Feb 8 – 12 | Choreographic Mind with Susan Rethorst (Philadelphia)

rc2014060_1188HighResChoreographic Mind with Susan Rethorst
February 8-12, 2016
Dancemakers Centre for Creation , 10am-12pm
$75/week, email: tolove.in@gmail.com to pre-register

**Please note our prices include HST.

I teach from the point of view that making is an endless quest with ever shifting ground. I encourage an attitude of fueling work with one’s questions, not regarding plans or themes as pre-requisites. I regard teaching as a conversational mode; my exercises are proposals in action.

My own interests have to do with the nature of movement and its communication, how it operates as phenomena; this fuels my aesthetic and methods. I present composition initially from this point of view; my exercises propose ways of perceiving and proceeding that engage these ideas. But at the same time I am interested in creating a situation in which each student can locate her/his aesthetic and goals in the larger picture of dance’s many mini cultures.

I am interested as well in giving students the ability to recognize and access states necessary to making work; intuition, perception, cognition, interiority, emotional distance, spontaneity, pleasure, will, reflection, humor.

Susan Rethorst

Since 1975, Susan Rethorst has created dances out of New York City. Since 1995, she has divided her time between New York and Amsterdam, teaching choreography throughout Europe and Scandinavia and continuing to make work in both Europe and America. Rethorst’s work has been presented by The Museum of Modern Art; The Kitchen Center, Dance Theater Workshop, Danspace Saint Marks, The Downtown Whitney Museum, among others, as well as at various dance theaters, universities, and festivals throughout the U.S. Internationally, her work has been produced by The Holland Festival, Spazio Zero Rome, The Kunsthalle Basel, The Aix-en-Provence Festival, among others. She has ongoing teaching relationships with Dansens Hus in Copenhagen, at Dartington College in England, and at Firkin Crane in Cork, Ireland. She is the recipient of a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (1999), an Alpert Award (2011), and a Doris Duke Award (2015)


Feb 22- 26 | More than Naked with Doris Uhlich (Vienna)

More than Naked with Doris Uhlich

DorisUlhich portFebruary 22- 26, 2016

Dancemakers Centre for Creation , 10am-1pm

$90/week or $20 to drop-in, email tolove.in@gmail.com to pre-register

Drop-ins welcome

Please note our prices include HST.

In this workshop facets of nakedness on stage will be explored. We search for movement that can emerge only with and through the naked body – what dynamics lie in weight, in flesh, in fat, in skin and sweat? We work on my fatdance technique, we let our flesh fly and give the body a voice. Which forms of robustness and fragility can be discovered in a naked body? The objective is a “dancerly materialism” that before anything else takes the body as material seriously, instead of degrading it to the role of the fetish or object or turning it into a metaphoric or poetic ideology. We celebrate the materiality of the body with the motto: “Let´s party our body!” and ask ourselves what it means nowadays to undress and set the naked body in motion.

Doris Uhlich was born in 1977 in Upper Austria and studied Pedagogics for contemporary dance at the Conservatory of Vienna between 1997 and 2001. She has been teaching since 1997 e.g. for the Tanzwerkstatt Wien, and Conservatory of Vienna. In 2009 she has been lecturing and coaching students of the Performance department at the Academy of visual arts in Vienna. She received scholarships and residencies at ImPulsTanz and brut/Wien, K3/Kampnagel Hamburg, the Carte Blanche at Tanzquartier Vienna (2007) and she was Artist in Residence for the season 2011/12 at Festspielhaus St. Pölten. She has been named as “remarkable Performer” in the yearbook 2008 of the dance magazine “ballettanz”and 2011 “dancer of the year” in “tanz” magazine. In autumn 2013 she was awarded with the “Outstanding Artist Award” in the category Performing Arts of the bm:ukk (Austrian Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture). Between 2002 and 2009 she played with the group theatercombinat in Vienna. Since 2006 she develops her own work.


This a co-presentation with Hyperstorage.

photo by Theresa Rauter

March 14-18 | Accessing Self-Contemporary Training for Professional Dancers with Sabina Perry (CA/DE)



Accessing Self- Contemporary Training for professional Dancers with Sabina Perry

IMG_1265-fbMarch 14- 18, 2016

Dancemakers Centre for Creation , 10am-12pm

$50/week or $12 to drop-in, email tolove.in@gmail.com to pre-register

Please note our prices include HST.

This class will start with a simple warmup (mixed Yoga, stretch, release, fitness) including improvisation techniques to warm and prepare to body for working. Directions, approach, coordination, choice-making and musicality are the basis of these improvisation techniques. Then a series of material will be taught, incorporating physical concepts for achieving a deeper complexity in the body’s movement capabilities. The idea of the class is to explore your individual possibilities as a mover/performer, and shift into and out of extreme physical states easily. My class emulates the choreographic process I use to create material and performances. Softness, tension, speed, dynamic and attack are all vital parts of my class. “Accessing Self” is the goal for the dancer, achieving a referential, theatrical, emotional and detailed physical experience that incorporates all directions, spirals and expressions. It’s about having fun, using the music, expressing yourself and tapping into the abilities of each individual and their personality in dance.

Sabina is a Canadian born Performer, Choreographer and Teacher based in Cologne, Germany. She trained in Canada at School of Toronto Dance Theater and in 2004 she moved to the Netherlands to study at CODARTS-Rotterdam Dansacademie in Rotterdam. Upon graduation she joined the dance-theater company De Meekers Uitgesproken Dans performing the work of artistic director Arthur Rosenfeld and touring the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Since 2007 she has worked independently with choreographers/companies internationally such as Suzy Blok Amsterdam, Lucas Jervies/JACK Productions Melbourne, Antony Rizzi/Mousonturm Frankfurt, Stefan Dreher/Munich, Kalpana Raghuraman/ KORZO Productiehuis and Douglas Bateman/Dansateliers. In 2009 she became a founding member of the MichaelDouglas Kollektiv in Cologne. In the kollektiv she has created work with Michael Maurissens /Douglas Bateman, Georg Reischl, Vivienne Newport, Stephanie Thiersch/MouvoirTanz, Prue Lang, Katie Duck, Stefan Dreher, Fabrice Mazliah, Martin Sonderkamp, Michael Steinbusch, Jared Gradinger+ Angela Schubot, T.R.A.S.H and the GOBSQUAD. In 2010+ 2012 she returned to the Meekers to choreograph 2 dance theater productions for the company. Also in 2010 she was nominated for a “Green Room award” and “Critic Choice Award” in Melbourne, Australia for Best Female Dancer in the performance “Human Abstract”. In 2011 a solo was created for Sabina by Kalpana Raghuraman/KORZO Productiehuis for the prestigious CaDance Festival in Den Haag. This piece was selected as one of the best new creations of 2011 in the Nederlandse Dans Dagen and was selected for the DansClick 2012 tour as well as tours to Africa and all over Holland. For the last 2 years Sabina has been the House Choreographer for the Schauspielhaus Koeln choreographing large scale theater productions with various internationally recognized theater directors. She also continues to dance for Anthony Rizzi, MD Kollektiv and Stefan Dreher and choreographs her own productions (Currently a full evening of work for her and Molly Johnson at The Citadel March 30-April 2 2016) and teaches in companies and collectives.

Photo by Martin Misere

Meetings History

The Talking Thinking Dancing Body with Justine Chambers
A conversation about aesthetics, context and artistic processes. Grounded in the experience of observing dance in both performance and rehearsal, this conversation will be amplified and facilitated by Vancouver-based dancer, teacher, choreographer Justine Chambers – an opinionated and charismatic artist who brings to the conversation a rich and varied dance experience.
Round Table with Timea Wharton: TAC Dance Officer
With an increase in funding granted by the city, The Love-In offered a discussion with dance officer Timea Wharton to discuss TAC programs and dialogue about practical applications for resources to best serve the dance community.
Training Trends
An open forum for the dance community to dialogue about training being offered in the city for professional dance artists. Conversations centered around partnership, community, sharing resources and sustainability for programming.
Talking Practice Round Table facilitated by Cara Spooner
A facilitated discussion centering around creative practice; the why, the how and the what, facilitated by Toronto based, independent artist, Cara Spooner. 
Critical response process facilitated by Laura Hicks
Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process (CRP) is a feedback system based on the principle that the best possible outcome from a response session is for the maker to want to go back to work. Whether returning to the studio, the desk, the kitchen, or the laboratory, CRP gives tools both to people who are making work and people who are responding to that work.
Arts resource sharing event, presented by The Alliance of Independent Mid-Career Dance Creators.

Training with Alanna Kraaijeveld


10am-12pm, Dovercourt House First Floor


As a teacher, I am informed by Peter Boneham’s principles for dance technique, and at-home fitness programs available on DVD that I use to supplement my training. Class focuses on physical rigour, efficiency and commitment to choices. These are resources that I value as an artist, which is why I put them into practice in class. This is a centre class. This training has been developed to bring attention to and make use of the following:

Gravity – acknowledging and using the body’s natural weight to move

Whole body – it is engaged and moving through space from the outset of class

Focus – looking where you are going = the best indicator of your intention

Hands – they take you into space and inform your point of focus

Efficiency – always taking the most direct route to get somewhere

Balance – involving movement that is both intricate as well as simple, extremely fast, as well as slow

Logic – class is relatable and makes sense

What you’ll do:

Class begins with a 20-25 minute follow along / continuous warm-up comprised of gym type movements (running, jumping jacks, squats, etc.).  We are here making use of familiar and simple movements so that we may work intensely right away, exploring and expanding what we already know, while making choices about energy exertions.  We will also get one heck of a good cardio workout.  Nice.

Following the warm-up, a practice of traditional exercises (pliés, tendus,etc.) across the floor work, combinations and jumping will ensue.  Vision, specific body parts (head, shoulders, arms, torso, legs, feet,) tension and release, principles of dropping and lifting the body to plié and rise, turning, leg kicking, use of energy and space, and a range of movement dynamics and complexity are here all engaged.

Participants are encouraged to make creative choices (musicality, energy use, emphasis, intention, etc.) to explore and push their individual ability and style, all with an attention, respect and generosity for the other participants.

Note: Please come to class with running shoes.  They will be used in the warm-up.

Alanna Kraaijeveld is a dance artist, teacher and occasional choreographer.  This year she returns as a part-time faculty member at Concordia University in the Contemporary Dance Department.  Kraaijeveld has taught for le Regroupement Québecois de la Danse in Montreal, Quebec City and Sherbrooke, at the 509 Collective, the Love-In, and independently in Toronto, as well as a guest teacher at the School of Dance in Ottawa.  She has assisted in coaching repertory at Dave St-Pierre’s workshops and led company members in daily training while on tour in 2012. Her teaching is greatly informed by her time as a company member of (now defunct) Le Groupe Dance Lab under the direction of master teacher Peter Boneham.  She values rigour, efficiency, artistry and adaptability. Kraaijeveld is currently dancing with Susanna Hood (Tips, The Muted Note), Dave St-Pierre (Foudres), Mayday / Mélanie Demers (Junkyard/Paradise), and Louise Bédard Danse (J’y Suis).

Choreographic initiatives of late include presentation of a short work as part of an off-OFFTA event in Montreal, and a solo commission by Sarah Chase entitled the window in the room at Studio 303. She has had creation support through the MAD AIR residency program at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NYC, Circuit-Est, Studio 303, Dancemakers, and at Le Groupe. She is a graduate of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s Professional Training Program.

Contemporary Technique with Ami Shulman

DownloadedFile-3Dovercourt House, First Floor 10am-12pm

$50 full workshop, $12 drop in (if space allows)

Please email tolove.in@gmail.com to register for the full week.

Ami Shulman teaches a highly dynamic class, that integrates the floor as an essential component for exploring full body connectivity and proprioceptive awareness. Her teachings focus on the efficiency and clarity of the movement, which liberates the form allowing for a more refined and articulated physical expression. Her approach expands the interpretive possibilities of the performer by promoting the individual’s movement potential. http://vimeo.com/26174655

Performer, educator, artistic advisor and rehearsal director, Ami Shulman trained in the performing arts in South Africa. She danced with Compagnie Marie Chouinard and Compagnie Flak for several years and has collaborated with videographer Joseph Rovan, most prominently on the interactive installation piece, Let us Imagine a Straight Line. Ami has assisted in setting new and existing choreographic works on the Ballet BC and the GoteborgsOperans Danskompani and was an assistant choreographer for the Cirque Du Soleil ‘s production of One. Based in Montreal, Ami teaches contemporary technique and has taught at the Juilliard School; the Rotterdam Danse Academy; the National Theatre School of Canada; Jacob’s Pillow; the Cirque Du Soleil; the Alvin Ailey School; L’Ecole de Danse Contemporaine de Montreal; Ballet Divertimento and the Springboard Project, amongs others. Ami is the artistic director on tour for Compagnie Marie Chouinard and she is the artistic advisor to Jose Navas. She has been a movement consultant for various theatre productions including the Grand Theatre Junction’s Lucy Lost Her Heart, Repercussion Theater’s Macbeth and Yael Farber’s The Crucible and Kadmos. Ami is a Feldenkrais practitioner and she continues to tour extensively in the various aspects of her expertise in movement and art.

Contemporary Technique with Justine Chambers

cropped photo10am to 12pm, $50/full workshop, $12 to drop in

First Floor of Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Rd

  • This class focuses on being in the present through the mediation of ease and obstruction within the performative body and the space it inhabits. Using naval radiation, the scribing of internal pathways for movement and the notion of our being as an adaptive receptacle, this class proposes the possibility for functional change. The class begins with a simple score, inviting the participants to be in the here and now. This score is designed to bring attention to the constant negotiations and dynamic relationships within the body, while using the mind as a catalyst for shifts in sensation and interpretive investigation. The class progresses with floor work and movement phrases that explore safe and logical pathways for movement through the body and space.Justine a. Chambers is a Vancouver-based contemporary dance artist. Her choreographic projects have been presented at Dancing on the Edge Festival, Dance Saskatchewan, New Dance Horizons, and the Western Front. Chambers is a founding member of projet bk. She is currently one of five artists in residence at ten fifteen maple (http://tenfifteenmaple.org/).
    She has collaborated with digital video artist Josh Hite on the creation of COPY, Incoming for Codelab and The Green Bootprint for 350.org. In December 2012, she worked with visual artist Brendan Fernandes on the creation and performance of The Working Move. In July 2013, Chambers toured Bali with Gamelan Gita Asmara performing Sphinx. a solo created in collaboration with composer Michael Tenzer. Recently, she collaborated with visual artist, Jen Weih, on the creation and performance of Stack of Moves at the Western front as part of the Wrong Wave Festival.
    Chambers and battery opera’s Su Feh Lee co-facilitate the monthly forum The Talking Thinking Dancing Body; a conversation about aesthetics, context and artistic processes. http://www.batteryopera.com/classes/
    As an interpreter, she has worked with a number of choreographers both nationally and abroad. Upcoming projects include: battery opera, adelheid dance projects, The 605 Collective/Theatre Replacement, Mascall Dance and Out Innerspace Dance Theatre.As a teacher of contemporary dance technique and creation strategies/tactics, she works with Arts Umbrella, Working Class, Toronto Community Love-In, Modus Operandi Training Program, and Ryerson University. Justine works actively as a rehearsal director with Out Innerspace Dance Theatre and Tara Cheyenne Performance.

www.tolovein.com | 805 Dovercourt Road, 1st floor, Toronto, Ontario M6H 2X4

Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT) with Julia Sasso


Dovercourt House first floor, 10am-12pm

Full series (5 classes)/ $5o, drop in/$12

Email us at tolove.in@gmail.com to register.

Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT)
SRT proposes a pioneering and inclusive approach to moving: when we let go of habitual holding patterns we can move more freely, powerfully and articulately. We access energy, alignment, flexibility, strength, creativity and spontaneity. A considerable influence on leading choreographers and dancers world wide, SRT can enhance any movement style while fostering artistic sensibility and creative unfolding. Classes interweave guided imagery and hands-on partner studies together with musical atmospheres that propel us and support us in accessing our creative impulses. For many, SRT is catalytic in their lives with multi-faceted, far-reaching effects.www.skinnerreleasing.com

Recognized as “one of the foremost dance artists in the country” (The Dance Current), JULIA SASSO is an established choreographer, performer, master teacher and artistic mentor. She performed internationally with Dancemakers for sixteen seasons and continues to create and perform independently. Sasso has choreographed extensively for the concert stage as well as for feature film, theatre and television. Her choreography has been commissioned and presented by the Canada Dance Festival, Dancemakers, Harbourfront Centre, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada, Toronto Dance Theatre and Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers among others; with performances throughout Canada, in the United States and abroad. Highly regarded as a teacher of contemporary dance techniques Sasso has taught at distinguished learning centres worldwide. She is a faculty member of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre’s Professional Training Program and York University’s Department of Dance. www.juliasasso.com

Please email tolove.in@gmail.com to register.

first home grown workshop in a while!


Monday May 2-Friday May 6, 10am-12noon$60 for 5 day workshop or $15 drop in (because we have 2 instructors)
pre registration strongly encouraged
to pre register email: tolove.in@gmail.com

Momentum-based Floorwork into Partnering 
Eroca and Yves’ class will explore the parallels between momentum-based floorwork and momentum-based partnering. Internally, we will develop our awareness, clarity of intention, and refine our use of the foundations of movement in the body: such as the structural support provided by the skeleton and the flow of muscular tone that creates movement. Externally, we will explore and strengthen specific movement patterns, using spirals to move in and out of the floor, both with a partner and solo. We will continue this dynamic use of the spiral as we move through space; expanding our perception and the physical possibilities towards a spherical appreciation of space, where movement can take place in any direction. Linking the skills we already have in floorwork or contact will provide us with a base for creating a greater ease in moving with and accessing momentum when dancing with another moving body.

Eroca and Yves having been dancing together for 3 years and are eager to share the discoveries of their research with the Toronto dance community.

Yves Candau has a background in science and was doing a PhD in Cognitive Sciences when he discovered dance. Gradually, his interest shifted from the abstract to a more embodied research, which he has been passionately pursuing ever since. As a movement artist he is fascinated by how internal dynamics of mind and body give rise to manifested external movement. He aims to share his fascination with others through performance and teaching. He has performed solo work in France, Italy and Canada. As an interpreter Yves has worked with a number of choreographers in Toronto: Rebecca Todd, Eryn Dace Trudell, Malgorzata Nowacka, Newton Moraes, Holly Small, and most frequently Peter Chin, for whom he has had the pleasure to dance over a span of 10 years and six different pieces. Yves’ teaching has been nourished by a number of past and present practices: Vipassana meditation, Steve Paxton’s Material for the Spine, and most importantly the Alexander Technique. Yves has taught Contact Improvisation since 2001, giving classes and workshops in France, Italy, Germany, Canada and the USA. He is also an overtone singer and a teacher of the Alexander Technique.

After earning her Honors BFA in Film/Video/Performance and Sculpture from California College of the Arts (San Francisco and Oakland, CA), Eroca Nicols artistic practice shifted to dance and movement. She studied in the professional programs at both Ballet Creole and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre before pursuing further training in release-based and improvisational dance forms. She is currently a Toronto-based dance artist and educator. Her choreographic work through her company, Lady Janitor, has appeared at: Nuit Blanche, Toronto, The Cube (Bristol, UK), Dance in My Backyard, Toronto’s International Dance Day, Dance Matters Performance Series, Fresh Blood, Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival and The Young Centre for the Performing Arts. In addition to her own work, Eroca also performs in the work of others among these artists are Pam Johnson, Les Imprudanses, Kaeja d’Dance and Andrea Nann. Eroca is Co-Founder of the Toronto Dance Community Love-In, with fellow dancer Amanda Acorn. She teaches contact and contemporary dance as well as Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga. Eroca’s teaching and training are deeply influenced in her continued study of the Axis Syllabus.

Workshop with Davide Sportelli (Italy/Berlin)

March 28 to April 1, 10am to 12pm
Dovercourt House, 3rd Floor
$50 for 5 day workshop or $12 drop in
pre registration strongly encouraged
to pre register email: tolove.in@gmail.com

Davide Sportelli (Italy, 1976) is a choreographer, performer and movement teacher active in Europe and overseas. After music and theatre, he studied dance in Rome and at the Accademia Isoladanza, Biennale of Venice, with choreographers and pedagogues such as Carolyn Carlson, Malou Airaudo, Raffaella Giordano, Nigel Charnock, Bill T. Jones, Iñaki Azpillaga, Frey Faust, Ivan Wolfe, Susanne Linke, David Zambrano. He has danced for Sasha Waltz, William Forsythe, Caterina Sagna, Ingo Reulecke, Michäel D’Auzon, Giorgio Rossi a.o.  Based in Berlin, he carries out his personal research on performance creation and on the craft of writing, as well as collaborating with sound and visual artists and other young choreographers.

The classes will start with a thorough warm-up, through which we will establish an organic and alive dialogue between our own anatomy and the space. We will focus on gravity, clarity and freedom, aiming for the achievement of a honest and generous physicality, able to deal with different degrees of speed, power, amplitude, accuracy of the movement.
Through the conscious use of weight as the fundamental motor of motion, with a combination of guided explorations and given material, we will work on the connections within the body and with the space.

Body as experience, communication, transformation.
Space as environment, direction, action.
Moving on the thin line between surprise and control, in a game of intentions and reactions, we will try to make our phrasing more organic and intimate, and at the same time able to project and suggest.