Heart to Heart || FREE SLI events


Heart to Heart

A series of FREE events during Summer Love-In


 Welcome Potluck

Monday July 3rd in Dufferin Grove Park


*Rain Location TBD



Talking Thinking Dancing Body with Justine A. Chambers & Brandy Leary

 Tuesday July 4th, 7pm @ The Common, 1028 Bloor St. West @ Gladstone

battery opera performance’s Talking, Thinking, Dancing Body (TTDB) is a facilitated conversation about aesthetics, context and artistic process. Initiated in 2012 by Lee Su-Feh, it encourages speaking about dance from an awareness of our bodies and the world it lives in. It unabashedly interrogates dance through a lens concerned with decolonizing, anti-racism and feminism.

Justine A. Chambers has been co-facilitating TTDB since 2013. In 2016/17 TTDB comes as a series of salons led by Justine A. Chambers with Sadira Rodrigues and Su Feh Lee. Their conversations have formed a discussion open to all present.

During SLI 2017, Brandy Leary joins Justine A. Chambers to speak about performance, bodies, histories and ephemera.



Heart to Heart: a conversation about the relevance of training in TO today! 

July 11th

7-8pm, Pia Bouman’s Studio Theatre, 6Noble Street

Snacks will be shared!


TO Love-In is in its 7th year of providing workshops for dedicated artists, movers and body practitioners in the Toronto Dance Community.

Heart to Heart, an open public conversation, will bring together shared perceptions and experiences from all those who attend, checking in with the relevance of training at this time.

We’ll discuss what humans are training for? Who is training? What training can be? What is a ‘space’ for training?

Lovers want to know: How can The Love-In best serve the TO Dance Community in training modes while continuing the revolution of dancing making and doing in Canada?

Badass Movers, Body workers, Community Organizers, Critics, Writers … – COME, We Want to hear from you!!

This event is in correlation with the other badass Summer Love In programming. There’s 6 dreamy workshops, a conversation about performance, bodies, histories and ephemera and to top it off 4 nights of curated magic, performers and performances that will open your hearts and minds.

A conversation co-hosted with Lovers Robyn Breen, Tina Fushell & Kate Nankervis in partnership with the newly established Institute for Dance Studies, University of Toronto Seika Boye, VK Preston & Niomi Cherney

VK Preston is an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Drama, Theatre, & Performance Studies—she writes and teaches interdisciplinary performance theory and dramaturgy.

Niomi Anna Cherney has been, in her life, a mover, maker and thinker. These days she identifies most predominantly as a writer. Niomi’s writing has been published in Hypatia: Journal of Feminist Studies, Theatre Research in Canada and the Journal of Research in Phenomenology. Niomi holds a BFA in Dance from York University, a Master’s in Philosophy from Concordia University, and half a PhD from The University

of Toronto, Department of Drama, Theatra and Performance Studies. The other half she’s not so sure about right now. In her practice, Niomi is most excited about the palliative care work she does with children, where she integrates somatic work and play therapy. She hopes that all her diverse interests will come together somehow. Niomi is the proud Chair of the Love-In’s Board of Directors.