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The performance and creative team include a great mix of artists well known to Toronto audiences: Julia Aplin, Alex Bleim, Tom Brouillette, Cameron Buttrum, Caryn Chappell, Marie-Josée Chartier, Peter Chin, Emilio Colalillo, Peter Earle, Mairéad Filgate, Dayne Hamilton, Nicole Lavergne, Emily Law, Kathleen Legassick, Andrew McCormack, Claudia Moore, Kevin Ormsby, Rebecca Picherak, Michaela Reichenbach, Simon Rossiter, Kassandra Sciacca, Ashley Shimizu, Miko Sobreira, Heidi Strauss, Linnea Swan, Darryl Tracy, James Trowbridge and Dan Wild.

How do we see music? How do we hear dance? It is from this premise that Chartier has created a programme of petites danses in response to two specific works by Canadian composers Linda Catlin Smith and John M. Sherlock. This new production brings together a stellar mix of twenty-five performers, two lighting designers and one filmmaker to premiere these works all created by choreographer and director Marie-Josée Chartier.

The audience will experience four choreographic versions to each musical work assembled in two different menu programs. Smith’s In the high branches will be performed as a quartet of men, a solo, an improvised trio and a duodectet (twelve) of young dancers. Necklace by Sherlock will take life in three short films and one solo dance. Each menu program will present two versions of each musical piece so the audience will witness the other versions in the later performance. The 7pm program will be complemented by one minimalist musical work Coming together by Frederic Rwreski.

Chartier is intrigued at how we respond, react, compare or are moved by the performance as we become increasingly familiar with the music in the course of an evening.



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Chartier Danse would like to thank the following councils

for their support through project and production grants.