Meet Brianna Lombardo

Brianna Lombardo’s work is part of the Arts Encounters Programming. Her photographs will be on display throughout the festival in the lobby of the Betty Oliphant Theatre August 13-16.


More on Brianna:

I live in…. a gorgeous old 71/2 in petite patrie Montreal.

I live with…. my boyfriend and co pilot Christian Bélanger, my vinyls, my walls covered in art, posters and random garage sale finds.

My favorite way to get around… bike or my feet.

Favourite spot/thing to do in Toronto….. a pizza at Terroni is always a must.

When people ask what I do I say…. usually say contemporary dancer, which is followed by professionally? Yes.

My first artistic influence was…. hard to say what the very first one was but a strong one was Serge Bennethan’s work and the strong kick ass women at Dancemakers.

The seed for my piece came…. the idea of how to present the photos became apparent when looking at what Andrew and I had done together. The portraits were strong and demanded a certain grandeur. I wanted to exaggerate the size to highlight the progression and the change of state of his eyes throughout the shots. I find it very revealing.

Before I perform I…. depends on the show, for the last tour of Usually Beauty Fails with Frédérick Gravel and company it was a shot of Zubrowska.

To relax I… do yoga, read, bike, nap, walk, sit.

When I’m not dancing/choreographing….. taking pictures and/or drinking coffee.

If I wasn’t an artist I would be…. working with people in the social spectre somehow.

Few people know….. this is hard, I feel like a pretty open book. My first time onstage was playing the lion in the wizard of oz. I lost my voice from roaring to loud and had to lip synch the part as someone backstage made the sounds.

Support the 2015 Audience Choice Awards

Launched at dance: made in canada/fait au canada 2013, the Audience Choice Awards allow YOU, the audience, to vote for your favourite artist/dance work at this year’s festival. All proceeds from the crowdfunding campaign will be donated to the 2015 recipients of the Audience Choice Awards.There are two awards – one award for one of the Mainstage series’ Artist and one award for one of WYSIWYG artists.

This year’s dance artists include:
Andrew Tay/Wants&Needs danse
Lina Cruz/Fila 13 Productions
Kate Hilliard
Marie France Forcier
Throwdown Collective
Troy Emery Twigg
Jacob Niedzwiecki
Susie Burpee
Benjamin Landsberg Dance Projects
Louise Moyes docuDance
Alysa Pires

2013 Audience Choice Award Winners Throwdown Collective:
“Receiving the Audience Choice Award helped us in many ways. It was a wonderful boost of confidence for our small but growing collective, helping to raise the status of our little company. Most of all, the recognition helped encourage and inspire us to keep moving forward in producing our work! ”

Our goal is to raise $2000 by August 16, 2015. Please SHARE and help us spread the word!

Andrew Tay

Montreal based artist Andrew Tay will present his solo You can’t buy it (But I’ll sell it to you anyways) Sucka in the Robinson Series, August 13th at 7 p.m.; August 14th at 9 p.m. and August 15th at 4 p.m. with a post-show chat after Saturday’s performance.
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A little more about Andrew…
I live in… Montreal
I live with… myself.
My favorite way to get around is… walking.
Favorite spot/thing to do in Toronto is… go to the beach on Toronto Island.
When people ask what I do I say… stuff.
My first artistic influence was… Detroit radio.
The seed for my piece came… from ghosts telling my body what to do.
Before I perform I… shake my body and try to ground myself.
To relax I… dance in nightclubs.
When I’m not dancing/choreographing…. I’m emailing or sleeping.
If I wasn’t an artist… I would be a musician, visual artist or DJ.
Few people know…. how much i love whitney houston.

d:mic/fac to Kick Off with Feature Film on Canadian Dance Icon, Aug. 12th


In partnership with Dance Collection Danse, d: mic/fac will begin with a special screening of A Good Madness: The Dance of Rachel Browne, a film by Danielle Sturk on August 12th at 7:30pm at the Betty Oliphant Theatre. This event is PWYC.

This feature documentary on Rachel Browne (1934–2012), founder of Canada’s oldest professional modern dance company, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, captures the essence of the woman and power of the dance she created, exposing her unwavering desire to create dance to the exclusion of all else.

Danielle Sturk is a multi-disciplinary artist, previous dancer/choreographer, and independent filmmaker creating in documentary and experimental forms. Since 2004, her combined short films have been screened at over thirty film festivals and broadcasts on CBC, Radio Canada, Aboriginal People’s Television Network, MTS TV, l’Office national du film du Canada (NFB), TVA (Quebec), and TFO (Télévision française de l’Ontario).

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Introducing: Marie France Forcier

Marie France Forcier, one of the MainStage choreographers for dance: made in canada/fait au canada 2015l, answered a few questions for us…..


Marie and her wee one.

I live in… Calgary. I just moved a few weeks ago to start on faculty at U of C. I was born and raised in Montréal, but I consider Toronto my home.

I live with…. my two-month-old son, my man and my cat.

My favorite way to get around…. is to walk. Which is a bit tricky now that I live in Cow Town.

My favourite spot/thing to do in Toronto…. is catching up with friends. If that happens at a show: even better.

When people ask what I do I say…. that I’m a dance artist. They usually don’t know what to do with that, so, depending on how much time I have and how friendly they appear, I may supplement my answer with a meatier list of things that I do: teach, rehearsal direct, grant write, write articles, choreograph, do admin, etc.

My first artistic influence was…. my grandmother. She used to paint and take the time to draw with me.

The seed for my piece came…. from research I was doing during my graduate studies on the expression of post-traumatic states in contemporary choreography.

Before I perform… I hum and bounce.

To relax I…. drink wine in the bath.

When I’m not dancing/choreographing…. I take care of my baby. The answer used to be different.

If I wasn’t an artist… I would be a clinical psychologist.

Few people know…. that I once fell off my bike while spying on an ex-boyfriend. (I was much younger:)

Marie France Forcier will premiere her new work Little Guidebook to Using your Suffering Wisely in the MainStage Morrison Series this August at dance: made in canada/fait au canada. Catch her August 13th at 9:00 p.m. and August 15th and 16th at 7:00 p.m.


Promote Your Work in Our Playbill!


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).

Accessible and affordable…advertise in our festival playbill and reach our engaged audiences.


Please contact Nicole Rosove at for rates, specs and more information.

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.