March 28-30, 2014

Body Percussion Festival


Regular: $25-$30.50 | CultureBreak: $15 | Child: $7.50/More than two children: $5

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The inaugural Body Percussion Festival features dance, voice and movement arts that create rhythm through the body. The programme, curated by Viv Moore, artistic director, features lively cross-disciplinary performances by local, national and international artists, who celebrate all the ways the body makes music. Come see and hear the surprising and exhilarating possibilities of bare feet, shoes soled with rubber, wood or metal, bells around the ankles, hand-clapping and body-slapping, and utterances of voice and breath. Even finger-snapping is raised to a spectacular art form.

Through an array of forms such as tap, step and clog, gumboot, hambone, flamenco, kathak and beatboxing, these artists share their virtuosity in a spirit of spontaneity and play. The first of its kind in Canada, Body Percussion Festival is, in the words of Viv Moore, a testament to how many forms of dance can be enjoyed by all, and how many points of entry there are into dance.

“Our hope is that all audience members will return home thinking, ‘Wasn’t that extraordinary!’ but also, ‘I could do that,’” Moore says. “That it’s just the body making sounds, that everybody has a body, and that it all might be possible.”

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International guests will also teach their technique and craft through workshops, not only for artists, but for people of all walks of life, young and old. Workshops are $10 and will be held in the Brigantine Room:

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The Body Percussion Festival features dance, voice and other movement arts that create rhythm and music through the body, footwear, and instruments that act as extensions of the body. The initiative for this event comes from the belief that body percussion arts provide a vital connection between artists and audiences, and professionals and beginners; between those who engage in these arts as a performative practice, a social practice, or simply for the joy of being in their bodies. The festival is an opportunity to get to know the people involved in these arts at a local and regional level; to introduce national and international artists who have made great contributions to these forms and their communities; and to invite them all to share the stage over three days of educational and performance exchanges.

Viv Moore is one of Toronto’s most beloved dance and theatre artists, whose eccentric journey in contemporary dance has led her through English music hall, clog and butoh, amongst many other forms. Born in England, Viv trained in ballet from the age of four, then later in national folk dance, social dance, jazz and modern. She is a part-time teacher in creative movement, contact improvisation and social dance at Humber College.

Viv has curated Nuit Blanche for Dance Ontario in Toronto’s Distillery Historic District, and acted as curator and macro-choreographer for 60×60. She is the recipient of a Harold, the Paula Citron fFIDA Award and several Dora nominations. Ongoing research into her culture, dances and spiritual traditions led her to receive an MA in dance and an invitation to explore and perform clog in a contemporary form with Kerry Fletcherin London, England at EFDSS (English Folk Dance & Song Society). She also received a Chalmers Arts Fellowship to pursue further study and research in English clog and step dance; whip work, archery, knife and tomahawk throwing and butoh.

Her project Worcestershire Saucy is inspired by an eclectic mix of theatre, dance, English music hall, stage combat and butoh.