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MOVING ONLINE

We are thrilled to announce our new presentation series, DanceWorks Moving Online. This series will crack open the creative inspirations that drive the 2020-21 Mainstage Series artists.

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JULY 8 - SEPTEMBER 6

Summer Reel

DanceWorks Moving Online presents Summer Reel, a compilation of short dance films that were created and performed by Canadian dance artists, beginning in January, 2020.  Curator, Mimi Beck, shares:
 
“These works emerged during different periods of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each captures the energetic body in a magical encounter with the film medium. Some remind us of the joy of live performance. Others reflect the mutating moods that have marked this unusual time of suspension, longing, stillness and solitude”.
 
July 8 at 8pm until September 8 at 8pm.
 

Streaming April 29, 2021 @ 7:00pm -
May 2, 2021 @ 11:00pm

Ebnflōh's Hanging by a Thread

Ebnflōh’s Hanging by a Thread is a hip-hop dance piece created in the midst of the pandemic. The choreographic language is rooted in the depths of hip-hop dance and its global culture, with movement inspired by popping, house, and krump. 

Artistic director & choreographer Alexandra ‘Spicey’ Landé, music by producer-songwriter Shash’U, dancers and collaborators Ja James Britton Johnson, Christina  Paquette, Nindy  Pierre-Louis, Elie-Anne Ross, Jonathan Mokuma, Jaleesa Coligny, Alexandre Philippe Beaudoin, and Junior Dorsaint.

JANUARY-MARCH 2021
VIDEOS RELEASED MONDAYS AND FRIDAYS

Holla Jazz's 12 Notes

12 Notes is a series of twelve videos featuring Holla Jazz artists sharing thoughts and reflections about jazz dance and music. 

Featuring Natasha Powell, Ashley ‘Colors’ Perez, Caroline ‘Lady C’ Fraser, Hollywood Jade, Miha Matevzic, Raoul Wilke, Sarah Tumaliuan, Tereka Tyler-Davis, Jacob Gorzhaltsan, Seika Boye, and video created by Kristine Flores.

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.

MAINSTAGE & COWORKS SERIES

Mainstage series events take place at the Harbourfront Centre or in collaboration with other venues across the city. CoWorks series events are scheduled in different venues across Toronto.

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    Photos:

    Alexandra ‘Spicey’ Landé, by Shaleen Ladha

    Holla Jazz, 12 Notes by:

    Ashley “Colours” Perez – Rah Eleh

    Caroline “Lady C” Fraser – Kitt Woodland

    Hollywood Jade – Sean Harrison

    Jacob Gorzhaltsan – Nathan Beja

    Sarah Tumaliuan – unknown

    Miha Matevzic – Richie Lubaton

    Seika Boye – Craig Boyko

    Raoul Wilke – Knex

    Tereka Tyler-Davis – RP Photos

    Natasha Powell – Kendra Epik

    Human Body Expression, Again, by Drew Barry

    Wen Wei Wang headshot by Shin Sugino

    Julia Sasso dances, Sporting Life, by Nicole Rivelli