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dance in high park

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 three 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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PRESENTED BY CANADIAN STAGE
DANCE PROGRAMMING SUPPORTER

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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

 
CURATED BY
Sylvie Bouchard

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.