Evolve! Performing Arts Program

Evolve! Performing Arts Program

Evolve! Performing Arts Program

North York Arts is thrilled to launch our pilot program: Evolve!

Evolve! is a program that gives new and emerging Toronto-based theatre and dance artists an opportunity to explore, develop, revise or complete a work using high quality, accessible space and services.

Evolve! is a response to gaps in resources that serve to support the developmental stages of artists or arts groups in dance and theatre in North York and the wider Toronto community. The goal is to build the capacity of participating artists while creating more opportunities for the public to access arts in North York.

This year, Evolve! will take place at the Meridian Arts Centre and the Aga Khan Museum.

 

2020 participating artists and arts groups:

NOTICE: Remaining rehersals and performances cancelled due to COVID-19.

Neetika Sharma
January 21-24, 2020 | February 14 & 18, 2020
Meridian Arts Centre

The Haniin Project (working title) is a reflective study of that transition period between holding on to a feeling/emotion/thought and letting it go. It is an exploration of a constant tug of war between emotions that arises right before something dear must be allowed to release and let go. The choreography is set in the roots and vocabulary of traditional classical dance form of North India called Kathak. Using poetry and classical rhythms, the piece celebrates and explores sentiments that are not always acknowledged or defined.

Born in Libya, to Indian parents, Neetika started her performance journey at the age of 10. Today, she is a passionate Kathak performer, choreographer, instructor, arts manager and Culture and Diversity advocate.  She has a keen interest in exploring various layers of traditional Kathak repertoire and presenting them with new and relevant interpretations through research, creation and performance.

Cacao Collective | CANCELLED 
Aga Khan Museum

Traditional song and dance celebrate the resilience and joy of Venezuela’s cacao farmers fighting to preserve their way of life in the face of industrialization and a national crisis. Developed between Venezuela and Canada, this project also shines a light on the global chocolate trade and diasporic identities.

Click here to learn more.

Cyborg Circus Project | CANCELLED 
Aga Khan Museum

A striking exploration of trust, vulnerability, and human limits. In this piece, wheelchair dancers Shay Erlich and Jenna Roy examine today’s pressure to appear hyper-competent in all areas. Their work subverts expectations, offering new ways of understanding disability and imagining how disabled and non-disabled people can create a new world that does not demand hyper-competence.

Click here to learn more.

Elsewhere by Anaya Bobst | CANCELLED 
Aga Khan Museum

Originally from Sweden, Anaya Bobst is a dancer, choreographer and arts administrator. She currently works for Canada’s National Ballet School, presents her own works and teaches dance. Anaya brings a diverse and holistic set of experiences to the dance field as she has collaborated with other artists and worked for festivals, educational organizations and companies in Canada, the United States, Switzerland and Sweden. Anaya has presented her own works in the United States and Sweden and pursued a B.F.A in Dance and a minor in Entrepreneurship from Point Park University, USA.
 
Elsewhere portrays Anaya’s personal experiences during a time of despair. By differentiating expectations from reality, Anaya hopes to create a world into which people can enter. A world that reflects universal emotions and conditions. Movement and text create  the framework for this piece that addresses themes of solitude, curiosity and frustration
  
To learn more click here.

Grupo Teatro Libre | CANCELLED 
Meridian Arts Centre

Grupo Teatro Libre has, as its mission, a collective and collaborative way of doing theatre.  We present works by Latin Amerian playwrights in Spanish, their original language.  We offer workshops, dramatized readings and theatre presentations.  The group is open for whoever wishes to participate, as long as they wish to work according to the group’s participative philosophy.

For more information, contact infogrupoteatrolibre@gmail.com.

2018/2019 Participants

Cinematoscape : August 20th - 26th 2018

Cinematoscape is a multi-disciplinary arts company based in Toronto. They believe in the power of stories to illuminate, inspire, educate, and engage through an immersive 'cinematic escape'. Check out our Snapd Arts Feature with with Cinematoscape where Simeon and Danielle discuss why they are excited for The Incubator!

To learn more about Cinematoscape click here

Victoria Mata: September 4th - 9th 2018

Victoria Mata is a Venezuelan-Canadian choreographer-dancer with a background in urban planning. Mata’s sensibility to inclusion and passion for border stories is due to her eclectic upbringing in three continents. Mata’s career was first sculpted by pedagogic, self-directed training, which proceeded with local and internationally renowned choreographers leading her to showcase her repertoire throughout out the Americas. An active member of Toronto's progressive arts community and the abolishment of violence against women, Mata's aspiration is to continue being a catalyst for artistic curiosity.

See some of Victoria's work:
https://vimeo.com/252869142
https://youtu.be/anfsqkAvnY4
https://youtu.be/8gMjAdSjW0A 

dance Immersion and Artists in Motion (AIM) Dance Company: January 21-24, 2019, February 27-28, 2019

North York Arts has partnered with dance Immersion, a not-for-profit organization that produces, promotes and supports dancers and dances of the African Diaspora. dance Immersion did an open call for artists and collectives who were interested in participating in Evolve!. AIM Dance Company, run by artistic director and choreographer Shameka Blake, was selected. They will be developing their work in January and hold workshop presentations in February.

To learn more AIM's performance and how you can get tickets, click here.

Possibilities of Dialogue: March 16-17, 2019, April 6-7, 2019

Conceived and activated by NYC-based dance artist Marielis Garcia and Toronto-based dance artist David Norsworthy, Possibilities of Dialogue is an exchange of energy and awareness. Inspired by the parallels between making a dance and having a conversation, the performance is an abstracted collaborative creative process; moments of listening, curiosity, disagreement and spontaneity unfold through movement and text. It is often playful, lively and physically virtuosic, sometimes uncomfortable, sometimes surprising and almost always responsive to and inclusive of the audience. Audience members are welcome to observe and interact through the invitations that are offered.

To learn more about Marielis click here and David click here.

 

Love Notes by: ZESTcreative:  May 29 - 31, 2019

Love Notes is a medley of live music and movement to share our stories of infatuation, romance, family, and friendship. A soundtrack to fall in love to; and maybe you’re not listening alone.

ZESTcreative is a collective of emerging dance artists, Zoë Kenneally, Eva Connelly-Miller, and Sarah McLennan, with a vision for dance to be a part of peoples’ daily lives. The women behind the collective are graduates of Ryerson University’s dance program and are performance artists based out of Toronto. ZESTcreative strives to make dance accessible to everyone and create works that resonate with people outside of the dance community. The collective hopes to incorporate dance arts into popular culture by collaborating with artists from other disciplines. ZESTcreative is passionate about making dance a relatable form of expression for everyone to enjoy while staying true to the artists' points of view.
 
The collective is currently creating a full length work to premier at the Toronto Fringe Festival (July 3rd-14th, 2019). For more information about the collective and Love Notes follow @_zestcreative_ on Instagram and Facebook. Stay tuned for ticket information for the Toronto Fringe Festival!

Elsewhere by Anaya Bobst: August 22, 2019

Originally from Sweden, Anaya Bobst is a dancer, choreographer and arts administrator. She currently works for Canada's National Ballet School, presents her own works and teaches dance. Anaya brings a diverse and holistic set of experiences to the dance field as she has collaborated with other artists and worked for festivals, educational organizations and companies in Canada, the United States, Switzerland and Sweden. Anaya has presented her own works in the United States and Sweden and pursued a B.F.A in Dance and a minor in Entrepreneurship from Point Park University, USA.
 
Elsewhere, portrays Anaya’s personal experiences during a time of despair. By differentiating expectations from reality, Anaya hopes to create a world into which people can enter. A world that reflects universal emotions and conditions. Movement and text create  the framework for this piece that addresses themes of solitude, curiosity and frustration
  
To learn more click here.

October 2019 Participants 

This Fall, NYA will be hosting several artists for a variety of sort-term projects. The artists participating are:

  • Brant Matthews (otherwise known as Fireguy and Owner of Dispatch Talent)
  • Anaya Bobst (dancer, choreographer, and arts administrator)
  • MalPensando ( a bilingual comedy club and school that helps people become funny, authentic, confident speakers)

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Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

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Giving Tuesday: The Animation Project Online Premiere

Giving Tuesday: The Animation Project Online Premiere

The Animation Project Online Premiere

A LIVE Giving Tuesday event!

About the Program 

North York Arts and the Toronto Animated Image Society are excited to present The Animation Project Online Premiere! Tune in on December 1st to hear from participants and see their final projects.

This is an exciting opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at one of our programs that pivoted online in March. This event is also in the spirit of Giving Tuesday – we encourage you to donate to support our programs!

The Animation Project was a 12-week digital animation course for participants 55+ that began in the spring.  Not only were participants taught animation and design techniques, but they had the opportunity to share and collaborate with one another through meaningful storytelling and discussions.

This film is a final reflection piece to capture the creative process and self-expression journey.

Date: December 1st

Time: 6pm

Can’t make it at 6pm? Join TAIS on their YouTube channel at 8pm! CLICK HERE

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Toronto, ON, M2N 6R8

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Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

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The Space Between (Nuit Blanche 2020)

The Space Between (Nuit Blanche 2020)

The Space Between 

Part of Nuit Blache 2020

“It had never before occurred to me that I too could cease to exist, and now a part of me feared being forgotten. How easy it would be to forget an invisible person.”

Date:  October 3, 2020

7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

North York Arts is excited to be participating in Nuit Blanche 2020! We’ve partnered with Cinematoscape, an award-winning local digital media company, to showcase The Space Between.

The Space Between, an award-winning play written by Simeon Taole, explores the theme of distance – physical, emotional, and cultural. A young boy in South Africa longs to reunite with his childhood sweetheart in Canada before the space between them separates them forever.

In 2016, Cinematoscape and North York Arts co-presented The Space Between in Toronto. Cinematoscape conducted interviews, in both Canada and South Africa, inviting people to share their experience of the space between. Today, we share these voices and new stories as part of a continued exploration of the space between, a theme with even greater resonance in 2020. Ultimately, the presentation showcases our shared humanity, and the resilience and hope within us all.

Tune in on October 3rd at 7:00 pm  as they meditate on distance and connection, and how people bridge the space between, pre and post pandemic. Through a collection of shared stories, they explore the ways people have experienced this space.

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North York Arts (NYA)  collaborates with artists, arts organizations, and partners to develop, strengthen, and promote cultural programming and initiatives for North York communities

Contact us 

North York Arts
5040 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON, M2N 6R8

info@northyorkarts.org

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

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Possibilities of Dialogue: Evolve! Workshop Performance

Possibilities of Dialogue: Evolve! Workshop Performance

Possibilities of Dialogue – Workshop Performance 

Co-created and performed by TOES FOR DANCE Co-Director David Norsworthy and NYC-based dance artist Marielis Garcia, Possibilities of Dialogue is an exchange of energy and awareness.

Inspired by the parallels between making a dance and having a conversation, the performance is an abstracted collaborative creative process; moments of listening, curiosity, disagreement and spontaneity unfold through movement and text. It is often playful, lively and physically virtuosic, sometimes uncomfortable, sometimes surprising and almost always responsive to and inclusive of the audience. Audience members are welcome to observe and interact through the invitations that are offered.

Possibilities of Dialogue is the second workshop performance part of NYA’s Evolve! Performing Arts Program.

Part of North York Arts’ Evolve! Program. Co-presented by TOES FOR DANCE and a DanceWorks CoWorks Series Event. Produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. Special thanks to Dance Initiative (Carbondale, USA), Kaatsbaan International Dance Centre (Tivoli, USA), ArtsOnSite (New York, USA) and Inception to Exhibition (New York, USA) for supporting the creative development of this work!

 

Date: April 5 – 7, 2019

Time:
April 5th – 8pm
April 6th – 8pm
April 7th – 2pm

Place: Toronto Centre for the Arts

Price:
$25 Regular Ticket
$17 Student, Senior, and Arts Worker Ticket

 

About Us

North York Arts (NYA)  collaborates with artists, arts organizations, and partners to develop, strengthen, and promote cultural programming and initiatives for North York communities

Contact us 

North York Arts
5040 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON, M2N 6R8

info@northyorkarts.org

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

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ThrowDown Dance Convention

ThrowDown Dance Convention

ThrowDown Dance Convention

UrbanArts is presenting the ‘ThrowDown’ Dance Convention– a 1-day annual urban dance platform aimed at promoting the importance of accessible and inclusive dance programs, highlighting the importance of physical literacy, offering new and exciting opportunities for growth and recognition to young performers, and encouraging community engagement through the vehicle of creative movement. Our 2019 theme is ‘Healthy Living through Dance’.

Through their dance showcase & competition, workshops & masterclasses, artist chats, and awards, ThrowDown promotes the development of artistic and life skills for youth in a supportive community atmosphere. Because of the generous contributions from key partners and supporters, Urban Arts is able to offer this dynamic dance platform 100% FREE for participants and attendees to experience.

Date: April 6th, 2019

Time: 10:30am – 5pm 

Place: Toronto Centre for the Arts

Price: Free

ThrowDown Dance Convention History

2018 ThrowDown Dance Convention

Date: May 13, 2018

Panel Discussion: “Creating A Balance As Communities Shift” – An expert panel will explore and exchange ideas on how to respond, advocate, and innovate in our schools, studios, and communities to provide dance programs and training for participants of all ages with different backgrounds, abilities, and evolving needs. How do we balance various cultural contexts, socio-economic conditions, and the varying landscapes in our communities? We welcome you for can-do thinking, deep discussion, and exchange of big ideas.

Dance Workshops & Masterclasses (For facilitators and dancers):  These workshops will focus on teaching dance-making skills to youth dancers, including creating movement themes and variations, exploring selected choreographic structures and utilizing elements of design to create exciting, meaningful and impactful work.

Community Dance Competition & Showcase: School & community dance programs, troupes, and local dance initiatives across the city come together to showcase in a main event that includes expert judges, hosts, prizes and loads of fun! ThrowDown will consist of a team dance/crew competition (16 teams). Performances will be scored by a panel of expert judges. (See ‘Rules & Regulations’ tab for scoring criteria). Various awards will be given out throughout the evening.

About Us

North York Arts (NYA)  collaborates with artists, arts organizations, and partners to develop, strengthen, and promote cultural programming and initiatives for North York communities

Contact us 

North York Arts
5040 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON, M2N 6R8

info@northyorkarts.org

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Join Our Network

EARTH: Evolve! Workshop Performance

EARTH: Evolve! Workshop Performance

EARTH : A Work-in-Progress Presentation and Talk Back

EARTH is a creation story. Exploring Earth, a ‘Mother Goddess’ who rules all people and gives birth to new generations of all beings.

EARTH is the first workshop performance part of our Evolve! Performing Arts Program.The show is presented in partnership with two Toronto dance organizations, dance Immersion and Artists in Motion (AIM) Dance Company.

dance Immersion is a not-for-profit organization that produces, promotes and supports dancers and dances of the African Diaspora. Last year, dance Immersion did an open call for artists and collectives who were interested in participating in Evolve!. AIM Dance Company, run by artistic director and choreographer Shameka Blake, was selected.

 

Date: February 28, 2019

Time: 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:30pm)

Place: Toronto Centre for the Arts

Price: $12 (Purchase at Box Office)

 

Photos by: CJ Aggarao / @crxtnn

About Us

North York Arts (NYA)  collaborates with artists, arts organizations, and partners to develop, strengthen, and promote cultural programming and initiatives for North York communities

Contact us 

North York Arts
5040 Yonge St.
Toronto, ON, M2N 6R8

info@northyorkarts.org

Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm

Join Our Network

Cursory Artist Talk

Cursory Artist Talk

CURSORY

Four artists from four different countries are coming together to present the art show “Cursory”. This time, multiple art formats such as paintings, sculptures, digital art, and sketches are displayed together interpreted in the uniqueness of each artist to represent their identities. Art works by Hussain Al Ismail, Pradeep Anurag Reddy, Sara Vargas Nessi and Victor Vazquez.

Artist Talk

August 19th, from 1pm to 3pm

Akin Sunrise, 100 Sunrise Ave

 

 

Tabla and Taiko

Tabla and Taiko

Tabla and Taiko: Two Ancient Traditions Meet

Cost: $30
Date: April 15, 2017
Time: 7pm

Join Toronto Tabla Ensemble and Nagata Shachu on April 15th, 2017 for an evening of scintillating rhythms at Toronto Centre for the Arts. Both Toronto-based ensembles have contributed immensely to the World Music scene in Canada, raising the profiles of Indian and Japanese music respectively over the last 25 years. This concert will feature compositions by the two ensembles’ maestros, Ritesh Das and Kiyoshi Nagata, who have created new works that maintain each tradition’s form to create a truly novel sound.

The concert will feature percussive traditions whose roots trace back thousands of years with the ultimate goal of bringing communities together in a celebration of Canadian heritage during the country’s 150th year. Both Das and Nagata were among the pioneers of cross-cultural music collaboration in Toronto with their respective ensembles in the early 1990’s. Rejoining forces in 2015, they stunned audiences with a sold out concert at the Harbourfront Centre. One of their newly composed pieces, Sare Panch (Five-and-a-Half), will feature on the upcoming Toronto Tabla Ensemble album Bhumika (Sanskrit word for Earth) to be released in Fall 2017.

Another milestone to be celebrated on the night is the launch of a partnership between Toronto Tabla Ensemble and co-presenter North York Arts. The two arts organizations aim to continue producing unique presentations to foster artistic development in the North York community. After receiving the 2016 Roy Thomson Hall Award from the Toronto Arts Foundation, Toronto Tabla Ensemble’s artistic director Ritesh Das said “2017 is an exciting year and we are always looking to raise the bar”. The Ensemble’s 2017 concert season will also feature an album release concert and a collaboration with modern dance group Kaeja d’Dance at the Harbourfront Centre.

 

Kiss and Cry

Kiss and Cry

Kiss and Cry

Cost: $20

Date: Feb 4, 2017

Time: 8pm

Place: Toronto Centre for the Arts

Kiss and Cry is a romantic drama based on the story of Carley Allison, a promising 18 year old figure skater and singer who made medical history in her fight against a rare 1 in 3.5 billion type of cancer. The film stars Luke Bilyk, Chantal Kreviazuk, Naomi Sneickus and Sarah Fisher as Carley. Sarah Fisher and Carley Allison were best friends in real life. This is a Toronto premiere screening with cast, crew and special guests in attendance.

Feb 4th show at the Toronto Centre for the Arts is SOLD OUT! 

Art Starts Annual Showcase

Art Starts Annual Showcase

Cost: FREE

Date: December 7, 2016

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST

Place: Toronto Centre for the Arts

As artists and art educators, we seek to critique the world around us, share pieces of our culture and celebrate diversity. Through our creative works, we have the power to speak freely without fear of being stereotyped, judged, dismissed or silenced. Join us for our annual showcase as we share a night of creative expression; connecting Torontonians to a fun, interactive and engaging multi-disciplinary arts experience.

We ask. We Listen. We Create- Together

www.artstarts.net

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