Thursday, April 28, 2011

Stand Up Dance Opens April 29 in Toronto

From a media release:

Stand Up Dance presents
The Atomic Weight of Happiness
a new solo by performance powerhouse Meagan O’Shea
April 29 to May 29 at Hub 14

Toronto, Ontario… Hailed as “one of the city’s most engaging independent artists” (The Toronto Star), Meagan O’Shea returns to the Toronto stage with The Atomic Weight of Happiness. Stand Up Dance is thrilled to premiere this new solo show, directed by Dora Award nominee Andrea Donaldson. The Atomic Weight of Happiness opens Friday, April 29th, 2011 for a limited run at HUB 14.

As a dancer born with 12 toes, Meagan O’Shea has always had to acknowledge her inner outcast. In The Atomic Weight of Happiness, she locks herself (and an audience) in an hour-long experiment to arrest global warming; dissect, identify and measure the ingredients of each human emotion; and determine whether her anatomical deviations are drug induced oddities or random genetic mutations. Join O’Shea and Stand Up Dance in this bicycle-powered theatre/dance mash-up based on many (un)true stories.

Meagan O’Shea is loved for her innovative solo work and the city-spanning dance like no one is watching (Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2009). She jumps from dance, storytelling, clown, and comedy, through improvisation in her “whacky, whimsical, and wonderful” (The Toronto Star) solo performances. Her most recent solo, based on actual unrelated events, was named “Best Dance Piece” of 2010 by the Ottawa XPress and has been presented in Toronto, Ottawa and Nanaimo BC. O’Shea has studied created and performed across Canada, in the United States, Europe and U.K. She also works as a director, creative facilitator and teacher of movement, improvisation and creative process.

Andrea Donaldson is a director, theatre creator and performer. She is a Dora Award nominated director whose credits include the SummerWorks production of Montparnasse, the Dora nominated Offensive Fouls and many others, including her own play Garden at Rhubarb. Andrea is currently directing Montparnasse at Theatre Passe Muraille.
The Atomic Weight of Happiness:
HUB 14, 14 Markham Street, main floor
Opens: April 29th, 2011
Closes: May 29th, 2011
Performances: Friday to Sunday at 8 PM
Tickets: $25/$20 plus limited number of $10/$15 tickets available

Each weekend features a different opening act:
April 29 – May 1 - Amelie Lefebvre
May 6 – 8 - Dance Like No One is Watching    
May 13 – 15 - Claudia Moore
May 20 – 22 - Adam Lazarus    
May 27 – 29 - Lindsay Zier-Vogel

For tickets or 416.504.6429 x18

• HUB 14 is a small performance space. Reservations required.
• 416-504-6429 x 18.
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