Join Anandam Dancetheatre and Dancemakers in widening circles of consideration and curiosity in the performance field, with conversations, new works, and works-in-progress by some of Toronto’s finest artists.
De Agua y Barro is inspired by “las portadoras de agua bendita” (carriers of holy water), and the ritual led by the Purépecha women of Michoacán. Aerial and multidisciplinary artist Diana Lopez embodies and honours their strength in an investigation of ritual and its relationship to memory, material and the body.
A specialist in South African dance forms, Mafa Makhubalo sees culture as an accumulation and evolution of the history and memory of a people; a process made visible through dance, music and song. In Lentswe la Setjhaba (Voices of the Land), Makhubalo explores the way individuals hold a sense of self, express themselves, and find their way through complex times.
Afrofusion artist Esie Mensah presents Shades of Blackness, exploring the concept of shadeism through movement and text as the work examines what it means to be scrutinized for the tone of one’s skin. Shadeism is a child of racism; Mensah brings this taboo into the light to explore its ugliness and discomfort, so that a new truth can step forward.
Contemporaneity is a new presenting series by Anandam Dancetheatre featuring new works and works-in-progress by artists practicing in Asian, African, Latin American, Arab and Indigenous dance forms. Responding to the widespread use of “contemporary” to describe European and white American theatrical dance, Anandam re-centers “contemporaneity” as a shared inquiry, animating a current and collective interest in holding the dancing body in the world. Artists are in residence October 2nd to 8th, with opportunities to attend open rehearsals, Q&A's and roundtable discussions; their creative process culminates in a presentation of new works and works-in-progress October 12th to 14th.
Thursday October 12th, 7:30 pm
Friday October 13th, 7:30 pm
Saturday October 14th, 7:30 pm
$25 Artists | Arts workers | Students | Seniors
or purchase at the door.
PWYC/accessible tickets available if needed; no questions asked. Please contact [email protected]
Contemporaneity is generously supported by the Toronto Arts Council's Open Door program and the Canada Arts Presentation Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage.