d:mic/fac 2015 kicks off with vibrant launch party

By: Mairéad Filgate

On a chilly Monday evening a little over two weeks ago, RATIO (co-facilitated by brilliant musician and tiger princess dance projects collaborator Nick Storring) was the cozy host to our dance: made in canada/fait au canada’s 2015 Launch Party. This newly opened, intimate concert and art space at College and Spadina was the perfect spot for artists and friends to get warm and perk up on a cold February evening with some drinks, eats, performances; and more importantly, to be the first to hear the official announcement of the exciting 2015 dance: made in canada program, curated this year by Yvonne Ng, Tedd Robinson and Debashis Sinha.

Tedd Robinson made an appearance via Skype and even managed a photo op with the raffle winner of the Mainstage Festival Pass. A mere $5 suggested entrance fee got everyone a raffle ticket and Board Member /super supporter James Beamish was standing by with necklaces of tickets for sale, which won many lucky recipients free drinks and show tickets. Festival directors Yvonne Ng and Jeff Morris were in attendance, along with many princess productions staff members, past d:mic/fac artists, supporters, and several of this year’s artists – including Kate Hilliard, Zhenya Cerneacov (Throwdown Collective), and even Lina Cruz (Fila 13 Productions) of Montreal who just happened to be in town for a theatre workshop. Andy and Jessica of the gypsy jazz trio Les Petits Nouveaux provided a terrific music concert part way through the evening and were joined by Bill Coleman who performed an improvised tap piece. Peggy Baker’s joyous laughter rang out as Bill entertained with his slapstick antics, getting the unsuspecting crowd involved and finally being pushed back on stage for an encore performance.

The night was rounded out by a surprise duet performance by Chimera’s Company B; the delicious comfort food by the ever creative Michael Tong; and of course the warm company of fellow artists and friends. This year’s festival promises to be an exciting and stimulating mix of artistry from across the country. Check out the full line up online HERE. We can’t wait to see you in August at the Betty Oliphant Theatre!

Photo: Patricia Cain
Caption: Big winner of the Mainstage Festival Pass, Patricia Cain, poses with Yvonne Ng, Jeff Morris and Tedd Robinson (on screen!)

Photo: Yvonne Ng
Caption: Bill Coleman and Les Petits Nouveaux entertain the crowd.

Photo: Patricia Cain
Caption: Andy and Jessica of Les Petits Nouveaux

dance: made in canada / fait au canada presents artists from across

dance: made in canada / fait au canada presents artists from across Canada
August 13 – 16, 2015, Betty Oliphant Theatre

Festival Artistic Director Yvonne Ng, Co-Festival Directors, Janelle Rainville & Jeff Morris, alongside guest curators Tedd Robinson and Debashis Sinha, are pleased to announce the programming for the dance: made in canada / fait au canada (d:mic/fac) Festival, running August 13-16, 2015. Over two dozen artists will be seen at the Betty Oliphant Theatre in Toronto in three different programs: Mainstage, What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) and Arts Encounters.

The d:mic/fac MainStage Series consists of three different series totalling seven unique Canadian dance works by an exceptional list of contemporary artists:

Robinson Series

  • Fila 13 Productions / Lina Cruz (Montreal) performs Waiting for a Sleepless Night (WORLD PREMIERE), choreographed by Cruz. On an imaginary terrain, two “buddies” wander into the heightened sensitivity of a sleepless night.
  • Andrew Tay / Wants&Needs Danse (Montreal) performs You can’t buy it (WORLD PREMIERE), a solo which questions modern society’s connection to spirituality using the body, elements of ritual and the relationship between the performer and spectator.

“In curating this evening, I chose Cruz’s work for its physicality and intimacy,” says Robinson. “I chose Tay’s work because I found it to be intriguing and curious in concept. Together, I feel that we will see into the inquisitive minds of these two creators. One leans toward the physical, and the other leans toward performance. I like to think that there is room for both on the stage.”

Sinha Series

  • Ryan Cunningham / Troy Emery Twigg (Calgary) bring They Shoot Buffalo, Don’t They? (TORONTO PREMIERE). This is a contemporary piece for three dancers that uses mask reminiscent of traditional dances and ceremonies. The physical narrative is expressed through the perspective of the wild Buffalo; the masks, choreography and performance embody the evolution of the wild Buffalo in North America.
  • Jacob Niedzwiecki (Toronto) choreographs A Review of Criticality Accidents (WORLD PREMIERE), a literary adaptation from an unlikely source: a landmark 2001 review of every ‘process’ nuclear accident in both the Russian and American nuclear programs. Niedzwiecki’s piece explores the report’s stories and the dangerous science behind them, with a gifted cast of five (or four?) interpreters.

Says Sinha: “Dance has been most exciting to me when it comes out of something that is part of our collective unconscious – the experience of nature, perhaps, or of relationships, or how we place our human lives in a universe so much more vast than we are. In this program, I choose two pieces that are driven by these currents, albeit in very different ways.”

Morrison/Ng Series

  • Kate Hilliard (Toronto) choreographs and performs the duet Jane and Sam with Robert Abubo (WORLD PREMIERE). The piece questions mortality and the unknown suspense that death creates.
  • Forcier Stage Works/Marie France Forcier (Toronto) performs her solo Little Guidebook for Using your Suffering Wisely (WORLD PREMIERE), an ironic journey through Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. A character embarks on a self-help audiobook journey, guided by a narrator.
  • Throwdown Collective (Toronto) performs Various Concert (working title) (WORLD PREMIERE). The piece explores the dynamic form of the trio as a choreographic structure relating to the themes of perspective and time.

What pulled these works together for me is that each choreographer is a performer within their own works,” says Ng. “This gives each piece immediacy, intimacy and a touch of irrationality that is compelling. When the choreographer and dancer are one and the same, the choreographic process is intuitive, and more akin to biological growth than architectural design. This gives the audience a glimpse of the interior self.”

To view the full release, please click HERE.

Light and Shadow Performance

Don’t miss dance: made in canada / fait au canada Festival’s first off-year performance this August!

Our first off-year event is ‘Light and Shadow’, a platform for dialogue between Light and Choreography. Lighting Designer, Arun Srinivasan will facilitate two evening workshops for professional dance artists that focus on lighting design for contemporary dance. The workshops will culminate in a performance on Saturday, August 16th.

That evening, a work by Peggy Baker Dance Projects will be staged with two distinct lighting designs. Also included on the program will be performances by Alias Dance Projects (Triptych part 2), Iryna Gordon (Silencio) and Pamela Briz and Alison MacDonald.

Saturday, August 16th at 8pm
Winchester Street Theatre (80 Winchester Street, Toronto)

Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased HERE
or at the door:

$15 General Admission
$12 Artsworker/ Senior/ Student

Click HERE for the Facebook event!

d: mic/fac presents
Light & Shadow
Early Bird Registration


**Early Bird Registration available until July 15th!**

Light and Shadow is a new initiative and professional development opportunity presented by dance: made in canada / fait au canada (d: mic/fac). Two workshops, running August 13th and 14th, will culminate in a public performance on August 16th at 8pm, at the Winchester Street Theatre.

This is our first off-year event, and we are very excited about it! Light and Shadow is a tremendous hands-on learning opportunity for all levels of dance and theatre artists, designers, and professionals who wish to become better acquainted with the specifics of design for dance.

Join us and help make this series a great success, so that we can continue to develop d:mic/fac’s programming in the coming seasons. More details, as well as the registration portal, can be found HERE.

EARLY BIRD registration at the discounted rate of $60, is available until JULY 15TH!