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Symposium on the Potential of Repertoire in Contemporary Dance Practice

  • Winchester Street Theatre 80 Winchester Street Toronto, ON, M4X 1B2 Canada (map)

Reimagining Repertoire - 
A Symposium on the Potential of
Repertoire in Contemporary Dance

Please join us at the Winchester Street Theatre from 1 - 3 PM on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2017 for a discussion on the creative potential of repertoire in contemporary dance practice.

The official launch of a three-year initiative by TDT, funded in part by the Metcalf Foundation, the Symposium brings together a remarkable cross-section of dance professionals: Moderator Carol Anderson, choreographer, writer and academic; Peggy Baker, choreographer, performer and artistic director of Peggy Baker Dance Projects; Amy Bowring, Director of Collections and Research at Dance Collection Danse; Brendan Healy, theatre director and artistic director of the Magnetic North Festival; Christopher House, choreographer, performer and artistic director of Toronto Dance Theatre; William Lau, artist, researcher and the founder of the Little Pear Garden Collective; and Brandy Leary, choreographer, performer and artistic director of Anandam Dance Theatre.

In our forward-thinking contemporary dance milieu, there is often little attention paid to the idea of repertoire.  In a company structure, remounting older works can be seen as a sign of stagnation. For independent choreographers, revisiting older work is a low priority when most funding structures are geared to the creation of the new. With the goal of challenging the status quo, Christopher House poses the questions: "What if our existing repertoire were more than an archive of discrete works, but also a site for continuing artistic growth? What if we were to use our repertoire as a toolbox, confronting the ephemerality of dance by using these works to inspire distillations, adaptations and responses that continue a vital conversation in our own practice and across our art form?"

The symposium is the official launch platform of Reimagining Repertoire, a multi-year initiative by Toronto Dance Theatre supported by the Metcalf Foundation. 

This event is free of charge. 
Refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to by Jan 11, 2017 to attend the symposium

TDT artists performing Glass Houses. Photo: Frank Richards

Earlier Event: January 13
Open Company Class Led by Kelly Keenan.
Later Event: January 16
Open Company Class Led By Andrea Nann