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Cendrillon at the Bar Mitzvah: 2011 Toronto Fringe Dance Interviews

Illustration of Cinderella by Arthur Rackham

“A poor girl and her ugly step-sisters are totally, wildly obsessed with a boy. When the invitation to his Bar Mitzvah arrives, they must transcend their tween styles and outshine each other for his attentions.” Patricia Allison and Kevin Michael Shea contort the Cinderella story….Get ready: they are also doing Summerworks! Patricia and Kevin answers some of my questions below.

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The Collection and Lady Janitor: 2011 Toronto Fringe Dance Interviews

Feathers vs. Fauna at the Toronto Fringe Festival

The Collection and Lady Janitor are the brainchildren of Jasmine Graham and Eroca Nichols respectively and they’ve teamed up for a shared program at the Toronto Fringe Festival in Feathers vs. Fauna. Creative, funny and hardworking, these emerging voices in the Toronto dance scene answered a few questions for me.

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Janet Castillo, Natasha Powell and Catalyst the Company: 2011 Toronto Fringe Dance Interviews

Catalyst the Company (photo by Kareem Ajani)

 

With dancers and creators from a wide range of styles and experiences, Catalyst the Company presents The 5th Element in this years Fringe Festival, working through earth, water, fire, air towards something more personal and unique: what is your element? Company directors and dancers Janet Castillo and Natasha Powell answered a few questions. Their collective answers are “CC”.

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Pocket Alchemy’s Susan Kendal, Brittany Duggan and Krista Posyniak: 2011 Toronto Fringe Dance Interviews

Pocket Alchemy presents three dances inspired by bodily organs, the Mayfly and dialectical theory in the Toronto Fringe show, Scienceography. I talked to the three collaborators about theory and artistry coming together. (Interview participants Brittany Duggan, Susan Kendal and Krista Posyniak are all referred to by first name for easier reading. I shall remain good old LR.)

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Alisha Ruiss and Nick Power of Get Happy: 2011 Fringe Dance Interviews

Phil Bourassa and Alisha Ruiss in Get Happy

GET HAPPY is a lindy hop based theatrical production integrating poetry, swing-era dancing and live music by Public Gesture Productions. I was lucky enough to have collaborators Alisha Ruiss and Nick Power chime in on their process of creating their “Lindy Hop Dream Ballet” for the 2011 Fringe Festival.

See our conversation below.

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