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DanceWorks 2011-12 season


About the company:
DanceWorks is one of Canada’s leading presenters of independent contemporary dance, supporting 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:
William Yong founded Zata Omm in 2005 to create new experiences in dance under his artistic direction. In 2010, Zata Omm launched a three-year programme of multiple dance and new technology collaborative research projects supported by the George Cedric Metcalf Foundation. Yong’s recent choreographies include Frames, a Dora Mavor Moore Award nominee for Outstanding New Choreography (2009), several commissions and a position as as artist in residence at Truce for the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre.


Born in Hong Kong, his numerous production credits include Wayne McGregor's Random Dance and Matthew Bourne's Adventures in Motion Pictures (UK); and Canadian companies such as Toronto Dance Theatre, CORPUS, The Chimera Project, Theatre Rusticle and Fila 13.


The performance on Friday, October 21 features an artist talk-back!

DanceWorks | DW191 | Zata Omm - Eight Ways from Mara


Regular tickets:$28−$33.50 Student/Senior:$19−$22.50 NextSteps package price:$25−$30 Student/Senior package price:$17-$20 Flex Pass eligible:YES

Thursday, October 20 – Saturday, October 22, 2011
Harbourfront Centre Theatre
231 Queens Quay West
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Harbourfront Centre Theatre
231 Queens Quay West

William Yong's Eight Ways from Mara is a multi-disciplined, imaginative and visually compelling choreographic work that explores a modern interpretation of how people strive to find ways to avoid life's misery by capitulation or opposition to three elemental forces: confusion, temptation and distraction. Distilled imagery and poetry from Buddhist philosophy and musings reflect on modern society, achieving a work of great richness, evoking a spirituality that guides and inspires.


"With his impressive first full-length work, Frames, William Yong takes his place in the forefront of emerging dancesmiths. The imaginative blend of technology and choreography produces startling images that are a feast to the eye..." − Paula Citron (Classical 96.3 FM)



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