Jillian Peever Dance to Premiere THE MYSTERY OF MR. LEFTOVERS
The Mystery of Mr. Leftovers is a desperate and uncomfortable plea for companionship and love. In a series of odd circumstantial adventures, Mr. Leftovers searches through the echoes of his own history leaving him somewhat unassembled. His interior world is made up of leftover thoughts: thoughts he did not communicate but wanted to, the thoughts of others, stuttering recapitulations of self-commentary, analysis and extreme - sometimes socially unacceptable - behaviour. He seeks to build himself up by discovering, readjusting and fulfilling his own legend of himself, whether true or false. He survives his past traps and illusions by creating new ones. After all, we are what we create.
"Will audiences understand the states of being that Mr. Leftovers exists in? Will they see themselves reflected in his strange world? Will they recognize parts of his unassembled self? As an artist, I am constantly attracted to the theme of the human condition. What defines us? What makes us happy, or balanced? The Mystery of Mr. Leftovers inherently asks these questions - but with a side of ridiculousness," says Peever, excited by the challenge.
Jillian Peever graduated from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre in 2011 and performed with TDT for a year. As a dancer, she has worked with such lauded choreographers as Peggy Baker, Lina Cruz, Danny Grossman, Christopher House and Sharon B. Moore. Recently she performed for Lemi Ponifaso of New Zealand company MAU in his staging of R. Murray Schafer's opera Apocalypsis for Luminato where she shared the stage with such great Canadian contemporary dance artists as Denise Fujiwara, Claudia Moore, Sylvie Bouchard, Susanna Hood, Kate Holden and others. Recently, she performed in Fujiwara Dance Inventions' Eunoia as an understudy on tour to Calgary. This season, Peever is also working with Michael Greyeyes' Signal Theatre for the first stage of creation of a new work as well as with Angela Blumberg on her new work. www.jillianpeever.com
Sharon B. Moore is a choreographer, director and movement coach for dance, film, theatre and circus. Her latest work, The Thirst For Love and Water - a multi-disciplinary, large scale, site-specific show created and produced in collaboration with director Derek Aasland for Panamania Live! - was seen in July 2015 by over 80,000 people. She is a 2015 K.M. Hunter Award nominee, triple Dora nominee, the first Canadian honoured with a Bessie Schönberg Choreographic Award Residency at The Yard at Martha's Vineyard, and was an atelier resident at Princeton University in 2013. Recently named a choreographer in residence at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, she is a former member of Contemporary Dancers of Canada under the direction of Tedd Robinson. She is a choreographer sought after for her highly textured and intensely magnetic theatre of movement. www.loveandwater.org
Peggy Baker has been a vivid presence in contemporary dance for four decades. She established Peggy Baker Dance Projects in 1990, and for the first 20 years she dedicated herself to solo performance, winning rapturous praise for the eloquence and depth of her dancing, and accolades for her collaborative partnerships with extraordinary musicians and designers. Since 2010 she has focused her choreography on works for small ensemble. Ms. Baker is Artist-in-Residence at Canada's National Ballet School. She has been honoured with numerous awards for her extraordinary achievements and contributions including the Governor General's Award for Lifetime Achievement (2009). peggybakerdance.com