Naishi Wang, Yuichiro Inoue and Pulga Muchochoma. Photo by John Lauener

PRESENTED BY DUSK DANCES INC.
PREVIEW ON AUGUST 4TH / OPENING NIGHT ON AUGUST 5TH

 

The 25th annual Dusk Dances Festival returns to Withrow Park this summer with another week of exquisite dance works from Canada’s finest dance makers!

HOSTED BY MADAME BEAUCOUP (AKA LISA ANNE ROSS*)
With FREE Square Dance workshops with professional caller Hannah Shira-Naiman, accompanied by live music

* The participation of this Artist is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance Opera Theatre Policy (DOT).

Fall

Choreography by Hanna Kiel

Performance: Michael Baboolal, Sierra Chin Sawdy, Mairi Greig, Gavin Law
and Brendan Wyatt
Music: Let's Stay Together by Al Green, NNNCCCCRRHH by SHXCXCHCXSH, Beyond the Sea by Bobby Darin
Costumes: Cara Johnson

Why do we feel how we feel? Love makes us act in certain ways. Fall explores the emotional roller coaster of falling in love!

A Dusk Dances commission and a world premiere.

Imprint

Choreography by Meredith Thompson

Performance and collaboration: Michael Baboolal, Mairi Greig, Gavin Law and Brendan Wyatt, with a large community cast (tbc)
Original music: Robbie Grunwald

To imprint is to impress or stamp - to leave our mark. We carry with us these marks and stamps and those of many others whom have crossed our path. Imprint explores these impressions - and our interdependence on one another. At any given moment, we exist and live suspended by ten thousand threads of connection and interdependence. With a cast of over 40 performers ranging in age from 8 to 80-something, this large group work is a physical tracing, collision, and reflection of these threads and marks, at many of life's stages.

A Dusk Dances commission and a world premiere.

Space Within Us

Choreography and performance by Yuichiro Inoue,
Pulga Muchochoma and Naishi Wang

Original composition: Sarah Shugarman
Costumes: Yuichiro Inoue, Pulga Muchochoma and Naishi Wang
Creative facilitator and advisor: Marie-Josée Chartier

Do our individual perspectives change if we are in a space together? Connections come and go as we discover the truth within our body and mind through various paths. The goals of the movement that connects us, where our decisions influence one another, are based on three basic changes: rhythm changes, movement changes, and life changes. As we make movement choices, we also accept that those choices change on a daily basis. However, we cannot change the truth that lives in our body. Being free to share our experiences is what makes us who we are.

We would like to thank Marie-Josée Chartier, Sarah Shugarman, Ivy Wang and Natasha Powell for their artistic contribution and their help making this project come through. Big Thanks to Sylvie Bouchard for inviting us to be a part of Dusk Dances 2019.

A Dusk Dances commission and a world premiere.

Follow Me

Mix Mix Dance Collective
Choreography arranged by Emily Law & Ashley Perez
with input from the performers

Performance: Kristine Flores, Caroline Fraser, Emily Law, Ashley Perez and Sarah Tumaliuan
Music: Classic Roots, Brighter Days by Cashmere, Rej by Techno Marching Band

Follow Me was created for the 2017 Jeux de la Francophonie in Abidjan, where Mix Mix Dance Collective was selected to be part of Team Canada as part of the cultural component! Their motivation for competing in the games was to celebrate the excellence in artistry, athleticism, and expression Canada has to offer. The work has been performed at Guelph Dance Festival, Fall For Dance North, and Winterlude.

A remount and a Dusk Dances premiere.

Moving Parts

Fujiwara Dance Inventions
Choreography and direction by Denise Fujiwara

Performance: Sylvie Bouchard, Rebecca Hope Terry, Jen Hum, Jillian Peever, Lucy Rupert, Miko Sobreira, Brodie Stevenson and Gerry Trentham
Music direction and song arrangements: Phil Strong & Laurel MacDonald
Song and composer credits: Mad World - Roland Orzabal (1983); 911 for Peace - Anti-Flag, Patrick Christian Bollinger, Justin Cathal Geever, Christopher Lee Barker, Christopher Mark Head; Here Comes the Change - Drew Pearson, Kesha Sebert, Stephen Wrabel
Choir leader: Cathy Nosaty
Costume designer: Andjelija Djuric
Stage manager: tbc
Singers: tbc
Pop up choir: tbc
String bass: tbc 

We find the world in difficult times, where people are becoming increasingly polarized, taking sides with rancour and falling for simplistic solutions. We are curious about how to embrace complexity with skill and grace, and how to stay open, kind and uplifted in the midst of turbulent times. With Moving Parts, we are investigating these questions with a moving choir and singing dancers.

Special thank you to Mimi Beck and DanceWorks, Katherine Duncanson, CCDT, Dusk Dances, and our intrepid Board of Directors.

A remount and a Dusk Dances premiere.

 

 

 

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PREVIEW PERFORMANCE
Sunday August 4th

7:00 PM - FREE Square Dance workshop with live music begins

7:30 PM - Dance performances begin

 

EVENING PERFORMANCES
Monday August 5th to Sunday August 11th

7:00 PM - FREE Square Dance workshop with live music begins

7:30 PM - Dance performances begin

 

ADDITIONAL MATINÉE PERFORMANCE
Sunday August 11th

2:00 PM - FREE Square Dance workshop with live music begins

2:30 PM - Dance performances begin

 

$15.00 per person suggested

Pay-what-you-can

 

Withrow Park is located south of Danforth, between Logan and Carlaw in Toronto, ON. Closest TTC subway station: Chester.

More info: 647.671.0075

 

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