Dance at the Young Centre (Toronto) this December

From a media release:

Dance at the Young Centre:

World Premiere of Beside Each Other
Critically Acclaimed Full Bloom Returns
NEW: Collisions Dance Festival

Toronto, ON – November 2, 2010 Albert Schultz, General Director of the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, today announced the return of Dance at the Young this December featuring the world premiere of Young Centre Resident Artist Andrea Nann’s Beside Each Other, the Collisions Dance Festival and the critically acclaimed Full Bloom which played to sold-out houses this past January. Beside Each Other runs December 2 – 9, 2010, the Collisions Dance Festival runs December 10 – 12, 2010 and Full Bloom choreographed and performed by contemporary dance masters Robert Glumbek, Kevin O’Day and Luches Huddleston Jr., runs December 14 – 18, 2010.

Dancer and choreographer Andrea Nann presents the world premiere of Beside Each Other performed by Andrea Nann and Brendan Wyatt featuring the music and poetry of Gord Downie (The Tragically Hip) from his solo projects Coke Machine Glow and Battle of the Nudes. Comprised of a series of short duets, Beside Each Other explores the private landscape between a man and a woman as they tread through deep intimacy, heartache and separation to harmonious love.

The Collisions Dance Festival is a weekend of dance programming involving multidisciplinary performances, spontaneous creations, interviews, and social dances in a format that allows audience members to experience up to 5 shows of their choice.

The festival features 6 dance pieces:

Emoticonics, a love story told through dance, beatbox, and social media directed by Weyni Mengesha;
Barlight, an exploration of human nature and its depiction through dance choreographed by Susie Burpee;
Exploded Music/Expanded Dance, created by David Buchbinder, Roberto Campanella and Robert Glumbek, explores the continuum between sound and movement to bridge together the musician and the dancer;
Marble, a multidisciplinary showcase performance of works developed by the participants of the Young Centre’s Emerging Artists Program, directed by Weyni Mengesha;
Hot Seat, conceptualized by Andrea Nann involves 5 dancers, 2 musicians, 1 spoken word artist and 1 choreographer in the hot seat who must create a 20-minute piece on the spot;
Virtuosic Toronto, spearheaded by Young Centre Resident Artist Waleed Abdulhamid, involves music and choreography created to film footage of everyday Torontonians doing their jobs.

Also, Collisions Dance Festival will include Moving Conversations, featuring interviews with Evelyn Hart, Peggy Baker, Allen & Karen Kaeja, BaKari Lindsay and Charmaine Headley along with Social Dances where audiences and artists are led by an instructor from a particular dance genre.

Featured artists in Collisions include: Marc Cardarelli, David Cox, Troy Feldman, Kristy Kennedy, Ryan Lee, Claudia Moore, Kelly Shaw, aka SUBLIMINAL, Brendan Wyatt and many more.

After its world premiere at the Ballett Mannheim in Germany and sold-out run in January 2010, three of the world’s most dynamic and exciting male dancers return to the Young Centre in Full Bloom.  Robert Glumbek is a dancer and choreographer of international acclaim, formerly of The Great Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Warsaw. Kevin O’Day is Artistic Director of the Ballett Mannheim at the Nationaltheater Mannheim in Germany, Luches Huddleston Jr. is a renowned choreographer and former dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York. Full Bloom is the personal and intimate journey of three men through the joys of fatherhood, the demands of manhood, and the challenges imposed by physical age.

• photo by John Lauener - Brendan Wyatt & Andrea Nann
• Evelyn Hart by David Cooper
• Kevin O'Day, Luches Huddleston Jr., Robert Glumbek - photo by Christian Kleiner

Beside Each Other
• runs December 2 – 9, 2010, in the Michael Young Theatre at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts.
• Tickets are $20-$29 (plus HST).

Collisions Dance Festival
• runs at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts December 10 – 12, 2010.
• Tickets are $15 (plus HST).

Full Bloom
• runs December 14 – 18, 2010 in in the Michael Young Theatre at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts.
• Tickets are $20-$29 (plus HST)

The Young Centre for the Performing Arts is located at 55 Mill Street, Building 49, in the Distillery Historic District. Tickets are available by calling the Young Centre box office at 416.866.8666 or online at


  1. Thanks for posting. I hope I can still get the tickets for the dance festival. Organising this kind of events is very important both for the dance community - artists meet and get some inspiration and for the audience like me - just enjoying the time spent at the festival :-)


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