December 1–3, 2017

Body Percussion Festival



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In association with Harbourfront Centre

Body Percussion Festival returns to the stage at Harbourfront Centre for the second time. The festival includes a vibrant group of local, provincial and national artists, who create music and rhythm through the body, footwear and instruments that act as extensions of the body. Artistic Director Viv Moore has sought out both community-based and professional artists to participate in the festival to curate three unique performances with six performers for each show.

Participatory festival workshops in Exploring Voice as Instrument, Body Percussion and Gumboot will provide a vibrant connection between artists and audiences. Click the tab to learn more.

The festival’s eclectic group of artists include: Montreal Gumboot Dancer Sipho Ndlela, originally from South Africa; Anishinaabe Artist Brian Solomon acknowledges the moving Land with a solo; Kapa Haka Dance by Whakatopu Kotahi; English Sword Dance with Toronto Women’s Sword; Body Percussion by former Stomp performer Troy Sexton Rhythm Works; Belly Dance with Roula Said; Ottawa Valley Step Dancers Kerry and Tom Fitzgerald; 2012 Canadian Beatbox champion, Scott Jackson; Bharatanatyam Dance with Nova Dance; Ethnic Contemporary with Sashar Zarif; A Capella Singing and Vocal Percussion with Jane Miller; Tap Dancer Travis Knights; Flamenco Dance performed by ViDAnza; Body Percussion and Georgian Polyphony by MusiCamp; and Body Percussion with Body Percussion Ensemble of Toronto.

Festival Workshops

Date: Saturday, December 2, 2017
Location: Brigantine Room, Harbourfront Centre
Cost: $10/each

Explore Voice as Instrument – Jane Miller
11am – 12pm

Ever wondered how to use your voice and breathing to make instrumental and percussive sounds? This workshop will cover exercises for breath support and articulators, practical tips on how to add some vocal percussion to your arsenal of sounds, and touch on some melodic instruments, if interest and time allow. Group jam at close to apply your new-found grooves!

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Body Percussion – Troy Sexton Rhythmworks
12:15pm – 1:15pm

Learn the power of Body Percussion, and the keys to making music with claps, stomps, snaps and body noise. Group music will be created from counting, dynamics and discovering patterns of sound arising from the body. Let’s make music.

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Gumboot – Sipho Ndlela
2:45pm – 3:45pm

Learn the history and origin of South African Gumboots Dance through hits, claps, steps, rhythms and vocal sounds. Participants will watch a traditional Gumboots dance, and a Zulu song & dance, then learn two basic dances.

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Artistic Director/Producer, Viv Moore’s eccentric dance journey has included Ballet, English Music Hall, Clog, Social Dance and Butoh. Born in England, she has danced, choreographed and acted both collaboratively and as a solo artist since 1979 (Australia, England, Sweden, Canada). Recipient of a Chalmers Arts Fellowship (English Clog/Step Dance; Whip, Archery, Knife/Tomahawk throwing; Butoh.

Associate Producer Dave Wilson studied Dance as a child and as a Physical Education student in England. He was a Professor at McMaster University (Department of Kinesiology) where he founded McMaster Dancers and The Hamilton Dance Company. In Toronto, he is the Artistic Director of The Parahumans. Dave was a board member of Dance Ontario for 11 years.
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