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Guelph Dance

2016 On the Stage B

A double bill featuring exceptional choreography from Toronto and Montreal.

On the Stage B 2016: Julia Sasso dances and Suzanne Miller & Allan Paivio Productions, with a screening of ORA

Saturday June 4th, 8pm
Co-operators Hall, River Run Centre
35 Woolwich Street, Guelph

$28/$30 (adult before/after May 27)
$15/$25 (student/senior – before/after May 27)
Eyego: $5

Join Sara Porter at 7:15 pm for a free pre-show chat to learn more about the works on the program. River Run Centre lobby.

Co-presented with Guelph Film Festival.

Buy Stage B tickets online NOW or call the River Run Centre Box Office at 519-763-3000.GuelphFab5

Please note: A fog machine will be in use at the end of the Stage B performance.

Julia Sasso dances

Toronto, ON

Sporting Life (1995)
Choreography: Julia Sassoscan016

20 years after Sporting Life first premiered, Julia Sasso reimagines her multiple Dora award-nominated work in collaboration with a new generation of extraordinary interpreters. In a series of deliriously absurd vignettes, five characters reveal the futility of aggression and our potential for redemption. Explosively physical, potent, and poignant, Sasso’s seminal creation timelessly mirrors our fragilities and perverse lust for violence. “Who could forget the impact of Sporting Life… alive with aggressive energy… yet imbued with a humanistic concern.” – William Littler, The Toronto Star

* partial nudity in this piece

For more information on Julia Sasso dances, visit the Artist Bios page.

Suzanne Miller & Allan Paivio Productions

Montreal, QC

THIRST (2014)small miller
Choreography: Suzanne Miller

The Water Project: THIRST draws from bodily systems governed by water and the larger planetary body of earth and the world around us.  In this project, thirst is used as a metaphor for knowledge, freedom, peace, need, the insatiate – and the pitted hunger of greed. Thirst happens when water is not flowing – metaphorically, when flow no longer exists. The Water Project: THIRST considers both these dimensions, thinking about the flow of water as a source for movement and thinking about flow/no flow as a metaphor, as poetry. As dancers, investigating the science of fluids and their inherent dynamics through bodily systems are combined with the poetics of metaphor and meaning.

For more information on Suzanne Miller & Allan Paivio Productions, visit the Artist Bios page.


58125_08ORA is a stunning meeting between the artistic worlds of choreographer José Navas and filmmaker Philippe Baylaucq. It is the first film to use 3D thermal imaging*, producing visuals like none that have ever been seen before: the luminous variations of body heat seen on skin, bodies emitting a multitude of colours, a space filled with movement that transforms itself. The film is inspired by Darwin’s theory of evolution and the myths of Narcissus and Prometheus.

*Although this film was shot in 3D, it will be presented in 2D.

This film contains scenes of nudity and/or sexuality. Viewer discretion is advised.

Photos: Julia Sasso dances, photos by Nicole Rivelli (top and middle); Suzanne Miller & Allan Paivio Productions, photo by Francois Bergeron (bottom)

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