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Quirky and inventive, Flemish choreographer/dancer Lisbeth Gruwez is emerging as an important and original new voice in contemporary dance. In AH/HA, a collaboration with her creative partner, sound artist Maarten Van Cauwenberghe, she investigates the mechanics of laughter.
Nicholas Van Young
ETM: Double Down is a fusion of acoustic and electronic sound – the high octane performers dancing across platforms and boards, tapping out elaborately choreographed phrases while simultaneously playing a musical composition. This is effervescent, electrifying tap for the 21st Century.
This heartwrenching tale of a lovely peasant girl betrayed in love transports us from the joyful colour of rustic harvest celebrations, to the silvery stillness of the world of the Wilis – the malevolent spirits of forsaken women who will put Giselle’s love to the test.
This Canadian exclusive is a rare opportunity to see Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui perform! His latest creation, Fractus V, investigates the importance of skepticism in a world where information is increasingly manipulated. Inspired by the writings of political philosopher Noam Chomsky, this timely and eloquent work rejects divisive fearmongering and seeks to explore the strengths of community.
Cavalier flirtations, petty jealousies and a violent duel play out against the romantic splendor of Imperial Russia in this much anticipated revival that has garnered unanimous acclaim and instantaneous standing ovations. Onegin is a delightful discovery for all classical ballet lovers!
The Schuhplattler (shoe beater) is a typical Bavarian/Tyrolean folk dance that has survived intact through generations. Italian choreographer and rising star Alessandro Sciarroni uses this ancient form as a departure point for a choreographic practice studying time.
Choreography (Now and Now)
Choreography (Bach Duet)
Performing a luscious mixed program including Johan Inger’s dramatic duet Now and Now, Nacho Duato’s playful Bach Duet, and Mauro Bigonzetti’s Cantata for 16 dancers, Gauthier Dance cements its reputation as one of the most entertaining and innovative companies in contemporary dance.
These remarkable evenings feature Marie Chouinard’s legendary solo Étude no 1 danced in steel-toed shoes; Crystal Pite’s A Picture of You Falling performed by the astonishing duo of Anne Plamondon and Peter Chu; and Christopher House’s dynamic Echo, in which ten dancers from Toronto Dance Theatre inhabit a world of beautiful creatures, dark angels and lost souls.
Virginie Brunelle is an exciting young choreographer at the forefront of the Montreal dance scene. With this new creation, she offers a poetic work that is sometimes romantic, sometimes crude, but always informed by her ongoing investigation of human relations.
Three remarkable new one-act ballets, each with an original orchestral score, will be performed en première by dozens of dazzling dancers together with the National Arts Centre Orchestra under the baton of music director Alexander Shelley. An unprecedented event to mark Canada’s sesquicentennial!
Twelve street and hip hop dancers breathe dynamic life into French/Algerian choreographer Hervé Koubi’s compelling quest for identity. With touchingly tender interdependence, Koubi’s “brothers” weave threads in a complex dance tapestry that celebrates the ties that connect us all.