Thursday, April 19, 2012

Preview: Paris 1994/Gallery

World Stage continues at Harbourfront Centre with the mesmerizing dance installation Paris1994/Gallery by Toronto’s The Dietrich Group. This show is Choreographed by D.A. Hoskins.
"Intellectual rigour with emotional wallop, resulting in works that engage hearts and minds." - Toronto Life

“[Hoskins’ choreography is] hugely scenic, sculptural and forcefully pictorial.” – Toronto Star

This triple Dora-Award-nominated show takes the physicality of dance into a space of interactive play where two lovers move from the lull of their shared history to the immediacy of the present in a rumination of longing, desire and our reconstructed pasts. Paris1994/Gallery explores memory through the reflection of time, looking at how memory is a constantly changing perspective through highlighted moments between lovers. Set in an arena similar to an art gallery, the players become extensions in this installation that explores time and space. Directed/ choreographed by D.A. Hoskins, starring Danielle Baskerville and Tyler Glendhill, spoken word by Jill Battson, and film by Nico Stagias.

Grounded in dynamic and intimate physicality, The Dietrich Group challenges the viewer’s perceptions of live performance, bringing dance in Canada into the realm of contemporary art. Launched in January 2008 as a platform for the creation and production of multidisciplinary dance works, The Dietrich Group is designed specifically to facilitate exchanges in art. Other works created by The Dietrich Group include THE LAND OF FUCK (a fable), LADY: Images in a Melodramatic Setting and PORTRAIT.

D.A. Hoskins is artistic director of The Dietrich Group and a visual artist working in dance. Hoskins moved to Toronto in the early 80's to pursue a career as a dance artist, soon after focusing his attention on choreography. Since the beginning of his career has joined  forces with a variety artists, including composer Gilles Goyette, spoken word poet Jill Battson and the filmmaker Nico Stagias, to name a few. Hoskins founded The Dietrich Group in 2008 as a platform focused on exploring a non-conformist aesthetic and a forum for interactive exchange. Hoskins has created commissions for theatre, opera, symphony and multiple professional dance training programs, as well as independently producing a series of his own projects. Hoskins has drawn inspiration from new media, conceptual art, as well as film and video, and he incorporates visual projections, text and voice into his dance performances.

Danielle Baskerville performs and teaches across Canada and on occasion in France, Austria and Belgium. Founding member and artistic associate of The Dietrich Group, Danielle has worked with many of Canada’s finest creators as both an independent and company member. Danielle has played a pivotal role in the performance of new work and revisal of past repertoire for Dancetheatre David Earle from its inception, recently returning from the premiere of Earle’s Ode To Michelange in Burgundy, France. Particularly formative creative periods include working with Roxanne Huimand, Thierry Bae and David Hernandez in Brussels and Jan Burkhardt and Renate Graziadel in Berlin. Along side The Dietrich Group Danielle continues to explore with artists Toronto Heidi Strauss, Michael Sean Marye and Jonathan Osborne.

Tyler Gledhill trained at The National Ballet School, Het National Balletacademie in Amsterdam, and The Pacific Northwest Ballet School in Seattle. Gledhill’s professional career began in The Netherlands with Intordans, touring throughout Europe and Asia. He danced with The Göteborg Ballet and Cullberg Ballet in Sweden. As an independent artist, Gledhill has worked with Hit & Run Productions, Opera Atelier, The Chimera Project, ProArte Danza and The Dietrich Group. For his role Paris1994/Gallery in 2010, he was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for outstanding performance in a dance production. Gledhill has also starred in two short films by director Rocco Barriuso, The Providential Lack of Anything and Swimming.

 Paris1994/Gallery runs April 25-28, 2012 at the Enwave Theatre, 231 Queens Quay West, Toronto.
 Performance details:

Wednesday, April 25, 2012: 8pm
Thursday, April 26, 2012: 8pm
Friday, April 27, 2012: 8pm
Saturday, April 28, 2012: 8pm

Tickets: $35, $28 (seniors and artsworkers), $15 (CultureBreak – 13 to 25 years-old) available at Harbourfront Centre’s Box Office. Call 416-973-4000, or click here to order online.

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