Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Dance at Toronto Fringe II: Mix Mix Dance Collective JACK YOUR BODY July 5 - 13 2013

From a media release:

Mix Mix Dance Collective fuses iconic social dance trends in JACK YOUR BODY
at The Toronto Fringe Festival
Waack, vogue, pose and strut from July 5 to July 13 2013 at the Randolph Theatre

Toronto, ON –
Mix Mix Dance Collective, a new company co-founded by Gemini and Dora Award-nominated dancer and choreographer Emily Law and dancer Ashley Perez, presents JACK YOUR BODY, a diverse and exciting dance piece, as part of the 25th anniversary Toronto Fringe Festival from July 5 to July 13. One of eight dance productions featured in the 148-show theatre festival, a dynamic group of dancers will explore the evolution of underground social dance trends from the 1970s to the 1990s on stage at the Randolph Theatre (736 Bathurst St.).

Popular street dance styles have long chronicled moments, movements and trends in North American society. JACK YOUR BODY will investigate issues of race, gender and class by blending genres of dance including waacking, voguing, hip hop and house with contemporary concepts. The cast will pose, strut, waack and jack their way through paradise garage, soul train and more.

“This show will make you want to get out of your seat and do the Perculator! Don’t know what that is? Well, come find out,” said Law. “No shade, but this show will leave you gagging - in a good way,” added Perez.

Directed and choreographed by Law and Perez, who both perform in the show, JACK YOUR BODY features a talented Toronto-based group of dancers including Jasmyn Fyffe (Emerging Artist nominee for the Young Dance Centre Awards), Kevin Fraser, Kristine Flores, Sze-Yang Ade-Lam, Jelani Ade-Lam  (Spirit of Will Munro Award nominees) and Sarah Tumaliuan.

Mix Mix Dance Collective was founded to represent diversity in movement, music, and art practice. The work of the collective deals with issues of equality to challenge socially constructed identities such as gender and race. JACK YOUR BODY is partially inspired by the history of gender-bending inherent in waacking and voguing, two dance forms created by gay men who were also ethnic minorities in clubs in L.A. and Rikers Island. Though originally created by men, both dances fall into stereotypically female body positions and movements, resulting in an interesting fusion of gender-bending that came about through imitation of famous female movie stars and models like Marilyn Monroe or Greta Garbo while socializing with others through movement and dance.  The dynamic and fast-paced dance performance will pay homage to American street dance culture though a uniquely current and Canadian perspective. 

JACK YOUR BODY (60 minutes) will be on stage at the Randolph Theatre from Friday, July 5 to Saturday, July 13, as part of The Toronto Fringe Festival. Tickets ($10) can be purchased at or by calling 416.966.1062.

Performance dates and times 
Friday, July 5: 8:45 p.m.    
Saturday, July 6: 1:45 p.m.
Sunday, July 7: 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 9: 3:15 p.m.  
Thursday, July 11: 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 12: 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 13: 12:30 p.m.

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