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A digital collage of various blue waves and clouds. In the centre are cut-outs of 4 artists with a magenta cloud of smoke underneath them. Design by Driftnote

The Magic of Assembly


February 2 - 4 and 9 - 11, 2023
February 2 - 10 performances at 7:30 p.m. | February 11 performance at 3:00 p.m.
Livestream on February 5
Tickets ranging from $10 to $45
Winchester Street Theatre, 80 Winchester Street (VIEW MAP)

Accessibility Info: There will be a Deaf/ASL Interpreted performance on Thursday February 9. Unfortunately the Winchester Street Theatre is not currently wheelchair accessible. Full accessibility details: https://tdt.org/your-visit/accessibility/


We are thrilled to develop a new production featuring the TDT ensemble with choreographer Ashley Colours Perez and local beloved music duo LAL (Rosina Kazi and Nicholas Murray) in conversation with TDT’s artistic director Andrew Tay.

Taking an experimental approach, the work will emerge from provocations between Tay and each of the invited artists, privileging the meeting of artistic practices towards a less linear way to collaborate. They will explore the magic created from the act of assembling together as artists, and the irreplaceable experience of gathering to witness performance in the current moment.

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

Ticket Options + Livestream

TDT believes that cost should not be a barrier to experiencing live performance and have decided to offer tickets on a sliding scale model this season. Ranging from $10 to $45, audiences are invited to select whichever ticket price option that works best for them. There will be a livestream on Saturday February 5 ($5 – $15 tickets) and the recording will also remain on-demand to ticket holders for 14 days after it airs.

Creators

Ashley Colours Perez posing in blue sweater Photo by Sam So

Ashley Colours Perez

Ashley Colours Perez 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 community classes, Class with Colours. Ashley has recently completed her MA in Dance at York University.

LAL members Rosina Kazi and Nic Murray are sitting side-by-side Photo by Calvin Hudson Hwang

LAL

Rosina Kazi and Nicholas Murray are LAL, the Toronto-based protest electronic duo that has built a career out of daring audiences to be their best selves, loudly. Coming from the worlds of hip hop, punk, electronic and experimental music, LAL blends those influences into the smoothest, richest shake that will enliven the mind, body and soul. Their beats and melodies can charm the most cynical club head, softening them up so that the lyrics of anger, sadness and possibility can worm their way deep inside. LAL celebrates their 25th anniversary this year.

Portrait of Andrew Tay in front of a baby blue background while wearing a vibrant orange sweatshirt. While smiling big at the camera, he gently crosses his hands over one another on his chest. Photo by McKenzie James

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.

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