world premiere

Everyday Anthems

Toronto Dance Theatre


About the Performance

Choreographed by rising star Heidi Strauss, along with text from playwright Brendan Gall, this new dance work explores anthems as a metaphor for overcoming obstacles, for things unrequited, for personal strength and belonging. An impassioned performance that poses questions around power, pride and unity in the face of difference.

Strauss’s first creation for Toronto Dance Theatre draws on the embodied histories of her performers to create a richly physical ensemble work.

Suggested age: all ages.

About the company

Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT) is one of Canada’s leading dance companies, recognized for intelligent choreography and exceptional artistry from its dancers. Founded in 1968 by Peter Randazzo, Patricia Beatty and David Earle, and under the artistic direction of Christopher House since 1994, TDT has produced a remarkable body of original Canadian choreography. The company maintains a regular presence from coast to coast in Canada, and has toured extensively in the USA, Europe and Asia.

Company Website

About Heidi Strauss

Based in Toronto, Heidi Strauss is an independent dancer and choreographer. Her recent work examines connection, relationships and human response. In 2007, Strauss founded adelheid, a company to support her choreographic work. She has created numerous works for companies and professional training programmes, and given workshops across Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy and Singapore. She has also worked in opera and theatre with the companies Necessary Angel, Volcano Theatre, Canadian Opera Company, Tarragon Theatre and as co-director of Hub 14. Since 2008 she has been the dance-artist-in-residence at the Factory Theatre where she has created three, full-evening works including the multi-Dora-Award-winning this time.

Artist Website


Everyday Anthems – Opening Night Reception

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 –

World Stage goes deeper to deliver a more in-depth performance experience. We invite you to join the World Stage team for food, drinks and discussion at our opening night reception. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket.

Everyday Anthems – talkshow

Thursday, March 7, 2013 –

World Stage is committed to providing you with live performance of unparalleled quality. Part of that commitment includes exclusive opportunities to engage with the artists and performers involved with the work. Please stay around after the performance for an informative and engaging talkshow hosted by Kathleen Smith, editor at The Dance Current. With striking visuals and insightful writing, The Dance Current provides an entertaining, illuminating and informed perspective on the issues, creators and innovators in the Canadian dance scene. An invaluable companion piece for any World Stage dance production. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket.

From the blog

Showing & Telling: Katie McMillan on Everyday Anthems

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World Stage artistic director Tina Rasmussen discusses Toronto Dance Theatre’s Everyday Anthems

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