All posts by Ashima Suri

With her love of theatre, dance and writing, Ashima Suri jumped on the opportunity to write for Mooney On Theatre. Ashima is an award-winning established dance artist with her own dance theatre company called Limitless Productions. In her own work, she uses art as a tool for social change. As a reviewer, she seeks out shows that speak to the diversity in the community. She loves to watch innovative shows that break the norms and challenge the audiences.

Review: Post No Bills (Harbourfront Torque/Kitt Johnson X-Act)

Danish Choreographer Kitt Johnson returns to Toronto to present a new dance show

It was the alluring and distorted promotional picture of Danish Choreographer and Dancer Kitt Johnson that caught my eye. The image of Johnson in somewhat of a contortion dressed in a white tank top and a ski mask piqued my curiosity. I wanted to get to know the mysterious person behind the mask. And as her show Post No Bills began, I found myself yearning to learn more about Johnson’s unique contemporary dance style as she purposefully stepped on to the Harbourfront Centre Theatre stage allowing the audience into her world.

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REVIEW: XENOS (Canadian Stage)

Canadian Stage presents the latest work by Akram Khan in Toronto

The harmonious sounds of the tabla (Indian drums) greeted audience members as they walked into the Canadian Stage‘s Berkeley Street Theatre to watch one of Akram Khan’s newest dance works – XENOS. I’ve been a fan of Khan’s work as an artist since I watched his show DESH in 2013. His uncanny ability to draw the audience in through story-telling, alluring sounds, fascinating imagery, intricate movements in Kathak (Indian dance) and contemporary dance have left audiences from around the world standing on their feet after all of his creations – including the one I just experienced – XENOS.

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A LADD ‘n HIS CAT ( RED SANDCASTLE THEATRE)

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Leslieville panto tradition provides a fun-filled show for Toronto audiences of all ages

I took my three-year old to watch A LADD ‘n HIS CAT, the 6th annual pantomime show and annual Leslieville festive tradition. The Panto Players show at Red Sandcastle Theatre did not disappoint.

My youngin’ sat through the 90-minute show intrigued by the pirates, genies, the many set changes, and the creative pop music-inspired song and dance numbers. And yes… I was dancing along in my seat throughout the show too!

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Collapse (White Frames Productions) 2016 Toronto Fringe Review

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When was the last time you tried to please someone and completely failed at it? In a powerful solo act by comedian Ryan Dillon, Dillon takes the audience on a journey that makes us reflect on the choices we’ve made in our life. Are we people-pleasers? Does the idea of making everyone happy make you happy? Dillon stepped onto the Tarragon stage to tell us a story that was heartwarming, funny and compelling. Collapse at the Toronto Fringe Festival tugged at my heart strings and it gave me something to really think about.

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Shecky’s Yoga Sequel – Because Enlightment Doesn’t Happen In Just One Class ( Shana and Howard Productions) 2016 Toronto Fringe Festival

Photo of Howard PressburgerI couldn’t have been more excited about going to the Ahimsa Yoga studio for their Toronto Fringe Festival play Shecky’s Yoga Sequel: Because Enlightenment Doesn’t Happen in Just One Class. As a theatre and yoga lover the choice to see this show was a no brainer. However, even though the show left me feeling a little more relaxed and enlightened, I did feel like the overall performance could have been stronger and tighter.

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