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ACCELERATION Winchester Street Theatre 80 Winchester Street 416-967-6887 Choreography by: Conrad Alexandrowicz Peggy Baker Christopher House José Limón and Eleanor King staged by Risa Steinberg Lise Vachon MARCH 25-28, 2015

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    Winchester Street Theatre 80 Winchester Street 416-967-6887

    Choreography by:Conrad AlexandrowiczPeggy BakerChristopher HouseJosé Limón and Eleanor King staged by Risa SteinbergLise Vachon

    MARCH 25-28, 2015

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    Excerpt from A Choreographic Offering (1964) Choreography: José LimónMusic: Excerpt from A Musical Offering, Johann Sebastian BachDancer:• Kendall Anderson (March 25 and 27)• Emily Hobbes (March 26 and 28)First performed by the José Limón Dance Company on August 15, 1964, at the American Dance Festival. This work is in memory of Doris Humphrey. It is based on movements from her dances, and contains variations, paraphrases, and motifs from: Gigue, Sarabande, Water Study, Dionysiaques, The Pleasures of Counterpoint, Circular Descent, Handel Variations, Air on a Ground Bass, Rudepoema, New dance, With my Red Fires, Passacaglia and Fugue In C Minor, Ruines and Visions, and Invention.

    Excerpt from Roads to Hell: Wrath (1940-1941)Choreography: Eleanor KingMusic: Genevieve PitotDancer:• Vanessa Brazeau (March 25, 27, and 28)• Mathilde Jean-Pierre-Antoine (March 26)

    Suite of SolosReconstruction and Direction: Risa SteinbergRehearsal Direction: Patricia MinerLighting Design: Simon RossiterCostume Coordination: Jennifer Dallas


  • Excerpt from Dances for Isadora: Niobe (1971)Choreography: José LimónMusic: Frédéric ChopinDancer:• Brittany Barraclough

    Dances for Isadora: Niobe (Five Evocations of Isadora Duncan), first performed December 10, 1971, Cleveland Museum of Arts, Cleveland, Ohio by the José Limón Dance Company.

    Meltwater Traces (2015) Choreography: Lise VachonMusic: Excerpt from ZONES, Marc AppartLighting Design: Marc Lhommel with Simon Rossiter Costume Design: Jennifer DallasDancers:• Matthew Barnes, Brittany Barraclough, Justin Blanchard, Vanessa Brazeau,

    Mathilde Jean-Pierre-Antoine, Shakeil RollockAn hommage to the beauty and ever changing movements of icebergs in glacial landscapes. These enormous masses of frozen fresh water, once perceived as motionless, are now closely observed as dynamic and melting matter. In dialogue with each other and with the space that surrounds them, six dancers embody the transformations between solid and liquid states. ― LV

    This performance of solos from “A Choreographic Offering”, and “Dances for Isadora: Niobe” is presented by arrangement with The José Limón Dance Foundation, Inc. and has been produced in accordance with the Limón StyleSM and Limón TechniqueSM service standard established by The José Limón Dance Foundation, Inc. LimónSM, Limón StyleSM and Limón TechniqueSM are trade and service marks of The José Limón Dance Foundation, Inc. (all rights reserved).

    Colder Ink (1994) Choreography: Christopher House

    Rehearsal Direction: Rosemary James

    Music: Dead of Winter, Tim Brady

    Lighting Design: Simon Rossiter after Ron Snippe

    Costume Design: Denis Joffre

    Dancers:• Kendall Anderson, Nathaniel Rankin, Joshua Sailo, Meritt Uribe (March 25 and 27)• Emily Hobbes, Shakeil Rollock, Joshua Sailo, Hayley Stoddart (March 26 and 28)

    Colder Ink was created in the spring of 1994. The movement vocabulary was developed with Laurence Lemieux and the premiere performance was danced by Kate Alton, Coralee McLaren, Graham McKelvie, and Michael Trent. Colder Ink marked a turning point for me in its eccentric counterpoint and its broad movement palette. The choreography requires extreme precision and elastic control to execute, yet the performer must remain serenely present in the here-and-now. ― CH


  • Stage Manager: Cheryl Lalonde Assistant Stage Manager: Caitlyn Albanese Costume Coordination: Jennifer Dallas

    Facilities Manager: Karen O’Brien Facilities Assistant: Lydia Lawson Technical Director: A.J. Morra Cleaning Staff: Meritt Uribe


    Boys Will Be Men (1985) Choreography, Text, and Direction: Conrad Alexandrowicz

    Rehearsal Direction: Patricia Fraser

    Rehearsal Assistance: Michael Caldwell, Patricia Miner, Andrea Roberts, Brendan Wyatt

    Music: Anonymous, John Dowland, Jefferson Airplane, Led Zeppelin

    Lighting Design: Simon Rossiter

    Original Lighting Design: Peter McKinnon

    Costume Design: Conrad Alexandrowicz

    Dancers:• Justin Blanchard and Nathaniel Rankin (March 25 and 27)• Matthew Barnes and Andrew Swan (March 26 and 28)Boys Will Be Men is a serious cartoon about the ways that masculinity, with its power relationships, its potential for violence, and its competitiveness, obstructs the attempts men make to communicate. It locates this violence within the context of a pas de deux, so as to emphasize its absurdity, and invokes male bravado by means of the objects and activities associated with the card table and the duel. These elements are either accompanied by heavy rock music or performed in silence, at which times dialogue in various languages is employed. They are contrasted with softer passages that portray the connectedness of the two figures and express their feelings of longing and regret. ― CA

    Yang (1998/2003) Choreography: Peggy BakerAssistant to the Choreographer: Sahara Morimoto Rehearsal Direction: Patricia MinerMusic: Frisking, Prolationum for 11 Percussionists, Thierry de MeyLighting Design: Simon Rossiter after Marc Parent Costume Design: Caroline O’Brien (courtesy of Canada’s National Ballet School)Dancers:• Joshua Sailo and Hayley Stoddart (March 25 and 27)• Andrew Swan and Meritt Uribe (March 26)• Joshua Sailo and Andrew Swan (March 28)Yang is one of the two major principles of Taoist philosophy. Represented in writing by the ideogram for the sun’s rays, and in hexagrams of the I Ching as an unbroken line, yang is all that is bright, dry hard, masculine, round, odd-numbered, and upward moving.Yang was created for Sylvain Brochu in 1998. In 2003, the original solo was superimposed with a second reconfigured version and performed as a duet by Sylvain Brochu and Shannon Cooney. ― PB


    PEGGY BAKER has been a vivid presence in contemporary dance for four decades, known as a performer with Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, The White Oak Dance Project, Doug Varone and Dancers, Fortier Danse-Création, and Dancemakers, among others. She established Peggy Baker Dance Projects in 1990, and for the first 20 years she dedicated herself to solo performance, winning rapturous praise for the eloquence and depth of her dancing, and accolades for her collaborative partnerships with extraordinary musicians and designers. Since 2010 her choreography has focused on works for small ensemble. Among her honours are the Walter Carsen Prize, the Governor General’s Award, the Premier’s Award, the Order of Canada, five Dora Mavor Moore Awards, and honorary doctorates from the University of Calgary and York. Baker is Artist-in-Residence at Canada’s National Ballet School.

    CHRISTOPHER HOUSE is one of Canada’s most respected dance artists. Artistic Director of Toronto Dance Theatre since 1994, he has contributed over fifty works to the company’s repertoire. He is active as a choreographer, performer, teacher, and mentor, and is an Associate Dance Artist of Canada’s National Arts Centre. He has received many awards for his work including three Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the Muriel Sherrin Award for International Achievement in Dance, an honorary doctorate from Memorial University, and the Silver Ticket Award for Lifetime Achievement.

    Currently the Associate Director of Dance at The Juilliard School, RISA STEINBERG has been an active member of the dance community for over 35 years. As a solo artist, teacher, rehearsal coach, and director of the works of José Limón, she has toured the world performing and teaching extensively. She is a former principal dancer with the American Repertory Dance Company of Los Angeles, Anna Sokolow’s Player’s Project, Bill Cratty Dance Theater, Colin Connor, Annabelle Gamson, and the José Limón Dance Company. She has been a guest artist with choreographers including Wally Cardona, Sean Curran, and Danzahoy of Caracas, Venezuela.

    JOSÉ LIMÓN (1908-1972) electrified the world with his dynamic dancing and his passionately dramatic choreography. One of the major figures in American modern dance, Limón began to choreograph in 1931 and continued until his death. Several of his works have become classics, and he was honoured with many awards and honorary doctorates from four universities. Today, his legacy is assured through the work of the José Limón Dance Foundation and its two components: the Limón Dance Company, an international touring company, and the Limón Institute, an educational and archival resource organisation based in New York City.

    ELEANOR KING (1906-1991), pioneer modern dancer, performed as a soloist with the original Doris Humphrey-Charles Weidman Concert Company. A colleague of José Limón, she danced for five decades and taught and performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and the far east. An emeritus professor of the University of Arkansas, she is listed in Foremost Women of the Twentieth Century and American Women: Who’s Who in the West. Recipient of two Fulbright Grants and a Vogelstein Foundation Grant, she studied classical dance and drama in Japan, shaman dance in Korea, and trance dance in Bali, Sri Lanka, and Burma. Her memoir, Transformation: The Humphrey-Weidman Era, was published by Dance Horizons in 1978.

    LISE VACHON is a dancer and choreographer who studied classical and contemporary dance in Montreal, graduated from the School of TDT in 1997, and from P.A.R.T.S. (Brussels) in 2000. She remained in Belgium and began her career as a dancer and at times as a choreographic assistant, creating and internationally performing pieces from several choreographers. She has worked alongside Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker as rehearsal director for Rosas, and has assisted opera stagings at L’Opéra de Paris, La Scala (Milan), and La Monnaie (Brussels), where she recently assisted Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. As well as teaching, Vachon has created and performed her own choreographic work in Belgium, Canada, France, the Netherlands, and the U.S.

    CONRAD ALEXANDROWICZ is a director, writer and choreographer, and the artistic director of Wild Excursions Performance. He is a storyteller who combines elements of theatre and dance in different ways. To date he has created over fifty dance- and physical-theatre works, some of which have been presented across Canada, in New York City, France, and the U.K. An associate professor in the Department of Theatre at the University of Victoria, he specializes in movement for actors and physical theatre creation, and continues his explorations into that mysterious territory where dance and theatre overlap.

  • Born and raised in Port Alberni, British Columbia, Kendall Anderson started training at Stage West School of Performing Arts at the age of three. She was a member of Dancestreams Youth Dance Company where she first experienced the contemporary dance world.

    A native of Montréal, Vanessa Brazeau started the Professional Training Program at the School of TDT in 2012. In 2014 she did the Transformation summer intensive, working with Éric Beauchesne from Kidd Pivot, and Ami Shulman; she also performed a new creation by the Montréal choreographer Mélanie Demers.

    Born in Toronto, and originally intent on pursuing a career in theatre, Matthew Barnes was a latecomer to dance, discovering it in his final year at Etobicoke School of the Arts He was accepted to the School of TDT where he now works to complete his training.

    A former national rhythmic gymnast, Emily Hobbes was born in Oakville, Ontario, and began her dance training at age 17. At the School of TDT, she has performed works by Nova Bhattacharya, Danny Grossman, Louis Laberge-Côté, and Darryl Tracy, among others. In November 2014, she danced with Red Sky in Shanghai, China.

    Brittany Barraclough was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, where she began her dance training. She studied for a year at The School of Alberta Ballet. At the School of TDT she has worked with Peggy Baker and Louis Laberge-Côté. She has attended summer programs at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and ProArteDanza.

    Justin Blanchard, from Orangeville, Ontario, began his dance training in contemporary dance at 16 with Kerri-Ann Hutton. Inspired by watching a School of TDT performance and taking a master class with Rosemary James, he auditioned for the School and has since had the pleasure of working with many wonderful artists.


  • Shakeil Rollock is a highly motivated and passionate Toronto-based performer. Studying at the School of TDT, he has trained in ballet, contemporary, and modern technique. For several years, Rollock has been a dance instructor as well as choreographer for various events.

    Originally from India, Joshua Sailo began his professional training at the School of TDT, and has worked with renowned Canadian choreographers who have inspired him to pursue his own interests in choreography. With experience in music and photography, Sailo has taken on independent projects and presented dance films at various festivals.

    Hayley Stoddart was born in St. Catharines, Ontario, and began her formal dance training at the age of four at Fascination Dance Studio. She represented Canada on the national dance team for many years. She continued her training in Montréal and received her B.F.A. in Contemporary Dance at Concordia University.

    Mathilde Jean-Pierre-Antoine was born in Quebec City. She started her training at L’École de danse de Québec. At the School of TDT, she has had the opportunity to work with choreographers Nova Bhattacharya, Marc Boivin, Sharon B. Moore, Jennifer Dallas, Danny Grossman, Allen Kaeja, Louis Laberge-Côté, Julia Sasso, and Darryl Tracy.

    Andrew Swan is in his third year at the School of TDT. Recently, he spent two months at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, Belgium, learning and performing repertory by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. He is the 2014 recipient of The Hnatyshyn Foundation Developing Artist Grant for Contemporary Dance.

    Originally from Mexico, Meritt Uribe started her dance training at the age of 14 at Talulah Dance Academy. In 2012 she joined the Professional Training Program at the School of TDT, where she continues to develop her artistic range and versatility to perform with a specific and unique language.

    Nathaniel Rankin is a graduate of Circomedia, a contemporary circus and physical theatre school in Bristol, England. He has performed his one man show Borderline Madness throughout Asia, Europe, North America, Scandinavia, and South America. Career highlights include headlining on numerous cruise ships, and completing national and international tours with contemporary circuses.

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    WINCHESTER STREET THEATRE REVITALIZATION The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and Toronto Dance Theatre would like

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  • Artistic Advisor: Christopher HouseFaculty and Guest Artists (2014-2015): Massimo Agostinelli | Conrad Alexandrowicz | Kate Alton | Elizabeth Auclair | Peggy Baker | Johanna Bergfelt | Wendy Chiles | Robert Desrosiers | Patricia Fraser | Lauren Gould | Fiona Griffiths | Danny Grossman | Christopher House | Sasha Ivanochko | Rosemary James | Pam Johnson | Helen Jones | Allen Kaeja | Karen Kaeja | Eddie Kastrau | Sean Ling | Susan Macpherson | Robert McCollum | Patricia Miner | Sharon B. Moore | Sahara Morimoto | Jeff Morris | Megan Nadain | Kenny Pearl | Jillian Peever | Andrea Roberts | Julia Sasso | Jarrett Siddall | Michelle Silagy | Ofilio Sinbadinho | Risa Steinberg | Heidi Strauss | Darryl Tracy | Lise Vachon | Adam White | Debbie Wilson | Christine Wright | Stuart Wright | Brendan Wyatt

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