HEADS UP FOR THE WEEK OF OCT 1- 8 and beyond

by Lynn on October 1, 2023

in The Passionate Playgoer

Heads Up for the Week of Oct. 1 to Oct. 8 and beyond.

Fall for Dance North Festival

Oct 1-Oct. 7, 2023.

For FFDN tickets and information, visit: ffdnorth.com

Swan Song
Oct. 3: 7:30pm at Meridian Hall (1 Front St. East)
In partnership with The National Ballet of Canada

Audience members will enjoy a sneak preview of the immersive new CBC documentary series, as well as an artist chat with Karen Kain, a group of National Ballet dancers featured in the series, and members of the series’ creative team, plus a live performance of excerpts from Swan Lake.

HEARTBEATS: Signature Programme 1
Oct. 4 & 5: 7:30pm at Meridian Hall (1 Front St. East)
In partnership with TO Live

Through four distinct works, the diverse choreographic voices of HEARTBEATS: Signature Programme 1 approach themes of love and human connection from different angles, perspectives and dance forms. Featuring:

Mascara by Pulga Muchochoma (Toronto) – with live music
Bliss by Johan Inger (Sweden), performed by Gibney Company (New York)
I think we should start over by Jamaal Burkmar (UK), performed by Candoco (London)
Heart Drive by Marne & Imre Van Opstal (The Netherlands), performed by Ballet BC (Vancouver)

Oct. 5-7: 10pm at The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance (304 Parliament St)
Co-presented and produced by Citadel + Compagnie

Programmed by distinguished dance artists Penny Couchie, Christine Friday and Dedra McDermott, the 2023 edition of Night/Shift celebrates the many dance forms explored and practiced by Ontario-based movement makers. Featuring:

Thursday Shift (Oct. 5)
A History of Silencing Dance by Alireza Keymanesh
“Tarantos” – Alma de Mujeres by Maria Serrano
SEED by Shameka Blake

Friday Shift (Oct. 6)
Polyrhythms by Cori Giannotta
V.A.T.O. by Fer Camacho – Collective of Scenic Exchange
Experiences Of A Moment by Rumi Jeraj

Saturday Shift (Oct. 7)
Y3N Kw33 by Baffour Kwasi Obeng – Adjei
Act II by MillO Dance Projects
Seeker by Serwaa Daley

UNBOWED: Signature Programme 2
Oct. 6 & 7: 7:30pm at Meridian Hall (1 Front St. East)
In partnership with TO Live

UNBOWED: Signature Programme 2 showcases today’s most promising international contemporary voices and the brave steps they are taking in the dance world. This is a journey of dance that encompasses the spirit of unwavering resistance, tireless love, and promise of evolution through activism and vigour. Featuring:

Light-Print by Jesse Obremski (USA, Gibney Company artist), performed by TMU School of Performance (Toronto)

Oh Courage! By Sonya Tayeh (USA), performed by Gibney Company (New York), with live music by The Bengsons

My Mother’s Son by Mthuthuzeli November (Zolani), performed by Mthuthuzeli & Siphesihle November (Zolani)

NINA: By Whatever Means by Mthuthuzeli November (Zolani), performed by Cassa Pancho’s Ballet Black (London)

Oct. 1- 7, 2023.


At Fort York, Toronto.

The History of Fort York and the War of 1812 from the point of view of those obscured in the history books.

Absolutely brilliant. Truly.

Here’s my review and then buy tickets.


The Last Epistle of Tightrope Time

Plays until Oct. 15, 2023.

At Tarragon Theatre.

Worth your time: my review:

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