Artistic Director Yvonne Ng, on behalf of princess productions, co-festival directors Jeff Morris and Janelle Rainville, and guest curators Tedd Robinson and Debashis Sinha, is pleased to announce the award winners from this year’s dance: made in canada / fait au canada (d:mic/fac), the third edition of this biennial cutting-edge contemporary dance festival which had a hugely successful run August 13-16, 2015 at the Betty Oliphant Theatre in Toronto.
At the last d:mic/fac festival in 2013, Audience Choice Awards (ACA) were established for the MainStage Series and What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get (WYSIWYG) Late-Night Series. Audience members had the opportunity to vote for their favourite artists in both series with prize money raised through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, divided 60/40 respectively between the winners from each series. In addition, each winner will receive a gift of a flight from WestJet to anywhere WestJet flies.
The 2015 d:mic/fac ACA MainStage Series Award goes to Toronto’s Throwdown Collective for their work Various Concert, a highly attuned trio of unsettled interdependancy. Playing with the tension of partnering, weight sharing and manipulation, a fluid and changing dynamic is found and used as the background. Throwdown Collective receives a cheque for $378.78.
The 2015 d:mic/fac ACA winner from the WYSIWYG Series is Montreal’s Parts+Labour_Danse for La chute, a dance piece that explores loss of identity and self. Part+Labour_Danse receives a cheque Among the outstanding Canadian dance creators that contributed to the three different MainStage Series were Andrew Tay (Montreal), Lina Cruz (Montreal), Kate Hilliard (Toronto), Marie France Forcier (Toronto), Throwdown Collective (Toronto), Troy Emery Twigg (Kainai Nation, Alberta) and
Jacob Niedzwiecki (Toronto).
Following the MainStage programming was a Late-Night “What You See is What You Get” (WYSIWYG) Series with Louise Moyes of docuDance from St. John’s, Parts+Labour_Danse of Montreal and Toronto-based artists Susie Burpie, Benjamin Landsberg Dance Projects and Alysa Pires. Arts Encounters, a visual art exhibit, film screenings and a participatory community dance event and other happenings rounded out the festival.
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