*tickets by reservation only - no tickets at the door

 

Celebrating 33 years of illuminating the solstice through dance with a world premiere by Rodney Diverlus, and the stage premiere of Alyssa Martin’s STAR SEED.

WINTERSONG warms the hearts of family audiences with a breathtaking tapestry of seasonal dance inspired by the world’s rich solstice traditions. Also featured are Carol Anderson's beloved holiday classic Nowell Sing We, and Hanna Kiel's exuberant A Day of Light.

 

a thoroughly refreshing take on the season 

The Toronto Star
 

what all the works share is substance and artistic integrity

Dance Current

Fleck Dance Theatre | 207 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 1A7
Friday, December 10 | 8PM
Saturday, December 11 | 8PM
Sunday, December 12 | 2PM

Program Information

A Day of Light (2018)  Choreography by Hanna Kiel 

Original Score by Greg Harrison and Frances Miller

 

"Thinking of the winter solstice, I was inspired to celebrate the arrival of the first lengthening day. Though it goes by so quickly, it is like our innocent time and we cherish those moments in the sun forever."

—Hanna Kiel

 

Dora-Award winning choreographer Hanna Kiel has become known for the intense physicality and emotional integrity of her dances. She has been commissioned by ProArteDanza, Toronto Dance Theatre, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, and The National Ballet of Canada, and is Artistic Director of Human Body Expression. Her recent full-length work Chasing The Path won a Dora Award for Outstanding Choreography.

STAR SEED (stage premiere)   Choreography by Alyssa Martin  

Original Music by Telehorn featuring an excerpt from Fiona Apple

 

"With STAR SEED, we’ve spun our own kind of surreal characters in the hopes of using their roguery to reckon with happenings of our own brains. These mischievous souls with bold hearts gather from a cosmic place on the darkest night of the year to confront the eerie winter and conjure some magic into the world. STAR SEED explores the enchanting power of togetherness, and the inspiration that sprouts from nestling into a co-created bizarro energy where anything goes. We tried as best we could to honour that energy in the studio while re-creating this work for the stage and we had a blast doing it."

—Alyssa Martin

 

Alyssa Martin is the founder of Rock Bottom Movement and has been acclaimed with multiple Dora Mavor Moore Awards and the Canadian Stage Award for Direction. She has worked in residence at The Banff Centre and The Stratford Festival Lab, recently premiered her first feature-length dance film with Toronto Dance Theatre and was an Emerging Director in Residence at Canadian Stage. This is Alyssa’s second commission with CCDT, following her 2017 audience favourite, that infinite feeling.

sagittarius, meet capricorn  (world premiere)  Choreography by Rodney Diverlus 

Music by Clifford Brown & Theon Cross 

 

"I draw inspiration from the celestial wonders associated with the solstice; aurora borealis, the potency, most fantastical of all for me, Sagittarius’ meeting with and passing of the “baton” to Capricorn.  I use jazz, swing/lindy hop, and contemporary movement woven in new palettes that explore rhythm and musicality. Most of all I celebrate our return to live dance, and the joy, spirit, and vitality of the young dancers." —Rodney Diverlus

 

Rodney Diverlus is a Haitian-Canadian movement artist who has performed internationally in dance theatre, and multidisciplinary performance. He danced in the company of Calgary’s Decidedly Jazz Danceworks where he developed his distinct movement aesthetic that brings together jazz, contemporary, and African-derived movements. Now a fresh and fast-rising emerging choreographer, Rodney is working on new world premieres by Toronto Dance Theatre and Tapestry Opera and is the recipient of the 2019 Canadian Stage Award for Direction. He is a co-founder of Black Lives Matter Canada.

Nowell Sing We (1988)  Choreography by Carol Anderson  Music by Kirk Elliott

Driven by the celebratory briskness of medieval carols arranged by Kirk Elliott, Nowell Sing We sets two-dimensional imagery—familiar from medieval art—into motion. Since its creation in 1988 for the inaugural WinterSong, every CCDT company member has danced in this piece.

A founding member and Artistic Director of Dancemakers, Carol subsequently went on to create ten works for CCDT as the company’s most prolific guest artist. She is a celebrated writer on the subject of Canadian dance and recipient of the Dance Ontario Award. Dance Collection Danse is about to publish Carol’s historical 40-year survey of CCDT (https://www.dcdhalloffame.com/magazines).

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Photos by David Hou

AUDIENCE FAQ

(additional questions may be directed to development@ccdt.org)

  • What will happen if public health guidelines change and the performance is cancelled?

In the event of cancellation, you will receive a full refund.

  •  What is your vaccination policy?

Patrons 12+ years of age will be required to show official Proof of Vaccination along with government issued photo ID at the door, and will be required to wear masks during the performance.

  •  Can patrons under 12 years old without a vaccine attend a performance?

Only those eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine will be required to show proof of vaccination. Eligible children under 12 who have not yet had sufficient time to receive both vaccines must be accompanied by an adult who can verify their age.

  •  What Covid19-related precautions is the venue taking?

The venue limit is 50% of capacity with spaced seating; staff and crew are vaccinated and masked; high touch surfaces are sanitized regularly; there is additional spacing between the stage and the first row of seating.

  •   Will the performers be wearing masks?

Performers will not be masked while onstage; they are vaccinated and entry-checked.

  •  Will my group be able to sit together?

Yes, groups will be seated together, wherever possible, and distanced from other patrons.

  • Is there assigned seating?

Seating will be General Admission, first come first served.

  •  When should I arrive before the performance?

To facilitate Covid-19 protocols, please arrive at least 45 minutes prior to the beginning of the performance.

  • What is the length of the performance?

WINTERSONG is approximately 75 minutes with no intermission.

  • Venue accessibility

Queens Quay Terminal is wheelchair accessible on the main floor; elevator access to the third floor Box Office is available from the main floor atrium at the south end of the building; the venue has wheelchair accessible restrooms.

Wheelchair seating can be reserved: email development@ccdt.org or call 416-924-5657.  

Infrared hearing devices may be booked with Front Of House on arrival.