Showing posts from July, 2011

Christine Birch and everything in moderation: Toronto Fringe Dance Interviews 2011

Christine Birch and Rhonda Baker -- photo by Omer Yukseker Christine Birch and Rhonda Baker get saturated in everything in moderation. Two shows under their belts and here’s a little interview with Christine to tempt you into a seat for the remaining shows. If you’re reading this on Sunday – their next show is at 1:15pm today, so read the interview later and head on out to the show!
LR: I'm intrigued by the friendship that fuels this project. On your website it says you and Rhonda met on your first day of professional training. How has this friendship worked it's way into everything in moderation?CB: The thing is with Rhonda and myself, there’s never been a choreographer - dancer separation. Our “real life” happenings kind of seamlessly blend in to our rehearsals and vice versa.Sometimes we wonder if other people work the same way we do or if laughing through half the rehearsal is abnormal…we just go with the flow I suppose.We know each other so well it’s hard not to let our fr…

Carlynn Reed and Jonathon Neville in Let's Play House: Toronto Fringe Festival 2011

Carlynn Reed and Jonathon Neville answer some questions about Imagiscape’s Let’s Play House, a compelling expression of the complexities of caregiving. Six years after its premiere, it comes to the Toronto Fringe Festival. Carlynn and Jonathon (J&C) answer some questions.LR: Can you tell me what Let's Play House is about?J&C: Let’s Play House is about changing habits – it’s about changing families without making everyone hate everyone. It is about us as caregivers. Jonathon is sole caregiver for his mom, Christine, who has Alzheimer's. Following university, living at home was becoming stressful but it was increasingly clear she could not live alone. She clutches to a PhD which can't help her now. She says she wishes she was dead.Carlynn is primary caregiver for her son, Kirk, who suffered a soccer injury. Instead of healing normally, he plummeted into full-body pain. This once-tough athlete and great musician lay on the couch, unable to walk or talk. Month…

Kendra Hughes and Kinetic Elements: 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival Dance Interviews

Kinetic Elements returns to the Toronto Fringe for an exploration of social issues including the protests at last year’s G20 summit. Artistic director and choreographer Kendra Hughes answers some questions.
LR: This is your second time doing the Toronto Fringe? What draws you to the Fringe Festival?KH: The Toronto Fringe Festival is a fast, fun and great way to introduce your company to audience that you might not otherwise reach. It is an amazing opportunity to produce a show as an independent company. We feel incredibly lucky to participate two years in a row!LR: For those who have never seen your work before, what would you say your work is all about?KH: My work is a fusion of dance styles. My dance background includes a collection of styles; I started in modern dance, graduated college in a ballet based program and worked professionally as a hip hop dancer. All of those disciplines contribute to my current work now. This year my focus was to communicate issues that are important …

metamorphosis dance theatre at the Toronto Fringe Festival 2011

metamorphosis dance theatre tackles some meaty and mature material about identity and discovery with some nods to the great Broadway choreographer Bob Fosse, modern and hip hop dance styles. One of the creators and performers Tyson James answers a few questions.LR: What is your show about?TJ: Simply put, discharge is the coming of age story for two men. Each is struggling in their own way with two dual aspects of their identity and it takes a moment of discharge and each other to discover their true selves. "In this final moment,discharge all that you once were, discharge the limits of today, and discharge all that you will become lovingly into the future."LR: What made you want to participate in the fringe?TJ: The Fringe is an exciting and truly unique festival. Its lottery system is the ultimate equalizer. As an artist you are free of judgment and scrutiny, because your selection is left entirely up to chance. Company founders Paul Charbonneau and Tyson James knew tha…

Cendrillon at the Toronto Fringe Festival 2011

“A poor girl and her ugly step-sisters are totally, wildly obsessed with a boy. When the invitation to his Bar Mitzvah arrives, they must transcend their tween styles and outshine each other for his attentions.” Patricia Allison and Kevin Michael Shea contort the Cinderella story….Get ready: they are also doing Summerworks!
 Patricia and Kevin answers some of my questions below.Lucy: You are doing the double play in Toronto this summer with a Fringe show and a Summerworks show in fairly close succession: Is that madness for you? How are you finding the preparations?Kevin: It's definitely intense, but in both cases I have great collaborators who take care of a lot of what my job would normally be on a show. Cendrillon is dance-theatre, and I'm able to rely a lot on choreography. Hero & Leander [for Summerworks] is a musical theatre piece, and I'm able to rely a lot on the songs. If both shows were dialogue driven plays that I was both writing and directing, there's …

The Collection and Lady Janitor: Dance at the Toronto Fringe Festival 2011

The Collection and Lady Janitor are the brainchildren of Jasmine Graham and Eroca Nichols respectively and they've teamed up for a shared program at the Toronto Fringe Festival in Feathers vs. Fauna. Creative, funny and hardworking, these emerging voices in the Toronto dance scene answered a few questions for me.LR: Ok, Feathers vs. Fauna: tell me a little bit about each piece, what is the show about?JG: Aviary is a duet performed by Emily Poirier and Jasmyn Fyffe. We created the work collaboratively, working with improvised sound scores that the dancers created in order to generate the movement material. From there, I selected movements and arranged them into phrases, removing anything that seemed unnecessary or out of place in an effort to figure out the logic of the piece and build a cohesive language and structure that would make sense to an audience. I believe that dance is a visual art and my dances are a reflection of that; Aviary doesn't have a linear narrative and it…

Interview with Janet Castillo of Catalyst the Company: Toronto Fringe Dance Interview

With dancers and creators from a wide range of styles and experiences, Catalyst the Company presents The 5th Element in this years Fringe Festival, working through earth, water, fire, air towards something more personal and unique: what isyour element? Company director and dancer Janet Castillo answered a few questions.Catalyst the Company

LR: Catalyst the Company has a lot of industry/commercial experience; what made you decide to do the Fringe?JC: As performers and choreographers, we’ve been lucky enough to bring to life the visions of many people leading the industry/commercial world. After years of doing so, we returned to Toronto and felt creatively stagnant and started talking about our own stories, obstacles, and experiences on our path.We wanted a platform to share these stories and to show how incredibly diverse we were. Through that, The 5th Element was born and was premiered last May. The Fringe Festival was a perfect opportunity to re-mount the show for a larger audience …