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dance: made in canada/fait au canada - August 11 to 14 in Toronto

From a media release:

princess productions
dance: made in canada / fait au canada
Curated by Peggy Baker, James Kudelka and Yvonne Ng

Toronto - Artistic Director Yvonne Ng, with guest curators Peggy Baker and James Kudelka, proudly announces the programming for August 2011's biennial dance: made in canada / fait au canada (d:mic/fac) festival. From August 11-14, d:mic/fac presents, over four days, three separate MainStage Series as well as a first-time Late-night Series at Toronto's Betty Oliphant Theatre.

The d:mic/fac MainStage Series incorporates a national spectrum of seven cutting edge contemporary dance works in its three programmes and features twelve artists from Victoria, Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal. There are two world premieres, four Toronto premieres and one deserving remount.

KUDELKA SERIES: August 12 (7pm), 13 (9pm) and 14 (4pm).
Legendary choreographer James Kudelka selected these choreographers because of the thematic link in their approach to looking within their own bodies as a source of inspiration to create movement that, when stylized, creates surreal landscapes.
MOVE: the company/Josh Beamish (Vancouver, British Columbia) perform Tools for Cutting (2010), a quartet that examines men's relationship with sporting equipment.
Fila 13/Lina Cruz (Montreal, Quebec)  perform Soupe Du Jour (2010). Lina Cruz always manages to place her work on margins of mainstream dance, hyper-stylized yet strangely organic.

MORRISON SERIES: August 11 (9pm), 13 (7pm) and 14 (2pm).
Named after the late, great lighting designer David Morrison and curated by princess productions' Artistic Director Yvonne Ng, these artists explore identity and memories.
MACHiNENOiSY/Dellia Brett and Daelik (Vancouver, British Columbia) bring Self Less (2006), a duet inspired by images and stories from survivors of the 2004 tsunami in South East Asia.
Michael Caldwell (Toronto, Ontario) in a self-choreographed solo Ash Unravel that underscores the eternal search for answers as it ruminates on living after experiencing death. WORLD PREMIERE.

BAKER SERIES: August 11 (7pm), 12 (9pm) and 13 (4pm).
Acclaimed choreographer/dancer Peggy Baker was drawn to the way these works highlight the artistry of the performers and their intricate relationship with their choreographers or culture.
Heidi Strauss and Darryl Tracy (Toronto, ON) perform the 2003 duet La Lourdeur des Cendres, choreographed for them by Marie-Josée Chartier.
Jung-Ah Chung (Victoria, B.C.) performs Excerpts from a Wet Summer (2009), choreographed by D.A. Hoskins, that looks at solitude, home and history.
Keiko Ninomiya (Toronto, ON) premieres the self-choreographed kanan - kiri, an interpretive exploration of the traditional Balinese dance style in which women perform in a male style; embodying - in balance - strength, power, coquettishness and charm. WORLD PREMIERE.

This year, d:mic/fac also features a Late-night Series, titled What you See is What you Get, featuring 10-minute works, drawn by lottery, by Jasmyn Fyfe, Jannine Saarinen, Sylvie Bouchard, Robert Stephen and Andrea Spaziani. The Late Night Series run August 12 & 13 at 11pm.

• From the BAKER SERIES - Dancers Heidi Strauss & Daryl Tracy perform  La Lourdeur des Cendres, choreographed by Marie-Josée Chartier - Photo credit: Jeremy Mimnagh
From the MORRISON SERIES - Michael Caldwell performs the world premiere of Ash Unravel, a self-choreographed solo - Photo credit: Kristy Kennedy• From dance: made in canada/fait au canada's KUDELKA SERIES - Catherine Larocque and Loïc Stafford perform in the Toronto premiere of Fila 13's Soupe Du Jour, choreographed by Lina Cruz - Photo credit: Andrés de Gabriel

dance: made in Canada/fait au Canada
August 11 - 14, 2011 at Betty Oliphant Theatre, 400 Jarvis St., Toronto
• Tickets available by calling 416-504-7529 or online at

Mainstage Individual tickets: $28 ($24 students/seniors/CADA)
Mainstage Passes:      
3 Ticket Pass: $70 ($65 students/seniors/CADA)
4 Ticket Pass: $90 ($75 students/seniors/CADA)
6 Ticket Pass: $125 ($115 students/seniors/CADA)
What You See is What You Get tickets: $15 ($10 students/seniors/CADA)


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