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Prima Volta


  • Ryerson Theatre 350 Victoria Street Toronto, ON, M5B 0A1 Canada (map)
No one can possibly know what is about to happen: it is happening, each time, for the first time, for the only time.
— James Arthur Baldwin

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

Prima Volta -musical term meaning "for the first time". 

Act I - To create and to Destroy

MAN

an exploration of the tension between the brutal and aggressive core of masculinity, and the societal restraints put in place to control these impulses. What is intrinsically masculine and what is a construct of civilization? What is a "man?" .. 

Music: Original Score composed by Owen Belton under the direction of Vlad. 
Dancers: Jeff Kuperman, Marc Cardarelli, Liam Flanagan, John litzler, Daniel Bernardo. 

Newton's Law

"For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction" -Sir Isaac Newton

Music: Alexander Kostruba and Max Richter
Dancers: Christina Kotsopoulos, Madison Tainsh, Genna Gibson, Serena Pitt, Samantha Shannon, Cassidy Willox, Bianca Celotti, Emily Macfarlane, Michael Novitski, Dakota Walker, Shale Wagman. 

8 Minutes Ago

There are markers all around us, streets, cafes, bus stops, all reminding us of the places we've been, the people we were, and the hopes we had. We are all of it and none of it... This is us now, this is us 8 minutes ago, this is ... 

Music: Oletta Adams
Dancers: Jordan Clark, Melissa Craig, Cori Ciannotta, Avril Wu, Madeline Kirton, Jade Whitney, Rebecca Sneath, Laura Larsen, Alicia Cui, Erica Pignatelli, Nicole Servinis, Michelle Philippe, Julia Cratchley, Mia Dilena. 

Future Generation

Today's children are tomorrow's leaders. 

Music: Obama's inauguration speech/Max Richter
Dancers: Isabella Catanzaro, Elise Carnovale, Daniela Zambri, Vanessa Celotti, Pauline Karabelas, Julia Paolercio, Austyn Madeley, Shale Wagman, Alex Sidor, Zavion Telford-Dejesus, David Giller, Narayan Lashand, Alish Coushchi, Martin Markov. 
The Family-a narrative of a family that deals with domestic abuse. The piece explores the complex ana multi­faceted emotions that make this issue so difficult to navigate. 
Music: Phillip Class
Dancers: Christina Kotsopoulos, Madison Tainsh, Genna Gibson, Serena Pitt, Samantha Shannon, Rachel Plant, Cassidy Willox, Bianca Celotti, Emily Macfarlane, Michael Novitski, Dakota Walker, Jordan Clark, Melissa Craig, Cori Ciannotta, Avril Wu, Madeline Kirton, Jade Whitney, Rebecca Sneath, Laura Larsen. 


Act II - To Suffer and to Heal

Secret Garden

Friendship, determination and perseverance. 

Music: Rachmaninov
Dancers: Michael Novitski and Christina Kotsopoulos. 

Thank You

Originally performed as part of Marc Kimelman's I Move Forward in October 2010. Exploring the resilience of the human spirit and the courage to never give up. Marc, we are grateful for the inspiration and the opportunity to dance our thanks, love and light. 

Music: Coldplay
Dancers: Jordan Clark, Melissa Craig, Cori Ciannotta, Avril Wu, Madeline Kirton, Jade Whitney, Rebecca Sneath, Laura Larsen, Alicia Cui, Erica Pignatelli, Nicole Servinis, Michelle Philippe, Julia Cratchley, Mia Dilena. 

Guilt

the moment in which the knowledge of all repercussions, regrets, and painful realizations manifest themselves. A memory stuck on replay, with no recourse. 

Music: Beethoven
Dancers: Christina Kotsopoulos, Madison Tainsh, Genna Gibson, Serena Pitt, Samantha Shannon, Cassidy Willox, Bianca Celotti, Emily Macfarlane, Michael Novitski􀁺 Dakota Walker, Shale Wagman. 

In the Moment- (Short Film) 

A woman seeks her husband in a man with no memory. 
Conceived and Directed by Ricky Kuperman and Jeffrey Kuper/nan (Vlad's Dance Company graduates). 

Choreography by Vlad
Performed by Marc Cardarelli and Mia Dilena
Music by Owen Belton
DOP: Joshua Fraiman

In a Moment is a short dance film that premiered at the WestFest International Dance for Camera Festival in New York City. Subsequently, it was screened at the Signet Society in Cambridge, MA as well as internationally at touring film festivals in Italy and Mexico. For further screenings and festival information, please visit: www.kupermanbrothers.com

Awakenings

Explores the "sleeping disease" which left many people in a frozen state, yet still alive. Four relationships are taken through a journey of miracle drug L-dopa causing everyone to awaken, and the side effects of it slowly reversing. 

Music: Phillip Class
Dancers: Nicole Philippe,}ufia Cratchley, Mia Dilena, Marilynn Carcea,Jef!Kuperman, Marc Cardarelli, Liam Flanagan, John Litz/er and Christina Kotsopoulos. 


Act 111- To Love and to Dream

Summer Swim

A glimpse into the blossoming of a first love. 

Music: Claude Debussy
Dancers: Michael Novitski and Madison Tainsh. 

Case of you

Excerpt from Rain (2009) Helix Dance Project, interpreting one of Shakespeare's seven ages of man, the lover. 

Music: Diana Krail
Dancers: Mia Dilena, Julia Cratchley, Jordan Clark, Marc Cardarelli, Liam Flanagan, John Litz/er. 

Love at Second Sight

We often find that what we have been looking for has been there all along. 

Music: Mozart
Dancers: Isabella Catanzaro, Elise Carno'Vale, Daniela Zambri, Vanessa Celotti, Pauline Karabelas, Julia Paolercio, Austyn Madeley, Shale Wagman, Alex Sidor, Zavion Telford-Dejesus, David Giller, Narayan Lashand, Afish Coushchi, Martin Markov, Michael Novitski, Christina Kotsopoulos. 


La Donna Perfetta - His perfect woman. 

''To dream a dream is to awaken your inner self. Your wants, your desires, your passions are given life." -Anonymous.

Music: Mozart
Dancers: Jordan Clark, Melissa Craig, Cori Giannotta, Avril Wu, Madeline Kirton, Jade Whitney, Rebecca Sneath, Laura Larsen, Alicia Gui, Erica Pignatelli, Nicole Servinis, Michelte Philippe, Nicole Philippe, Julia Cratchley, Mia Dilena, Marc Cardarelli, Liam Flanagan, John Litz/er.

Later Event: February 18
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