Toronto Dance Theatre with live music by Greg Harrison
G.H 5.0 by Hanna Kiel
Independent choreographer Hanna Kiel created GH 5.0 with Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT) at the invitation of Artistic Director Christopher House. It was part of a project to reimagine selections from his choreographic repertoire for Toronto Dance Theatre’s 50th anniversary show Glass Fields in 2018. The original reference, Glass Houses, remains a signature House work from 1983. Kiel’s work is performed to live music by electro-acoustic percussionist and composer Greg Harrison and friends. Revealed in Kiel’s GH 5.0 as in House’s original work: the deliberate, persistence of a kinetic drive barely contained by the most tenuous transparency. A resilient life force, just behind glass…
The New Zealand Dance Company
Sigan by KIM Jae Duk
Exploring qualities of meditation and attack, Sigan evokes the traditional Korean martial art of taekkyeon in its movement vocabulary, which integrates the whole body in a quicksilver style. Choreographer KIM Jae Duk is known for embracing aspects of Korean culture in his work. He is both choreographer and composer for this piece, commissioned by The New Zealand Dance Company for their 2017 triple bill entitled Kiss the Sky.
Dare to Wreck by Madeleine Månsson and Peder Nilsson
Dare to Wreck is a duet developed and choreographed by the dancers Peder Nilsson and Madde Månsson. The piece is a powerful and emotional exploration of a relationship which deals with aspects of allowing yourself to meet someone while at the same time also having the courage to leave. The duet was originally conceived as part of a longer performance “C me” (choreographed by Caroline Bowditch and Melody Putu) for dancers with and without disabilities. Dare to wreck has expanded this duet to a compelling stand alone performance.
Dança Sinfônica by Rodrigo Pederneiras
In an act of turning back that is reflected in the movement motifs themselves, Grupo Corpo’s choreographer Rodrigo Pederneiras wove Dança Sinfônica from elements of previous works he created over the Brazilian company’s history, to celebrate its fortieth anniversary in 2015. Styles and qualities shift and slip like kaleidoscopic forms: ballet, samba, jazz, tap, modern, Afro-Brazilian, swing and more. The original music, by Marco Antônio Guimarães, also weaves passages from previous works into an integrated symphony. Prioritizing original compositions, Grupo Corpo’s dance is a dense conversation between movement and music.