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Throwdown Collective brings a touch of magical realism to the stage with their physically exciting contemporary dance performances. Members Zhenya Cernazocv, Mairéad Filgate and Brodie Stevenson perform the world premiere of Montreal choreographer Lina Cruz’s Ylem (3 Eggs Ago), and their award winning creation, Various Concert.
DanceWorks began in 1977 as a collective of independent dance artists. It has grown to become Toronto’s leading presenter of independent dance. With a strong belief that dance has the power to illuminate, engage and transform all who participate, DanceWorks offers season after season of eclectic, exhilarating choreography programmed to intrigue, challenge and enthrals. DanceWorks adds to the theatrical experience with Carol’s Dance Notes and post-performance conversations with artists. DanceWorks is the administrator of the CanDance Network and Dance Ontario Association.
Founded in 2008, Toronto-based Throwdown Collective is a contemporary dance company that supports the collaborative creative pursuits of founders Zhenya Cernazocv, Mairéad Filgate and Brodie Stevenson. Creating both site-specific and stage work, the collective have created three site-specific commissions for Dusk Dances: One Couch (2009), Boxset (2011), and 1981FM (2013); all of which went on to tour with the festival and beyond, throughout Ontario, to Trois-Rivières, Quebec; & Vancouver, British Columbia.
Recently their work, Various Concert received the Dora Mavor Moore Award (2016) for Outstanding Choreography, and the Audience Choice Award at the dance: made in canada/fait au canada Festival (2015). The work also received Dora nominations for Outstanding Lighting Design/Arun Srinivasan, Outstanding Sound Design/Joshua van Tassel, and Outstanding Male Performance/Brodie Stevenson.
Boxset 3D and Frames, two short 3-D dance films created in collaboration with Emmanuel Albano, have been screened at film festivals across the globe.
“Stylized to the minimum gesture”, Montreal choreographer Lina Cruz explores imaginative choreographies and a detailed body language. A second place award winner in the 1998 choreographic competition of the St-Sauveur Arts Festival (Quebec), her dance is eloquent, constantly rhyming awkwardness with playfulness and characterized by an intricate articulation of the body, traveling sharply and fluidly through the body parts. With a background in classical ballet as much as in modern and contemporary styles, Cruz also takes interest in martial arts and various forms of stage expression. What she delivers is a versatile and theatrical dance, creating works with a very personal signature, considered different, inventive and always evolving on the margins of mainstream dance.
After 15 years as an independent choreographer, Lina Cruz founded the company Fila 13 Productions in 2003. Its mission statement is to support the artistic vision of the choreographer and the creation and production of dance and/or music performances. Lina Cruz explores the integration of musicians on stage and of music/voice to movement. She thus creates the works of the company. Fila 13’s specific artistic approach was warmly celebrated in Toronto in 2012 when Soupe du jour received the prestigious Dora Mavor Moore Award in two categories:
The last few years have brought Lina Cruz to diverse artistically enriching projects. Independent artists across Canada as well as companies and institutions, such as, Toronto Dance Theatre, the Banff Centre for the Arts, L’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal and l’École de danse de Québec, have sought out her services as choreographer and teacher. Cruz often embarks as well in theatre and opera projects, particularly with the contemporary opera company, Chants Libres. On the other hand, beyond the premises of Fila 13, Lina Cruz and musician Philippe Noireaut, as a collective, create more intimate works, performed by themselves, and have also established stimulating collaborations with a great diversity of artists.
Originally from Colombia, Cruz has been in the dance milieu since 1973. Her career as a dancer took off and developed mainly in Spain, with short but important periods spent in other European countries and in the United States. Cruz joined the Montreal eclectic dance scene in 1989, where she continues her research, receiving grants from Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts and Le Conseil des arts de Montréal for the creation of several of her works. Her work has been presented in the province of Québec, in Canada, Mexico, Switzerland, France, New York and on tour in Spain.