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The Second day of the TIDF 2021 will be held on 17th October 2021 @ 7pm LIVE via YouTube | Facebook ONLINE.
The main performers of the Day 2 are: KCPA (Chinese); Teddy Talbot (Tame Dance); Sapna Sehravat; Wunmi Idowu ( woezoafrica); Donna Sternberg (DS Dancers); Gaurav Bhatti (AbheriRoots); Le Stelle Alpine Italian Dancers; Maida R. Withers; James Joseph (Ballet Soul); Sam Weber; Rebecca Horeth (Saxonia Hall); Gabrielle Martin (Corporeal Imago).
The dance "Upwards to Moon" is a heart touching love story compiled from Chinese mythology. It described a young girl vanishing the family hate and breaking through the fence for love. The dance uses the Chinese folk story of "Red line from Moon" to symbolize the beauty, nobility and steadfastness of love. To spread the universal value of great love to the audience, guide peace, and create good deeds in a loving world.
Delirium is a contemporary ballet choreographed by Teddy Talbot, owner and director of TAME Dance Academy in Pembroke Pines, FL. The dancers are 8 intermediate and advanced students who chose to participate in our in-studio filming of our virtual showcase entitled "figmentation" during the pandemic. This piece is entitled "Delirium" and is inspired by the quote; "Life creates itself in delirium, and the rest in undone in ennui." (Emil Coiran) The motif of the entire production is a nightmare, yet oddly far too realistic. It shows the growth of humanity and our ability to adapt in order to survive and thrive. When the protagonists awakes, her realization that her dreams may have a skewed version of realty and that by changing her perspective and remaining hopeful, everything will be ok. "Delirium" is part of her journey. The full length feature can be seen at tamedance.com/performances Lighting design and concept by Carla Iparraguirre.
Sapna Sehravat graduated from the University of Ottawa with an Honours Bachelors in Biology and a Cum Laude honorary designation. She has been studying Bharatanatyam and Odissi for 11 years under the tutelage of Dr. Menaka Thakkar and Smt. Sujata Mohapatra. She has also toured North America and India as part of productions such as Pattano Pradesh, Sitayana and Geeta Govinda. At the Toronto International Dance Festival, she will be presenting 'Battu'- an item from the Odissi repertoire. Battu is danced in honour of Lord Shiva, and depicts the playing of various instruments to complex rhythmic patterns. It was choreographed by Padma Vibhushan Kelucharan Mohapatra.
BOKOKO is a dance performance by Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre Inc. - an award winning performing arts organization founded in 2006. With the name Woezo Africa, meaning “welcome to the land of perfection,” the organization delights in sharing the uniqueness of the African cultures to the public through dance, music, theatre and storytelling. Woezo Africa strives to preserve Africa's diverse cultural roots by reaching and teaching audiences through quality entertainment and education, engaging the youth in the arts, promoting community interaction and increasing the appreciation of Africa's contributions to modern society.
"Earth Body" is a collaboration with immunologist Devavani Chatterjea with an overarching theme of climate change. It looks at the earth as if it were a body, with the disease being climate change, wrecking havoc on the body and eliciting some of the same immunological responses as a human body would when ill.
“Does this limited space evoke limited thoughts in me?” Innate evoked an inner reflection in me, an inner mirror which was cracked once. Seldom did I notice it. My conversations are unheard but somewhere I felt the nature around me does whisper in soft voices reminding me memories of the past. Is it a regret that pours out through me? Is it hope? Is it freedom? Is it uncertainty? Within the archive I am still searching for the voices that are yet to tell me the secret.
Performed by Le Stelle Alpine Italian Dancers from Thunder Bay sharing their love for Italian culture and tradition through both authentic and adapted styles of Tarantella and Pizzica style Italian folk dancing. Featured in this video are dancers ages 11 – 30+ who are sharing their passion for dancing and live performance after being apart for so many months. The 5 dances are all very different from one another, but they come together to highlight various elements of Italian festivals and culture including: vibrant colours, celebration, passion, tradition, and friendship. This is, Tarantelle delle Stelle (Tarantella of the stars).
This film by Maida Withers, choreographer, and Robin Bell, filmmaker, captures a portrait of young dancers, alone on screen for one minute, in Spring 2021 when COVID-19 was slowing down in the United States but dancers were still having feelings from extreme changes in life and dance during the past year. Music was composed for each one-minute dance by Steve Hilmy. The film concludes with dancers performing together borrowing gestures and feelings from each other's dance portraits.
Artistic Director Ben Love gives Shakespeare's brutal and gripping tragedy the Ballet Soul treatment in this edgy and evocative reimagining, with a dazzling original score by British jazz legend Julian Joseph. The film transports us to modern Britain, where high flying media man Othello is taking London by storm. He is a passionate and powerful African man, married to the love of his life - Desdemona.In a dream he is left a blood red scarf by the spirit of his mother. A token of his past and a symbol of his love, their present and future, Othello gives the scarf to Desdemona. A decision that may come back to haunt him.
A tap dance improvisation to "In The Still Of The Night," played by the Oscar Peterson trio.
The Saxonia Dancers are a Transylvanian Saxon and German folk dance group from Aylmer, Ontario, formed in 1971. They are demonstrating and teaching the TIDF audience their physically-distanced version of the Hetlinger Bandriter. This dance is performed by many Transylvanian Saxon folk dance groups in Germany, Austria, Romania, Canada, and the USA; each group has slight variations on the original steps and patterns, but the dance can be performed all together when the groups gather at festivals. The Hetlinger Bandriter has origins in the Hetlingen region of northern Germany, a marshy region where many reeds grow and where basket weaving was a common craft. So, much of the footwork in this dance, as well as the patterns done by partners, is reminiscent of weaving with steps like the grape vine or crossing a foot in front of or behind the other. This workshop allows participants to learn the dance steps and try the routine at home, with or without a partner.
Limb(e)s is a contemporary aerial-dance performance that explores the liminal space between holding onto or letting go of another. Suspended in this limbo, Gabrielle Martin and Jeremiah Hughes deliver a “quietly riveting” performance that unfolds to the haunting original music of composer Nicolas Bernier. Their dystopian landscape of burnt haze and rope limbs is brought to life by lighting designer Sophie Tang and cinematographer Jessica Han. The result is a hypnotic, destabilizing narrative full of mourning, distant hope, and eerie beauty.read moreread less
Dance Workshop Series
TIDF will be offering FREE online dance and movement workshops led by professional
dance choreographers and instructors during TIDF 2021.
Those who REGISTER here will get a certificate of completion.
Come join us and feel the rhythm!
Dates: 12 September 2021 | 17 October 2021 | 14 November, 2021 | 12 December, 2021
Duration: 30 Mins
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Toronto International Dance Festival (TIDF 2021) - 3rd Day of the festival will be held on 14th November 2021 @ 7 pm on various social media platforms.
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VIRTUAL | ONLINE
The Toronto International Dance Festival is now accepting applications for the 2022 outdoor | virtual
event . The 9th edition of this festival is focussed on supporting the practice and visibility of
diverse Canadian dance companies, choreographers and dance artists. As the roadmap to
reopening venues is unclear, the festival is putting an open call for new and original works
creatively captured for a virtual presentation.
All artists who work with movement and performance are invited to apply. All genres, forms,
modalities, and varieties of dance, movement, and performance will be considered. This
application is open to creators with experience. Priority will be given to artists of colour, artists
living with disabilities, new generation artists (18-30), new Canadian (immigrant) artists, and
artists from varying geographic locations.
If live in person program is not possible, the final presentation format will be a LIVE STREAM of pre-recorded performances at
www.tidfcanada.com. The event is FREE for the public and will also be streamed on other social
media platforms in the following dates:
July 1- 3, 2022
HOW TO APPLY
TIDF recognizes the limitations posed by the COVID-19 restrictions and understands that not all
dance forms are easily adaptable for the camera. Nevertheless, the festival encourages you be
bold and creative in your execution.
Proposed works can be 5 to 20 minutes in length. A jury of previous presenters at TIDF will be
assessing all applications. Successful applicants will receive an honorarium based on their production cost,
number of dancers, quality and professionalism.
Submission with photos and videos - https://tidfcanada.com/submission
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Summer Outdoor Series
The TIDF Summer Series is an outdoor dance festival where artists can either perform a 10-minute piece of their dance work and/or engage the audience with a break-out dance session. TIDF aims to make this not only an artistic festival but also a social and cultural event.read moreread less
Fall | Indoor | Concert
The Fall Indoor Concert is set to enthrall audiences with world dance forms in a glittering show. It is open only for professional level artists and dance companies who wish to showcase their new or original works. The maximum duration for a full-length piece is 15-20 minutes.read moreread less