The Maid
Dec
20
8:00 PM20:00

The Maid

Straitlaced clothing shames and covers the body in this dance-drama set at the end of the 19th century, and a rigid class structure hides unacknowledged longings and jealousy. Emotions erupt in betrayal and a compassionless, careless cruelty.

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On the Sawdust Trail
Nov
24
to Nov 25

On the Sawdust Trail

  • Fleck Dance Theatre Harbourfront Centre (map)
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The storyteller transports us to another world, where circus charcters come to life and we are immersed in the whimsy that surrounds the circus. This multi-layered tale will appeal to everyone from the young to the young at heart!

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The Maid
Jan
21
to Jan 22

The Maid

Straitlaced clothing shames and covers the body in this dance-drama set at the end of the 19th century, and a rigid class structure hides unacknowledged longings and jealousy. Emotions erupt in betrayal and a compassionless, careless cruelty.

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Muse
Dec
11
to Dec 12

Muse

Act 1
In 19th Century Paris, a sculptor is consumed by an unobtainable idea of perfection. Supported by his dutiful wife of many years, he works long days and nights in his basement studio, seeking inspiration that is alway beyond his grasp. And then.... He meets a young woman. She has travelled to Paris from a small village, seeking her dreams. On her journey, she has many frightening encounters, and is so grateful when the sculptor invites her into the safety of his home. 
She is fascinated by his work, and when her imagination soars, the sculptures come to life. The artist is enraptured and begs her to be his model. Hesitant at first, she gives in, and then overwhelmed by his possessive nature, the young woman....gives in again. All too soon, attraction becomes obsession. One night, worried about her husband's absence from her bed, the wife awakes from a dream that seems strangely real. She falls back asleep and her dream turns to nightmares.

Act 2
Shaken, the artist's wife makes her way to the basement studio. She is furious to find her husband with this young woman - his latest 'muse' - and so they argue and fight. The young woman, guilty and scared, runs away.
The artist tries and fails to create more work, but uninspired, he becomes agitated and violent with his other models. When the young woman returns for her belongings, the sculptor captures her and won't let her leave. In chains, she begins to lose her mind. It is the wife who frees the young woman, and the sculptor realizes the horror he has inflicted. The young woman is taken to an asylum where she remains with other victims of madness, still clutching a clay sculpture of a doll.

Artistic Director/Choreographer: Vlad

Assistant Choreographer: Mia DiLena
Guest Choreographer: Clayton Scott

Professional Cast
Mitchell Jackson
Ally Moore
Mia DiLena
Matthew Caruso

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The Village
Jun
19
to Jun 20

The Village

A young boy and girl, head over heels in love with each other. Parents who know best. An older man, so wealthy, so arrogant. A beautiful widow, grieving and jilted. Take these ingredients and stir in a dash of lust, greed and envy. The result is a human tragedy of heartbreak and sorrow. Don't you dare place the fault in your stars!

The story is always the same, different only to those involved. 

They are perfect for each other, this older man and the widow. She loves him, and our story could end so happily! But what can he do when all the hopeful mother's and father's of the village parade their sensuous, young daughters in front of him as is the custom? He indicates his choice and our heroine is horrified! She doesn't want this old man. Not when she loves another with all the passion of youth. Her parents will hear none of it. They force her to marry the man whom they have selected. After all, an arranged marriage is tradition - the way it has always been done.

Nothing will go as planned. There will not be a happy ending and everyone pays the price.

Artistic Director/Choreographer: Vlad

Professional Cast
Christopher Baptist           Father
Mia DiLena                         Widow
Amanda Donato                Mother
Christina Kotsopoulos       Young girl
Justin Lopes                      Rich man
Michael Novitski                Young boy

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Notre Dame de Paris
Dec
6
to Dec 7

Notre Dame de Paris

We are introduced to Victor Hugo's timeless novel, set in 1482, by the poet Gringoire. We learn of the people who live in the shadow of the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral.

The archdecon of the Cathedral Frollo, who had adopted the abandoned Quasimodo the hunchback and bell-ringer of the Cathedral, orders Phoebus, a soldier to maintain peace around the Cathedral. Esmeralda and Clopin, King of the Thieves, who has been her father figure, since her parents death, cautions her, that she is no longer a child and must be careful about love.  

During Epiphany, the Feast of Fools, Quasimodo is crowned King of the Fools by Esmeralda. He falls in love with her, but frightened at first, she sees his child-like nature. Revelry turns to violence and Esmeralda is assaulted but is rescued by Quasimodo, who is wrongly accused and is punished on the Great Wheel.

Gringoire declares his love for Esmeralda, who refuses his proposal, declaring her love for Phoebus.
Phoebus is torn between Esmeralda and Fleur- de-Lys.

Frollo, also bears feelings for Esmeralda and pardons Quasimodo, after Esmeralda comes to him with a life saving drink of water.
Frollo, Phoebus and Quasimodo all wrestle with their feelings of lust, love and naive devotion.
Quasimodo takes Esmeralda to the bell tower, where the become friends and he urges her to stay there with him. Frollo sees Esmeralda there, and overwhelmed with emotion, knows it would be his ruin and spiritual death to covet her, but when he sees her and Phoebus in a physical embrace, he is overcome with spite and orders a guard to kill Phoebus. Esmeralda flees.

Esmeralda is nowhere to be found, and Quasimodo, in an effort to draw her out, rings the bell relentlessly.
Finally she is found and arrested and imprisoned for the death of Phoebus. Frollo and Esmeralda accuse each other of the murder, as Fleur-de-Lys mourns Phoebus. Frollo, knowing his own guilt, hopes to torture a confession from Esmeralda.

Frollo offers an ultimatum: sleep with him or death by hanging. She refuses and is rescued by Clopin, but not before Frollo retaliates by ordering the round-up of the gypsies and homeless and ordering the soldiers to kill Clopin. When Esmeralda rushes to Clopin, she is captured again and taken to the tower.
Quasimodo begs Frollo to spare her, but laughing, he gives the order and Esmeralda dies. In blind rage, Quasimodo kills Frollo, retrieves Esmeralda's body and the friends gather to grieve. Believing they will be together in death, Quasimodo jumps from his tower to lie beside his beloved.

Artistic Director/Choreographer: Vlad
Choreographer: Linda Garneau

Professional Cast
Quasimodo: Michael Novitski
Esmeralda: Mia DiLena
Frollo(Priest): Shawn Bracke
Phoebus(Soldier): JT Papandreos
Clopin(King of Thieves): Shane Simpson
Gringoire(Poet/Narrator): George Absi
Fleur-de-Lys(Phoebus' finace): Sydney McManus
Gypsies:     Vanessa Compton, Amanda Donato, Nicole Philippe 

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Carmen
Jul
25
to Jul 26

Carmen

  • Betty Oliphant Theatre (map)
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In the town square, a fiery young woman known as Carmen appears from the crowd with a dance which captivates the attention of all the men including one soldier in particular. When the soldier believes Carmen's heart belongs to him, he later finds her seducing the victorious matador. The matador yearns for her body, while the soldier fights for her love. Carmen's inability to be tamed provokes the soldier into an outburst of rage, eventually leading to her demise. 

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Alice
Dec
20
to Dec 21

Alice

A young girl, filled with excitement, promise and potential, enters the world of dance. As Alice discovers new ways to move, and friends with whom to share her passion, her eyes are opened. Along this artistic path, her hen forced with a tragic strength, her sense of self and her relationships are challenged, for it seems to Alice that those who love her most want to control her life. Rather than building her up, they are tearing her down. Unable to cope, Alice spirals into darkness and isolation, uncertainty. Then, forced with a tragic loss, she needs to find new ways to cope and move forward.
But Alice has never been alone on this journey. She is always surrounded by hope and support. 

Artistic Director/Choreographer: Vlad
Choreographers: Linda Garneau, Mia DiLena

Professional Cast
Zach Burke
Amanda Donato
Sydney McManus
Jade Whitney

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Imperfectly Perfect
Jun
5
to Jun 6

Imperfectly Perfect

"We come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by learning to see the imperfect person perfectly"
-Sam Keen

Artistic Director: Vlad

Act I: Un/Folding

Choreographer: Linda Garneau

When someone looks at us with a sense of depth, there is no hiding. Our choice is simple: withdraw or courageously be seen, flaws and all. This piece is a collaboration and collective softening of any sense of "trying" to be other than. For a brief moment we let go, knowing we will be caught, and trusting that our unpolished dancing is just that....dance.

Act II: Synthetic Bliss

Choreographers: Vlad and Billy Larson

A man encourages his wife to be as perfectly faultless and subservient s the robot woman he has created. But what we perceive as flaws is that which makes us human, and mechanical servility will leave us achingly alienated on our journey. Soon the husband yearns for the true essence of the real woman he loves.

Act III: Bare

Choreographer: Vlad

A young couple gaze with longing upon a world of privilege, seemingly beyond their reach. But opportunity arises and the lovers play and pretend until they are exposed. When a beautiful woman attempts seduction, the choice is there to be made: the shallow existence of false glamour: the genuine life of the heart.


Professional Cast: 
Jordan Clark
Cody Szarko
Robert Hutchinson
Victoria Mehaffey
Jade Whitney

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Checkmate
Feb
16
to Feb 17

Checkmate

"Chess is a unique cognitive nexus, a place where art and science come together in the human mind and are refined and improved by experience." - Garry Kasparov

Artistic Director/Choreographer: Vlad
Choreographers: Linda Garneau, Clayton Scott

Main Cast
Noah - Shale Wagman
Queen - Mia DiLena
Queen - Jade Whitney
King - Zach Burke
King - Andrew Kyrzyk
Bishop - Andrew Dragert
Bishop - Darian Mark
Knight - Cori Giannotta
Knight - Rebecca Sneath

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On the Sawdust Trail
Jun
24
5:00 PM17:00

On the Sawdust Trail

An old Circus slang meaning following or joining the travelling circus.

Inspired by Linda Garneau and wanting to portray circus acts choreographically using dance movement. Having the circus as a backdrop to our story, gave me a vast array of genres to play with. From Comedy to Drama and the whimsy that surrounds the circus, I was able to create a multi-layered tale that will appeal to everyone from young to young at heart.

Artistic Director/Choreographer: Vlad
Choreographers: Linda Garneau, Julia Cratchley

Main Cast
Young Boy - Shale Wagman
Story Teller - Michel Issa Rubio
Clown - Marc Cardarelli
Villain - Alisha Lucchese
Equestrian Director - Julia Cratchley
Aerialist - Mia DiLena
Feline Tamer - Clayton Scott
Contortionist - Jordan Clark
Tight rope walker - Nicole Phillipe
Ventriloquist/Clowns Assistant - Victoria Mehaffey
Chinese Acrobat - Jade Whitney

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Senses
Feb
18
10:30 PM22:30

Senses

A work of art is a world in itself reflecting senses and emotions of the artist’s world.
— Hans Hofmann

"Senses" is set to explore the 5 human senses and beyond. In recent years, there has been a re-discovery of the importance of sensory experience in our daily lives. The senses play a vital role in our health, in our social interactions, and in enjoying food, music and the arts. In a recent study it has been proven that interaction with the environment is critical to the development of the senses. Experience not only fosters biological development, it is necessary for learning how to interpret the information the biological mechanisms give us. As artists we are constantly relying on our senses. We hear the music, we interpret what we see and we perceive our partners touch as a queue to go on.

Artistic Director/Choreographer: Vlad
Choreographers: Linda Garneau, Julia Cratchley

Professional Cast
Daniel Bernardo
Jordan Clark
Julia Cratchley
Marc Cardarelli
Mia DiLena
Marilynn Garcea
Raymond Interior
Michel Issa Rubio
Leah Lavergne
Benjamin Landsberg

Apprentices
Maria Freethy
Tamara Freethy
Jade Whitney

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