Shannon Litzenberger Contemporary Dance Presents WORLD AFTER DARK

Shannon Litzenberger Contemporary Dance Presents WORLD AFTER DARK

Shannon Litzenberger Contemporary Dance, in partnership with Harbourfront Centre, presents the World Premiere of WORLD AFTER DARK, reclaiming the night - a metaphor for the sensual, the embodied and the feminine. WORLD AFTER DARK is directed and choreographed by Shannon Litzenberger, featuring lead performances by renowned Canadian dance artists Louis Laberge-Coté and Linnea Swan and an outstanding ensemble of performers. The production is presented at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre, March 6 to 9, 2019.

Inspired by Christopher Dewdney's Award-winning book Acquainted with the Night, WORLD AFTER DARK explores the relationship of the physical and metaphorical night. From the three stages of nightfall to the science of the cosmos; from the birth of nightlife to the empire of dreams; from the biology of nocturnal creatures to the mythology of the night sky, Dewdney's compelling poetic reveries and scientific explanations journey us on an epic voyage through the mysteries of night.

"To see my book realized in such imaginative and emotional detail is amazing. With her innovative choreography, Shannon has captured the core of the book. This visionary production should establish Litzenberger as one of Canada's foremost choreographers." - Christopher Dewdney, Author of Acquainted with the Night

Shannon Litzenberger's (choreographer, director) work has been presented across Canada and the US, in collaboration with some of Canada's leading artists including Marie-Josée Chartier, Lorna Crozier, David Earle, Ravi Jain, Susie Burpee and Michael Greyeyes. She has been an invited resident artist at Banff Centre, Soulpepper Theatre Company, Toronto Dance Theatre and The National Ballet of Canada. She was the first ever Arts Innovation Fellow at the Metcalf Foundation. She is the recipient of the Jack McAllister Award for accomplishment in dance and a twice-shortlisted finalist for the prestigious KM Hunter Award.

Performers include Louis Laberge-Coté, who has danced with over 30 companies created over 80 choreographic works. His work has garnered him a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Choreography, as well as eight other individual and ensemble nominations for Performance or Choreography. He has been nominated for the KM Hunter Award in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Linnea Swan has had an extensive performance career has been recognized with multiple Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations - receiving the 2013 Dora Award for Outstanding Performance, as well as the K.M. Hunter Artist Award in Dance.

Also, performances by Emily Law, nominated for two Dora Mavor Moore awards, a Gemini, and the 2017 Premier's Award; Syreeta Hector, former Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT) company member; Niko Markakis, Dance Director of the Cretans' Association of Toronto; and Kathia Wittenborn, whose work in Chin's Woven received a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance (ensemble).

The work features an innovative responsive video design by Elysha Poirier that immerses the audience and interacts in real time with the dancers on stage. In addition, dance dramaturgy and voice/text coaching by Gerry Trentham, creative advisement and collaboration by Marie-Josée Chartier, text arrangement, editing and contributions by Guillermo Verdecchia, lighting and set design by Ken Mackenzie, sound design by John Gzowski and costume design by Alexandra Lord.

Shannon Litzenberger Contemporary Dance is a platform for making and sharing dance. Artistic Director Shannon Litzenberger is a choreographer, dancer, producer, director and facilitator known for creating live performance experiences at the intersection of forms. Rooted in dance, Litzenberger's innovative collaborations come to life in conversation with theatre, literary and visual arts. Her perspective is decidedly feminist, philosophical, socially conscious and emphatically Canadian. Her roots in Canada's rural prairies inspire recurring themes of connection to land, environment, belonging, identity and place.

Performances are at HARBOURFRONT CENTRE THEATRE, 231 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Ontario. To purchase tickets please visit http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/ Performances run from March 6 to March 9, at 8pm. Tickets range from $35 - $45, and $25 for arts workers. More info: www.worldafterdark.com

The show is approximately 65 minutes long with no intermission.

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