dance: made in canada / fait au canada Festival (d:mic) begins in Toronto tonight. (d:mic) is a celebration of cutting-edge Canadian contemporary dance which runs until Sunday, August 16 at the Betty Oliphant Theatre in Toronto. It will feature 12 different dance events from across Canada in three Mainstage Series, and a lottery-drawn What You See Is What You Get program, as well as various Arts Encounters.
I have taken a peek at the programmes at d:mic and suggest the following performances:
Thursday, August 13, 9pm | Saturday, August 15, 7pm | Sunday, August 16, 7pm
o WORLD PREMIERE – Kate Hilliard choreographs and performs the duet La Jeune Femme et La Mort with Robert Abubo. The piece questions mortality and the unknown suspense that death creates.
o WORLD PREMIERE – Marie France Forcier performs her solo Little Guidebook for Using your Suffering Wisely, an ironic journey through post-traumatic stress disorder. A character embarks on a self-help audiobook journey, guided by a narrator.
o WORLD PREMIERE – Throwdown Collective performs Various Concert. The piece explores the dynamic form of the trio as a choreographic structure relating to the themes of perspective and time.
WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET (WYSIWYG)
Friday, August 14, 11pm and Sunday, August 16, 2pm
Tickets: $15; Artsworker/Student/Senior: $10
Drawn by lottery, this series features 10-minute works by:
o Susie Burpee. Spirit and Veneer – A character arrives. We begin to think we know her, maybe even dare to love her. Then, a sudden transformation – and everything we believed to be true unravels.
o Benjamin Landsberg Dance Projects. One-to-One – Performed by Benjamin Landsberg and Natasha Poon Woo.
o Louise Moyes docuDance. Mavis Gallant Stories – A dance-theatre piece based on a short story of one of Canada’s most distinguished literary figures, expat Montreal writer Mavis Gallant (1922-2014), who lived in Paris from 1950 to 2014.
o Parts+Labour_Danse. La chute – Dance and performance merge to explore what happens to a man when his identity slips between his fingers until he no longer knows exactly who or what he has become.
o Alysa Pires. i am vertical – Originally created as part of DanceEast’s ChoreoLab in Ipswich, England, the work is inspired by the life and work of acclaimed American poet Sylvia Plath.