In-Person | Canadian Premiere | Live Music | World Premiere

Content Warning
Please note that some sections of Michael Greyeyes' film Zipangu, include partial female nudity.

2022 Signature Programme

Past Event


Oct 6 - 8

A rendez-vous to meet again to experience the power of movement in its most diverse forms. Join us for a signature FFDN experience, sitting side-by-side at Meridian Hall and journeying through soulful performances by four eclectic companies.

Photo by Bruce Zinger. Courtesy of Canada’s National Ballet School.

This. Feels like home.

When the house lights dim. Silence cascades over Meridian Hall, muting the exuberant chatter of an FFDN audience humming with anticipation and the curtain draws. There’s no place like home.

Co-presented with our longest-running partner TO Live, ARISE: 2022 Signature Programme showcases four dance pieces by four North American dancemakers on the festival’s largest stage. Curated mixed evenings are what FFDN is famous for and as we welcome you back to our original home, we look forward to celebrating our reunion with another richly diverse and eclectic lineup, with something for everyone.

This evening will take dance enthusiasts on a journey through the artforms and cultures. Starting with an electrifying FFDN-commissioned world premiere by tap choreographer Dianne Montgomery, followed by the mesmerizing synchronicity of traditional Hawaiian Hula led by Kaleo Trinidad of Honolulu and concluding with the enchantment of a momentous ballet by Jera Wolfe, featuring 145 dance students from Canada’s National Ballet School. The audience will also be treated to a new dance film by Indigenous theatre maker and actor Michael Greyeyes, accompanied by a 13-member live string orchestra in an exciting partnership with Soundstreams.

The recurring theme of this year’s signature programme embraces a coming together, joy and the lightness of celebration to be back. As the title of Jera’s magnificent work sums it up best, we are ready to ARISE.

This is an in-person presentation taking place at Meridian Hall (1 Front Street, Toronto).

All seats are $15, +HST and fees.

This event is also part of the Festival Package, which can help you enjoy additional festival performances and save 15%. Festival Packages are available now. 


Performance schedule:

Thursday, Oct 6, 7:30 PM

Pre-show Artist Chat, Oct 6 show only 
6:30 PM

Moderated by: Cathy Levy, Executive Producer, Dance, National Arts Centre

Jera Wolfe (Arise Choreographer)
Lawrence Cherney (Artistic Director, Soundstreams)
Dianne Montgomery (Softly Losing, Softly Gaining choreographer)
Kaleo Trinidad (Kau Hea A Hiiaka choreographer)

Friday, Oct 7, 7:30 PM

Saturday, Oct 8, 2:00 PM


Performance length: Approximately 125-minutes, including one intermission

Playbill Notes

Order of Programme

Act 1

Softly Losing, Softly Gaining
By Dianne Montgomery (Toronto)
An FFDN Commission - World Premiere - with Live Music


Kau Hea A Hiiaka
By Kaleo Trinidad, performed by Ka Leo O Laka | Ka Hikina O Ka La 
Canadian premiere - with Live Music

Act 2

A short film by Michael Greyeyes, accompanied by Soundstreams' Ensemble
World Premiere (in collaboration with Soundstreams) - with Live Music


By Jera Wolfe, performed by 146 students from Canada’s National Ballet School

Bios of Choreographers