After the recent run of Jeanine Durning’s This Shape, We Are In presented alongside Marie Lambin-Gagnon’s Slow Dance, Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT) continues its 2018/2019 season and their exploration of Reimagining Repertoire with the World Premiere of a new work from Artistic Director Christopher House, Persefony Songs.
Persefony Songs riffs on images from Christopher House’s acclaimed choreography Persephone’s Lunch (2001) extending and reimagining its rich vocabulary to create a new work of unabashedly sensual beauty. Most of the choreography is new. In House’s words, by “excavating” the original work, we’ve followed new ideas in both image and sound that refer back across centuries.”
In Persefony Songs, one of Christopher’s main focuses was to ungender the source material and create an overall more sensual work. With a dream cast of twelve dancers and six musicans onstage, Persefony Songs features a lush new musical score by composer Thom Gill and the indie band, Bernice. Played live at each performance, its soaring voices, warm acoustics and complex rhythms offer a contemporary take on the sonorities of Early Music.
Persefony Songs continues on stage at the Fleck Dance Theatre until Sunday, March 9, 2019. Regular tickets start at $20 for students and those under 30, and at $38 for general admission. For further details and to purchase advance tickets, please visit tdt.org.
Images courtesy of TDT.