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A digital collage featuring 3-D cut-out images.. The left half features a few cut-outs of a dance artist in different poses over a background of lava. The right half features a cut-out of a dance artist standing and smiling amongst a background of foliage. Video still of Andrew Tay and Fran Chudnoff. Design by Driftnote

Winter Double Bill

ft. "FACE RIDER" by Fran Chudnoff and "Odd-Sensual" by Andrew Tay
February 8 - 17, 2024
Pay-What-You-Can tickets will go on sale Fall 2023
Winchester Street Theatre, 80 Winchester Street, Toronto, ON, M4X 1B2 (VIEW MAP)

Accessibility Info: Production will include a performance with ASL Interpretation. Unfortunately the Winchester Street Theatre is not currently wheelchair accessible. Full accessibility details: https://tdt.org/your-visit/accessibility/

Vibrant, colourful aesthetics and unique collective experiences shape TDT’s first mainstage production of the 2023/24 season, a double bill featuring new works by Fran Chudnoff and Andrew Tay in collaboration with TDT ensemble members.

For their first commission with the company, Toronto-based choreographer Fran Chudnoff will premiere FACE RIDER. Initially created as a solo dance film during their 3-year research residency at Dancemakers Centre for Creation with multidisciplinary creator Driftnote (Omar Rivero), Fran is now developing FACE RIDER into a full-scale ensemble production with styling from costume designer Angela Cabrera. As their practice works in conversation with internet aesthetics, gender deviance, and shaping a “social aura,” audiences will be drawn into a luminous, communal experience at the theatre.

The second portion of the Double Bill is a unique performance project featuring solos created on members of the TDT ensemble in conversation with Artistic Director Andrew Tay. Odd-Sensual seeks to create an intimate environment that considers the individualities and artistic interests of each dancer involved in the project. The individual solos created from the process will all come together to create a colourful and sensorial playground for both dancers and audiences to experience.

Ticket Options

TDT believes that cost should not be a barrier to experiencing live performance and is offering tickets on a sliding scale model for this season’s productions. Ranging from $10 to $45, audiences are invited to select whichever ticket price option that works best for them. Tickets will become available in Fall 2023 —stay tuned for when it is announced.

About the Choreographer

Fran Chudnoff standing between 2 pipes Photo by Krista Newey

Fran Chudnoff

Fran also known as Franz (they/them), is a Tkaronto based millennial, with a BFA in performance, and paying rent as a multidisciplinary artist. They are a dance maker, video artist, photographer, and a true beginner when it comes to learning 3D modelling and digital illustration. Their work is in conversation with post internet aesthetics, gender deviance, and shaping a “social aura” through aspirational imagery.

In 2020, Fran completed a 3-year Emerging Artist research residency at Dancemakers Centre for Creation with Driftnote where together they created the supported solo work – “FACE RIDER”.

Their film “ALL THINGS GROW” is an official selection in the Regards Hybrides’ permanent Collection of Canadian screendance works. It is one of fifty-five short and long films produced between 1980 and 2020 that represent a wide range of cinechoreographic approaches.

Fran is currently performing and touring in Andrew Tay and Stephen Thompson’s “MAKE BANANA CRY” – a subversive runway featuring a parade of body politics prepared to trouble the Western gaze.

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 the Artistic Director of Toronto Dance Theatre and is a multifaceted performance curator, choreographer and DJ. He co-founded Wants&Needs danse with Sasha Kleinplatz in Montreal, producing the wildly popular dance events Short&Sweet and Piss in the Pool, which take place in non-traditional venues.  Andrew became the first Artistic Curator of the Centre de Creation O Vertigo (CCOV) Montreal (2017), and was named on the list of “50 under 50 shaping tomorrow” by Concordia University (2022). His work has been presented in contexts such as Kampnagel (Germany), Fierce Festival (UK), MDT (Sweden) and Festival TransAmeriques (Montreal). He is known for bringing unconventional thinking to dance institutions, and has facilitated dozens of critical thinking and discussion events centered around relevant issues within the performance scene. Tay actively thinks about community, irreverence and resistance in both his artistic and curatorial practices.

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