Curator’s Note: Robert Binet
I am thrilled to have these works by artists I admire so greatly presented at d:mic/fac. We began conversations about this programming in 2020 and it has been a pleasure to let it evolve over the past years as our world has shifted in ways both beautiful and deeply challenging. Hanna Kiel is an artist I greatly admire for her drive to create exciting dances that invite the audience into her world with bold energy and a warm embrace. Meryem Alaoui’s ability to make sensitivity the loudest quality in her work touches me deeply and the conversation between musician and dancer in Solo (not solo) Water Study offers a mode of communication that feels both new and eternal.
I was incredibly moved when I first witnessed Peggy Baker’s collaborations with Derek Souvannavong and Vania Dodoo-Beals. To me these works embody the very best of what intergenerational mentorship and collaboration can be; a sharing of process and practice that facilitates artistic expansion for all involved and puts the younger artist more deeply in touch with their own voice. Derek and Vania are glorious dancers and creators and the way Peggy has put wind in their sails as they bring their ideas out into the world makes me deeply excited about the future of dance in Canada.
Wed Aug 16
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Fri Aug 18
Sat Aug 19
Sun Aug 20
Join us for a post-show chat
Fri. Aug. 18, 8:00 pm
With Vania Dodoo-Beals, Meryem Alaoui, Hanna Kiel and Derek Souvannavong
Moderated by Louis Laberge-Côté
Louis Laberge-Côté is Assistant Professor at Toronto Metropolitan University since July 2018. He is a Toronto-based dancer, choreographer, teacher, and rehearsal director. An acclaimed performer, he has danced nationally and internationally with over thirty companies and has been a full-time member of Toronto Dance Theatre (1999-2007) and the Kevin O’Day Ballett Nationaltheater Mannheim (2009-2011). He has created over eighty choreographic works, which have been presented and commissioned in Canada and abroad. His work has garnered him a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Choreography and ten other individual and ensemble nominations for Performance or Choreography. He is a triple KM Hunter Award nominee and has received several grants from all three levels of government, the Chalmers Foundation, the Metcalf Foundation, the Laidlaw Foundation, and the Dancer Transition Resource Centre. He acted as Chair of the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists – Ontario Chapter (2005-2007), Vice-President of the Canadian Dance Assembly (2013-2017), and Chair of the Dance Committee at the Toronto Arts Council (2013-2018). He currently is President of Healthy Dancer Canada. He holds an MFA in Creative Practice from the University of Plymouth (UK) and Transart Institute (USA). Laberge-Côté continues to be a sought-after interpreter and investigator of new dance creations.
Banner photo by Francesca Chudnoff