworks.ca to book.

Medicine Duets

Medicine Duets is a ritual illustrated through dance, text and music. An individual falls into a chaotic haze, losing sight of balance and stillness. Calling upon ancestral wisdom of Turtle Island, a journey forward speaks of a moving alliance between human and internal mountain – reminding us of our deeply rooted strength, resilience and reciprocity to each other and to Mother Earth.
 

Sophie Dow (Choreographer / Sound Designer / Co-director) is Winnipeg-born multidisciplinary creative, inspired by dance, music, collaboration, and Métis-Assiniboine and settler roots. An avid adventurer, Sophie has a passion for busking, yoga and traveling, on top of holding a degree in Dance Performance and Choreography from York University.

Study Guide, Artist Interview, Workshop available. Email education@danceworks.ca to book.
 

TEETER

Teeter portrays a codependent relationship between two people – a supporter and a caretaker. The work is inspired by the physicality of teetering to the edge and past a point of no return. 

Mackenzie Carlson (Director / Choreographer) is a graduate of Conteur Academy and a member of the Conteur company, who has performed and choreographed on many stages. She has worked with companies and individuals such as Cirque du Soleil, Creativa and Transcendance, Christina Diguisepe, Hanna Kiel and Kylie Thompson. 

Study Guide, Artist Interview, Workshop available. Email educationn@danceworks.ca to book.

The Odd Volume - Remixed

The Odd Volume – Remixed sources Ziyian Kwan’s memories of 1970’s Vancouver to subvert stories of internalized racism and racialization. Central to the work are questions around Ziyian’s immigrant experience as a first generation settler in Canada. At locations where events took place 45 years ago, young Joshua Wei and Ziyian lean into the poetic dissonance of vulnerability to transform what was experienced. Together, they map a road to healing. The Odd Volume – Remixed is a digital companion to The Odd Volume, a solo work that is performed live on stage.

Ziyian Kwan (Concept / storyboarding / editing)  has worked as a dance artist on the unceded ancestral territories of the  Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, since 1988. As Artistic Director of Dumb Instrument Dance, Ziyian’s creations abstract lived experience to form collages of imagery, movement and  language. Ziyian’s artistry is inspired by collaboration with luminaries in the fields of  dance, music, film, theatre, literature and visual art. 

Only film screening and Workshop available at this time. Email education@danceworks.ca to book.

A(PART)

We may have been APART from each other for a long while, but we are always A PART of our communities, big and small.  A socially distanced film created during the COVID-10 pandemic reminds us of the strength of our connections and the celebration of summer.

Jennifer Nichols/Anisa Tejpar (Choreographers / Creators / Producers) have developed their repertoire and signature style, bridging classical and contemporary dance. Their body of work demonstrates the full possibility of movement, created for performers of all artistic disciplines, and for any setting. Inspired by the vibrancy of Toronto and the limitless possibilities of its arts scene, they create work that evokes joy and positivity.

Only film screening and Workshop available at this time. Email education@danceworks.ca to book.

NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2020
SNEAK PEEKS
FEBRUARY 26, 2021 FILM PREMIERE

Human Body Expression's film Again

Again focuses on nine dancers with disparate lives and painful pasts as they embark on a journey towards forgiveness and the unconditional love of a child. 

The film is choreographed by Hanna Kiel and features an intergenerational cast of dancers: Susie Burpee, Kendra Epik, Bonnie Kim, Ryan Lee, Pulga Muchochoma, Kelly Shaw, Darryl C. Tracy, Oriah Wiersma, and 11-year-old dancer Eva Teece-soter.

JANUARY 27, 2021

An Interview with Choreographer Wen Wei Wang

DanceWorks Curator, Mimi Beck, interviews founder of Wen Wei Dance, Wen Wei Wang.

Wen Wei Wang began dancing professionally in China with the Langzhou Song and Dance Company. In 1991, he came to Canada and joined the Judith Marcuse Dance Company, followed by seven years with Ballet BC. In 2000, he received the Clifford E. Lee Choreographic Award and since then has choreographed for Alberta Ballet, Ballet BC, and Ballet Jazz de Montreal. In 2003, he founded Wen Wei Dance.

LIVE PROGRAMMING ON HOLD

Due to Covid-19 our Mainstage and CoWorks Series are on hiatus. We will be back with live events when we can gather safely.

COC’s Free Noon Hour Concerts

These FREE concerts take place at the Canadian Opera Company’s beautiful Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre! A vibrant series that brings you up close and personal with dance artists in advance of selected Mainstage events.

Post-show Talk Backs

Moderated talkback sessions bring artists and audiences together to share impressions and viewpoints on the work.

Carol’s Dance Notes

Dance artist and writer Carol Anderson pens insightful comments on choreographic works; created in collaboration with Dance Collection Danse.

Pre-show Chats

Choreographers share the inspiration that drives their creative process.

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    We acknowledge the Toronto/Tkaronto as One Dish One Spoon Indigenous territory. We honour the ancestral caretakers of this land: the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the Wendat and most recently the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation who have a Treaty relationship with Canada. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work in their community, on this territory. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future.

    Photos:

    Transversare by Ricky Fu

    River by Colleen Snell