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2015 In the Park

Imagination is unleashed in Exhibition Park as four choreographers from across Canada perform works that will make you laugh, cry, and dance in your seats! Programming is suitable for all ages, so bring your families for a walk in the park.

In the Park performs on Thursday June 4th at 7pm, Saturday June 6th at noon, and Sunday June 7th at noon. The series is pay-what-you-can, suggested donation of $15. Don’t carry cash? Donate online ahead of time!

Frog in Hand

Mississauga, ON

Café Noisette, 2014
Choreography: Colleen Snell, in collaboration with the dancers

Frog in Hand. Photo by Tony Leung.

Frog in Hand. Photo by Tony Leung.

It’s 1920, and gangsters swagger into a café. Chaos ensues as servers flirt with danger, suited men pick fights, and the locals erupt into energetic dancing based on the Charleston, swing, and jive. Inspired by the speakeasy atmosphere and the Jazz Age, Café Noisette is full of surprises. The performance re-creates the tension and excitement of this era with dance, theatre, stage combat, thematic music, and period costumes.

For more information on Frog in Hand, visit the Artist Bios page.

Helen Simard

Montreal, QC

On the Subject of Compassion, 2011
Choreography: Helen Simard

Helen Simard. Photo by Celia Spenard-Ko.

Helen Simard. Photo by Celia Spenard-Ko.

On June 1st, 2011, iconic Canadian dancer Margie Gillis was “interviewed” on a private “news” program. The interviewer tried to belittle Ms. Gillis, and attacked her for receiving public funding to create art. As a choreographer, this interview triggered a number of questions concerning my responsibility and contribution to the world. What is the place of art in society? How can art bring people together, and open up dialogues on current events? How can we be honest, vulnerable, and compassionate in a fiercely competitive, dog-eat-dog world? On the Subject of Compassion is an attempt to answer these questions.

For more information on Helen Simard, visit the Artist Bios page.

Toy Guns Dance Theatre

Edmonton, AB

Bright Lights, Cold Water (Watching Netflix at 3am Questioning Your Mortality), 2014
Choreography: Jake Hastey

Toy Guns Dance Theatre. Photo by Marc J Chalifoux.

Toy Guns Dance Theatre. Photo by Marc J Chalifoux.

Performed by 12 multi-faceted artists, Bright Lights, Cold Water explores the complexities of relationships from growth to decline, and the moment where you start to wonder whether the person you are with is truly the one. This piece is the darkness, the light, and the game of Go Fish that was reflected on (do you have any fours…?) that fateful evening (no… go fish). “Awe-inspiring vigour and physical invention” (Edmonton Journal).

For more information on Toy Guns Dance Theatre, visit the Artist Bios page.

Dasein Dance Theatre

London, ON

Emergence, 2012
Choreography: Lacey Smith

Dasein Dance Theatre. Photo by Caitlin Vader.

Dasein Dance Theatre. Photo by Caitlin Vader.

Emergence follows four baby birds as they emerge from the warmth of their shells into the world and begin their journey of growth, interconnectivity, and adaptation. Their endearing development through the in-between inspires strength, resilience, and close bonds that prepare them for the moment leading up to their first flight.

For more information on Dasein Dance Theatre, visit the Artist Bios page.

Guelph Youth Jazz Ensemble. Photo courtesy of the ensemble.

Guelph Youth Jazz Ensemble. Photo courtesy of the ensemble.

We are pleased to collaborate with the Guelph Jazz Festival to present the Guelph Youth Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Brent Rowan. The group will open the three Park performances and lead the audience from piece to piece.
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