A hunger for movement: Dana Gingras choreographs 605 Collective’s latest work

In 605 Collective’s latest multimedia dance piece, New Animal —  choreographed by Dana Gingras — the dancers give into their primal/animal instincts — while maintaining the extreme precision the company is widely known for.

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Margie Gillis talks The Light Between

She thought she was going to retire from the stage, but — as Margie Gillis explains — “It seems like the stage didn’t have plans to retire from me”. Her work, it seems, continues to reach audiences worldwide, thus she keeps engaging with it. Indeed, after 40 years of delivering dance innovation, she’s as busy as ever. Aside from touring more than one show and recently collaborating in the creation of two books, she also teaches master classes. It was on a Toronto stop-in this week, after returning from California, that she spoke with our blog.

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Ritmo Flamenco presents Picasso inspired Danzas Sagradas

“My father reproduces Picasso paintings, so I have always been immersed in all things Picasso,” award-winning choreographer Anjelica Scannura told our blog. So it’s not at all surprising that her first solo full-length performance would draw inspiration from the famed Spanish painter. In particular, the timely and prophetic vision of WWII, Guernica, was her focus as she choreographed Danzas Sagradas, which runs November 15-16 as part NextSteps.

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Explore Harbourfront Centre on Google Street View

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Curious e-tourists the world over can now experience Harbourfront Centre using Google Street View.

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Legendary dancer Margie Gillis shines light on our NextSteps season

Margie Gillis is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a 2011 recipient of the Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award from the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award Foundation, an award which was bestowed upon other beloved greats over the years such as Karen Kain, Peggy Baker and Menaka Thakkar. This November, she’s bringing her collaboration piece, The Light Between to our 2013-14 Next Steps season. The piece, which brings dancers Holly Bright, Marc Daigle, Paola Styron and set designer/visual artist Randal Newman together, blends dance, sculptural and pictorial elements.

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Steve Reich: an influence that is far from minimal

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Steve Reich is a pioneer of the minimalist music movement, alongside artists like Philip Glass and Terry Riley. Described as America’s greatest living composer, more than once, his music has had profound influence on many people, in many walks of life. One of those affected by his brilliance was Toronto Dance Theatre’s own Christopher House, who credits his piece, Music for 18 Musicians*, as being …

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José Guadalupe Posada, the founder of modern Mexican art

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Jose Guadalupe Posada was an illustrator known for his satirical and politically acute calaveras (skulls). Even though throughout his career in Mexico City, he worked in seeming obscurity, his vivid imagery has since become synonymous with the annual festival. Mexicans regard him among their greatest artists, and his reputation is nearly as great in the United States. He’s often named as the founder of modern Mexican art.

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Christopher House celebrates 20 years with Eleven Accords

In his early years as a dancer, Christopher began creating solo dance pieces for himself and for his colleges purely out of necessity — however, it soon became his passion. He first danced with Toronto Dance Theatre in 1978, as part of their 10th anniversary, at the Royal Alexandra Theatre on a double bill with Merce Cunningham Dance Company. It was in 1979 that he would officially join the company as a dancer and in 1981 he became the resident choreographer for Toronto Dance Theatre.

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Winter: Get with the programmes

Hey ladies and gents get your holiday calendar out because we’ve officially launched our 2013-14 winter season. With everything from skating, performances, festivals to literary and visual arts, we truly are the perfect winter escape.

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Celebrate life at the Day of the Dead festival

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The Mexican custom of Día de los Muertos — Day of the Dead — has a history that dates back to pre Columbian times, close to 3000 years ago. It’s a special ritual during which Mexicans happily and lovingly remember their relatives who have passed away.

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