CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF FORWARD-THINKING DANCE
An evocative evening of modern dance featuring several works from Toronto Dance Theatre’s (TDT) House Mix project that will leave you captivated by the precision and focus of these invigorating performers.
In its 50th Anniversary season, TDT showcases Christopher House’s unique contribution to Canadian dance with a mixed program of masterworks from his career. This 90-minute program features the kinetic classic Vena Cava (1999), Martingales (2016) and Thirteen, plus Echo Dark 1 (2015) and the Duet and Trio from Fjeld (1990).
House Mix celebrates the past, present and future of one of Canada’s “...most enduringly inventive choreographers.” - The National Post
The House Mix performance works include:
An audience favourite, Vena Cava (1999) is a classic kinetic work by Christopher House set to the dynamic music of composer Robert Moran. A tour-de-force of lightning-fast, rhythmically thrilling dancing, the choreography is a “dramatic and exhilarating showcase” - The New York Times of “high-energy, high-flying contemporary movement”- Toronto Star.
Echo Dark 1 (2015) takes a contemporary approach to vintage modern dance, with powerful figures that evolve from gliding courtiers into denizens of a dark, percussive underground. A work of visually-stunning dance theatre, Echo “...conjures the haunted mood of French symbolist painting: gilded, tactile, somehow ominous, too.” - The Globe and Mail.
Martingales (2014), with music by composer Thom Gill, is inspired by the unpredictable movement of elementary particles and the pleasures of games. This kinetic work unleashes TDT’s ensemble in a landscape of speed, rhythm and split-second direction changes. “One of the things that was so compelling about this piece was the dancers’ beautiful alertness...We are sucked into a captivating, moving picture created by an almost cinematic synthesis of light, sound and motion.” - The Globe and Mail.
The Duet and Trio from Fjeld, choreographed in 1990, are set to the sublime music of Arvo Pärt. The duet for two women was inspired by the films of Ingmar Bergman, while the male trio evokes the pathos and expressive contrapposto of late Renaissance painting. “Splendidly creative...House provides resonant images rather than ready answers.”
With Thirteen, House creates a punchy new take on his celebrated 1983 work Glass Houses, set to a gorgeous new transcription for two marimbas of Ann Southam’s Glass Houses #13. “Downright startling - spewing forth a kinetic brilliance in the form of energy and continuum.” - The New York Times.
ABOUT TORONTO DANCE THEATRE
Toronto Dance Theatre is one of Canada’s leading dance companies, recognized for the intelligent vision of its choreography, the beauty of its productions and the exceptional artistry of its dancers. Founded in 1968 by Peter Randazzo, Patricia Beatty and David Earle, and under the artistic direction of Christopher House since 1994, TDT has produced a remarkable body of original Canadian choreography.
Christopher House is one of Canada’s “most enduringly inventive choreographers” (National Post). His works are acclaimed for their movement invention, musicality and deft handling of multiple layers of meaning. TDT’s dancers are passionate artists who play an essential role in the creative process, celebrated for their physicality, imaginative daring, and sensitive, playful ensemble work.
Under House’s direction, the company has opened its doors to collaborations with international artists including the iconic American choreographer Deborah Hay. Initiatives such as the Berlin/Toronto(2009), Paris/Toronto(2011), and Brussels/Toronto(2013) Projects bring stimulating new perspectives to the Toronto dance scene. The choreographic showcase Four at the Winch and the discussion series Into the Work are designed to facilitate an exchange of ideas between artists and the audience, and TDT’s Education program offers a wide variety of dance experiences for young audiences.
Toronto Dance Theatre performs annually at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre and at the company’s own Winchester St Theatre in Cabbagetown, where it shares a home with the affiliated School of Toronto Dance Theatre. The company maintains a regular presence from coast to coast in Canada, and has toured extensively in the USA, Europe and Asia.
ABOUT CHRISTOPHER HOUSE
Christopher House is a choreographer, dancer, director and teacher. Born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland, he joined Toronto Dance Theatre as a dancer in 1979, was named Resident Choreographer in 1981 and became Artistic Director of the company in 1994. He has made over sixty works for the TDT repertoire, also creating choreographies for Ballet Gulbenkian, the National Ballet of Canada, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Ballet British Columbia and Dancemakers among others, and solo works for such artists as Peggy Baker, Guillaume Côté, and Claudia Moore. He has directed two collaborations with Joel Gibb and The Hidden Cameras and created several short films and videos. His most recent works include Eleven Accords (2013) and Martingales (2014), both for Toronto Dance Theatre. In July, 2015, he choreographed three sections for the opening ceremony of the Pan Am Games at the Rogers Centre, Toronto, in collaboration with Cirque du Soleil.
As Artistic Director of TDT, he has expanded the company’s activities to include a wide range of outreach and education initiatives both in Toronto and on tour. He has invited a growing number of artistic innovators, both Canadian and international, to participate in the company’s projects and continues his performance work, in particular through his solo adaptations of the choreography of Deborah Hay and with such artists as Ame Henderson and Jordan Tannahill.
He has received many awards for his work, including three Dora Mavor Moore Awards and Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts’ Silver Ticket Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts in 2012. In 2013 he was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Performance in Deborah Hay’s The Body in Question. Christopher House is an Associate Dance Artist of Canada’s National Arts Centre and a member of Projet bk.