TD Bridgemakers Project: Premiere Broadcast ft. Ashley “Colours” Perez and Viktor Manoel
Thursday April 28 at 8:00 p.m. EDT / 5:00 p.m. PDT
Tune in for a premiere of Punking Legacy: Digital Conversations with Viktor Manoel and Ashley Colours Perez, commissioned as part of the TD Bridgemakers Project. This event is an opportunity for audiences to be the first to see Ashley and Viktor’s collaboration, followed by a live conversation where the artists discuss their process in creating the work.
About the Project
Connecting through social media during the first two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, dance artist Ashley Colours Perez (Toronto) and the last living Original Punker Viktor Manoel (West Hollywood) share, reflect and discuss their connection to a dance style called Punking, performance personas and how they keep their artistic integrity in the ever-changing world.
Following the premiere, Viktor and Ashley’s project will be added to the TD Bridgemakers Project webpage and remain available to watch on-demand for the remainder of our 2021/22 Season.
TD Bridgemakers Project is generously supported by TD Canada Trust through the TD Ready Commitment initiative, as well as the Canada Council for the Arts through the Digital Now initiative.
About the creative duo
Ashley "Colours" Perez
ASHLEY PEREZ (she/her) is a Teacher, Dancer and Choreographer. She is the Co-Artistic Director of Mix Mix Dance Collective. Mix Mix has showcased work at Fall For Dance North (2017), Contemporaneity 3.0 (2019), and represented Canada at the Jeux de la Francophonie (2017) in Abidjan. Ashley’s talent was awarded the 2018 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance, Ensemble in the Dance Division for Floor’d presented by Holla Jazz in 2018. Ashley continues to teach street dances with her enterprise, Class with Colours. Ashley has recently completed her MA in Dance at York University.
VIKTOR MANOEL (he/him) is known as the last living Original Punker, born in 1957. Manoel is a Mexico-American dancer, choreographer, writer, actor and cyclist. Manoel has a diverse background in dance. While performing at a nightclub in LA in 1987, artist, actress, musician, and original Locker Toni Basil hired Manoel for David Bowie’s Glass Spider Tour. Manoel has worked with the choreographer of the Canadian dance group La La La Human Steps Edouard Lock and with singer Grace Jones. Manoel has been teaching dance since 1982.