Contact Dance International Film Festival

Wed, June 28 2017, 6:00 PM - Sun, July 02 2017, 9:00 PM [EST]

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Last day of the Contact Dance International Film Festival. Come join us for the day. Beginners welcome. Buy a Saturday Day pass $35 and join in on the fun! Box office: http://contactdancefilmfest.eventzilla.net/ Parcon Improvisation Workshop Andrew Suseno SATURDAY July 1, 2017 9:15 am to 11:20 am Contact Improvisation Workshop (teacher TBA) Description: This Saturday morning workshop will be taught Andrew Suseno from New York. He and his team will teach parcon, a fusion between contact improvisation and parkour. Group will meet at 9:15 am at the Celia Franca Centre at 400 Jarvis Street and then move to Allen Gardens Park. You can also meet the group at Allen Gardens Park at 9:30 am. Location: Meet at 9:15 am at Celia Franca Centre or meet at 9:30 am Allan Gardens (south side of Carlton Street between Jarvis and Sherbourne Streets) Cost: $20 An Intimate Dance: Journeys Through Movement and Touch Screening Saturday, July 1, 2017 2:00 pm Celia Franca Centre, 400 Ja

Saturday Early Morning Workshop "Contact Improvisation" with Andrew Suseno / Sat. July 1, 2017 / 9:30am to 11:15am / Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto (wheelchair accessible) Partial Approval - $20.00

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This Saturday morning workshop will be taught Andrew Suseno from New York. He and his team will teach parcon a fusion between contact improvisation and parkour. Group will meet at the Celia Franca Centre at 400 Jarvis and then move to an outdoor location from there. Please do not be late other wise you will miss the pick-up.

Saturday Afternoon Screening "An Intimate Dance" / Sat. July 1, 2017 / 2:00 pm / Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto, Ontario (wheelchair accessible) Partial Approval -$10.00

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An Intimate Dance: Journeys Through Movement and Touch is a feature-length documentary following the lives of three people on and off the dance floor. Eugene, an all-star athlete, stretches his physical and social limitations from his wheelchair. Albert, a skeptical beginner, is drawn to the embodied presence and connection of a dance form called contact improvisation. Rythea, a professionally trained dancer, is catapulted into a journey of self-discovery and healing.

Saturday Late Afternoon Inclusive Dance Jam / Sat. July 1, 2017 / 3:30pm to 5:00pm / Muscian Michelangelo Iaffaldano / Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto (wheelchair accessible) Partial Approval - $10.00

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Contact Improvisation Jam with musician Michelangelo Iaffaldano. This is a dance jam for all abilities and levels. Dancers dancing in wheelchairs are welcome.

Saturday Evening Screening "Gala and Award Ceremony" / Sat. July 1, 2017 / 9:15pm (8:45 filmmaker chat) / Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, Ontario Partial Approval -$15.00

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Please note Revue Cinema can seat attendees in wheelchairs but the washroom in not completely accessible. Please phone the Revue to inquire (416) 531-9950

FREE Sunday Dance Filmmaking workshop with Olya Glotka / July 2, 2017 / High Park and Roncesvalle area Toronto Partial Approval - Free

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Filmmakers and dancers who wish to partake in a film are welcome to stay an extra day to make dance films under the tutelage of filmmaker Olya Glotka. Our base will be a home in the Roncesvalles area in Toronto. Films will be made in various locations in High Park. Both people who want to be in dance film and those who want to make dance films are welcome. To discuss wheelchair accessibility of this workshop please contact kathleenrea@rogers.com

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Wed, June 28 2017, 6:00 PM - Sun, July 02 2017, 9:00 PM [EST]

About the Events

Contact Dance International Film Festival (CDIFF)  - Riding a Wave of Humanity

40 Films

32 Filmmakers from 16 countries

15 Dance Workshops

2 Filmmaking Workshops

5 Film Screenings

3 Theatres

4 Dance Jams

1 Live Dance Performance

2 Parties


The Contact Dance International Film Festival returns for its third season, June 28 to July 2, 2017. This festival, produced by REAson d’etre dance productions, celebrates films featuring momentum-based dance created by some of the top creators and dancers in the field of Contact Dance Improvisation. Five different screening programs will be presented alongside dance workshops, jams and parties!

This year, the Festival is thrilled to bring Mayumu Minakawa (Japan) and Tom Weksler (Israel) to Toronto. Tom will be teaching his Movement Archery workshop. Mayumu Minakawa and Tom Weksler will be performing and teaching a contact improvisation workshop as well as presenting their film work.

Harriet Waghorn and Andre Kamienski, from Edifice Dance Theatre in the the UK, will also be teaching their unique fusion of ballroom and contact improvisation and New York filmmaker and Parcon dancer Andrew Suseno will have you spinning and hanging off of the Toronto cityscape in his outdoor workshop.

The festival is also excited to announce that this year 80% of its programming is in accessible spaces. There are two films on the program that showcase dancers using a wheelchair. Luke Anderson (Toronto) stars in the film Contact Dance Every Body by Olya Glotka(Ukraine/Toronto). Luke dances using his wheelchair to gracefully lift his partner, Laura Storey (Toronto) in a tender dance. They intertwine their bodies and our hearts into a rocking lullaby to love. Eugene Williams, an all-star athlete, stretches his physical and social limitations from his wheelchair in the documentary Intimate Dance: Journeys through Movement by Sanford Lewis (USA). This screening of Intimate Dance will be dedicated to the memory of Eugene Williams.

There are also inclusive workshops and jams lead by an all abilities team of dance teachers inlcuding Toronto's Kathleen Rea and Luke Anderson that are designed to be welcoming to people of all training levels and abilities, those new to the form and dancers using wheelchairs.

For more details please see: www.contactdancefilmfest.com

- TRAILERS -

Main Trailer Play List:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZhnrkFIcw3_wMOK-3DtVJ6Y35wSZ0PaY

- EASY-READ GRID SCHEDULE -

http://www.reasondetre.com/my%20downloads/2017%20CDIFF%20schedule%20Easy%20See%20Grid.pdf

- PRICING -

FULL FESTIVAL PASS
$240 -
Early-bird Full Festival (available until June 16, 2017)
$265 - Regular Price Full Festival Pass
See what is inlcuded:
See what is inlcuded:
http://www.contactdancefilmfest.com/downloads/2017%20CDIFF%20schedule%20Easy%20See%20Grid.pdf

WELCOMING PASS
$100 - Welcoming Pass
This is a partial festival pass that gives you a taste of the festival. Includes the most accessible parts of our programming. Great for those new to contact dance who want to get their first “taste” of the form. Purposely set at a relatively affordable price so that cost becomes less of a barrier. Wheelchair accessible and welcoming to people of all abilities and dance training levels.
See what is inlcuded:
http://www.contactdancefilmfest.com/downloads/CDIFF-%20Welcoming%20Pass%20Details.pdf

TOM WEKSLER PASS
$170 -
Early-bird All Tom Weksler Pass (available until June 16, 2017)
$195 - Regular Price All Tom Weksler Pass
See what is inlcuded:
http://www.contactdancefilmfest.com/downloads/CDIFF%202017%20Tom%20Weksler%20Pass.pdf

 


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- SCREENING PROGRAMS -

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - Screening

Toronto Spins

Time:9:00 pm

Cost: $10

Location: 805 Dovercourt Rd. Toronto (three flights up with no elevator)

Description: An evening of short films made by Toronto dancers and filmmakers as well as a documentary on the
Israeli Contact Festival.

 

 

Thursday June 29, 2017 – Performance and Screening

Zen and the Art of Dance Mechanics

Time: 8:00 pm

Cost: $25

Live performance by:

Headliners Tom Weksler (Israel) and Mayumu Minakawa (Japan) performing Saru. Saru refers to two words in japanese pronounced the same: monkey and to leave

Evening also includes:
Screening of screening of Tom Weksler’s and Mayumu Minakawa’s  film Shinrin-yoku /???.  Shinrin-yoku is a Japanese word which refers to taking a short trip or a visit to the forest. Literally, it means "Forest Bathing".

Evening also includes guest performances by:

Malcolm Shute and Alexander Short (Human Landscape Dance, Washington)

Andre Kamienski and Harriet Waghorn (Edifice Dance Theatre, UK)

Location: Betty Oliphant Theatre, 404 Jarvis Street (Wheelchair Accessible)

 

Friday, June 30, 2017 - Screening

Rotating View Points

Time : 5:30 pm

Cost: $10

Location: Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto (Wheelchair Accessible)

Description: A mixed program of short films that see contact improvisation in an underground parking lot, in theatrical storytelling, on a circus pole, in an abandoned building and through philosophical discussion.

 

Saturday, July 1, 2017 - Screening

An Intimate Dance: Journeys Through Movement and Touch

Time: 2:00 pm

Cost: $10

Location: Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto (Wheelchair Accessible)

Description: A feature-length documentary following the lives of three people on and off the dance floor. Eugene, an all-star athlete, stretches his physical and social limitations from his wheelchair. Albert, a skeptical beginner, is drawn to the embodied presence and connection of a dance form called contact improvisation. Rythea, a professionally trained dancer, is catapulted into a journey of self-discovery and healing.

 

Saturday, July 1, 2017 - Screening

Gala and Award Ceremony

Time: 9:15 pm (Door open at 8:45 with audience creator chat)

Cost: $15

Location: Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Street, Toronto (Wheelchair Accessible)

 

- THURSDAY TO SATURDAY WORKSHOP SERIES -

The Thursday to Saturday dance workshops series are at: Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto (Wheelchair accessible)

 

Movement Archery Workshop with Tom Weksler (Workshop Series)

THURSDAY June 29 to Saturday July 1, 2017

Daily 9:30 am to 11:20 am

Description: Tom’s technique of floor work serves as a “risk management” mechanism which ultimately, leads to freedom in a much larger scale than usually experienced by performers of a single discipline. Tom introduces dynamics of falling, rolling, collapsing, flipping and melting down to reduce and eventually eliminate the type of actions we usually refer to as “failure” in dance, athletics and martial arts. This approach allows a blend of influences from the Animal Kingdom, Capoeira, Gymnastics, Tae Kwon Do, Parkour, Brazilian Jiujitsu and the practice of functional movement.

Location: Celia Franca Centre

Cost: $80

Trailer: https://youtu.be/HXaPTeSzu9M

 

Contact Dance with Mayumu Minakawa & Tom Weksler (Thursday to Saturday Workshop Series)

THURSDAY June 29 to SATURDAY July 1, 2017

Daily 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Description: This workshop is designed on the idea that a solo dance is a relationship between a person and his own imagination and that a partner dance is a relationship between a person and reality. From there a skillful dancer would be the one who manages to lose the line between the two and allow them to flow into each other.
Based on this idea the workshop will focus on the two extremities which are many times left out and left out due to lack of context - Realness and Imagination.
1) In order to introduce Realness we will explore contact interaction through weight management and shifting while making sure we follow motions which has enough physical volume to initiate or suggest a reaction. We will then examine balancing, counter balancing or just following the motions in order to create an authentic flow. Important to note that the search for "realness" would lead many times to doing "less" rather than addition of new ideas.
2) Imagination will be practiced through clear observation of what is the trigger of any action or touch of our own limbs or of a different body. The body will be reckoned in animalistic forms, concepts from nature and abstract forces and drifts of our mind set in a specific moment. We believe that meeting of more than one imagining body can lead to endless possibilities of dance.

Location: Celia Franca Centre

Cost: $65

 

Contact Dance with Harriet Waghorn and Andre Kamienski from Edifice Dance Theatre (Thursday to Saturday Workshop Series)

THURSDAY June 29 to SATURDAY July 1, 2017

Daily 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Workshop description:
EDIFICE’s workshop is divided into three sections. Section one will include warm-up and learning key characteristics within ballroom partnering. We will cover connections in Rumba, Swing (Jive) and Paso Doble. Section two will explore how we can use these new tools in combination with contact improvisation to give new qualities to our partnering language. Section three is dedicated to learning set movement material including company repertoire. The class focus is to create new textures and dynamics within contact improvisation. We will explore the notion of building and releasing energy within partnering- creating elasticity, change of direction and change of speed within connection. Location: Celia Franca Centre

Cost: $65

Trailer: https://youtu.be/VUjGkPwfWGE

 

- ONE OF CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS -

Wednesday Pre-jam Class

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Pre-Jam Workshop Class with teacher Tom Weksler

Location: 805 Dovercourt Road, Toronto

Cost: $10

 

Dance & Cinema: Complementary languages with Javier Cardenete

THURSDAY June 29, 2017

9:30 am to 11:20 am

Description: I started to have interest in dance when i discovered the Choreographer and dancer Chevi Muraday; My artistic way of expression has been always cinema and visuals. When i had to film a live performance in scene from Chevy i realized that i need to move the camera and take a closer shot of all this expressive movements, details and emotions and show them in the screen. In two hours i will try to introduce the participants in the way i see the dialogues and interaction between the dancers with no words, only the emotional language of body movement trying to tell a further story and with a narrative intention on screen. Use of the camera, planning the shots with a planned choreography or getting ready for improvisation and rebuild the dance in the editing room to get a dance film.

Location: Celia Franca Centre

Cost: $20

 

Inclusive Contact Improvisation Workshop with Luke Anderson  and Kathleen Rea with music by  Laura Storey

THURSDAY June 29, 2017

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Description: Contact Dance training for all abilities and levels. Focus will be placed upon dancing in relationship with another through sharing weight and the practice of “listening” to where another person’s movement can lead you. Workshop is inclusive of people with physical disabilities. People dancing using a wheelchair are welcome.

Location: Celia Franca Centre

Cost: $15

 

Contact Improvisation Workshop with Malcolm Shute

FRIDAY June 30, 2017

9:30 am to 11:20 am

Description: In Contact Improvisation, we are called upon to orient and center ourselves through the body of another person, as well as through the space we occupy. In this class, we will explore ways of integrating the self into the environment, including partners. Malcolm approaches the form with attention to somatic experience, blending experiential anatomy with luxurious movement. Malcolm has also trained in Contact's antecedents, Tai Chi and Aikido, and is certified in Laban Movement Analysis. Working through these lenses, participants will experience greater ease and confidence, and open new avenues of movement.

Location: Celia Franca Centre

Cost: $20

Trailer: https://youtu.be/S1mXF0ipqT0

 

Inclusive Contact Improvisation Workshop with Luke Anderson  and Kathleen Rea with music by  Laura Storey

FRIDAY June 30, 2017

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Contact Dance training for all abilities and levels. Focus will be placed upon dancing in relationship with another through sharing weight and the practice of “listening” to where another person’s movement can lead you. Workshop is inclusive of people with physical disabilities. People dancing using a wheelchair are welcome.Location: Celia Franca Centre

Cost: $15

 

Parcon Workshop with Andrew Suseno (New York)

SATURDAY July 1, 2017

9:30 am to 11:20 am

This Saturday morning workshop will be taught Andrew Suseno from New York. He and his team will teach parcon, a fusion between contact improvisation and parkour. Group will meet at the Celia Franca Centre at 400 Jarvis Street and then move to an outdoor location from there. Please do not be late other wise you will miss the pick-up.

Location: Meet at 9:15 am at Celia Franca Centre or meet at 9:30 am Allan Gardens  (south side of Carlton Street between Jarvis and Sherbourne Streets

Cost: $20

Trailer: https://youtu.be/hK1PHAil_xs

 

Post Festival Film Workshop

SUNDAY July 2, 2017

Various locations, starting in the Roncesvalles/High Park area.

3:30 pm till dusk

Filmmaking workshop with Olya Glotka Filmmakers and dancers who wish to partake in a film are welcome to stay an extra day to make dance films under the tutelage of filmmaker Olya Glotka. Our base will be a home in the Roncesvalles area in Toronto. Films will be made in various locations in High Park.

Cost: Free

 

- CONTACT DANCE JAMS-

The Wednesday Dance Jam

Wed, June 28, 6:00pm – 8:30pm

805 Dovercourt Road, Toronto (third Floor)

Contact Dance Jam with Teacher Tom Weksler and Musician Jennifer Gillmor

Cost: class $10, jam $10, Class and jam combo $15

 

Inclusive Dance Jam

Thursday, June 29, 3:30 - 5:00

Facilitated by: Luke Anderson, Laura Storey and Kathleen Rea

Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto. (Wheelchair accessible)

Description: Inclusive Contact Dance Jam with music by Joel Schwartz

Location: Celia Franca Centre

Cost: $10

 

Inclusive Dance Jam

Friday, June 30, 3:30 - 5:00

Facilitated by: Luke Anderson, Laura Storey and Kathleen Rea

Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto. (Wheelchair accessible)

Description: Inclusive Contact Dance Jam with music by Nilan Perera

Location: Celia Franca Centre

Cost: $10

 

Inclusive Dance Jam

Saturday, July 1, 3:30 - 5:00

Facilitated by: Luke Anderson, Laura Storey and Kathleen Rea

Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto. (Wheelchair accessible)

Description: Inclusive Contact Dance Jam with music by Michelangelo Iaffaldano

Location: Celia Franca Centre

Cost: $10

 

- TEACHERS’ BIOGRAPHIES -

Luke Anderson was a gifted athlete, he was passionate about seeking adventure in the great outdoors and loved working with his hands. He graduated from university with an engineering degree, was following his dream living in the mountains with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts and was working as a home builder. He had the world at his fingertips. In the fall of 2002 Luke and his good friend Johnny were riding down a tricky trail they had heard other mountain bikers raving about. They came upon a 25ft gap which Johnny cleared without a problem. Luke was determined to give it a try as well. He made sure he was in the right gear, gripped the handlebars tightly, pushed down hard on the pedals, left the takeoff platform, and his life as he knew it.In that moment Luke went from being a physically independent person to someone who must now depend on others for help. In that instant he entered a world that was no longer completely accessible to him. This frustration is what led to the StopGap Foundation. The main focus of the foundation is the Ramp Project, a volunteer-run campaign that creates awareness about barriers in the built environment. More info: http://stopgap.ca/

Javier Cardenete trained as a filmmaker at the Complutense University of Madrid, Romo Prize and the Spanish Royal Academy in Rome. He specialises in Dance film, Documentary and short films. More info: https://javiercardenete.wordpress.com/

Olya Glotka is a filmmaker, a storyteller and a dancer. She is exactly who she wanted to be as a 5, 15 and 25 years old: a dreamer, inspiration and a changemaker. More info: http://olyaglotka.com/

Andre Kamienski came to London in 2010, after 12 years of Ballroom and Latin-American dance training in Poland. He began his adventure with contemporary dance at CAT Scheme at London Contemporary Dance School, The Place and various youth dance companies. He graduated from London Studio Centre in 2015, where he performed works by Jose Agudo and Henri Oquike. Andre took part in AKX programme for Akram Khan Company in 2015, and is currently working as a freelance dance artist, for companies including Shobana Jeyasingh Dance and Edifice Dance Theatre. Andre also runs his own company under the name of KAMIENSKI.dance

Mayumu Minakawa has been trained in various dance styles since young age. She has graduated from "Saitama School of Arts" in 2004 (Japan). Alongside her dance education Mayumu was also trained in Mime and physical theatre. in 2010 she received the "Hamburg Encouragement of Cultural Exchange Award". Mayumu has danced in various projects in collaboration with many Choreographers including: Ján Durovcík, Ryohei Kondou, Shounosuke Ookura, Matthew Bourne, Kim Sung Yong, Ishibashi Yoshimasa, Cirque Du Soleil and more. Since 2013 Mayumu has been dancing with Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak Dance Company and has been working as their Assistant and Rehearsal Director in the production "The Cat That Lived 1000000 Times".

Kathleen Rea danced with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen, National Ballet of Canada & Tiroler Landestheater (Austria). Kathleen is a certified instructor of the Melt Method (Hand and Feet) and teaches Contact Dance Improvisation at George Brown Dance. She has choreographed over 40 dance works and has been nominated for five DORA awards. Kathleen is a recipient of a K. M. Hunter Award and is a published author (“The Healing Dance”, Charles C. Thomas). She has a Master’s in Expressive Arts Therapy and is a Registered Psychotherapist (CRPO) with a private practice for the past 15 years. In January 2015 Kathleen became a candidate teacher of the Axis Syllabus. Recently Kathleen graduated as a Brain Advancement Coach (Pyramid of Potential Method). More Info: http://www.the-healing-dance.com/

Malcolm Shute is an internationally known performer and teacher of movement. He teaches a wide range of subjects in the Dance Department at Towson University and studios in the Washington DC area. He directs Human Landscape Dance, a company known for its intimate, athletic portrayal of human affection and conflict. They have presented work in Europe, and North and South America. Shute holds a MFA in Dance with a Concentration in Choreography from the University of Maryland, and is a Certified Movement Analyst through the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies. He has led workshops in Laban Movement Analysis, contact improvisation, dance and mythology, modern/contemporary dance, and somatics in the US and abroad. More info: http://hldance.org/

Laura Storey is a multitalented artist who truly thrives when she is creating with others. Selected credits: assistant set design Tannhauser (Royal Opera House), Associated Designers of Canada mentorship: assistant set design Oil and Water (Artistic Fraud), Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (The Grand Theatre), and Brothel #9 (Factory Theatre), set design Table Talk (Volcano Theatre with Theatre@York), set design Something Red (The Meta Gallery), set/costume design Abra-Cadaver! (Tarragon Theatre Backspace, Fringe Festival), set/costume design Saved (Factory Theatre Backspace, Fringe Festival), carpentry production assistant Bordertown Café, A Killing Snow, The Book of Esther, and Pearl Gidley (Blyth Festival).

Andrew Suseno majored in dance at Wesleyan University and earned a certificate in Laban Movement Analysis in Utah. He won the Gerald Myers scholarship to the American Dance Festival in 2005. In 2006, he toured Germany with a 4 person dance theater troupe. He also has extensive experience teaching creative and modern dance to hundreds of children and contact improvisation to adults. Andrew works as a physical therapist at the Aspire Health and Wellness Center striving to improve the quality of Iife for adults with orthopedic and neurological difficulties. He is also an early intervention therapist for young children working with a community organization in his neighborhood Spanish Harlem.

Harriet Waghorn was born in Hertfordshire, England. She started dancing with ballet and contemporary. She went to train in contemporary dance at Roehampton University with a scholarship and then to The University of York to obtain her first class degree in the History of Art. Whilst at University she continued her dance training and started competing in Latin American and Ballroom. After graduating Harriet went to LABAN conservatoire. Here she studied ballet and contemporary dance. Externally she also joined Latin Formation team XS Latin Cambridge A Team and competed with them nationally and internationally. XS hold the title as British and UK Champions of Latin Formation dance, they are ranked 14th in the world. Since leaving LABAN with a distinction in 2012 Harriet has worked with artists Tino Seghal, Yelena Popova, Contemporary companies Nutshell, Joon and Nocturn dance. She has also featured in numerous dance films. Her most important relationship in film has been throughout 2015 with UK director Rogerio Silva. Working together they have created Vimeo staff picks and internationally exposed dance films ‘Abaddon’ and ‘Edifice’. In 2015 she started, with Co-director Carmine De Amicis, her own dance company EDIFICE Dance Theatre, which choreography combines Ballroom and Latin American technique with Contact and Contemporary dance.

Edifice Dance Theatre is a London based dance company formed in 2015. After successfully creating dance film EDIFICE (dir.Rogerio Silva) the company set out to expand their work.

Carmine and Harriet set out to explore a hybrid approach to Latin American dance and Contact Improvisation. The goal was to create devices and qualities to establish a singular body dialogue, starting with the connection principles of both dances. Together they developed the hybrid partnering language that informed the choreographic process and aimed to explore themes like blurred and permeable boundaries, migration and integration, intuition and growth. EDIFICE have performed at The Place London, Chichester University (UK), Teatro-Auditorio Adolfo Marsillach (Madrid), Lift off Dance Festival (UK). They are currently working on their next work ‘Stripped’ to be premiered in Summer 2017, and new dance film ‘Salome’ directed by Rogerio Silva to be released Spring 2017 . "The dancers partnering is coordinated, aggressively delicate, juicy... like the best sex ever!" The Evening Standard,

Tom Weksler has been practicing Capoeira, Martial Arts and different forms of acrobatic disciplines from a young age. Tom graduated from “The Workshop For Dancers and Choreographers in Haifa” in 2009. Since 2010, Tom has been dancing with “Inbal Pinto and Avshallom Pollak Dance Company” and performed with the company’s productions in many theatres and festivals around the world. Tom is currently performing around the world with “Collective Loss Of Memory” - choreographed by “Rootlessroot” (Jozef Frucek and Lind Kapetnea) and produced by “Dot504”. Tom's movement workshops have taken place in Tel Aviv, Amsterdam, London, Tokyo, San Francisco, Berlin, Guadelajara, Bratislava, Copenhagen and more.

 

- MUSICIAN’S BIOGRAPHIES -

Jennifer Gillmor's musical exploration has covered rich and varied territory. She is a multi-instrumentalist with a musical family that includes bass guitar, cello, kamel n’goni, didgeridoo, found and made objects, flutes, various percussion, berimbau,musical saw, jaw harp, and sample-based sequencing. She has performed and recorded in projects ranging from funk to folk, rock to reggae, music influenced by traditions of African and Celtic cultures as well as experimental projects that can draw few comparisons. Jennifer composes and records for film, video, dance, theatre and multimedia projects. She has toured internationally and appeared in nationally broadcast music videos and on various local and national television and radio shows. Jennifer recently spent six months on a retreat from Toronto in a cabin outside of Smithers, BC where she focused on exploring her musicianship with many instruments and recording gear. The resulting debut solo album, High Road Haven, is available now through Bandcamp and iTunes. Jen’s current performance focus is Jennis, a duo with Dennis Gaumond whose debut album The Current was released in May 2014. Bodywork is another way Jen likes to channel positive energy through her hands. Learn about her practice here:www.harmonyhands.ca For more details: jengillmormusic.ca

Michelangelo Iaffaldano is a Toronto-based, Italian-born musician, instrument builder and visual artist who collaborates with many musicians associated with AIM Toronto. He plays in the bands Odradek, Anamorphic Heat and Satanist Daycare, and leads AIM's Large Improvising Ensemble.

Joel Schwartz is a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist from Toronto, and a unique voice in the Canadian music scene. As an in-demand freelance musician, recent credits include Great Lake Swimmers, Royal Wood, Patricia O’Callaghan, Joël Fafard, Kate Rogers, Andrea Koziol, Zebrina, Aviva Chernick, The Lovelocks, and many others. His electric guitar, mandolin, resonator, and banjo playing can be heard on many Canadian films and TV shows as well. Joel's original group, The Outlanders, released their debut album of instrumental music in 2007. While new to the contact dance world, Joel has made some notable collaborations with artists outside the music discipline including Toronto's Synthesis, a performance pairing ten visual artists with ten composers, and A Tune to Art: Sculpture and Song, a unique cross-Canada music/art tour showcasing the sculptures of order of Canada member Joe Fafard with the music of Joël Fafard and Joel Schwartz.

Laura Storey is a multitalented artist who truly thrives when she is creating with others. Selected credits: assistant set design Tannhauser (Royal Opera House), Associated Designers of Canada mentorship: assistant set design Oil and Water (Artistic Fraud), Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (The Grand Theatre), and Brothel #9 (Factory Theatre), set design Table Talk (Volcano Theatre with Theatre@York), set design Something Red (The Meta Gallery), set/costume design Abra-Cadaver! (Tarragon Theatre Backspace, Fringe Festival), set/costume design Saved (Factory Theatre Backspace, Fringe Festival), carpentry production assistant Bordertown Café, A Killing Snow, The Book of Esther, and Pearl Gidley (Blyth Festival).

 

- SCHOLARSHIP -

Participants in need of a scholarship, please contact Kathleen at kathleen.rea@reasondetre.com

 

- BILLETING -

Participants traveling to the festival from out of town who are in need of accommodation, please contact Olya at olya.glotka@gmail.com

 

- ACCESS INFO -

¾ of the locations are wheelchair accessible:

Dovercourt House - 805 Dovercourt Rd. 3rd floor, Toronto (not wheelchair accessible)
Celia Franca Centre - 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto (wheelchair accessible)
Betty Oliphant Theatre - 404 Jarvis Street, Toronto (wheelchair accessible)
Revue Cinema - 400 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto (wheelchair accessible)

 

 - VOLUNTEER-

Would you like to be a bigger part of the Festival? Lend a hand to make sure the festival is the best it can be. Contact kathleen.rea@reasondetre.com

 

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What is Contact Dance Improvisation? Contact dance improvisation is a social dance involving touch, in which momentum between two or more people is used to create and inspire dance movements. The dance form is practiced with or without music. Techniques include rolling point of contact, balancing over a partner’s centre of gravity, following momentum, and “listening” with one’s skin surface. Contact dance improvisation is accessible to people with no previous dance training and to people with physical disabilities.

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