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Fall For Dance North (FFDN) Toronto's Premier International Dance Festival October 2 to 6 2018

From a media release:

Fall For Dance North (FFDN)
Toronto's Premier International Dance Festival
October 2 to 6 2018


Tickets in Hot Demand for Fourth Annual Festivities,
Showcasing 12 Works from 11 Companies Across Three Distinct Programs

Toronto, ON — Fall For Dance North (FFDN), Toronto’s Premier International Dance Festival, proudly presents an eclectic and acclaimed line-up of world-class companies and artists as part of its highly anticipated 2018 festival from Oct. 2 to 6, 2018 at festival co-presenter Sony Centre for the Performing Arts and, FFDN’s newest venue, Ryerson Theatre, in partnership with Ryerson School of Performance.
Compagnie Marie Chouinard (by Sylvie-Ann Pare)
Each evening, kaleidoscopic programming will take audiences on a journey, showcasing works from four companies who represent diversity in geography, from Toronto’s own Red Sky Performance to the Netherlands’ Introdans; diversity in style, from the polished precision of The National Ballet of Canada to the uninhibited street dance of Soweto Skeleton Movers; coupled with diversity in generation, from rising star Emma Portner to living legend Jiří Kylián.

• Founded on the value that dance is one of humanity’s most universal art forms, Fall For Dance North manifests this belief and ensures accessibility by offering all festival tickets for only $15. 
• The full festival line-up can be found online at ffdnorth.com.

This year also marks the expansion of FFDN’s public programming at Union Station, which will count down the final 10 days to the festival opening. From Sept. 22 to Oct. 4, four free presentations will be hosted in Union Station’s West Wing, including: In Museum, an interactive work performed by the dancers of the acclaimed Compagnie Marie Chouinard; a tap performance by Toronto-based Toffan Rhythm Projects; a tango milonga with live accompaniment; and the return of the two-day Open Studio featuring sneak peeks of rehearsals by local and festival artists.
Red Sky Performance (by Jag Gundu)
“Last year, with the our addition of free Union Station programming, we brought dance into the lives of more citizens than ever before. This year we will do so again, adding Ryerson Theatre to our list of venues and welcoming thousands more into the FFDN community,” says Ilter Ibrahimof, FFDN Artistic Director. “While we are a young organization, we are immensely proud of the support, trust, and following we have built with our patrons to date. This year, new and returning audiences will be treated to a host of milestone firsts for the festival: a spectacular contribution from New York City Ballet Resident Choreographer Justin Peck; a world premiere commissioned by FFDN from Anne Plamondon and Emma Portner; and an endless array of evocative, engaging, and exquisite artistic surprises.”
Soweto Skeleton Movers (by Owen Ling)
This year's highlights include:

  • ​Anne Plamondon + Emma Portner | Counter Cantor, an FFDN commissioned world premiere will see these two women meld their unique voices to create a duet of a rare complexity through a thrilling collaboration.
  • Obeah Opera 2019, steeped in Black music, sung entirely a cappella by a powerful all-female cast, Obeah Opera is a retelling of the legendary Salem witch trials from the fascinating perspective of Caribbean slave women. 
  • Red Sky Performance performing with the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra, an incredible piece that explores Indigenous connections to ancestral origins all with an incredible score by Canadian composer Eliot Britton and live orchestral accompaniment! 
  • Recent Tony-award winner Justin Peck's exciting work Paz de la Jolla performed by The National Ballet of Canada
  • MAMBO by Alysa Pires, an exciting, zany creation from Ballet Kelowna featuring a great soundtrack including Dean Martin, Rosemary Clooney, Perry Como and so much more. 

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