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dance: made in canada / fait au canada is back August 13-16, 2015: over two dozen exceptional contemporary artists will be presented at the Betty Oliphant Theatre in Toronto in three different programs: Mainstage,What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG) and Arts Encounters.

Artists include Ryan Cunningham / Troy Emery Twigg (Calgary), Fila 13 Productions / Lina Cruz (Montreal), Marie France Forcier (Toronto), Kate Hilliard (Toronto), Jacob Niedzwiecki (Toronto), Andrew Tay / Wants&Needs danse (Montreal), Throwdown Collective (Toronto).

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Call for Volunteers

dance: made in canada / fait au canada (d:mic/fac) is looking for volunteers for its biennial contemporary dance festival. The festival includes a curated Mainstage Series, lottery-drawn Late Night Series, WYSIWYG and an Arts Encounters program of additional interdisciplinary programming such as dance films.

The festival will occur August 13th – 16th, 2015 in and around the Betty Oliphant Theatre (404 Jarvis Street, Toronto).

Volunteers are a vital part of making dance: made in canada / fait au canada (d:mic/fac) a success. Volunteers will have the opportunity to be the face of the festival, welcoming our audiences to all events, engaging with members of the dance community, assisting with the set up of displays and Arts Encounters materials and most importantly, making the festival happen. We strive for a welcoming atmosphere for our volunteers to work and contribute. dance: made in canada / fait au canada (d:mic/fac) simply would not be such a successful festival without the support and dedication of its volunteers.

Volunteers must be able to stand for long periods of time, be confident assisting patrons, able to work outdoors for long periods, have a passion for dance and the performing arts. Front of House experience is not required, however considered an asset.

Shifts are approximately four hours in length between 5pm and 1am between August 13th and 16th. There is no minimum requirement for number of shifts.

In return for your hard work and dedication, dance: made in canada / fait au canada (d:mic/fac) offers their volunteers:

– The opportunity to contribute their skills and abilities whilst gaining knowledge and experience through participation in an exceptional contemporary dance festival.
– The chance to work alongside dancers, choreographers and industry professionals.
– The opportunity to share your love for dance.
– Access to d:mic/fac performances and events.
– The appreciation and thanks of the d:mic/fac team.
– Volunteering with d:mic/fac can be used towards High School Volunteer Hours. If you are interested please send a brief resume and a short paragraph detailing what motivates you to volunteer with dance: made in canada / fait au canada to Sam Hale at

Call for Dance Films

dance: made in canada/fait au canada (d:mic/fac) is the only Toronto-based biennial summer festival of contemporary dance. The not-for-profit festival was founded in 2000 by Yvonne Ng under the umbrella of princess productions and since that time, eight festivals of dance: made in canada/fait au canada (d:mic/fac) have been produced.

d:mic/fac Festival fills a mid-market niche by presenting culturally-diverse and independent contemporary dance artists. Due to its multi-disciplinary nature, d:mic/fac is a excellent choice for both seasoned art aficionados as well as new dance audiences.

We are looking for short films (less than 20 minutes in length) in any dance genre to showcase in the Betty Oliphant Theatre during the festival (August 13 – 16, 2015). These curated films will be part of Arts Encounters program and will be screened in dedicated room off the main lobby. There will be two screenings. Selected filmmakers will receive an honorarium.

Individuals or groups may submit more than one film.

Please submit submissions postmarked by Monday, June 8th, 2015 by 4:00 p.m. to the following address below:

Attn: Sam Hale
Dance Film Submissions
dance: made in canada Festival
476 Parliament Street, Second Floor
Toronto, Ontario M4X 1P2

Please include in your submission:

1. Dance Film Submission Form for each film
2. For the purposes of selection, we can view works on Vimeo or other platforms. Be sure to include the complete URL and password if it is required.

If you have any questions please contact Sam Hale, Arts Encounters Coordinator at

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.
  • 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.

Launch Party This February!


We have invited an incredibly amazing and diverse line up of artists to perform at our festival this August and we want YOU to be the first to know just WHO they are.

Join us on February 9th as we announce the 2015 d:mic/fac artists.

As you have come to expect – there will be food, drink and fun, including live music by Les Petits Nouveaux and a few other surprises.

You’ll also have the chance to win a festival pass!

Monday, February 9th, 2015
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Location: RATIO
(283 College Street, 2nd floor/ west of Spadina)
PWYC at the door

Join the Facebook event!

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!

d: mic/fac 2013 Award Winners Announced

Artistic Director Yvonne Ng, on behalf of princess productions and guest curators Serge Bennathan and Cylla von Tiedemann, is pleased to announce the award winners from this year’s dance: made in canada / fait au canada (d:mic/fac), the cutting-edge contemporary dance festival which had a popular and critically successful run August 14-17, 2013 at the Betty Oliphant Theatre in Toronto.

New this year, the festival initiated Audience Choice Awards (ACA) for each of the MainStage Series and What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get (WYSIWYG) Late-Night Series, with prize money raised through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign divided 60/40 between the winners from each series.

The MainStage Series Award goes to Benjamin Kamino, who performed an excerpt from his solo Nudity. Desire. He receives a cheque for $692.

The ACA winner from the WYSIWYG Series is Throwdown Collective (Zhenya Cerneacov, Mairéad Filgate and Brodie Stevenson). The Throwdown Collective receives a cheque for $461.

Amy Hampton, whose Middle Distance was featured in the lottery-drawn What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get (WYSIWYG) Series at d:mic/fac, is the winner of the 2013 Paula Citron Award and receives a cheque for $100.

Among the outstanding Canadian dance creators contributing to three different MainStage Series were Benjamin Kamino (Montreal), William Yong (Toronto), Femmes du Feu (Toronto), Louis Laberge-Côté (Toronto), Gearshifting Performance Works (Winnipeg), Mocean Dance (Halifax) and Blue Ceiling Dance (Toronto). Following the MainStage programming was a Late-Night “What You See is What You Get” (WYSIWYG) Series with Jamee Valin of Vancouver and Toronto-based artists Amy Hampton, Shannon Litzenberger, skindivers dance company and Throwdown Collective. (Arts Encounters, a visual art exhibit, community line dance, live video dance installation and other happenings rounded out the festival.)


More details on the winners:

This year’s d:mic/fac featured a new prize – the Audience Choice Awards (ACA). Audience members had the opportunity to vote for their favourite artists in both the MainStage Series and What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get Late-Night Series, with prize money raised through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign divided 60/40 between the winners from each series.

The ACA winner from the MainStage Series is Benjamin Kamino, who performed an excerpt from Nudity. Desire., a solo embodying the theological framework of the “first nude” or “fall” as a potential origin of language and birthplace of desire as explored by contemporary philosophers Giorgio Agamben, Slavoj Žižek and Erik Peterson.

The ACA winner from the WYSIWYG Series is Throwdown Collective (Zhenya Cerneacov, Mairéad Filgate and Brodie Stevenson), whose Various Concert explores the dynamic form of the trio as a choreographic structure. Playing with the tension of partnering, weight sharing and manipulation, a fluid and changing dynamic is found and used as the background.

Benjamin Kamino receives a cheque for $692 while Throwdown Collective collects $461.

In 1996, dance critic Paula Citron inaugurated a prize to recognize choreographic artistry at the fringe Festival of Independent Dance Artists. Since then, the Paula Citron Dance Award has been variously conferred on choreographers selected from Moving Pictures Festival of Dance on Film and Video, Fresh Blood (a showcase of emerging choreographers) and the biennial d:mic/fac. The winner of the 2013 Paula Citron Award is Amy Hampton, whose Middle Distance was featured in the lottery-drawn WYSIWYG Series at d:mic/fac. Performed by Hampton and Brendan Wyatt, Middle Distance explores a relationship through the lens of physical proximity and the spaces between us. “Amy Hampton is a very physical dancer,” Citron observes, “so it is no surprise that she is also a very physical choreographer. The very traits that make her one of the most sought after independent dancers in the city can be found in Middle Distance – precision placement, firm control, and strong expression.” Hampton receives a cheque for $100.

Download the press release: DMIC 2013-PR-AWARD WINNERS