“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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
This past weekend’s HarbourKIDS: Thanksgiving festival, unfortunately, marked the end of a long, albeit very exciting, summer season. However, that also means that an exciting winter season is around the corner. Harbourfront Centre is the perfect winter escape, offering up a plethora of diverse programming. We truly have something for everyone as the temperature begins to drop.