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World premieres by Artistic Director Deborah Lundmark and fast rising choreographic star, Hanna Kiel, and a Canadian premiere of modern dance pioneer José Limón’s iconic The Winged highlight CCDT’s NextSteps 15/16 Season.
CCDT recently performed The Winged – hailed at its 1966 premiere as “thrilling…a composition of originality and power” at New York’s Joyce Theater – in celebration of the Limón Company’s 70th anniversary. And CCDT continues the celebration with the return of ARENA by Colin Connor, the Limón Company’s new Artistic Director!
Launched in 1980, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre performs one of Canada’s most diverse repertoires by leading international choreographers and has staged more than one thousand performances from Barrie to Beijing. The company performed at New York City’s storied Joyce Theatre in October for the International Dance Festival celebrating the José Limón Company’s 70th Anniversary and recently represented Canada at the Commonwealth Youth Dance Festival in Glasgow Scotland. Other highlights include appearances at Toronto’s Princess of Wales and Royal Alexandra Theatres, tours to Singapore, Malaysia and China, and five invitations to the Canada Dance Festival.
Deborah Lundmark, Co-Founder, Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer, has created more than 40 works for her company. These include collaborations with the Danny Grossman Dance Company, the Toronto Children’s Chorus and Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra and blues artists Thompson Egbo Egbo, Jerome Godboo and Carlos del Junco. From her Street Songs (1980) to Dancing Day (1989), Precipice (2010) and Rain Horse (2016), Ms. Lundmark has impressed audiences and critics alike with the power, precision and artistry of her unique company.
She has commissioned over one hundred works from a who’s who of Canadian choreographers including David Earle, Carol Anderson, Tedd Robinson, Santee Smith and Ofilio Sinbadinho and from abroad, Colin Connor, Sidra Bell, Kevin Wynn (USA) and Alexander Whitley (UK). Her company has won Toronto Arts Foundation’s prestigious Arts for Youth Award and has been critically acclaimed as a “national treasure numbered among the ranks of Toronto’s top dance companies” by The Globe and Mail. Her dancers have gone on to perform with many of the world’s leading companies including the Limón Dance Company whose 70th anniversary CCDT helped celebrate with New York performances of José Limón’s The Winged.
"... perfect alchemy..."
– The Scotsman
"... among the ranks of Toronto’s top dance companies ..."
– The Globe and Mail
"... all the works share substance and artistic integrity ..."
– The Dance Current