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Clockwise from top left: Valerie Calam, Shannon Lea Doyle, Kevin Ormsby, Peter Chin and Susie Burpee

Choreographers – Peter Chin, Susie Burpee, Kevin Ormsby
Dancers – Sebastian Bash Hirtenstein, Sze-Yang Lam, Kassi Scott, Yui Ugai, Kathia Wittenborn
Set and Lighting Design – Shannon Lea Doyle
Sound Design – Valerie Calam
Costume Designer – Kelsey Carriere

Peter Chin
Peter Chin, Artistic Director of interdisciplinary dance company Tribal Crackling Wind, has been called a “renaissance man” based on his work as a dancer/choreographer, composer/musician, writer, designer and director. Peter Chin is the recipient of numerous awards including four Dora Mavor Moore Awards for dance, as well as the Muriel Sherrin Award for international achievement in dance, a Gemini award for his performance in the film Streetcar, among others. 

Susie Burpee
Susie Burpee creates ‘fully human characters, struggling for connection’ (The Toronto Star). She choreographs for contemporary dance and theatre, and her work has received Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding Choreography and Performance. Susie was a former company dancer for Ruth Cansfield Dance, Dancemakers and Le Groupe Dance Lab, and she is a past recipient of the K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Dance. Her work examines the intersections of creator and performer, and the collision of chance and craft.

Kevin Ormsby
Artistic Director of KasheDance, Kevin A. Ormsby works as a Dancer / Choreographer, Arts Marketing Consultant and is an adjunct artist with Dance Exchange (Washington D.C). A Toronto Arts Council Cultural Leaders Lab Fellow (2015) and Canada Council for the Arts’ Victor Martyn Lynch – Staunton Award recipient in Dance (2014) for outstanding achievement by a mid career artist, Mr. Ormsby functions in many of areas of dance; from the creative practice and administration to advocacy, writing and education.

Valerie Calam
Valerie Calam is a Toronto-based dancer, choreographer and sound designer. She is founder of Company Vice Versa, a group investigating physical states of embodiment and their impact on individuality and inter-ensemble dynamics. Company Vice Versa will be showing a new work in SummerWorks 2016 this August. With the help of Canada Council for the Arts, Valerie is fine tuning her physical practice to share as a workshop experience. She has an interest in documentation and sound design a way to find new avenues into her creative work. 

Shannon Lea Doyle
Shannon Lea Doyle is a performance designer and sculptor from Toronto. She holds a BFA in Sculpture and Installation from OCAD University and is a recent graduate of the Soulpepper Theatre Academy where she worked under the mentorship of theatre designer Lorenzo Savoini. Shannon is a Vazari Dance Projects Associate Artist.

The Animal Show


The Brigantine Room becomes a traditional ring circus – with a twist. The animals are taking over the circus ring. We present a dance theatre piece choreographed by Susie Burpee, Peter Chin and Kevin Ormsby involving dancers transforming into animals, performing and interacting with the audience.

Come experience this modern day take on the animal show where the hierarchy of human to animal is broken down, and the animals lead us in quirky, exuberant and sometimes thrilling feats of the imagination. The ring will be surrounded by interactive stations that engage directly and co-creatively with you the spectator in activities that lead directly to or from the stage performance.