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PHOTO: DUSK DANCES BY JOHN LAUENER

SEPT 26 – OCT 11
Over three weekends, the High Park Amphitheatre comes to life with dance!

Audiences are invited to experience some of Toronto’s most gifted and imaginative dancers as they grace our stage in one of the city’s most majestic parks. These one-act, family-friendly, physically distanced performances will adhere to up-to-date safety protocols regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • WEEK 1: Solo in High Park - Sept 26-27 at 2pm
    Co-curated by Seika Boye & Timea Wharton-Suri
    Hosted by Nicole Inica Hamilton of Turn Out Radio, this program features solos by Travis Knights, Carmen Romero, Raoul Wilke, and Alyssa Martin/Rock Bottom Movement (featuring Sam Grist) in a range of dance styles: tap, flamenco, house, and contemporary. Audiences will be treated to entertaining performances by dancers who reveal the precision, depth and significance of their craft and the importance of the audience to the art they make.
     
  • WEEK 2: Dusk Dances in High Park - Oct 3-4 at 2pm
    Dusk Dances is an outdoor dance festival that brings high quality dance to public parks. For this presentation, the company will feature five unparalleled choreographers.
     
  • WEEK 3: Red Sky in High Park - Oct 9 at 5:30pm, Oct 10 at 1 & 4pm, Oct 11 at 1pm
    Celebrated for its powerful transformational experiences that elevate the ecology of Indigenous arts and culture, internationally renowned, Dora Award-winning, Red Sky Performance returns to Canadian Stage with cutting-edge dance creations from the company’s acclaimed repertoire.

Please note:
  • All High Park performances are pay-what-you-can (free for SubscriberPlus Pass-holders) but require a reservation. In order to manage capacity and adhere to public health regulations, tickets will not be available at the gate.
  • High Park is closed to vehicular traffic on Saturdays and Sundays.
 

Three weekends of dance in a beautiful outdoor setting.

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Solo in High Park

 
CO-CURATED BY
Seika Boye & Timea Wharton-Suri
 
HOST
Nicole Inica Hamilton
 
DANCERS
Sam Grist (Choreographed by Alyssa Martin)
Travis Knights
Carmen Romero
Raoul Wilke

Dusk Dances in High Park

 
PRESENTED AND CURATED BY CANADIAN STAGE, IN COLLABORATION WITH DUSK DANCES
 
HOST
Miko Sobreira
 

Nuestra Leyenda

CHOREOGRAPHER & DANCER
Carmen Romero
 
MUSICIAN (GUITARIST)
Justin Brown
 

Unquiet Winds

CHOREOGRAPHER
Denise Fujiwara
 
DANCERS
Brendan Wyatt
Sylvie Bouchard
 

Ephemeral

CHOREOGRAPHER
Michael Baboolal in collaboration with Sarah Di Iorio
 
DANCER
Sarah Di Iorio
 
COSTUME DESIGN
Andrew Nasturzio
 
MUSIC
Phillip Glass
 

Refrain

CHOREOGRAPHED & PERFORMED BY
Yuichiro Inoue
 
COMPOSER
Michael Nyman
 
MUSIC
String Quartet #1 Figure E
 

Nsu (water)

CHOREOGRAPHED & PERFORMED BY
Lua Shayenne
 
MUSICIAN
Cécé Haba

Red Sky in High Park

 
CURATED & DIRECTED BY
Sandra Laronde
 
CHOREOGRAPHY BY
Jera Wolfe
 
DANCERS
Kristin DeAmorim
Miyeko Ferguson
Connor Mitton
Samantha Sutherland
Carleen Zouboules
Jera Wolfe
 

Performer & Company Bios

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Michael Baboolal
Michael Baboolal is an avid tea and alpaca enthusiast. This Toronto/Montreal based BIPOC artist is a proud graduate of Wexford CSA. He has been fortunate to work and collaborate with many artists who have aided in the development of his artistic voice. He is now a current company member with COMPAGNIE MARIE CHOUINARD He is an active member within both the commercial and contemporary dance and entertainment industries; and is a frequent guest artist within the TDSB. Working towards a unique identity in movement is a goal he continues to work towards. Michael holds a BFA from Ryerson University. This is his professional choreographic debut.
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Sylvie Bouchard
Sylvie Bouchard is originally from Montréal. She studied at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and subsequently joined the Company in 1985. Bouchard performed with Fujiwara Dance Inventions, Pounds per Square Inch, Kaeja D’dance, Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers and Dancemakers, and worked with many choreographers including Susie Burpee, Tedd Robinson, Serge Bennathan, Marie-Josée Chartier, Sashar Zarif, Roger Sinha, Peggy Baker, Lina Cruz and Yvonne Coutts. In 1993, she created Dusk Dances, a festival that presents dance in Public Parks. In 1997 she formed the Company CORPUS with artistic partner David Danzon, and with him, co-created eight works that toured internationally in Street Theatre Festivals, on stage and in schools. In 2008, Bouchard incepted BoucharDanse, an umbrella for her artistic endeavors. Bouchard co-created and performed in the popular series Four Square (Tree House TV) and is recipient of the 2009 KM Hunter Artists Award.
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Seika Boye
Seika Boye is a scholar, writer, educator and artist whose practices revolve around dance and movement. She is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream at the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of the Toronto and works as a dramaturg and consultant in the performing arts. Seika curated the archival exhibition It’s About Time: Dancing Black in Canada 1900-1970 (2018) and co-curated Into the Light: Eugenics and Education in Southern Ontario (2019). She was an Artist-in-Residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario (2018), Toronto District School Board's African Heritage Educators’ Network Arts Honoree (2019) and a 2020 recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Heritage Trust Award (co-curator, Into the Light). Seika lives and works in Toronto with her husband and their two sons.

Facebook: Seika Boye
Instagram: @seikalab
Twitter: @seikaboye
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Justin Brown
Justin Brown has been playing guitar for 23 years and was raised in a musical family. Justin began his musical studies with classical guitarist Dino Molito and later Justin studied with Dr. John Higney, professor of music from University of Western Ontario who introduced him to flamenco guitar music. In search of a more in-depth training in flamenco, Justin moved to Toronto, Ontario to study with internationally recognized flamenco artist Miguel de la Bastide. He currently holds the position of resident guitarist at Carmen Romero School of Flamenco Dance Arts. In the past seven years, Justin has been invited to play for the schools of Maria Serrano, Esmeralda Enrique, Arte Flamenco, as well as playing for collectives such as Triana project and is the resident guitarist for Tablao Flamenco, a local presentation venue in Toronto. Other than flamenco, Justin explores experimental electronic music with and without flamenco.

Facebook: Seika Boye
Instagram: @seikalab
Twitter: @seikaboye
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Sarah Di Iorio
Sarah Di Iorio received her BFA in 2018 from Ryerson University, where she was also the recipient of the Nadia Potts Heart and Soul Scholarship Award. Her choreography has been presented in Fall for Dance North’s 2018 Festival, Cawthra Parks 2019 Springfest show, Ryerson University’s “The Penelopiad”, and in the 2019 Parodos Festival. Sarah dances alongside Kenny Pearl as his assistant at Ryerson and STDT. Presently, she is working as a principal dancer in a film set to premiere at Toronto’s Luminato Festival. Sarah dances in Red Sky Performance’s work, Trace, performing with the company at the Canadian Museum of History, Festival Des Arts De Saint-Sauveur, and at the 2019 Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival. She is set to tour Trace with the company in 2021.

Instagram: @sarahdiiorio
Facebook: Sarah Di Iorio
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Dusk Dances
Dusk Dances was incepted in 1993 by dancer-choreographer Sylvie Bouchard. From 1997 to 2005, Dusk Dances was produced by CORPUS under the artistic direction of Sylvie Bouchard and David Danzon. Dusk Dances was presented at the Canada Dance Festival in Ottawa (five years) and at the Dancing on the Edge Festival in Vancouver (6 years). Between 2006 and 2008, Dusk Dances toured to five regional centres (Kingston, Manitoulin Island, Chatham, Haliburton, Deep River) and in the Jane/Finch neighbourhood. In 2010, Dusk Dances began a Licensing Initiative, allowing communities to license Dusk Dances’ model and format. Dusk Dances has also presented events in Flesherton, Peterborough, Guelph, Hamilton, Barrie, Québec city, Repentigny (Québec), and Terrebonne (Québec). In 2018, Dusk Dances welcomed its first guest curator Michael Caldwell, and in 2019, celebrated its 25th anniversary season. duskdances.ca
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Denise Fujiwara
Denise Fujiwara is a choreographer, dancer, teacher and presenter. EUNOIA, her multimedia adaptation of Christian Bök’s award-winning book was premiered by World Stage at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto, received three Dora nominations, was one of NOW’s Top 5 Dance Shows of 2014, and tours nationally. In 2015 she was a soloist in the Luminato Festival's extravaganza, Apocalypsis, directed by Lemi Ponifasio. International commissions include ensemble works created for la Compania Nacional de Costa Rica and eX-it ’11 in Germany. Solos created for her by Japanese butoh masters, Natsu Nakajima and Yukio Waguri toured to four continents. She teaches Butoh, performance and improvisation in Toronto and abroad. In 2014 The Theatre Centre gave her a Tracy Wright Global Archive research award and the opportunity to do research walking the 88 Temples Pilgrimage in Shikoku Japan. In 2013 she received the Toronto Arts Foundation Muriel Sherrin Award for international achievement in dance. She is the founding Artistic Director of two organizations; Fujiwara Dance Inventions which supports her choreography, performance and teaching work, and the CanAsian Dance Festival, an organization that supports the development and of Canadian choreographers who create work with Asian roots and ideas.

fujiwaradance.com | facebook.com/fujiwaradance | facebook.com/CanAsianDance
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Sam Grist
Sam Grist is a dancer, thespian, clown-aspirant and founding member of Rock Bottom Movement. She has been creating and performing with the company for over eight years as a key collaborator in nearly every single process they've had. Among the twenty plus works she’s been involved in, her most notable collaborations include MANICPIXIEDREAMGIRLS, Dolphin, fantasylover and most recently, hollow mountain, for which she earned a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble. Sam is curious about how her comedic approach to dance can call upon unsuspecting audiences, and turn their imaginations upside down.
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Cécé Haba
Cécé Haba hails from Guinea, W. Africa. A percussionist who specializes in the djembe and dundun, he trained and performed with Les Merveilles de Guinée and Claire Mikaïlou dance and drum company.

Facebook: Cece Haba
Instagram: @cecehabadjembe
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Nicole Inica Hamilton
Nicole Inica Hamilton is the Founder and Artistic Director of Inica Dance Industries. An award-winning choreographer, and a dance educator, Nicole serves as a certified Teaching member of Dance Masters of Canada and Dance Masters of America. She has operated as a Guest Teacher, Mentor and Speaker at institutes across Canada and the U.S.A, including but not limited to; George Brown College, University of Toronto and York University. Nicole is a Counsellor specializing in work with assaulted women and children. She is an On-Air Radio Host and Producer with Turn Out Radio, and Co-Host of the Career Buzz Show broadcasting on CIUT 89.5 FM.

Twitter & Instagram: @N_Hamilton_
Facebook: Nicole Inica Hamilton
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Yuichiro Inoue
Yuichiro Inoue is a dancer and choreographer, he has danced with the Toronto Dance Theatre for the last thirteen years. Born in Japan where he received his initial training in ballet at the age of 11, Yuichiro moved to Germany at the age of 15 where he studied full time on scholarship at the John Cranko Ballet School in Stuttgart Germany. He spent five years performing with Staatstheater Braunschweig and additional two years with Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe before moving to Saarlaendisches Staatstheatre in Saarbruecken and danced in Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Netherlands, Austria, Croatia, China, Ukraine, USA and Japan. Yuichiro completed the Teacher Training Program for Professional Dancers at The National Ballet School of Canada (NBS), and is a RAD certified teacher. In addition to teaching at Canada's National Ballet School, Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement, The Canadian School of Ballet, the Quinte Ballet School, Kobe Jogakuin University Japan, and numerous schools and dance companies throughout Japan, Yuichiro teaches both ballet and contemporary classes for Toronto Dance Theatre. As a choreographer, his works have included commissions for award winning short film, numerous festivals and international competitions. He has choreographed works for festivals in Nagoya, Tokyo, and Kobe in Japan, in Toronto, as well as a solo on a member of the Sarasota Ballet USA.
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Travis Knights
Travis Knights is a Tap Dancer. Born in Montreal, Canada, Travis was introduced to the rich oral tradition of Tap by his teacher Ethel Bruneau at age 10. He went on to travel the world spreading his love of rhythm across 4 continents, touring with Tap Dogs, Tapestry Dance Company, and the self-produced Tap Love Tour. In 2019 Travis finished a two year community development residency at the Tranzac Club in Toronto hosting the Jazz United Jam, a weekly jazz jam session aimed at reconnecting live musicians with dancers. He is the 2020 recipient of the Jaqueline Lemieux Prize for outstanding contribution to dance in Canada. In March 2021, Travis will debut his one man show called Ephemeral Artifacts with a 3 week residency at Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto. He currently lives in Brampton, Ontario and hosts The Tap Love Tour Podcast, available on Spotify, Soundcloud and Apple podcasts, (make sure to subscribe) featuring interviews of a myriad of inspiring tap dance artists.
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Lua Shayenne
Lua Shayenne Dance Company (LSDC) presents contemporary dance and live music works rooted in the aesthetics and values of West African dance, rhythms and culture. Our original creations explore current subject matters with the aim to be a source of social good and spiritual progress. LSDC has presented six productions and performed in major venues such as Luminato Festival, Fall for Dance North in Toronto, Dancing On the Edge in Vancouver, Festival International DansEncore in Québec and more.

Facebook: Lua Shayenne Dance Company
Instagram: @luashayennedancecompany
Twitter: LuaShayenne
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Alyssa Martin
Alyssa Martin is a choreographer, director and performance maker. Her work blurs the lines of theatre, dance and comedy in cheeky conversation with her modern dance influences. Alyssa founded the company, Rock Bottom Movement, in 2012, and the group has quickly become “the quirky weirdos of the Toronto dance/theatre world” (The Toronto Star). Alongside her cherished collaborators, she has created new work in residence at The Banff Centre, Canadian Stage and The Stratford Festival Lab. She most recently developed a new work, Bin Chicken, for Toronto Dance Theatre. Her work has been recognized with multiple Dora Mavor Moore Awards and Nominations as well as the Canadian Stage Award for Direction. She was a participant in the 2018/19 RBC Artist Residency Program at Canadian Stage.

Instagram: @rockbottommovement
Facebook: /rockbottommovement
Twitter: @RockBottomMove
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Red Sky Performance
Red Sky Performance is a leading company of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada and worldwide. Founded by Artistic Director Sandra Laronde, her vision is dedicated to expanding and elevating the ecology of contemporary performance informed by Indigenous worldview and culture. As a Company-in-Residence at Canadian Stage, Red Sky has created three productions: Backbone, Trace, and AF which have received 11 Dora Award wins and/or nominations combined. Touring since 2003, they have delivered over 2,755 performances across Canada including international performances in 17 countries on four continents, including two Cultural Olympiads (Beijing and Vancouver), World Expo in Shanghai, Venice Biennale, and Jacob’s Pillow, among others. At the same time, Red Sky remains deeply rooted and invested on a grassroots level and regularly perform in urban, rural, and reserve communities across Turtle Island. redskyperformance.com
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Rock Bottom Movement
Rock Bottom Movement is the creative home for choreographer, Alyssa Martin and a team of distinctly comedic dance and theatre artists. The group has become known for their playful, tongue-in-cheek approach to the creation of absurd dance theatre. Since 2012, Rock Bottom has received residencies at art centres including The Banff Centre, Canadian Stage and The Stratford Festival Lab earning multiple Dora Mavor Moore awards and nominations as well as the Canadian Stage Award for Direction. The group imbues all that they do with a sense of mischief and amusement. Their work has been called an “empowered crotch shot in the face of the patriarchy” (The Dance Current). They’re thrilled to be part of this program and to share dance with audiences at High Park!
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Carmen Romero
Carmen Romero is a leading and award-winning established flamenco dance artist whose experience in performance, education, production and adjudication, affirms her position in the national and international dance scene. “She belongs to the history of flamenco that few can attest to.” Dance International. Carmen was nominated for the Muriel Sherrin Award for International Achievement in Dance. She coached Latin Pop star “Shakira” in 2010. Carmen represented Canada at the 9th Annual Certamen de Coreogrfia de Danza Espanola y Flamenco in Madrid and at the International Castanet festival in Girona, Spain 2014. She has the innate ability for improvisation, pushing the edge with confidence in her craft. Carmen Romero breaks down barriers and explores the paths less travelled creating dance that is passionate and relevant.
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Miko Sobreira
Miko Sobreira grew up in small towns in Venezuela, Mexico and Spain. There he was exposed to and deeply influenced by Afro-Venezuelan, Latin-Caribbean and Spanish culture. By the age of seven his theatrical career began with Compañia de Teatro Ciudad Bolivar. In Venezuela Miko performed with Compañia del Estado Miranda, Teatro Nacional Juvenil, Rajatabla and Comedia del Arte troupe Tiempo Comun. Since immigrating to Toronto in 1994, Miko has had the opportunity to collaborate and perform with many Canadian choreographers such as Claudia Moore, Pam Johnson, Maxine Heppner, Holly Small, Alejandro Ronceria, Learie McNichols, David Duclos, Allen and Karen Kaeja, Corpus, Sound Image Theatre, Victor Quijada, Katherine Tardiff, Francine Gagne and many more. Miko worked with RUBBERBANDdancegroup as a dramaturge for seven years after collaborating and performing as a guest artist since 2001. For the past fifteen years, Miko has worked with Fujiwara Dance Inventions.
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Timea Wharton-Suri
Timea Wharton-Suri is an arts executive, curator, and producer who has collaborated with organizations to engage, entertain, and educate communities for 20 years. She performed with some of Toronto’s African Diasporic dance companies for a decade and has curated or produced projects with TO Live, Holla Jazz, Toronto Comic Arts Festival, North York Arts and Beam Suntory. Timea earned a BFA in Dance, an MBA, and an Arts and Media Management Graduate Diploma from York University. She has held positions with the Dancer Transition Resource Centre, TVOntario, and Toronto Arts Council, and is currently the Chair of The Dance Current and the Interim Managing Director of Toronto Dance Theatre. In the fall of 2020, Timea will join presenter dance Immersion as Program Director.

Instagram @move_with_timea
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Raoul Wilke
From main stage Theatre to world renown battles, Raoul Wilke has become a staple name in these communities. His passion for learning and educating has become his prompt and looks to further introduce, a new approach to learning. He is now a part of the Dora Award-winning company, Holla Jazz, as well as the local dance collective The Moon Runners. He is a multifaceted artist, who’s love for fashion has opened up many doors from being a lead male actor to modeling print for Walmart and E-Commerce for vintage stores. He approaches life, as a constant journey but its path forever changing.
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Brendan Wyatt
With over 30 years of experience in classical, contemporary, and experimental dance, Brendan Wyatt has performed nationally and internationally, facilitated workshops, created and realized roles in over 200 individual works. Wyatt was born in rural Saskatchewan and began his contemporary career working extensively with The Dietrich Group, adelheid Dance Projects, ProArte Danza, Sasha Ivanochko et cie, Zata Omm Dance Projects, The Chimera Project, Bouchardanse, Karen Jamieson Dance, Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers, and Chartier Danse amongst many others. Brendan is a core member of Dreamwalker Dance Company and together with Artistic Director Andrea Nann has choreographed several works including Sleepless Night, a commission by the Glenn Gould Foundation and the Dora nominated choreography Beside Each Other. He is the recipient of 8 Dora Mavor Moore award nominations and is a two-time award recipient for outstanding performance in Dance both individually and as part of an ensemble. Wyatt has acted and choreographed for film including starring in the TIFF 2014 world premiere of Father by Jordan Tannahill and choreographing the finale sequence in the film Crazy House by director Aaron Mirkin. Recently highlighted repertoire includes the award nominated Thirst for Love and Water by Sharon Moore at the 2015 Pan Am Games, the epical solo study for a crouching figure by Marie-Josée Chartier with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and in Museum of Missing Things by Holly Small presented by the Tipperary Dance Platform 2018/19 in Ireland.