Carol Anderson's reflections on the proceedings of TDT's Symposium on the Potential of Repertoire in Contemporary Dance Practice is the second in a series of posts on Reimagining Repertoire, TDT's multi-year project, supported by the Metcalf Foundation.Read More
Toronto Dance Theatre invites proposals from Toronto-based dance artists wishing to pursue a short Creation Residency at the Winchester St. Theatre, Toronto. Click through for application requirements and deadline.Read More
This is the first in a series of posts tracking the progress of Reimagining Repertoire, TDT's multi-year project that looks at the potential of repertoire through several lenses.Read More
In January, Toronto Dance Theatre hosted A Symposium on the Potential of Repertoire in Contemporary Dance Practice. Click through for video of the proceedings.Read More
Pick up a copy of the Mar/April edition of The Dance Current for a profile on TDT company member Pulga Muchochoma talking about how his roots fuel his artistry.Read More
From the pen of Rosemary James, who celebrates her 25th season as Toronto Dance Theatre's Rehearsal Director. Keep your eyes on this series as we feature profiles of TDT's creative team and company members in the coming weeks
From 1987 – 1992, I was a Toronto Dance Theatre company member and performed the works of founders Peter Randazzo, David Earle, Patricia Beatty, and then Resident Choreographer Christopher House. In the fall of TDT’s 1991 season I was pregnant. Still wanting to dance, I took company classes and was cast to perform James Kudelka’s Fifteen (15) Heterosexual Duets (1991) in New York at the Joyce Theatre, and in Patricia Beatty’s Mandala during the winter season of 1992. In the meantime, I watched rehearsals and coached the dancer who replaced me in the roles I could no longer perform. The choreographers asked me to write notes for them during rehearsals. Occasionally they would inquire if I had noticed other things amiss with the run-through. I often did and commented on elements such as spacing, musical phrasing, or virtuosic dancing.
Throughout my training and career as a dancer I have had an eye for detail. I closely watched my teachers Magda Lakihazi, Billyann Balay, Randazzo, Earle, and Beatty. I observed how they coached or directed the dancers during rehearsals, how they said a particular phrase, demonstrated movement, provided counts or musical phrases. I realized a similar process happened in new choreography as well as with existing repertoire.
When I was a student at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre (STDT) from 1983-1986, Balay, who was the Principal, often remounted company repertoire. Balay would carefully guide the dancer(s) through the appropriate stages of breaking down or deconstructing the movement so that the student(s) understood what needed to be corrected. I learned this extremely valuable approach for remounting choreography over time.
Through intuition, experience and practice I have developed a useful approach towards rehearsal direction and have applied it over the past twenty-five years in my work with Christopher House, his repertoire, with STDT where I am the Training and Performance Associate, and in the creation of new work with guest choreographers. The ability to direct a rehearsal requires organizational skills, several hours of preparation and patience. I believe there is something magical about restaging past choreography, delving into the choreographic
structure, the imagery, movement, and musicality. I also enjoy being a part of the creative process and watching choreographers venture into new territories with the dancers. TDT’s new initiative, Reimagining Repertoire, will take the company in both these directions.
Rarely have I missed a TDT performance. To me, it is extremely satisfying to see a piece of choreography on the stage that I have been intimately involved with through working with the dancers, choreographers, costume and lighting designers, and stage managers.
- Rosemary James, Rehearsal Director
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" [a] dynamically beautiful and entertaining arc through 30 years of House's oeuvre – and then an important extract of Canadian modern dance itself."
Animated runs Nov 1 - 5 at 8 PM at the Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre.
RUN, don't walk!
Our first performance of Animated opens tonight at the Fleck Dance Theatre! Animated features four shorter works choreographed by Christopher House, spanning 30 years of Toronto Dance Theatre history.
Can't make it tonight? Race over to the Harbourfront Box Office to purchase tickets for the four remaining performances. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to get promo codes for the shows on Wednesday November 2, Thursday November 3, and Friday November 4.
Join TDT's Artistic Director Christopher House and 12-member ensemble cast for the next installment of our long-running Into The Work series on Monday, October 24th at 7 PM at the Winchester Street Theatre (80 Winchester St., Toronto). Admission is free. Don't miss this exciting preview of the work as Christopher House and the artists participate in a behind-the-scenes conversation about the making of the work.
Originally staged in 2014, this remount features twelve dancers' bodies snaking through time, space and rhythm in a kinetic conversation with the sonic murmurs of Toronto-based electronic composer Thom Gill.
Thom Gill is a mercurial musical force, appearing in many forms and furnishing a variety of vibes, exploring the flexibility of song and sound. Since graduating from the University of Toronto's Jazz Performance program in 2009, Thom has performed alongside Owen Pallett, John Southworth, Katie Stelmanis (Austra), Devon Sproule, and Elizabeth Shepherd, some of the most recognized names in Canada's burgeoning weird-pop landscape.
To stay up-to-date with what's going on at Toronto Dance Theatre,
See excepts of four short programs and contribute to a discussion with the artists about their methods, goals, and inspirations. Get up-close an personal and witness the artistic process unfold in this unique dialogue between creator, performers, and audience.
Monday, October 24 at 7 PM, at Winchester Street Theatre, 80 Winchester St. in Toronto's historic Cabbagetown neighbourhood. Admission is free, no ticket required.