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Toronto’s second oldest contemporary dance company curating award-winning Canadian and international performances in its state-of-the-art theatre located in the Distillery District.
Toronto’s second oldest contemporary dance company curating award-winning Canadian and international performances in its state-of-the-art theatre located in the Distillery District.

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Shamanism, false economies, and modern spiritual power. Dancemakers presents a queering, kaleidoscopic triple bill of works by internationally renowned artist Keith Hennessy (Sudbury/San Francisco), ground-breaker Andrew Tay (Montreal) and local pioneer Eroca Nicols aka Lady Janitor (Toronto).

Presented over four days, the works will be performed in multiple combinations that re-frame themselves with each new context:

May 6 @ 8pm - ...Truthteller... and Summoning Aesthetics
May 7 @ 8pm - Summoning Aesthetics and Bear/Skin
May 8 @ 8pm - Bear/Skin and ...Truthteller...
May 9 @ 3pm - ...Truthteller... and Summoning Aesthetics
May 9 @ 8pm - Bear/Skin

...Truthteller... by Eroca Nicols aka Lady Janitor

May 6 @ 8pm
May 8 @ 8pm
May 9 @ 3pm

Truthteller is a solo work by Lady Janitor featuring: feats of fear facing and concentration, questions and answers, calling on and calling out the past, present and future, blood, water, conversation, aqua-technics, results of a sojourn of spiritual seekery, live lifelong lasting body alteration, sweating, movement and yes, truthtelling.

Summoning Aesthetics by Andrew Tay
Created and performed in Collaboration with Francois Lalumiere

May 6 @ 8pm
May 7 @ 8pm
May 9 @ 3pm

What are the actions / images / rituals that call forth the idea of summoning? And if we are to execute these without pretense...What are we summoning into the space around us? What types of spirits / magic / nothingness / can we make happen without knowing what the @#$% we are doing? The performance will be an impossible attempt to render intense rituals and spiritual actions into the superficial and transform pop culture and trivial actions into a sacred practice.

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Shamanism, false economies, and modern spiritual power. Dancemakers presents a queering, kaleidoscopic triple bill of works by internationally renowned artist Keith Hennessy (Sudbury/San Francisco), ground-breaker Andrew Tay (Montreal) and local pioneer Eroca Nicols aka Lady Janitor (Toronto).

Presented over four days, the works will be performed in multiple combinations that re-frame themselves with each new context:

May 6 @ 8pm - ...Truthteller... and Summoning Aesthetics
May 7 @ 8pm - Summoning Aesthetics and Bear/Skin
May 8 @ 8pm - Bear/Skin and ...Truthteller...
May 9 @ 3pm - ...Truthteller... and Summoning Aesthetics
May 9 @ 8pm - Bear/Skin
 
Bear/Skin by Keith Hennessey

May 7 @ 8pm
May 8 @ 8pm
May 9 @ 8pm

Motivated by grand spectacle and ambitious prayer, Keith Hennessy’s Bear/Skin appropriates Nijinsky's choreography for Le Sacre du Printemps (1913) to consider Modernism's dependence on appropriations of the indigenous, folk, exotic, and oriental, and question ritual and art today.

“There will be a bear dance that has nothing to do with gay bears and everything to do with Rite of Spring, teddy bears, the reconstruction of native/folk bear dances, action movies and virgin sacrifice, springtime in the northern hemisphere, the land I grew up on and where my parents are buried, and the land I now live on where my uncle and many others are buried. But it’s also about dancing and about ritual and appropriation; the struggle between being both settler and indigenous, nomad-refugee and precarious freelancer. Don’t expect a lecture or much coherence. Come to heal and be healed or not.” - Keith Hennessy

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Shamanism, false economies, and modern spiritual power. Dancemakers presents a queering, kaleidoscopic triple bill of works by internationally renowned artist Keith Hennessy (Sudbury/San Francisco), ground-breaker Andrew Tay (Montreal) and local pioneer Eroca Nicols aka Lady Janitor (Toronto).

Presented over four days, the works will be performed in multiple combinations that re-frame themselves with each new context:

May 6 @ 8pm - ...Truthteller... and Summoning Aesthetics
May 7 @ 8pm - Summoning Aesthetics and Bear/Skin
May 8 @ 8pm - Bear/Skin and ...Truthteller...
May 9 @ 3pm - ...Truthteller... and Summoning Aesthetics
May 9 @ 8pm - Bear/Skin
 
Bear/Skin by Keith Hennessey

May 7 @ 8pm
May 8 @ 8pm
May 9 @ 8pm

Motivated by grand spectacle and ambitious prayer, Keith Hennessy’s Bear/Skin appropriates Nijinsky's choreography for Le Sacre du Printemps (1913) to consider Modernism's dependence on appropriations of the indigenous, folk, exotic, and oriental, and question ritual and art today.

“There will be a bear dance that has nothing to do with gay bears and everything to do with Rite of Spring, teddy bears, the reconstruction of native/folk bear dances, action movies and virgin sacrifice, springtime in the northern hemisphere, the land I grew up on and where my parents are buried, and the land I now live on where my uncle and many others are buried. But it’s also about dancing and about ritual and appropriation; the struggle between being both settler and indigenous, nomad-refugee and precarious freelancer. Don’t expect a lecture or much coherence. Come to heal and be healed or not.” - Keith Hennessy

...Truthteller... by Eroca Nicols aka Lady Janitor

May 6 @ 8pm
May 8 @ 8pm
May 9 @ 3pm

Truthteller is a solo work by Lady Janitor featuring: feats of fear facing and concentration, questions and answers, calling on and calling out the past, present and future, blood, water, conversation, aqua-technics, results of a sojourn of spiritual seekery, live lifelong lasting body alteration, sweating, movement and yes, truthtelling.

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Shamanism, false economies, and modern spiritual power. Dancemakers presents a queering, kaleidoscopic triple bill of works by internationally renowned artist Keith Hennessy (Sudbury/San Francisco), ground-breaker Andrew Tay (Montreal) and local pioneer Eroca Nicols aka Lady Janitor (Toronto).

Presented over four days, the works will be performed in multiple combinations that re-frame themselves with each new context:

May 6 @ 8pm - ...Truthteller... and Summoning Aesthetics
May 7 @ 8pm - Summoning Aesthetics and Bear/Skin
May 8 @ 8pm - Bear/Skin and ...Truthteller...
May 9 @ 3pm - ...Truthteller... and Summoning Aesthetics
May 9 @ 8pm - Bear/Skin

Summoning Aesthetics by Andrew Tay
Created and performed in Collaboration with Francois Lalumiere

May 6 @ 8pm
May 7 @ 8pm
May 9 @ 3pm

What are the actions / images / rituals that call forth the idea of summoning? And if we are to execute these without pretense...What are we summoning into the space around us? What types of spirits / magic / nothingness / can we make happen without knowing what the @#$% we are doing? The performance will be an impossible attempt to render intense rituals and spiritual actions into the superficial and transform pop culture and trivial actions into a sacred practice.
 
Bear/Skin by Keith Hennessey

May 7 @ 8pm
May 8 @ 8pm
May 9 @ 8pm

Motivated by grand spectacle and ambitious prayer, Keith Hennessy’s Bear/Skin appropriates Nijinsky's choreography for Le Sacre du Printemps (1913) to consider Modernism's dependence on appropriations of the indigenous, folk, exotic, and oriental, and question ritual and art today.

“There will be a bear dance that has nothing to do with gay bears and everything to do with Rite of Spring, teddy bears, the reconstruction of native/folk bear dances, action movies and virgin sacrifice, springtime in the northern hemisphere, the land I grew up on and where my parents are buried, and the land I now live on where my uncle and many others are buried. But it’s also about dancing and about ritual and appropriation; the struggle between being both settler and indigenous, nomad-refugee and precarious freelancer. Don’t expect a lecture or much coherence. Come to heal and be healed or not.” - Keith Hennessy

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Shamanism, false economies, and modern spiritual power. Dancemakers presents a queering, kaleidoscopic triple bill of works by internationally renowned artist Keith Hennessy (Sudbury/San Francisco), ground-breaker Andrew Tay (Montreal) and local pioneer Eroca Nicols aka Lady Janitor (Toronto).

Presented over four days, the works will be performed in multiple combinations that re-frame themselves with each new context:

May 6 @ 8pm - ...Truthteller... and Summoning Aesthetics
May 7 @ 8pm - Summoning Aesthetics and Bear/Skin
May 8 @ 8pm - Bear/Skin and ...Truthteller...
May 9 @ 3pm - ...Truthteller... and Summoning Aesthetics
May 9 @ 8pm - Bear/Skin

...Truthteller... by Eroca Nicols aka Lady Janitor

May 6 @ 8pm
May 8 @ 8pm
May 9 @ 3pm

Truthteller is a solo work by Lady Janitor featuring: feats of fear facing and concentration, questions and answers, calling on and calling out the past, present and future, blood, water, conversation, aqua-technics, results of a sojourn of spiritual seekery, live lifelong lasting body alteration, sweating, movement and yes, truthtelling.

Summoning Aesthetics by Andrew Tay
Created and performed in Collaboration with Francois Lalumiere

May 6 @ 8pm
May 7 @ 8pm
May 9 @ 3pm

What are the actions / images / rituals that call forth the idea of summoning? And if we are to execute these without pretense...What are we summoning into the space around us? What types of spirits / magic / nothingness / can we make happen without knowing what the @#$% we are doing? The performance will be an impossible attempt to render intense rituals and spiritual actions into the superficial and transform pop culture and trivial actions into a sacred practice.

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Over her first four weeks in residence, Dana Michel will be working with the artistic team at Dancemakers Centre for Creation to revisit, transmit, and blow apart 1976 – making a group piece from the rubble.

“1976 seems somehow to be a logical place to start. Let’s start at one beginning. We will meet over a sort of meal, a composition of courses that was made up of some of my personal explorations.  So, a-ha!  Time to see more directly about this theory of my truths/untruths tapping into your truths/untruths. Is the connection clear and direct or will there be a soft alchemic propulsion into a whole other spring-loaded destination?” – Dana Michel

Beginning from an older work requires Michel to revisit her origins as a dance-maker, framing her repertory in the currency of ‘now’. Dancemakers’ company dancers Robert Abubo, Amanda Acorn, Ellen Furey, and Simon Portigal all have their own artistic practices and voices. Michel’s risky proposal is to invoke these voices to re-imagine her previous work, opening herself to the processes of other artists and intentionally seeking out a vulnerable space for working – not an easy task!

We are excited about this precarious investigation: a dance that interrogates itself both in its construction and presentation. Asking what might happen if we decide not to begin again, 1976, have several questions our addiction to the new.

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Over her first four weeks in residence, Dana Michel will be working with the artistic team at Dancemakers Centre for Creation to revisit, transmit, and blow apart 1976 – making a group piece from the rubble.

“1976 seems somehow to be a logical place to start. Let’s start at one beginning. We will meet over a sort of meal, a composition of courses that was made up of some of my personal explorations.  So, a-ha!  Time to see more directly about this theory of my truths/untruths tapping into your truths/untruths. Is the connection clear and direct or will there be a soft alchemic propulsion into a whole other spring-loaded destination?” – Dana Michel

Beginning from an older work requires Michel to revisit her origins as a dance-maker, framing her repertory in the currency of ‘now’. Dancemakers’ company dancers Robert Abubo, Amanda Acorn, Ellen Furey, and Simon Portigal all have their own artistic practices and voices. Michel’s risky proposal is to invoke these voices to re-imagine her previous work, opening herself to the processes of other artists and intentionally seeking out a vulnerable space for working – not an easy task!

We are excited about this precarious investigation: a dance that interrogates itself both in its construction and presentation. Asking what might happen if we decide not to begin again, 1976, have several questions our addiction to the new.

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Over her first four weeks in residence, Dana Michel will be working with the artistic team at Dancemakers Centre for Creation to revisit, transmit, and blow apart 1976 – making a group piece from the rubble.

“1976 seems somehow to be a logical place to start. Let’s start at one beginning. We will meet over a sort of meal, a composition of courses that was made up of some of my personal explorations.  So, a-ha!  Time to see more directly about this theory of my truths/untruths tapping into your truths/untruths. Is the connection clear and direct or will there be a soft alchemic propulsion into a whole other spring-loaded destination?” – Dana Michel

Beginning from an older work requires Michel to revisit her origins as a dance-maker, framing her repertory in the currency of ‘now’. Dancemakers’ company dancers Robert Abubo, Amanda Acorn, Ellen Furey, and Simon Portigal all have their own artistic practices and voices. Michel’s risky proposal is to invoke these voices to re-imagine her previous work, opening herself to the processes of other artists and intentionally seeking out a vulnerable space for working – not an easy task!

We are excited about this precarious investigation: a dance that interrogates itself both in its construction and presentation. Asking what might happen if we decide not to begin again, 1976, have several questions our addiction to the new.
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