Upcoming workshops

The Talking Thinking Dancing Body

The Talking Thinking Dancing Body (TTDB) is a facilitated conversation about aesthetics, context, and artistic process. Initiated in 2012 by Lee Su-Feh of battery opera performance, it encourages speaking about dance from an awareness of our bodies as well as the world they live in. It unabashedly interrogates dance through a lens that is concerned with anti-colonialism, anti-racism, and feminism.

In this edition of TTDB, Su-Feh and Barak adé Soleil will lead a discussion on “Performing the Dominant Body” and what it means for different bodies in different spaces: the how, the why, and the impact space and the bodies within it.

Hosted by the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists-Ontario Chapter, Dancemakers Centre for Creation, and the Toronto Dance Community Love-In

May 29th, 2018, 6 pm-8 pm

Dancemakers Theatre, 15 Case Goods Lane, Studio 313

Free, accessible, and open to the public

Food and ASL interpretation provided

The space is accessible via an elevator, and fully accessible washrooms are located nearby. The venue is situated near a bus/streetcar stop at Cherry Street and Mill Street, and a bus stop at King Street and Parliament Street.

Funding provided by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Toronto Arts Council.

Barak adé Soleil makes dance, theatre, and performance art of the moment, and in the moment. An award-winning artist, consultant, and independent curator, he has been working within the live arts scene throughout the Americas, Europe, and West Africa for more than two decades. His creative practice speaks to the expanse of contemporary art; utilizing techniques drawn from the African diaspora, queerness, disability culture, post-modern and conceptual forms. Invested in engaging diverse and intersectional communities, Barak currently works and resides between Chicago and Toronto.

Lee Su-Feh was born and raised in Malaysia. While studying both traditional and contemporary theatre and dance there, she was indelibly marked by teachers who strove to find a contemporary Asian expression out of the remnants of colonialism and dislocated traditions. Important teachers were Janet Pillai, Marion D’Cruz and Krishen Jit. In 1985, she left Malaysia for Paris, where she was deeply influenced by the late Lari Leong. Since arriving in Vancouver in 1988, she has created a body of work that interrogates the contemporary body as a site of intersecting and displaced histories and habits. As Artistic Director of battery opera performance, (“fearlessly iconoclastic”), she has worked both alone and in collaboration with other artists, notably David McIntosh, Benoît Lachambre, Justine Chambers to name a few. Her current project, Dance Machine, premiered at the Festival Trans-Amériques in Montreal June 2017 and is currently touring across Canada. She is Resident Artist at Toronto’s Dancemakers Creation Centre for the next three seasons.



Equity, Privilege & Representation in Dance: A Two Session Series Facilitated by Raven Davis, Ella Cooper, and Leelee Davis

April 3 and 10, 2018

Facilitators: Raven Davis, Ella Cooper, and Leelee Davis

See notes from Session 1 here!

Anti-Oppression and Anti-Racism: Practices for the Dance Community

November 28, 2017, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm Wellesley Community Centre, Room A

Facilitator: Ella Cooper

ASL interpretation: Tala Jalili and Scout Huston

View and download notes form the Anti-Oppression and Anti-Racism workshop here!

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