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Makeda Estrella Benitez by Michael Zender
Dance Ontario DanceWeekend’19 showcases hundreds of dancers and live musicians on a totally unique and completely captivating platform of globally inspired dance from the city’s professional companies. Performing companies this January include Canada’s Ballet Jorgen, Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre and Sampradaya Dance Creations.
Commissioned works from exciting choreographic voices will be featured each day: Makeda Estrella Benitez with Bahram Aghakhan and Persamenco, a Toronto-based Persian-derived musical ensemble for Dentro, and a stunning collaboration, Decades Collective, bringing together Sashar Zarif, Maxine Heppner, Mi Young Kim, Mafa Makhubalo, Jennifer Dallas, Atri Nundry, Jill Carter and Jani Lauzon – eight artists, from eight cultures, across eight decades.
From fierce physicality to serene introspective, Toronto’s dance artists will astound you.
Dance Ontario is the province’s key dance service organization and the only one with networks across Ontario. Reflecting the dynamism, global influences and diversity of our extraordinary dance sector we publish newsletters, e-bulletins and an annual Directory, and maintain a popular website which serves both the general public and the dance sector as a whole. Excellence in the field is recognized through our awards.