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.
The collective works of Roberto Campanella, Guillaume Côté, and Robert Glumbek are visual masterpieces in the latest offering by ProArteDanza. In Shifting Silence, Glumbek uses seamless transitions to convey strength, technique and plot. The dancers’ vigorous attack on the choreographic material is supported by an underlying level of control. As the dance progresses, the tension and energy leap off the stage. Campanella and Glumbek’s Beethoven’s 9th-3rd Movement is a combination of musicality, kinesthetics and artistry. The use of the chairs in the piece combined with the fluid energy and seamless transitions has an elaborate layering effect over the famous works of Ludwig van Beethoven. The dancers allow the music to flow out of their movements, using their bodies as instruments, creating a visual symphony. The final piece, Fractals: A Pattern of Chaos, is a contradiction to the works that precede it. Although the dancers still maintain an electric energy, Côté choreographed the piece to reflect the electronic music, and patterning in movement and formation. The majority of the piece is performed in a static position, the precision and articulation in smaller movements demonstrates body and mind integration, as well as strong spatial perception.