2015-2016 Resident Artist Zoya Smutny's ROSE PORN Photo: Aundrea Bell 

2015-2016 Resident Artist Zoya Smutny's ROSE PORN Photo: Aundrea Bell 

We are Toronto's second oldest contemporary dance company located in the heart of the Distillery Historic District. For over over 40 years, Dancemakers has continually pushed the boundaries of dance and the performing arts, yielding some of the most respected and notable talents in Toronto, Canada, and beyond.

The revolutionary Incubation Production House model at our Centre for Creation is a cutting-edge framework that has shifted Dancemakers to a curator-led centre for creation, allowing us to reinvent the dance process for current and future creative voices at the forefront of the form.

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THE DANCEMAKERS (RE)EVOLUTION

THE 3-YEAR RESIDENCY PROGRAM

This Residency program is the core of our Incubation Production House model. It provides long-term support for three-year terms of up to seven weeks of studio time per year, allowing the artist to continue with an on-going investigation into new work with full technical elements. Each year, we cycle through local, national, and international dance artists, respectively: for 16/17 we are engaging a local artist, in 17/18 a national artist, and in 18/19 an international artist. 

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EMERGING ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

This program grants up to 300 hours of studio access a year, on flexible scheduling, to a Toronto-based emerging artist working in dance over a two-year term. The artist will also be granted an honorarium each year (amount TBC), and has the option to work with the Curator as an outside eye.

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TECHNICAL RESIDENCY

Each season, one artist is invited into our professional theatre space to continue an on-going investigation into new work with full technical elements — lights, sound, projections, and even a hired technician.

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TEST DRIVE

TEST DRIVE is for work in the very early stages of creation, initial ideas that you’re experimenting with and would like to test in front of an audience, allowing for valuable feedback at an early point in the process. This is a space where you can take risks in front of people with no fallout. 

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DOORBUSTERS

Dancemakers recognizes the financial challenges facing independent dance artists who are seeking affordable rehearsal or workshop space to develop their craft and those of their fellow independent dance artists. 

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(re)EVOLUTIONARY IMPACT

The Incubation Production House impacts hundreds of artists, students, audience members, arts groups and arts organizations.

 

INVEST IN OUR (RE)EVOLUTION

"Please support Dancemakers. It doesn’t just support the one artist, or the 3 artists, or 50 artists who come and take classes or have residencies or have space. It supports a community. "  Dana Michel, Resident Artist, Dancemakers

"Please support Dancemakers. It doesn’t just support the one artist, or the 3 artists, or 50 artists who come and take classes or have residencies or have space. It supports a community. "  Dana Michel, Resident Artist, Dancemakers

This is where you come in. When you invest in Dancemakers, we can strengthen and deepen our impact in our community, across Canada and beyond - your financial contribution is extremely valuable as it supports programs that reach the artists of today and tomorrow.

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"We’ve been able to provide the level of professional development support to these emerging artists through the affordability of Dancemakers professional theatre. Being able to afford the space on very little has really helped us fulfill our mandate even though we haven’t gotten any support. Funding is front and centre, and it makes it a very emotional, fearful, and scary prospect."   D'bi Young Anitafrika, Artistic Director, Watah Theatre Institute

"We’ve been able to provide the level of professional development support to these emerging artists through the affordability of Dancemakers professional theatre. Being able to afford the space on very little has really helped us fulfill our mandate even though we haven’t gotten any support. Funding is front and centre, and it makes it a very emotional, fearful, and scary prospect."   D'bi Young Anitafrika, Artistic Director, Watah Theatre Institute