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Carol Anderson's Garden (1989) Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann
On May 19 and 20 CCDT is bringing together artists from three successful decades of dance for Turning 30!, a gala celebration of the company’s 30th anniversary at Harbourfront’s Fleck Dance Theatre. Former company dancers, hailing from far and wide, will join current company members on stage in a show that combines classic company repertoire with exciting new works.
Many long-time collaborators will help Artistic Director Deborah Lundmark to bring this unique performance to the stage. Dora-nominated Lighting Designer Arun Srinivasan has been illuminating CCDT dancers in their best light since 1995. He has created stunning designs for more than 30 dances as well as remounting work by Roeloff Peter Snippe and David Morrison. Srinivasan will be designing for Turning 30! premieres by Carol Anderson and Susie Burpee.
Remounts including Tedd Robinson’s 2002 duet Distraction will provide opportunities for former company members like Brian Lawson, who is working with Mark Morris Dance Group, to reprise roles created for them. Joining Lawson will be Vienna Poon, who danced the role for CCDT’s Singapore and Kuala Lumpur tour and has since worked in film and television, as well as in stage productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz and Oklahoma.
Arwyn Carpenter, founder of CCDT’s Core and Young Apprentice programs, will reprise the solo she originated in Carol Anderson’s 1989 Garden. Says Carpenter, "Being sent out onto a big stage as a young dancer is like being given the responsibility of driving an 18 wheeler on a busy highway. Having someone believe in you, the way Deborah believes in her dancers is a powerful motivator. The friends I danced with at CCDT are now approaching 40 and have beautiful families with little baby dancers so I have no doubt it'll be an emotional reunion. For me, working again in Carol's magical Garden, my struggle will be to contain the excitement and bliss."
For CCDT’s Associate Artistic Director Jordana Deveau, the reunion is more than a walk down memory lane. “The generations of CCDT artists and collaborators coming together for this celebration is truly incredible,” says Deveau, “Deborah, Arwyn, Donna Krasnow, and the dancers in this company have fostered every stage of my development as an artist, from training and performing, to teaching and directing. The highlight for me will be sharing the stage not only with my contemporaries from CCDT, but also with past CCDT dancers I watched with awe as an 8 year old Young Apprentice, and current company members who surprise, inspire and delight me every day. Fleck Dance Theatre will be buzzing with the culmination of 30 years of dedication, sweat, and joy in a spectacular performance that will be truly memorable.”
Samantha Lazzaro, director of the Core Apprentice Program, will join Deveau in a remount of David Earle’s Serious Games. Lazzaro, who went on to train with Danny Lewis in Florida and to perform in New York with Wood Dance Company, says she’s “elated to be dancing once again along side women who were my fellow company members, mentors and friends in one of the most satisfying choreographic works I have ever had the privilege to dance. There could not be a better suited piece to display the integration of multiple generations of the CCDT than Serious Games. For me there is a feeling of coming full circle having danced in the company as a young dance artist to now being involved as a teacher and director. I look forward to many more years of being a part of such rich artistic expression at the CCDT.”
Turning 30! will perform at Fleck Dance Theatre on May 19 and 20 at 8pm. Tickets are available through the Harbourfront Box Office at 419-973-4000 or www.harbourfrontcentre.com.
For more information, photos and videos, visit www.ccdt.org.
Contact: Elizabeth Varty, CCDT Marketing Director, 416-924-5657, email@example.com
Check out the company dancers preparing for the upcoming 30th Anniversary!
Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre celebrates its 30th anniversary at Fleck Dance Theatre in Toronto this May 19 & 20 with a spectacular assembly of choreographers and dancers.
Turning 30! promises to light up the stage with premières by CCDT Artist-in-Residence Susie Burpee and dancemaker extraordinaire Carol Anderson. Company classics and audience favourites by a choreographic who’s who include works by David Earle, Robert Glumbek, Danny Grossman, Colin Connor, Tedd Robinson and Artistic Director Deborah Lundmark.
“The most exciting part of remounting early works for our 30th is getting in contact with so many dancers who have worked with us in the last three decades and bringing them back together,” says Artistic Director Deborah Lundmark. “I’m looking forward to celebrating the history of our unique company.”
Echo, Carol Anderson’s tenth CCDT commission, takes the Greek mythical character as its reference, with original music by Kirk Elliott and video imagery by Donna Griffith. Anderson and Elliott have collaborated with CCDT since the eighties, authoring an exquisite body of dance including seasonal favourite Nowell Sing We.
Susie Burpee describes her new work, 30 Scenes of Togetherness, as being “inspired by the CCDT artists themselves, the sense of community within the company... the unique individuality of each of the dancers that contributes to the whole, and makes the group remarkable and powerful.”
Tickets are now on sale through the Harbourfront Centre Box Office, 416-973-4000 or harbourfrontcentre.com. Visit ccdt.org for photos and video of current repertoire.
Get your own copy of the compelling history of CCDT, told through over 50 stunning photographs spanning our 30 years of dance! Contact Elizabeth Varty at 416-924-5657 or to order yours today!
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The Toronto District School Board hosted a day of workshops at CCDT's studios last month, and they were a great success. Take a look at this YouTube video of the event: