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DanceWorks 2011-12 season
About the company:
DanceWorks is one of Canada’s leading presenters of independent contemporary dance, suppporting the creation, production and dissemination of groundbreaking choreography by professional dance artists. DanceWorks presents inspired work by gifted creators drawing from a belief in the power of dance to illuminate, engage and transform all that participate.
About the choreographer:
Michael Greyeyes began his professional career as a classical dancer with The National Ballet of Canada and Eliot Feld’s company (New York). Since 1993, he has choreographed and directed his own work for stages and festivals across Canada and Europe. Recent choreographic and directing credits include a duet with Santee Smith, The Threshing Floor (2008); Triptych - Gemini nominated in 2008; Pimooteewin (The Journey) - the first opera written in the Cree language; Daniel David Moses’ play Almighty Voice and His Wife; and site-specific play The River, premiered by Nakai Theatre, Whitehorse, Yukon (2011). Greyeyes has appeared as an actor onstage, for film and television and presented the production piece Gone Indian, in collaboration with visual artist Rebecca Belmore, at Toronto's Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2009.
The performance on Friday, September 23 features an artist talk-back!
A world premiere from director and choreographer Michael Greyeyes and his company, Signal Theatre, set in limbo between the land of the living and that of the dead. Six characters struggle to find meaning at the end of their lives, as they confront their deepest fears, most cherished memories and each other.
This dance theatre production brings together two contemporary Aboriginal artists for the first time: Michael Greyeyes (director) and Yvette Nolan (writer). Together, they examine mortality, memory and forgiveness, through the lens of contemporary dance expression, confronting head-on the reality that, only when the veil of our mortality is finally removed, will we see ourselves and each other truthfully.
A co-production with Signal Theatre, Native Earth Performing Arts, and co-presented with DanceWorks.
This performance contains mature subject matter.
"Poetic, imaginative." − Jon Kaplan, NOW