Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT) presents Triple Bill November 4-8, 2014, at the Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre as part of Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps dance series. The program features the return of Pond Skaters by Brussels-based Swiss choreographer Thomas Hauert, the 1991 masterwork Early Departures by Christopher House, and a new full company work by House, in collaboration with composer/performer Thom Gill.
Pond Skaters by Brussels-based Swiss choreographer Thomas Hauert features five dancers in a composition of improvisational structures and changing constellations of movement. Pond Skaters was nominated for Outstanding Choreography at the 2013 Dora Mavor Moore Awards.
Early Departures First performed in 1991, Early Departures, choreographed by Christopher House, was created during a time when Toronto was reeling from the relentless mortality from HIV-related illnesses. New York Times critic Anna Kisselgoff wrote: “Rarely has dance suggested a sense of male bonding so mysteriously and so effectively.” Early Departures depicts passion, grief, tenderness and rage within an elegant formal structure.
New Work Christopher House creates a new work with the TDT dancers in collaboration with lighting designer Simon Rossiter, costume designer Bojana Stancic and composer/performer Thom Gill, who will play live on stage. As yet untitled, this highly kinetic choreography takes advantage of TDT’s unique ensemble skills in a landscape of speed, rhythm and split-second direction changes.
After training in Rotterdam, Swiss-born Thomas Hauert moved to Belgium where he began his career dancing with Rosas / Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Later collaborations include works with Gonnie Heggen, David Zambrano, and Pierre Droulers. He founded ZOO in Brussels in 1997, which has since garnered an international reputation for highly inventive choreographic work grounded in improvisation-based processes.
Christopher House, Artistic Director of Toronto Dance Theatre, was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Artistic Director of TDT since 1994, he has contributed over sixty works to the company’s repertoire and created choreographies for Lisbon’s Ballet Gulbenkian, the National Ballet of Canada and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, among others; made several short videos, and directed two collaborations with The Hidden Cameras. His work has been presented across Canada and in such major centres as New York, London, Berlin, Tokyo and Beijing. His many honours include three Dora Mavor Moore Awards, the Muriel Sherrin Award for International Achievement in Dance and the Silver Ticket Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.
Tickets prices range from $20.00 – $40.00. Call 416-973-400 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com/nextsteps for more information.