Toronto Dance Theatre Announces 18/19 Season
Toronto Dance Theatre follows up its historic 50th anniversary with a forward-thinking season of bold new works and much-anticipated remounts. Coinciding with his silver anniversary as Artistic Director, Christopher House debuts his newest full-length choreography, Persefony Songs, this March at Harbourfront Centre's Fleck Dance Theatre, accompanied by the musicians of indie band Bernice.
"I am thrilled to be announcing a season that features so many extraordinary collaborators, including Jeanine Durning, Marie Lambin-Gagnon, Ame Henderson, Michael Caldwell, Jordan Tannahill, Thom Gill, our guest musicians and the celebrated TDT dancers. We are embarking on a year of new creations and outreach events, a Northern Ontario tour and a program of presentations that build on our ground-breaking research with repertoire.
We look forward to sharing our dance with you! "
This Shape, We Are In
January 24 - February 2, 2019
Winchester Street Theatre
Opens January 23, 2019
80 Winchester St. Studio B
At home at "The Winch" (aka Winchester Street Theatre), the season proper kicks off in late January with an informal double bill. Jeanine Durning's tour de force This Shape, We Are In, originally created for TDT's New York/Toronto Project in 2016, returns as a new full-length version that "questions time and place and meaning and fate and togetherness."
Playing alongside in Studio B is an interactive performance installation by choreographer/visual artist Marie Lambin-Gagnon, Slow Dance, opening January 23. A conversation between dancers, objects and environment, it's a piece celebrating the intimacy and strength present in all things.
March 5 - 9, 2019
Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
Persefony Songs riffs on images from House's acclaimed 2001 work, Persephone's Lunch, to inspire a new work of unabashedly sensual beauty. Inspired by Homer's Odyssey, the original production was nominated for a Dora Mayor Moore Award (Outstanding Original Choreography) and named Dance Show of the Year by NOW Magazine. Part of TDT's ground-breaking work with reimagining repertoire, Songs features a gorgeous new musical score by Thom Gill and the "breezy, whimsical and delightful" (NOW Magazine) indie band, Bernice.
May 23 - June 1, 2019
Winchester Street Theatre
The acclaimed duet created and performed by Christopher House and writer-theatre maker-multimedia artist Jordan Tannahill returns to The Winch. With the audience seated onstage and the performance unfolding on suspended risers, a radical use of space places two queer men in a landscape of shifting meanings and intentions. Called "elusive and compelling" (Toronto Star), Marienbad is a funny, menacing, intimate and deeply human mapping of an indefinable relationship.
"One of the country's most profound dance thinkers," (Globe and Mail) Christopher House has served TDT for four decades, first as a dancer and choreographer, then as Artistic Director, beginning in 1994. Ushering the company onto the international stage, House's choreography is recognized for its artistic excellence, inventiveness and intellectual wit. In 2018, House received the Order of Canada. He is featured in the Gemini-nominated documentary "Christopher House - Ahead of the Curve."
Toronto Dance Theatre's dancers are remarkable individuals who play an essential role in the creative process. With a broad range of skills and experience, they are capable of physical and expressive virtuosity as well as powerful ensemble work.
Performers for the 2018/19 season include: Nicole Rose Bond, Valerie Calam, Alana Elmer, Yuichiro Inoue, Mairi Greig, Peter Kelly, Megumi Kokuba, Pulga Muchochoma, Erin Poole, Devon Snell, Margarita Soria, Roberto Soria and Christianne Ullmark; Dancer Interns: Sonja Boretski and Zachary Cardwell.