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Performance Clash


March 17 - 19 at 7:30 p.m. EDT every night with Livestream for March 18 performance

Tickets: $25 for in-person and $10 for livestream (plus service fee)
In-person attendees must adhere to TDT's Mandatory Vaccination Policy and COVID-19 protocols
Winchester Street Theatre, 80 Winchester Street (VIEW MAP)

Accessibility Info: Deaf/ASL Interpretation is available for the March 19 show. If this service will enhance your experience, email info@tdt.org to ensure optimal viewing of the Interpreters.
Winchester Street Theatre is currently not wheelchair accessible.

PLEASE BE ADVISED, some of the performances in this presentation will contain adult content.


*The livestream recording will remain available for ticket holders to watch until Saturday March 26 at 9:30 p.m. EDT. If you missed out on watching the performance live, you can still book a digital ticket to watch it on-demand anytime this week! Tickets can be purchased up until March 26 at 6:30 p.m. EDT*

Live from the Winchester Street Theatre: it’s Performance Clash! TDT is welcoming audiences back into the theatre, and what better way than with a celebratory night of short works.

Artists from a variety of disciplines in the Toronto community are pairing up with TDT Dancers to collaborate and make 11 original works. Just imagine dance colliding with fashion, video art, sculpture, electronic music, illustration, and much more. You won’t be able to anticipate what will arise on stage from one creation to the next, making the experience even more electrifying.

Not able to attend in person? We’ll be livestreaming the performance on Friday March 18 where you’ll feel immersed in the theatre space alongside us. The livestream will be available to all ticket holders for 7 days.

Tickets must be booked in advance. No door sales. The show is 1 hour and 45 minutes, including an intermission.

COVID-19 Protocols: For this presentation, attendees will be required to wear face masks while in the building as well as show proof of full vaccination when checking in at the box office along with government-issued ID. Visit TDT’s COVID-19 Protocols webpage for full details.

Special thank you to Ann H. Atkinson for generously supporting this presentation.

Guest Artists ⚡ TDT Company Members

Rajni Perera portrait (top-half) and Andrew Tay (bottom-half) Rajni Perera (courtesy of artist); Andrew Tay (photo by McKenzie James)

Rajni Perera ⚡ Andrew Tay

RAJNI PERERA b. 1985
Lives and works in Toronto, Canada

Rajni Perera was born in Sri Lanka in 1985 and lives and works in Toronto. She explores issues of hybridity, futurity, ancestorship, immigration identity/cultures, monsters and dream worlds. All of these themes marry in a newly objectified realm of mythical symbioses. In her work she seeks to open and reveal the dynamism of the icons and objects she creates, both scripturally existent, self-invented and externally defined. She creates a subversive aesthetic that counteracts antiquated, oppressive discourse, and acts as a restorative force through which people can move outdated, repressive modes of being towards reclaiming their power.

ANDREW TAY

Andrew Tay is a performer, choreographer, DJ and performance curator. In 2005 he co-founded Wants&Needs danse with Sasha Kleinplatz, producing the wildly popular events Short & Sweet and Piss in the Pool which take place in non-traditional venues throughout Montreal. Tay was awarded the DanceWEB scholarship (Impulstanz, Vienna), and was nominated for a Quebec Notables award for Arts&Culture. In 2017, he was named the first Artistic Curator of the Centre de Création O Vertigo (CCOV) in Montreal and in August 2020 relocated to Toronto to become the Artistic Director of Toronto Dance Theatre. Tay actively thinks about community, irreverence and resistance in both his performance and curatorial practices. Full profile can be found on the TDT Team webpage.

Troy Emery Twigg portrait (top-half) and Yuichiro Inoue (bottom-half) Troy Emery Twigg (self-portrait); Yuichiro Inoue (photo by McKenzie James)

Troy Emery Twigg ⚡ Yuichiro Inoue

TROY EMERY TWIGG

Troy is from the Kainai Nation in Southern Alberta. He has worked as an actor, dancer, choreographer, director, dramaturg and instructor but is primarily an artist in movement, choreography and staging, mostly creating his own works which have been presented nationally and internationally. Including Dancing the Universe in FluxItahpoyiStaticThey Shoot Buffalo Don’t They and a duet with Terrill MaGuire in Pulse. Recently he has worked with Decidedly Jazz Danceworks; The Prairie Dance Exchange, and the Iinisikim puppet project with the Canadian Academy of Mask and Puppety. He has co-curated an exhibition called By Invitation Only: Dance, Confederation and Reconciliation for Dance Collection Danse.  Although COVID has cancelled his year of work on stage in 2020, the resiliency of work in hard times has kept him going. He contributed to the Banff Centre as part of the Globe and Mail’s Step Into The Light National Dance Project. Participated in Raven Spirit’s Indigenous Ground Dance. Created a digital podcast work for Jupiter Theatre and remounted Iniskim for the National Arts Centre online. He most recently danced in Julia Aplin’s Dance film For You presented by Moonhorse Dance Theatre and created and original dance piece for Springboard Performance’ Fluid Festival with Olivia Tailfeathers.

YUICHIRO INOUE

Originally from Japan, Yuichiro Inoue first gained recognition as one of the country’s top Kung-Fu kids. His ballet training soon followed and by the age of 15 he moved to Germany to train on scholarship at the John Cranko Ballet School in Stuttgart. He went on to perform as a member of Staatstheater Braunschweig, the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe and the Saarlaendisches Statts Theatre in Saarbruecken before moving to Toronto to complete the Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School (RAD status). Upon graduation he was hired at TDT and is thrilled to be in his 16th season with the company. Yuichiro has taught at TDT, The School of TDT, Canada’s National Ballet School, Dance Teq, the Quinte Ballet School, and the Pia Bouman School of Dance, The Canadian School of Ballet and for schools and companies throughout Japan, including Kobe University. His choreography has been commissioned for film, festivals and international competitions.

Mikiki Burino portrait (top-half) and Peter Kelly portrait (bottom-half) Mikiki (Still from "Is It For Me", 2020); Peter Kelly (photo by McKenzie James)

Mikiki ⚡ Peter Kelly

MIKIKI

Mikiki is a performance and video artist and queer community health activist of Acadian/Mi’kmaq and Irish descent from Ktaqmkuk/Newfoundland, Canada. Their work has been presented throughout Canada and internationally in self-produced interventions, artist-run centres, performance art festivals and public galleries. Their identity as a queer artist & activist has necessitated a porous boundary between what is labelled art-making, or activism versus ‘being’ in the world. Mikiki has worked as a high school Sexuality Educator, a Bathhouse Attendant, Drag Karaoke Hostess, in various capacities in the Gay Men’s Health and HIV response, in Harm Reduction Outreach and HIV testing all over Canada. Mikiki is irregularly found hosting their Golden Girls screening + queer cultural studies lecture series Rose Beef.

PETER KELLY

Peter Kelly is a queer Toronto based dancer, performance maker, artistic director, teacher, producer, and personal trainer. Peter trained in fitness through the International Sports Science Association (ISSA), is a graduate of the Dance Performance Studies program at George Brown College, and is currently in his seventh season as a company dancer with Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT). Beyond TDT, Peter has worked with SummerWorks Performance Festival as the Patron Services Coordinator, with The Toronto Dance Community Love-In as a Space Host, with Dance Ontario as the Provincial Networks Coordinator, and is currently the Artistic Director of New Blue Emerging Dance. As a performance maker, Peter strives to construct performance works that tackle taboos, barriers, and stigmas associated with nudity, BDSM, sexual identity, and kink. Peter has had the opportunity to present work at Guelph Dance Festival, London Dance Festival, Queer Cab (Buddies in Bad Times Theatre), and Impact Festival, among others.

Ness Lee portrait (top-half) and Megumi Kokuba portrait (bottom-half) Ness Lee (photo by Augustine Ng); Megumi Kokuba (photo by McKenzie James)

Ness Lee ⚡ Megumi Kokuba

NESS LEE

Ness Lee draws upon history and personal narratives to create tender and surreal illustrations,
paintings, sculptures and installations. Exploring states of mind during intimate stages of
vulnerability, Lee’s work takes form as an effort in seeking comfort, forgiveness and desire for
an end of a self-perpetuated state. Based in Toronto, their work has been featured at the AGO,
the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, the Gardiner Museum, the Art Gallery of Hamilton, as well as
galleries in New York, Boston, Los Angeles, MIami, Montreal and Toronto. Lee has also
participated in mural festivals in Canada and Internationally in Hyderabad, India and Cozumel,
Mexico. They have a BDes in Illustration from OCADU.

Ness Lee’s work is an investigation of the human form dealing with notions of intimacy and
self-love. Rather than the emphasis on the physical form, the emotional resonance and
presence is brought to focus in periods of vulnerability, discomfort and acceptance. Using
various mediums, she explores and echoes these emotions, encompassing its tactile
experience into one that is filled with a depth of feeling, playing on humourous rhythms and
self-exploration.

Social Media:
Website: www.nesslee.com
Instagram: @nessleee
Facebook: Ness Lee illustrations

MEGUMI KOKUBA

Megumi Kokuba was born on the southernmost island of Japan, Okinawa. She studied ballet with joy from the age of two. After graduating from College in Okinawa, Megumi came across contemporary dance and was smitten. She moved to Toronto to train in dance and is a proud graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Megumi joined the company as a TD Dance Intern in 2012/2013, and she has had many inspiring creation and performance opportunities in Toronto ever since.

As a dance artist, her main focus is to help maintain a supportive work environment. Actions like listening, holding space and prioritizing active communication are at the forefront of her personal practice.

Mic. Carter portrait (top-half) and Devon Snell portrait (bottom-half) Mic. Carter (photo by Matthew Carter); Devon Snell (photo by McKenzie James)

Mic. Carter ⚡ Devon Snell

MIC. CARTER

Mic. Carter is a Toronto-based creative that through experimental design and stylization, has developed an interest in fusing social justice, futurity, abjection, and community with fashion. They are particularly invested in understanding how clothing can be used to embolden those on the slippages of cis-gender heteronormativity and femme-phobia, primarily through ethnographic embodiment. L’Uomo Strano is the result of this, a brand invested in creating responsive beauty for the femme-identified, gender non-conformist’s wardrobe.

DEVON SNELL

Devon Snell is from London, Ontario. He graduated from the School of Toronto Dance Theatre while working with Toronto Dance Theatre as an 2017-2018 dancer intern. While training at the school he had many opportunities to work with talented and acclaimed Canadian choreographers and teachers. Just recently he attended b12 Dance Workshop Festival in Berlin, Germany; there he had the privilege to research with international choreographers and teachers and perform a new creation by Shannon Gillen. Devon is happy to be dancing in his fifth season with Toronto Dance Theatre.

LAL portrait (top-half) and Erin Poole portrait (bottom-half) LAL - Rosina Kazi and Nicholas Murray (photo by Calvin Hudson Hwang); Erin Poole (photo by McKenzie James)

LAL ⚡ Erin Poole

LAL

Rosina Kazi and Nicholas Murray are LAL. The Toronto-based, Bengali-Bajan duo have been holding down Canada’s underground DIY music scene for decades. Having started performing separately in hip hop and spoken word, they came together as music and life partners, bonding over the shared ideal of making electronic music that puts community first.

Drawing on the transcendent and transgressive roots of house/electronic music, LAL use each successive album as a chance to explore further and further into the future. With so many futures awaiting us, we’re fortunate to have their music as a guide. The fragile melodies and throbbing bass sound out, like a rope and plank bridge across a dangerous chasm. We could choose to plunge into the gaping maw and take what comes our way; we may instead make unsteady, swaying steps towards safety on that far side. Not the dead happiness of certainty and security but rather the comfort of a future built by vulnerability, magical thinking, generosity and the tenderest of rage.

Impatient for paradise, LAL works tirelessly to make that future a reality in the here and now. They launched the community centre and performance venue Unit 2 ten years ago as a space for marginalized artists and communities to build themselves up and create connections across social boundaries. LAL’s recent theatre work in Noor and Out The Window take their world building one step closer towards a critical gesamtkunstwerk. Murray and Kazi are regularly sought after for public speaking engagements, to share their insights on music, arts and social justice. LAL is the answer to a question we’re finally ready to ask.

ERIN POOLE

Erin Poole (she/her) is a dance artist in Tkaronto. She has been a member of the ensemble with Toronto Dance Theatrefor the past five seasons and has contributed to and performed in many works and processes. At TDT and as an independent artist, Erin has had the opportunity to work with Christopher House, Jeanine Durning, Ame Henderson, Alyssa Martin, Laurence Lemieux, José Navas/Compagnie Flak (Montréal), among others.

A conversational piece of Erin’s, i think i am able to listen and tend to her body, was published in the Capilano Review’s Winter 2021 issue. She also choreographed and performed in the short music film All Our Departed/El Malei Rachamim (Alphabet of Wrongdoing/Daniela Gesundheit, LA).

Jeremy Laing portrait (top-half) and Ryan Kostyniuk portrait (bottom-half) Jeremy Laing; Ryan Kostyniuk (photo by McKenzie James)

Jeremy Laing ⚡ Ryan Kostyniuk

JEREMY LAING

Jeremy Laing is a transdisciplinary artist living and working in Toronto. Through the synthesis of craft and conceptual modes, their work explores the interrelation and transitional potential of subjects and objects, materials and meanings, and the hierarchies of value to which they are submitted.

Recent exhibitions include the Grinnell College Museum of Art, Grinnell, Iowa; The Plumb, Franz Kaka, and Paul Petro Contemporary Art, all in Toronto; and Wil Aballe Art Projects, Vancouver. Past screenings include the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Liverpool Biennial, UK; and the International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen, Germany. Their work is in the permanent collection of the Royal Ontario Museum, and the National Gallery of Canada Library.

Currently a Masters candidate in the Visual Studies department at the University of Toronto, Jeremy’s academic and artistic work is being supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, a University of Toronto Fellowship, the Jack Chambers Graduate Scholarship, and the Jules Wegman Fellowship.

RYAN KOSTYNIUK

Ryan Kostyniuk is from Sylvan Lake, Alberta and graduated from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre. He has performed works by Danny Grossman, Jennifer Dallas, Ryan Lee, Alysa Pires, Sharon Moore, Julia Sasso, and Hannah Kiel to name a few. He has attended workshops lead by Proarte Danza as well as Springboard Danse Montreal where he performed works by Vim Vigor Dance Company and MA•ZE Dance Company.

Driftnote portrait (top-half) and Roberto Soria portrait (bottom-half) Driftnote portrait (photo by Francesca Chudnoff) and Roberto Soria (photo by McKenzie James)

Driftnote ⚡ Roberto Soria

DRIFTNOTE

Omar Rivero (he/she/they), also known as Driftnote, is a musician and multimedia artist whose work is centred around improvisation, interactivity, audio visual installations and 3D imaging. He is interested in themes of cultural erasure, systemic oppression, race and identity in the African/Indigenous diaspora.

ROBERTO SORIA

I am Roberto Soria, and as a seeker of pleasure it only makes sense that movement has been a part of my life for so many years. I have no idea where I might go. I am on a journey of reopening and trusting in my Sagittarian blood. I am an aspiring DJ/creator of noise; I love to rave, recently started a YouTube channel and really want to start making clothes with my friends. I am a loving lost human who is doing what I can each day to please my creative being, so I start in the unknown, opening my cells and allowing my mind to collide with my desires. I needed to fly so I decided to fly. Also I love talking to people on the street, so if you ever see me, come say hi!

Angela Cabrera portrait (top-half) and Valerie Calam portrait (bottom-half) Angela Cabrera (photo by Ivy Mazariegos); Valerie Calam (photo by McKenzie James)

Angela Cabrera ⚡ Valerie Calam

ANGELA CABRERA

Angela is a Latinx multidisciplinary artist born and raised in Colombia. Their design work is inspired by the spaces unattended by man and ruled over by natural evolution. Fashion is primarily their focus, evoking an enigmatic spirit that experiments with alien forms. They are a celestial soul that came from the forest and creates from the shadows.

Instagram: @to.buggin

VALERIE CALAM

Valerie Calam is a Toronto-based dance artist interested in finding pathways to refresh and support herself. She works with fabric, patterns, sound, numbers, the nervous system, the body, and likes to edit/adapt/repurpose things. Most of all, Val enjoys working alongside dancers and artists. She umbrellas much of her work under the name Company Vice Versa (www.companyviceversa.com) and works frequently with Fantastical Realms. She’s the Dance Ontario Regional Representative for her hometown of Sault Ste. Marie and recently became Membership Coordinator for CADA/East. She completed a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Choreography in 2014.

TUSH - Kamilah Apong and Jamie Kidd portrait (top-half) and Jordan Alleyne portrait (bottom-half) TUSH - Kamilah Apong and Jamie Kidd (photo by Darnell Reddick); Jordan Alleyne (photo by McKenzie James)

TUSH ⚡ Jordan Alleyne

TUSH

Having only released a handful of EPs, and more recently, their debut album Fantast, Toronto duo TUSH (Kamilah Apong, Jamie Kidd) gained attention around the world. With nods and collaborations with electronic dance music mavens like Jazzanova, Matthew Herbert, Osunlade, TUSH is building a name due to their authentic approach to dance music. More grit than glam, their sound embodies the rawness, vulnerability, and intimacy of the dancefloor.

www.booktush.com

JORDAN ALLEYNE

Jordan Alleyne has always been in love with the arts. He was a competitive dancer for 11 years, studying multiple genres. Commercial dance training launched him into many television and stage performances. He studied at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre under the Professional Training Program and is now in his second season as a member of Toronto Dance Theatre. Jordan is excited about his growth as an artist and technician, and he cannot wait to see where it takes him.

Artwork by Diana Lynn VanderMeulen (top-half) and Alana Elmer portrait (bottom-half) Artwork by Diana Lynn VanderMeulen; Alana Elmer (photo by McKenzie James)

Diana Lynn VanderMeulen ⚡ Alana Elmer

DIANA LYNN VANDERMEULEN

Mysterious elements of our natural world are studied alongside the super synthetic. Remixing techniques and textures, Diana Lynn VanderMeulen navigates new digital tools as a means to expand the lifespan and audience of durational immersive installations and location specific artworks. An exploration of 360 space reveals environments and atmospheres from angles that challenge perceptions of reality. These immersive environments transcend our sense of presence while exploring inner spaces and reckonings of imagined landscapes.

 

Diana is a multidisciplinary artist based in Toronto and holds a BFA from York University. Diana has recently shared work with Sky Fine Foods in mixed-reality exhibition, Shimmer of a Petal, Now a Mountain Stream. Utilizing new media technology, Diana hopes to expand the lifespan and audience of durational immersive installations and location specific artworks. Alongside many DIY ventures, she has also shown work at The AGO, The Canadian Embassy (Tokyo, Japan), Gardiner Museum and Idea Exchange. 

ALANA ELMER

Alana Elmer grew up on a farm, attended The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and has worked with the Toronto Dance Theatre company for over 15 years. Captivated by the power of framework and the music of the body, Alana is in constant examination of the lenses the performer and choreographer use to shape things, and how we engage with one another as we shape them -choreography as a way to mobilize questions, and questions as active ways to embody and connect, to reflect internally and externally. She continues to deepen and refine her somatic practice. Alana is a costume designer and the star of the short film Latched, which had its world premiere at TIFF 2017 and has won over 65 awards world wide. Her debut feature film Making Monsters was released September 2019 and has already won multiple awards including Best Horror Film at Shriekfestfestival run.

Production Credits

Artistic Director: Andrew Tay

Rehearsal Director: Rosemary James

Lighting Designer: Noah Feaver

Production Manager: Tanya Bregstein

Stage Manager & Production Assistant: Brianna Unger

Assistant Stage Manager: Caitlin Farley

Livestream Coordinator: Jordan Calcafuoco

Camera Operators: Eddie Kastrau and Terrence Hand

Guest Artists: Angela Cabrera, Diana Lynn Vandermeulen, Driftnote (Omar Rivero), Jeremy Laing, LAL (Rozina Kazi and Nic Murray), Mic. Carter, Mikiki, Ness Lee, Rajni Perera, Troy Emery Twigg, and TUSH (Jamie Kidd and Kamilah Apong)

Performers: Alana Elmer, Andrew Tay, Devon Snell, Erin Poole, Jordan Alleyne, Megumi Kokuba, Peter Kelly, Roberto Soria, Ryan Kostyniuk, Valerie Calam, and Yuichiro Inoue

House Technician & Board Operator: Nathan Bruce

Swing House Technician: Red Hauser

Production Crew: Paul Carter, Jasper Jacobs, Sofia Fabiano, Adam Jules, and AJ Morra

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