When running an international contemporary dance centre, you deal with international contemporary dance artists – artists of high caliber with the schedules to show for it. What are the chances they’ll all be available in the same two-week period in June, then? A lot higher than we thought. And so this festival – the Dancemakers MiniFest, we’re calling it – is one of chance, circumstance, and quite a lot of luck. Under one umbrella for the first time since the launch of the Incubation Production House (IPH) in 2014, we’re presenting works by all four of Dancemakers’ diverse and challenging Resident Artists: Amanda Acorn, Antony Hamilton, Dana Michel and Andrea Spaziani, with education and outreach events for the entire dance community. And we are delighted to announce that two of these presentations are in partnership: a world premiere with Luminato and the Toronto premiere of an international sensation with Toronto Dance Theatre.
– Amelia Ehrhardt, Dancemakers Curator

2017 minifest tickets

Single Tickets

From $12 to $25 

Morning Class

$70 for the week  $15 drop-in with pay at the door

Free Programs

Conversation & Overwhelmica Just show up!

Open Rehearsal for Dance Students

$5 per student teachers complimentary Call 416-367-1800 to reserve



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PHOTOS: Acorn & Ann Trépanier in Leisure Palace Photo by Omer YuksekerPhoto by Omer Yukseker | Antony Hamilton Natural Orders Work-in-Progress with Meryem Alaoui, Michael Caldwell, Jolyane Langlois & Anna Finkel | Dana Michel Yellow Towel Photo: Camille McOuat | Andrea Spaziani Rafters with Andrea Spaziani, Alicia Grant, & Julia Male Photo Ame Henderson

Main stage Programs

ANDREA SPAZIANI/AMANDA ACORN | DOUBLE BILL

Tuesday, June 13 at 8:00 pm

Dancemakers Centre for Creation, Theatre Studio 313

Tickets: $15 – general admission; $12 – arts workers/students/seniors

 

DANA MICHEL | YELLOW TOWEL

Toronto Première | Presented in partnership with Toronto Dance Theatre

Saturday, June 17 at 8:00 pm & Sunday, June 18 at 3:00 pm

Winchester Street Theatre, 80 Winchester Street, Toronto

Tickets: $25 – general admission; $20 – arts workers/students/seniors

 

ANTONY HAMILTON | NATURAL ORDERS

World Première | Co-presented with Luminato

Thursday, June 22 through Saturday, June 24 at 8:00 pm

Dancemakers Centre for Creation,Theatre Studio 313

Tickets: $25 – general admission; $20 – arts workers/students/seniors

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Outreach Programs

ANTONY HAMILTON | MORNING CLASS

Monday, June 12 to Friday, June 16 from 10 am to 12 Noon; doors open at 9:30 pm

Dancemakers Centre for Creation, Theatre Studio 313

Tickets: $70 for all 5 days; $15 daily drop-in

 

ANDREA SPAZIANI | OVERWHELMICA

Thursday, June 15 at 9 pm

Cherry Beach | Meet at Dancemakers at 8: 30 pm to run, walk, bike, skate to Cherry Beach. FREE PROGRAMMING

 

IS IT EVEN UTOPIC TO ASK? A CONVERSATION

Monday, June 19, 7 pm

Dancemakers Centre for Creation, Theatre Studio 313 FREE PROGRAMMING

Moderator: Dancemakers Curator Amelia Ehrhardt With Amanda Acorn, Antony Hamilton, Dana Michel and Andrea Spaziani.

 

OPEN REHEARSAL AND Q & A FOR HIGH SCHOOL AND POST-SECONDARY DANCE STUDENTS: ANTONY HAMILTON & NATURAL ORDERS

Tuesday, June 20 at 2 pm

Dancemakers Centre for Creation, Studio 313

Tickets: $5 per student; teachers complimentary

To book: Call 416-367-1800 or email here


Main stage Program DESCRIPTIONS

ANDREA SPAZIANI/AMANDA ACORN | DOUBLE BILL

The MiniFest opens with a Double Bill featuring Andrea Spaziani’s Rafters with collaborators and performers Alicia Grant, Julia Male and Andrea Spaziani. Rafters is a work that solidified Andrea’s residency at Dancemakers. A meditation on hyper-empathy, it offers a flood of imagery: they’re goldfish in a bowl, they’re the actual rafters coming down from the ceiling, they’re tangled kites. Open, inviting, and structured with recognizable tasks the dancers share, Rafters is as subdued as the dancers’ states and overt as their shiny gold pants. Also on the Double Bill is Amanda Acorn’s Work–in-Progress, with collaborators and performers Rob Abubo, Lori Duncan, Bee Pallomina and Ann Trépanier. Amanda has been working explosively lately – constantly, diligently  –  and she is very prolific. A former Dancemakers company dancer, her solo multiform, that became the group work multiform(s), and the immersive work Leisure Palace have all been shown at least once in the past year. Her creative energy to make a new work is inspiring, and working with such a stellar cast portends that this work-in-progress will be as energetic and arresting as her other works.

DANA MICHEL | YELLOW TOWEL

Montréaler Dana Michel’s seminal solo work Yellow Towel is the work that launched her into the dizzying international touring space she now occupies. Just this month, she was awarded the prestigious Silver Lion for Innovation in Dance of the 2017 Venice Biennale. Québec’s Marie Chouinard, artistic director of the Venice Biennale, notes that “She is continually in the process of re-creating her current history, live, in front of us, infusing the stage with her own propensity for fluctuating identities... she reconstructs the raw and complex experience of simply being.'' The award ceremony will be held on June 27 in Venice and that same evening, Michel performs the Italian premiere of Yellow Towel. With her gazing, still and mumbling body, she seems to show an aesthetic of an unwillingness to let you in, but there is a vulnerability that must be watched. Moving through tropes of black identity, Dana embodies these representations in a kind of dare to the audience: is this what you want to see of me?

ANTONY HAMILTON | NATURAL ORDERS

Antony Hamilton’s Natural Orders takes the stage with collaborators and performers Meryem Alaoui, Michael Caldwell and Jolyane Langlois plus robots and machinery by Alisdair Macindoe (Antony’s long-time fellow Melbourne, Australia associate who he performs with April 26-30 for Canadian Stage’s Meeting). Antony explores machine-generated movement in this world première (after a hugely acclaimed Dancemakers’ June 2016 work-in-progress showing) as something that was not possible before machines existed, posing a curious sort of chicken-and-egg dilemma:  we cannot move in a way that we cannot conceive, can’t do the robot unless you’ve seen the robot. And really, how do we conceive of and propose any idea ever? That ideas can be proposed in movement feels impossible and somehow optimistic. 

Outreach Program DESCRIPTIONS

ANTONY HAMILTON | MORNING CLASS

Dancemakers MiniFest Outreach activities commence with Antony Hamilton’s Morning Class. Geared for professional and pre-professional dance artists, this 5-day morning technique workshop explores the elements within Antony’s creative process.

ANDREA SPAZIANI | OVERWHELMICA

Andrea Spaziani’s Overwhelmica is a performative lecture on “looking up” as a choreographic gesture of expansion. By looking up, we rediscover the night sky, and grapple with existence against the scale of the observable galaxy, and its dark pockets. This lecture knows nothing about astronomy, and dodges astrology. It is about seeing beyond the capacity to look. Audiences will dance into blind spots under the massive sky. Overwhelmica was originally made for Archaeology of the Frivolous, to be presented May 4 to 15, Chihuahuan Desert, Marfa, Texas.Free program

IS IT EVEN UTOPIC TO ASK? A CONVERSATION

Moderated by Dancemakers Curator Amelia Ehrhardt, with Amanda Acorn, Antony Hamilton, Dana Michel and Andrea Spaziani, Dancemakers’ Resident Artists come together to share their experience of working in the unique IPH format, and what it’s like to work as an artist weaving in and out of this program model and other institutional resident artist models. How can organizations such as Dancemakers best serve the artistic process? What changes about work when it is self-facilitated vs. when it is organizationally driven? How can artists and institutions work together to imagine this kind of utopia?

OPEN REHEARSAL AND Q & A FOR HIGH SCHOOL AND POST-SECONDARY DANCE STUDENTS: ANTONY HAMILTON & NATURAL ORDERS

Secondary and post-secondary dance students will  be the first audiences to witness the final work, and the collaborative energy between Antony Hamilton’s sophisticated choreography, his long-time ally Alisdair Macindoe and his obsessive machine-making, and the unsurpassed dancers Meryem Alaoui, Michael Caldwell and Jolyane Langlois in, as Hamilton states, this “hyper-real theatrical situation.”

Graphic: Lisa Kiss Design
Banner Image: Amanda Acorn, photo by Talia Shipman; Andrea Spaziani and Julia Male; Michael Caldwell, Jolyane Langlois, and Anna Finkel in Antony Hamilton's "Natural Orders", photo by Maya Lowenstein, Dana Michel in "Yellow Towel", photo by Maxime G. Delisle