December 13-14, 2013

Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre

WinterSong – dances for a sacred season



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Wintersong is a family show with works that explore solstice traditions from around the world. It’s a joy to watch the young dancers tackle the complex choreography, which provides insight into how different cultures celebrate the holidays.

Lynanne Sparrow
Artistic Associate – Dance, Performing Arts Department
Harbourfront Centre

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Now a 26-year tradition, WinterSong returns to warm the hearts of family audiences with its breathtaking tapestry of seasonal dance. Come celebrate the holidays with some of Canada’s most exciting choreographers, dancers and musicians inspired by the world’s rich solstice traditions.

Includes favourites by Santee Smith, Carol Anderson, Colin Connor, Kim Frank and Deborah Lundmark. Highlights include the return of the company’s 2012 hit, Sknaht, by Dora Award-winning street dance artist, Ofilio Portillo, and a gospel-inspired world premiere by New York’s acclaimed Kevin Wynn.

Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre is a repertory company founded by artistic director Deborah Lundmark and managing director Michael de Coninck Smith in 1980. Company members and audiences alike enjoy one of Canada’s largest and most diverse repertoires including works by such dance luminaries as David Earle, Carol Anderson, Danny Grossman, Margie Gillis, Peggy Baker and Peter Chin and, most recently, Ofilio Portillo, Santee Smith, Alexander Whitley and Colin Connor. Since 2000, the Toronto-based company’s Ontario Arts Access outreach initiative has introduced 180,000 students to contemporary dance, from Windsor and Lion’s Head to Kapuskasing and Kenora. Presentation highlights include featured appearances at Toronto’s Princess of Wales and Royal Alexandra Theatres for the Creative Trust and Dancers for Life Galas, tours to Singapore, Malaysia and China, and five invitations to the Canada Dance Festival in Ottawa.

Deborah Lundmark, founding artistic director and resident choreographer of CCDT, has created more than 50 works for her company including collaborations with Danny Grossman Dance Company, Toronto Children’s Chorus and international blues and jazz artists Jerome Godboo and Thompson Egbo-Egbo. From Street Songs (1981) to Dancing Day (1989), Platform Blues (2004) and Entre-temps (2013), Deborah has impressed audiences and critics alike with the dynamic creativity of her choreography twinned to the technical virtuosity of her dancers. From Barrie to Beijing her repertory company has shared the works of many of Canada’s most exciting and exacting modern and contemporary choreographers.