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Co-hosted by FFDN’s Artistic Director, Ilter Ibrahimof, and Turn Out Radio's Nicole Inica Hamilton, Mambo brings you behind-the-scenes dance encounters and conversations with FFDN artists and beyond.

Photo by Kendra Epik

Dive deeper. Connect with artists of the festival. Expand your expectations of the art form... through Fall for Dance North’s in-house podcast, Mambo.

Season 3 premiered during the 8th annual festival. 

Mambo tells stories that swing to the rhythm of our modern lives. Season 1 – which premiered during the festival's 6th edition from Sept 29 - Oct 18, 2020 – brings you stories about encounters with, through and beyond movement. From finding parallels between dance and baseball to transforming a covid-cancelled dance piece into an audio production, curiosity leads to human and humorous exchange in Mambo Season 1.

In 2021, Season 2 took us behind-the-scenes of the festival’s 7th season (Sep 11 - Oct 29, 2021) and beyond. Each episode offers unique perspectives on festival works and insights into the creative process. Over six special episodes, join co-hosts Ilter and Nicole – on a film set, at a studio, on the road – for candid conversations that are sure to broaden your perspective on the possibilities of dance.

In Season 3, we bring you intimate and curious artist-to-artist conversations. Each of these six episodes features at least one 8th annual festival (Sep 17 - Oct 8, 2022) artist to take you behind the curtain of creative process, the history and evolution of dance forms and more.

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This is an online podcast that is available on-demand here on our website or through the streaming services linked below.

Program length: each episode approx. 20 Minutes


Co-host - Nicole Inica Hamilton
Co-host - Ilter Ibrahimof
Producer (Seasons 1-3) - Johnny Spence
Producer (Season 3) - Kattie Laur
Producer (Season 2) - Kristine White
Producer (Season 1) - Jess Shane

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Why the name "Mambo"?

The word "mambo" means "conversation with the gods" in Kikongo, the language spoken by Kongo slaves taken to Cuba. Mambo is a latin music rhythm and a style of dance that rose to prominence in the 1940’s and 1950’s.  Its definitive musical arrangements are attributed to the Cuban pianist Damaso Perez Prado.  Cuban dancers, who originated the form, described Mambo as “feelling the music,” merging sound and movement through the body. FFDN is committed to advancing diverse genres of dance on our stages and throughout our programming. We honour the inherent synergy of Mambo dance by naming our our new podcast series, “MAMBO - stories that swing to the rhythm of our modern lives.”  More information on the origins of Mambo, can be found here and here.

Season 2 - Nicole Inica Hamilton recording on location with dancer Siphe November (left) and Johnny Spence (right).

Season 1 - Ilter Ibrahimof on location with choreographer Jera Wolfe (left) and Sandra Laronde (right), Artistic and Executive Director of Red Sky Performance.


About the Collaborators

Ilter Ibrahimof. Photo by Kendra Epik.


Ilter Ibrahimof is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Fall for Dance North. Born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey, Ilter moved to North America in 1998, first to attend Emerson College in Boston and then living and working in New York City and Montréal before settling in Toronto. As a creative mind in the dance field, Ilter is regularly invited to participate in various festivals and conferences in Canada and around the globe as a curator and speaker. In 2020, Dance Collection Danse Hall of Fame awarded Ilter the Sandra Faire Next Generation Award.

Nicole Inica Hamilton.


Nicole Inica Hamilton is the founder and Artistic Director of Inica Dance Industries. A certified educator and member of Dance Masters of Canada and Dance Masters of America, Hamilton has served as a guest teacher, mentor and speaker at institutes across Canada including but not limited to; George Brown College, University of Toronto, York University and University of Calgary.  Hamilton serves as an On-Air Radio Host at CIUT 89.5 FM and is a Producer/ Host with Turn Out Radio broadcasting on CIUT 89.5 FM. She reports on the current news affairs of our time with special focus on arts, health, career and business news.

Producer (Seasons 1 - 3)

Johnny Mrym Spence is an artist of Jewish & European Settler ancestry who loves and creates in Tkaronto. He is grateful to the many Indigenous nations who have been here since time immemorial and who continue to live here to this day. He recognizes the people of these nations as the rightful stewards of the land and pledges to do all he can to return leadership of it to them.

Johnny’s maternal great-grandmother was Sara, paternal grandmother was Joan, maternal grandmother is Judy, and mother is Annie; he owes whatever compassion and creativity he has to them, and thanks them for the gifts of story and song.

Producer (Season 2)

Kristine White is a multidisciplinary artist working across the fields of puppetry, visual arts, and audio. She has created a variety of works for radio, theatre, film, and installation. The through line in all of Kristine's work is the idea of sculpture -- whether it be sculpting with clay, cardboard, sound, or shadow puppetry. Kristine is especially interested in creating work that is grounded in place, and that brings audiences into greater relationship with the space/place they are in.

Producer (Season 1)

Jess Shane is an audio producer and artist whose work has aired on BBC's Short Cuts, WBEZ’s Re:Sound, and across the CBC network. She has presented work at festivals and conferences internationally, including Open City Documentary Festival, Audiocraft, Hearsay Audio Festival, and at the International Features Conference. Jess is currently a producer on Wrongful Conviction: False Confessions with Making A Murderer’s Laura Nirider and Steve Drizin. She previously worked on CBC’s Personal Best and Mic Drop. Jess is also the co-founder of Constellations, a podcast for sound art and experimental audio. Find more of Jess' work at www.jessshane.com.