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Eyes on Beginnings: Fall 2023 Edition

Saturday November 25 at 2:00 p.m. ET
Free gathering | RSVP is Recommended
Winchester Street Theatre, 80 Winchester Street (VIEW MAP)

Accessibility Info: Unfortunately the Winchester Street Theatre is not currently wheelchair accessible. For full details about the building's physical access, visit https://tdt.org/your-visit/accessibility/

It is always an inspiring moment when creative ideas spark! With our new Works-In-Progress Series, Eyes on Beginnings, you can discover fresh choreographic propositions throughout the season. Through dialoguing with the choreographers, you can play an important role in the development of artistic works in our community by offering your feedback and perspectives.  

Join us on Saturday November 25 at 2:00 p.m. for a fun and informal afternoon featuring dance experiments by 3 talented local artists: Barbara Simms, Mackenzie Mccallum-Mallory, and Shivani Joshi.

Baked goods and conversation will be served!

About Eyes on Beginnings

Eyes on Beginnings is designed for artists who are experimenting with something new and are in the beginning phases of development. Artists have up to 10 minutes to share their explorations followed by a feedback session with the public led by Kate Nankervis and Meryem Alaoui. Learn more


Barbara Simms Photo by Aidan Tooth

Barbara Simms

Barbara Simms (they/she) is a freelance dancer and choreographer currently based out of Tkaronto. As a dancer, she desires  to absorb as much knowledge as possible, and deeply understand a variance of teachings. Choreographically, they are interested in finding moments of striking visual imagery in which bodies and natural landscapes are given equal weight and exist in relation to one another. Barbara is a graduate of the Performance Dance program at Toronto Metropolitan University.

Mackenzie Mccallum-Mallory Photo by Dahlia Katz

Mackenzie Mccallum-Mallory

Mackenzie Mccallum-Mallory is a transgender artist, playwright, puppeteer, and image maker. He’s currently working on a trans-adaptation of Giselle, and continuing to develop his solo show, BODY PLAN. He has recently worked with Clay and Paper Theatre as a puppeteer in their annual Night of Dread and as a Summer Company Apprentice. Selected credits include: Bird Troupe Puppeteer (Walk with Amal 2023), DINO (Rock Bottom Movement, Guelph Dance Festival 2023), Queer Youth Cabaret: Queer Icons (Soulpepper, 2022), QUEERCAB: PLAYING WITH ABUNDANCE (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 2022), This Is Beyond – A Time Capsule of Queer Experience (Monologue included in Anthology).  

Shivani Joshi Photo by Abhav Photography

Shivani Joshi

Shivani Joshi trained as a Bharatnatyam dancer for over 20 years. She completed her Arangetram at Shivanjali Dance and graduated with a MA in performance studies from NYU Tisch in 2021. Most recently, she created Shiva/Shakti – Eternal Lovers, a film for Guelph Dance SDS, performed Tangled Threads at the AGH, and presented Sisterhood in Circularity at Dusk Dances. Currently, she works as an artist/writer/producer, combining media and narrative to explore stories to tell modern stories, and playing with metaphor in physical form. 

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