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Graphic is split between two portraits. On the left is a close-up of Naishi Wang in front of a forest green background. While wearing a light blue-grey buttoned-up shirt, Naishi is looking at the camera with a slight smile while crossing his arms close to his chest. On the right is Leelee Oluwatoyosi Eko Davis in a long-sleeved black shirt, standing in front of a beige wall that is covered with sheets of paper that have been written on with markers. Left photo by Hans Michael Lenz; Right photo by Jessica Wittman

Choreographic Residencies: Public Sharings

Thursday Feb 17 at 4:30 p.m. EST (IN PERSON): Sharing with Naishi Wang and TDT company members Roberto Soria, Sonja Boretski, Megumi Kokuba and Ryan Kostyniuk

Friday Feb 18 at 4:30 p.m. EST (ONLINE): Sharing with Leelee Oluwatoyosi Eko Davis and TDT company members Alana Elmer, Devon Snell, Peter Kelly, Yuichiro Inoue and Erin Poole

Accessibility Info: ASL Interpretation and Closed Captioning is available for the Friday Feb. 18 Sharing

We’re offering two ways to engage with the choreographic residencies that are currently underway at TDT, featuring artists Leelee Oluwatoyosi Eko Davis and Naishi Wang. Join us as they share some material in process from their collaborations with the TDT company members and talk about their experiences.

For the Sharing being held in person on Thursday February 17 at the Winchester Street Theatre, there are COVID-19 safety protocols in place and attendees must adhere to TDT’s Mandatory Vaccination Policy. Full details can be found here.

Choreographic Residencies this season is where a few independent artists are able to devote two weeks to choreographic research and experiment with the TDT ensemble. This program is made possible by the generous support of Brian Sambourne.

About the Resident Artists

Leelee lying in bed under white blankets with their hair laid out above them Leelee Oluwatoyosi Eko Davis during Banff Center Performing Arts Residency (2019). Photo by Jessica Whittman.

Leelee Oluwatoyosi Eko Davis

Leelee Oluwatoyosi Eko Davis’ practice is rooted in the foundations of contemporary dance and intermedia creation methodologies. As a disabled, transgenderqueer artist of Nigerian/French/Algonquin descent, working in decolonial frameworks is central to their research and creations. Being from Treaty 1 Territory, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Leelee has had the opportunity to train and work professionally across Turtle Island. Their artistic goals are to merge performance and life, stage and experience, building a bridge to revealing the human condition. They can most commonly be found, producing their own work as a solo artist, however often collaborate across milieus. Leelee has had the profound pleasure of collaborating with artists and interpreting for choreographers such as Jolene Bailie, Dayna Danger, Raven Davis, Jesse Dell, Yannick Desranleau, Vanessa Dunn, Audrey Dwyer, Reginald Edmund, Johnny Forever, Gambletron, Chloe Lum, Ryan MacNamara, Kate Nankervis, Alexandra Tigchelaar on works for theatre, film, and stage. Eko Davis also works as a program designer, facilitator, and consultant in the field of Social Innovation and Adaptive Change and is a Co-Artistic Director at the Toronto Dance Community Love-In.

Instagram: @leeleeoluwatoyosi

This residency is part of Leelee’s project throughout TDT’s 2021/22 season, Ease + Agita (soft place to land).

A close-up of Naishi Wang in front of a forest green background. While wearing a light blue-grey buttoned-up shirt, Naishi is looking at the camera with a slight smile while crossing his arms close to his chest. Naishi Wang. Photo by Hans-Michael Lens.

Naishi Wang

NAISHI WANG is a dance artist based in the culturally enriched city of Toronto. Originally born in Changchun, China. Naishi began with Chinese folk dances at Jilin College of Art. In 2004, he moved to Canada and joined Toronto Dance Theatre, where he was active as a full-time company member for nine years. Since 2015, the award-winning performer has been inspired to work as an independent choreographer. His rigorous practice is themed on intertwined approaches from “communication” to “translation” in a somatic and conceptual point of view. Wang’s work was shown in Toronto, Montreal, Annapolis Royal, Halifax, Hamburg and Düsseldorf Germany, and Beijing China.

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