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Dancemakers Communiqué # 2019-01 For Immediate Release: 10 October 2018 DANCEMAKERS ANNOUNCES ITS 2018-2019 SEASON PROGRAMS WITH MORE OF EVERYTHING, INCLUDING RETURNING & INCOMING RESIDENT ARTISTS AND FLOWCHART... TORONTO, CANADA: Curator Amelia Ehrhardt is pleased to announce Dancemakers’ 2018-19 Programming which takes place at Dancemakers Centre for Creation in Toronto’s Distillery Historic District. On the bill are a host of multiplicitous and diverse Residences, Presentations and Programs that are designed to be flexible, responsive, and valuable for dance artists of all forms of dance and choreographic practices working today. Said Amelia Ehrhardt, “The 2018-19 season welcomes an exciting roster of artists from Toronto and across Canada, with nods towards Dancemakers’ history and glances at our future. Seasonal programming is an opportunity to choreograph a sequence of events that will be looked back on as of its moment; during these turbulent and rapidly changing times, developing a season that reflects and responds to contemporary dialogue has been a guiding principle in our curatorial vision. This season welcomes artists whose work challenges colonial notions of dance, refigures tradition, expands the frame of viewing, and considers the poetry of the moving body.” 2018-19 RESIDENT ARTISTS Dancemakers Residency Programs offer a venue for artistic reflection and inclusion, with the optimum conditions for intensive research and creation development. In Residence for four to six weeks per year for two or three years, Resident Artists are invited to create solo or group works using local artistic collaborators, and present their new creations as works-in-progress and fully completed. LARA KRAMER Montréal, Quebec Incoming Artist-in-Residence, year 1 of 3 years Lara Kramer is an Oji-Cree (Ojibwe and Cree) choreographer and performer whose work is intimately linked to her memory and Aboriginal roots. She received her BFA in Contemporary Dance at Concordia University, Montréal (2008). Working with strong visuals and narrative, her work pushes the strength and fragility of the human spirit. Lara’s work is political and potent, often examining political issues surrounding Canada and First Nations Peoples. She has been recognized as a Human Rights Advocate through the Montréal Holocaust Memorial Centre. Said The Globe and Mail, “Kramer is an aboriginal choreographer, but her works have universal resonance… [she] is a talent to watch. She wears her heart on her sleeve, which translates into dance theatre that is as vulnerable as it is emotional.” Lara’s works have included NGS (Native Girl Syndrome) (2013) which was met with critical acclaim across the country; her solo work Tame (2015) which she showed in its very nascent stage at Native Earth’s 2015 Weesageechak Begins to Dance Annual Festival of Indigenous Works; and, most recently, Windigo which was performed at Festival TransAmériques, Montréal in May 2018. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dancemakers 2018-19 Season Announcement Page 1 of 6

Lara will use her first Dancemakers’ residency year as a means to connect with family living in a Northern Ontario Indigenous community, and in the fall of 2018, she will create work in an installation format born of this familial research, showing it as a work-in-progress in late November an again in January 2019. In residence November 12 to 30, 2018 January 7 to 25, 2019

Performance dates November 29 & 30, 2018 - Tame at Flowchart January 24 & 25, 2019 - work-in-progress

Tickets $15 Arts Workers/Seniors/Students $20 General On sale now at LEE SU-FEH Vancouver, Canada Year 2 of 3 years in residency Lee Su-Feh’s work deals with care on macro and micro levels of choreography and life. For the land it takes place on and the first peoples of that land; for the participants she works with, the audience members who enter - clear rules and boundaries set up an environment where a public can feel free to explore and engage with a work, knowing that the space is safe for doing so. Credits include Children’s Theatre with Janet Pillai, traditional Malay and contemporary dance with Marion D’Cruz in Malaysia, contemporary dance with Lari Leong in Paris, contact improvisation with Peter Bingham in Vancouver; and many years of Chinese martial arts. Before arriving in Vancouver in 1988, she lived in Paris, London, Indonesia and Malaysia. In 1998, Su-Feh won the Prix de Jeune Auteur of the Rencontres Choregraphiques Internationales de Seine-St. Denis for her work Gecko Eats Fly. She has been nominated twice for a Jessie Award. In 2012, her solo work The Whole Beast won the BOH Cameronian Award for Outstanding Choreography in Malaysia. In recognition of her contribution to the dance milieu through her work as choreographer, dancer, teacher, and dramaturge, Su-Feh was awarded the Isadora Award (2013) and the Lola Award (2014) by Vancouver’s Dance Centre. In her first 2017-2018 Residency year, Su-Feh connected with the Toronto community and began her research. Dancemakers also remounted her acclaimed installation work Dance Machine – called “A playful, yet also meditative experience.” Festival TransAmériques (2017). A seasoned senior artist, Su-Feh works specific to the project and location, and in June 2019 she will create a new group work born from the relationships, connections, and curiosities that develop throughout her 2017-2018 residency. In residence May 27 to June 28, 2019 ANDREA SPAZIANI Toronto, Canada Year 3 of 3 years in residency Andrea’s work is feminist and critical of the aestheticized female body, and it moves across poles like personal/political, vulnerable/powerful, didactic/impenetrable. She is interested in notions of the west as a colonial structure and as a global construct and precarity of the body. Andrea has been making dances in Toronto for the past eleven years. She generates choreographic scores by moving and talking at the same time in a stream of improvisation. Her movements and words collapse into ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dancemakers 2018-19 Season Announcement Page 2 of 6

each other, asserting a new kind of attention that distorts the familiar, and challenges perception. Andrea has collaborated with artists across disciplines, and attended workshops and residencies internationally, most recently at HEIMA in Seyðisfjörður, Iceland. In 2016, she produced SPACEBODIES II for the Transart Triennale in Berlin, Germany as an experiment in choreography as curation, and in 2017 she co-founded the artist lecture series Archaeology of the Frivolous with Allen Ferguson in Marfa, Texas. Published texts include Nostalgia for the Hadron Collider (2012), (2014), Exiting, Re-Existing (2015), and Unbecoming Ego (2016). Andrea holds an MFA from The Transart Institute/ Plymouth University. About her work, The Dance Current said, “Andrea Spaziani generates a performance situation that holds itself open in its complexity, never indulging catharsis or didactic resolution… [Her] work stands with that of a generation of (mostly female) contemporary dance artists who desire and romanticize a post-dramatic context, rejecting performativity and institutionalized expectations of male choreographic gazes.” Andrea’s residency to date has seen her present This Desiring Pony (December 2016) and Rafters (June 2017). In April 2017, her group work Silver Venus played as a work-in-progress to sell out houses and audience acclaim, and she brought this work to completion April 2018, again to sell-out houses and audience acclaim. During her final residency year, throughout March to April, Andrea will develop a new solo born of research from Silver Venus. In residence March 18 to 31, 2019 April 8 to 28, 2019

Performance dates April 26 to 28, 2019 - work-in-progress

Tickets $15 Arts Workers/Seniors/Students $20 General On sale now at EMERGING ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE Francesca Chudnoff and Sofí Gudińo Year 1 of 2 years in residency Dancemakers Emerging Artist in Residence is a two-year position for artists on the precipice of establishment and showing a newfound maturity in their practice. This season, we have invited two local new generation artists take up this residency. Francesca Chudnoff is a Toronto-based millennial, with a BFA in performance. She is a dance artist, illustrator, film maker, photographer, and collector of all things shiny. She began her contemporary dance training working as a company member at Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre. Francesca continued her studies Ryerson Theatre School while also working independently in street dance forms such as breaking, hip hop and house. After graduating, Francesca became Co-Assistant Director of Alias Dance Project until spring 2017. She has presented her dance work at Dancematters, PS We Are All Here, Dancemakers Flowchart, Wind Down Dance, and Fresh Blood. Her film work has been presented at Toronto Urban Film Festival, F-OR-M, ArtSpin, On Common Ground Festival, Rhubarb Festival, Âjagemô - Canada Council for the Arts, and FFDN. Francesca is a member of the multidisciplinary art collective Lost is Found. SOFÍ GUDIŃO is a choreographer and dancer who was raised in the flamenco tradition. She began dancing flamenco as a child, at the Academy of Spanish Dance, and draws from her roots in this form of movement as inspiration for her art. In 2014, Gudiño founded the Inamorata Dance Collective, a collaboration-based dance group with a strong focus on innovating flamenco arts for the contemporary stage. They have worked with ________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dancemakers 2018-19 Season Announcement Page 3 of 6

over thirty artists in their four years as a collective, experimenting in flamenco’s intersections with film, technology, spoken word, opera, contemporary dance and theatre. From 2014 to 2016, Gudiño premiered a series of fifteen minute works at Too Queer: a Bisexual Visibility Cabaret, with a rotating cast of collaborators. In 2017, Inamorata premiered their full length work, Picaza, at the Toronto Fringe Festival, garnering an award nomination for Outstanding Contemporary Dance. Over the years, Gudiño has worked with the mentorship of Peggy Baker, Christopher House, Katherine Duncanson, Ame Henderson, and many others. Apart from her work with Inamorata, Gudiño has collaborated on flamenco fusion works extensively in both the commercial and fine art sectors. These collaborations have premiered at Nuit Blanche, World Pride, the New Blue Dance Festival, Nuit Rose and Next Stage Dance Festival. In residence

Until June 28

Performance dates To be scheduled OTHER 2018-19 RESIDENCIES

PEER LEARNING NETWORK The second edition of Peer Learning is taking place until December 15, 2018. Funded by the RBC Emerging Artists Fund, we welcome both dance artists in the very beginning of their choreographic careers and those transitioning into choreography after other established practices as visual artists or dancers, encouraging them to collaborate on group or solo works, in a safe space at Dancemakers. This season’s participants are Rodney Diverlus, Marie Lambin-Gagnon, Gavin Law, Alyssa Martin, Lawrence Shapiro, Megha Subramanian, & Christianne Ullmark. In residence Until June 28

Performance dates To be scheduled

LE SWITCH EXCHANGE/ÉCHANGE LE SWITCH Co-presented with Montréal’s Centre de Création O Vertigo, this second edition will again see one dance artist from Toronto and Montréal work in the other city, creating and sharing work with the local dance community. The Call to Artists can be found here. In residence March 2019

Performance dates To be scheduled

TECHNICAL RESIDENCY The internationally acclaimed and Toronto-based Public Recordings spent two weeks in residence at Dancemakers from September 3 to 15, developing Borders (sin título) which is co-created by Marina Colomina & Liz Peterson. Dancemakers will co-present Borders (sin titulo) with Public Recordings during its 2019-20 Season. PLUG N’ PLAY This no-frills residency will take place over the Holiday Season, from December 24 to January 6. This pareddown residency is for independent dance artist collectives, ad-hoc or incorporated groups who have a performance date scheduled but lack adequate time or resources to develop the production; the Open Call takes place in early December.

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2018-19 PRESENTATIONS FLOWCHART, A SERIES OF MULTI-DISCIPLINARY PERFORMANCE Dancemakers will present its third edition of the acclaimed Flowchart which provides a much-needed Toronto platform for solo artists or groups working in a variety of arenas of choreographic investigation, and offering a curiosity about what happens to non-dance work when framed within a dance perspective. Due to the overwhelming response in previous seasons, we’re expanding Flowchart to two performances per edition: On November 14 & 15, 2018, we’re delighted that Dancemakers’ Co-founder Carol Anderson returns to perform – also on the bill are Lara Kramer and Sarah Aiken. On February 20 & 21, 2019 we’ll see Nikola Steer, Oliver Husain, and Jasmyn Fyffe/Alicia Nauta. Flowchart’s final performances of the season take place on May 22 & 23, 2019 with Kate Nankervis/Ann Trépanier, Life of a Craphead, and George Stamos. Performance dates November 14 & 15, 2018 February 20 & 21, 2019 May 22 & 23, 2019

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SCREEN:MOVES The second edition of screen:moves, presented in partnership with The RT Collective, takes place on December 3, 2018. Last season’s edition showcased short films by 17 artists, and was completely sold out. The Open Call for submissions will take place in late October 2018. Date December 3, 2018

Tickets Pay-what-you-can at the door 2018-19 COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

Scheduled in response to the professional and amateur dance community and wide range of arts organizations, our Community Programming includes classes, professional development workshops, and informal conversations about a host of issues and concerns. Dancemakers’ Adult Contemporary Dance Classes Extremely successful, with nearly 100 students of all dance levels participating throughout last year, classes are taught by Dancemakers’ Curator Amelia Ehrhardt, there are again two levels offered: Mechanical Investigation which is geared towards those with little to no experience with dance technique, or to those looking to revisit their childhood dance careers, and Choreographic Investigation which is for returning participants and those who have a dance or movement background, with more complex and challenging elements. Class dates January 14 to February 26, 2019 – Adult Beginner Contemporary Dance Class Winter Sessions April 1 to May 7, 2019 – Adult Beginner Contemporary Dance Class Spring Sessions Prices Pay-what-you-want - $80, $90 or $100 On sale now at

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KITCHEN TABLE CONVERSATIONS SERIES Scheduled throughout the season, Dancemakers’ Kitchen Table Conversation series are an informal dialogue around a BIG question, in a space where, much like a Kitchen Party, it’s easy and safe to disagree, air differences of opinions, quickly confirm or repudiate assumptions and organizational dogma, and generate new and innovative ways to look at or resolve a problem. These free Conversations are moderated by Rick Wolfe, a member of the Dancemakers’ Board of Directors. In his professional life as a management consultant, Rick has conducted well over 1,500 conversation sessions modelled on the kitchen table dialogue for clients across Canada and the US, Europe and Asia. TICKET SUMMARY General seating single tickets for all performances are now on sale:  Performances - $15 for Arts Workers and $20 for the General Public  Adult Contemporary Dance Classes - pay-what-you-want sliding scale of $80, $90 & $100.  Le Switch Exchange/Échange le switch & Peer Learning Network showings (to be scheduled) - $5  Kitchen Table Conversations: Free Available at Program subject to change ABOUT DANCEMAKERS Dancemakers makes its home at its Centre for Creation in Toronto’s Historic Distillery District. Curator Amelia Ehrhardt ensures that the Centre is a robust creative space, housing our a multi-year and fully resourced Resident Artist initiative; Flowchart: a series of multidiscipline performance; the Adult Contemporary Dance Class Series; the annual Peer Learning Network for a cohort of emerging choreographers; and a host of other co-presentations, classes, and workshops. The Centre is a vital and affordable part of Toronto’s cultural infrastructure, contributing to the space needs of the local arts community – over 4,000 audience members and artists come through it each year. Dancemakers’ 2018-19 Season is supported by BMO Financial Group, with core funding from The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council, plus project and program support from Canadian Heritage, City of Toronto, Ontario Trillium Foundation, RBC Emerging Artists Project, and the Ontario Arts Foundation. -30Media Contact: Frances Shakov General Manager Dancemakers 416-367-1800

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Dancemakers announces its 2018-19 Season  
Dancemakers announces its 2018-19 Season