Late night solo performances from six exciting, Toronto movement makers.
From traditional Sinhalese dance to street dance, bharatnatyam to western contemporary, Night Shift showcased an intimate snapshot of the Toronto dance landscape, livestreamed direct from The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance. Created by Citadel + Compagnie, this innovative program featured performances from Natasha Poon Woo, Roderick George, Peter D’Souza, Kalaisan Kalaichelvan, Swadhi Ranganee, Irma Villafuerte and Pulga Muchochoma. It was directed by Oscar-nominated Barbara Willis Sweete and curated by Toronto-based dance artists Nova Bhattacharya, Jon Drops Reid and Santee Smith. Pre-show interviews and live post-show Q + As between the soloists and Citadel + Compagnie's Artistic Director, Laurence Lemieux, further engaged audiences, granting immediate access to the creators themselves.
Night Shift launched at The Citadel in 2019. In 2o20, it became a formal co-presentation and partnership with FFDN. Photo: Courtesy of Citadel + Compagnie.
Rehearsals-in-progress streamed online and in-person.
Our signature Open Studio program moved behind glass in 2020 to keep artists and audiences safe, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the creative rehearsal and choreographic process through the windows of TO Live's Meridian Hall's West Lounge. Audiences could also become a fly on the wall of artistic collaboration online via livestream. Curated with Toronto-based artistic advisors Laura Nanni and Vivine Scarlett, this glass box studio revealed a spectrum of exciting Toronto artists and their latest explorations.
Open Studio was originally created as part of a long-standing partnership with Union Station. All rehearsals were approx. 90 minutes in length.
Photo: Andrew Tay and collaborators in Open Studio 2020, Photo by Marlowe Porter.
A curated collection of beginner-friendly online workshops.
Our signature workshop series moved online to engage with movers and shakers of all types at home in 2020. These beginner friendly classes offered accessible entry points to tap, West African, tango, Bharatanatyam, vogue, gumboot and jazz dance styles from festival artists including Lisa LaTouche, Lua Shayenne, Bulent Karabagli & Lina Chan, Kalaisan Kalaichelvan, Matthew "Snoppy" Cuff, Mafa Mahkubalo, and Kimberley Cooper. They provided another opportunity to interact with artists in a more informal and direct way, through our livestream studio, as well as garner background about the individual artists' practices.
All workshops were 45 to 60 minutes in length.
Photo: Lua Shayenne teaching a West African dance class. Photo composite by Eric Rochon.
Online conversations, bringing audiences closer to dance.
Our mainstay artist talks series moved online in 2020, presenting audiences with an opportunity to hear directly from artists about the impulses and inspirations behind their work. Providing access to the voices behind our 2020 festival programming, this unique series of discussions encouraged deeper discovery of the creative process and choreographic craft, insights into how collaborations form and ideas combine, dialogues around the future of the performing arts industry and much more.
Photo: "What is Indigenous Dance?" panel discussion, FFDN 2019, Photo by Lenka Life Photography.