Baby Butoh with Denise Fujiwara

Jan 29 – Feb 2, 2018

Open to all Humans with a Dedicated Artistic and / or Movement Practice!

Monday - Friday, 10am - 12noon
Dovercourt House, 1st Floor
805 Dovercourt Road, Toronto

Cost: $75 full week, $16 in advance, $17 at the door

About the Workshop

The New Year is a timely occasion to investigate transformation. Butoh is an enquiry into curiosity, the imagination and transformation. Our questions can provoke us to dance as manifestations of detailed and singular vitality.

Denise Fujiwara is a recipient of the Toronto Arts Foundation Award for International Achievement in Dance. Her work as a dance artist has developed over 40 years of intensive practice, performance and study. Her mentor in Butoh is Tokyo master, Natsu Nakajima whose work she toured internationally for 12 years. Fujiwara practices a Butoh that cultivates curiosity, the imagination, awareness, presence and deeply embodied movement. EUNOIA, a work created using the integrated Voice and Butoh practice developed with Gerry Trentham was nominated for three Dora Awards, was named one of NOW’s Top 5 Dance Shows of 2014, and has begun touring. She leads workshops and master classes across Canada and abroad.

www.fujiwaradance.com

Community Accessible Workshop

TO Love-In welcomes all bodies with an artistic and physical practice to join us in creating a space of inclusivity, generosity, respect and LOVE. We are committed to making class available to everyone. If you have barriers to accessing these classes, financial or otherwise, please contact us as soon as possible by sending an email to: tolove.in@gmail.com. Please note that any arrangements are subject to availability.

Mix it up class with Mix Mix Dance Collective

Feb 5 - Feb 9, 2018

Emily Law , Ashley Perez "Colours”, Sze-Yang Ade-Lam, Ravyn Wings, Sarah Tumaliuan, Kristine Flores

Open to all Humans with a Dedicated Artistic and / or Movement Practice!

Monday - Friday, 10am - 12noon
Dovercourt House, 1st Floor
805 Dovercourt Road, Toronto

Cost: $75 full week, $16 in advance, $17 at the door

SCHEDULE:
Feb 5 | Waacking & House with Emily Law & Ashley Perez "Colours”
Feb 6 | Find Your Sexy with Sze-Yang Ade-Lam & Ravyn Wings
*students are encouraged to bring heels, not mandatory
Feb 7 | Mix it up with Emily Law & Sarah Tumaliuan
Feb 8 | House / Hip Hop with Sarah Tumaliuan & Kristine Flores
Feb 9 | Mix it up with Sze-Yang Ade-Lam & Ashley Perez "Colours”

About the Workshop

Mix it up class draws from many styles of movement including house, waacking, kung fu, hip hop and all the styles that influenced those movement practices.

Each class offered this week includes some body work and a movement practice influenced by the style mentioned. The members of mix mix are training to be physical, articulate, & musical. These classes are how we have been training together for the past year. Our practice is ever evolving and aims to be physically challenging yet safe. The classes work with freestyle concepts as well as choreography.

We aim to create an inclusive and a safe space. Discussion is welcome.

In Association with Progress Festival

Mix Mix Dance Collective is outrageous, fierce and thoughtful in their investigation of diversity in movement, music and art practice. The artists of Mix Mix Dance Collective have been extensively training, performing, teaching and competing in various street dance forms for more than 10 years. Their work is loud, colorful, groovy, accessible yet poignant, sharing their love of underrepresented street dance forms with a wider audience. The work of the collective deals with issues of equality and challenging socially-constructed identities such as gender and race.

Photos by Francesca Chudnoff

Community Accessible Workshop

TO Love-In welcomes all bodies with an artistic and physical practice to join us in creating a space of inclusivity, generosity, respect and LOVE. We are committed to making class available to everyone. If you have barriers to accessing these classes, financial or otherwise, please contact us as soon as possible by sending an email to: tolove.in@gmail.com. Please note that any arrangements are subject to availability.

Aggressive Snuggling: From the Politics of Touch to the Poetics of Touch with Eroca Nicols

Nov 27 - Dec 1, 2017

 

Aggressive Snuggling: From the Politics of Touch to the Poetics of Touch with Eroca Nicols 

November 27-Dec 1st, 2017

Monday- Friday 10am-12noon.

Dovercourt House, 2nd Floor. 805 Dovercourt Road, TO.

Cost: Full week $75,  $16 in advance, $17 at the door.

** Wednesday's CLASS is PWYC, as we are going on a little field trip!

Meet at Dovercourt House for 10am! Wear clothes to go outside.

OPEN TO ALL HUMANS WITH A DEDICATED ARTISTIC AND / OR MOVEMENT PRACTICE!

Community Accessible Workshop

TO Love-In welcomes all bodies with an artistic and physical practice to join us in creating a space of inclusivity, generosity, respect and LOVE. We are committed to making class available to everyone. If you have barriers to accessing these classes, financial or otherwise, please contact us as soon as possible by sending an email to:  tolove.in@gmail.com.  Please note that any arrangements are subject to availability.


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About the Workshop:
 
I have recently I started studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and I see many parallels to contact. Like CI, in BJJ it is absolutely necessary to commit all my attention to the task at hand because of real physical risk. One of the aspects I love about BJJ and where I see a very real difference from CI, is the incredible clarity of boundaries. When a person "taps out" a little tap on the shoulder or leg or really anywhere that can be reached, means: stop doing what you are doing, let go, physically come apart and start again. Also, before engaging in any touch, there is a customary high five then fist bump. The cues are not a suggestion of agreement, these cues are clear; yes, I agree to engage and; no, I longer agree and we are now stopping.
 
Often boundaries are muddy in contact improvisation and there are many reasons for this including systemic hetero-patriarchy, white supremacy, colonialist ideas of "freedom" and ableism. CI culture can include clear boundaries but in my experience it does not and this excludes many people particularly many women and femme presenting folks, queer folks, gender fluid folks, people of color and folks of different abilities. I want CI to be a place I can invite my community but it is currently not. Perhaps by adopting some of the explicit consent codes of BJJ, we can address some of the issues around consent and boundaries that exist inside the CI community. And do so with care and openness.
 

 

I want to stress the importance and the place for the politics of touch to precede the poetics of touch. I believe that we can begin to work on this and at the same time have a good time learning some fun skills from another partnered movement practice (BJJ.)
 
Here's a list of some of the things we will definitely do:
-Ask for and receive consent before touching anyone!
-Develop and practice both a physical and a verbal start and stop signal.
-Practice saying yes and saying no and meaning it.
-Practice hearing yes and hearing no and responding to it.
 
More skills we will work on:
-play with different levels of compression and weight
-extreme squeezing, how do we dial up and down our tone?
-improvising from BJJ "positions"
- mount, guard, half guard, side guard.
 

 

- EROCA NICOLS
 
 
 
 
 
Eroca Nicols is an international performance art and body nerd. Her alter ego and company, Lady Janitor combs the globe looking for places to incite radical moments of art chaos, consume massive amounts of coffee, wear amazing unisuits and confer with movers and thinkers of all varieties.
Eroca is currently known a dancer/choreographer/teacher but her multiplitous practice stems from a family of semi-mystical nomadic trailer people, years working as a janitor, and a BFA in video/performance art and sculpture from California College of the Arts (formerly and Crafts.) Her teaching, dancing and training are deeply influenced in her continued study of choreography, ritual, biomechanics and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
She is super stoked to be all over the world including stints as Teaching Artist in Residence at The Whole Shebang in Philadelphia and at various festivals and institutions including The School of Making Thinking in NYC, P-af/performing arts forum in France, ImPulsTanz in Vienna and Studio 303 in Montreal. Eroca is a Chalmers Research Fellow, and investigates death, ritual and performance with healers and conveners around the globe.
 
Photo credit: Michelle Panting

Body Word Bank Workshop with Lesandra Dodson

November 10, 2017

TO LOVE-In and Moonhorse Dance Theatre

Present

Body Word Bank Workshop with Lesandra Dodson

Fri, Nov 10, 10am - 12noon @ Dovercourt House, 2nd floor. 805 Dovercourt House.

$17/class or $30 with Heidi Latsky workshop on Monday Nov 1st, 2017.

To register e-mail adina@moonhorsedance.com
Pre-registration is encouraged!

OPEN TO ALL HUMANS WITH AN ARTISTIC and PHYSICAL PRACTICE

Lesandra Dodson will teach a workshop entitled Body Word Bank, which will provide physical exploration through a series of movement exercises, text, improvisation and creative movement development. It will start with a technical series of short simplistic exercises that are designed to focus on specific body articulation – with a goal of creating responsive, energizing movement reaction, and alignment awareness. These exercises will also focus the participant on detailed movement dynamics and rhythm changes. The second part of the workshop is designed to explore choreographic creation and movement invention. It will investigate different ways to use text to build and create movement sequences. There will be focus on breath, sound, and the effect it has upon movement invention.

About Lesandra:

Choreographer Lesandra Dodson, currently living in Fredericton and originally from Vancouver, began her formative training in Dance Studies at Simon Fraser University. In 1990, after graduating from the Professional Program of the School of Contemporary Dancers in Winnipeg, she danced with Le Groupe Dance Lab in Ottawa. In 2000, she moved to Toronto to work independently as a choreographer. Over the next few years she participated numerous times as a choreographer at Le Groupe Dance Lab in Ottawa under Artistic Director, Peter Boneham- an experience integral to her choreographic education. Lesandra has performed and created in Asia, Europe, Mexico, the United States and Canada.

Over the years, Lesandra's interest in choreography and the marriage of different artistic mediums has generated several multidisciplinary and video/film productions including works for Bravo! the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Global TV and Pix Chix Productions. Other live performances include Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers Profile Performance Series as well as their 35th Anniversary Festival and New Creation Series, Le Groupe Dance Lab, Canada Dance Festival and Toronto’s DanceWorks series

DON'T MISS:

OLDER & RECKLESS

15 world-class dance artists, 2 duets, 3 solos and a community work all in one performance!

Friday November 10 at 8pm

Saturday November 11 at 2pm and 8pm

Harbourfront Centre Theatre231 Queens Quay West, Toronto

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MARS & ON DISPLAY with Heidi Latsky

November 6, 2017

TO LOVE-In and Moonhorse Dance Theatre

Present

MARS (Mindful Activation Release Study) and ON DISPLAY Workshop with Heidi Latsky

Monday Nov 6, 10am - 12noon

Dovercourt House, 2nd floor. 805Dovercourt Road, TO.

$17/ workshop  or * $30 in combination with Lesandra Dodson on Friday November 10th.

To register e-mail adina@moonhorsedance.com
Pre-registration is encouraged!

OPEN TO ALL FOLKS WITH AN ARTISTIC and PHYSICAL PRACTICE

Heidi Latsky will teach a class starting with her MARS Method: Mindful Activation Release Study, a practice designed to activate the body in a relaxed, meditative way. Through specific breathing techniques and guided rocking of the entire body the practice brings the participant into an effortless stillness and a deep, quiet but active sense of being grounded.

She will then move into teaching the improvisational structure for ON DISPLAY-her site specific meditative installation that disrupts the urban landscape with a mostly still human sculpture court featuring performers ranging in age, disability, race, and size. ON DISPLAY GLOBAL is her annual worldwide initiative performed on December 3rd in honor of International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Participants in this workshop are invited to be part of ON DISPLAY TORONTO this coming December.

 

About Heidi:

Heidi Latsky and I met years ago at the Pavlychenko Studio in Toronto where we both trained and where I also taught in the 80’s- 90’s. Recently I became aware of Heidi’s on-going career in NY and her current focus on physically integrated dance. This is a focus that has also blossomed in Toronto and in other urban centres. I was keen to invite Heidi to Toronto to share her knowledge and experience with those who could benefit. Heidi has a history in this city where she began her dance journey and is excited to renew her presence here with all she now has to offer. There are many dance professionals who are currently pursuing training to work with those with disabilities and I believe Heidi has much to share with them.

DON'T MISS THE SHOW:

OLDER & RECKLESS

Friday November 10 at 8pm

Saturday November 11 at 2pm and 8pm

Harbourfront Centre Theatre

231 Queens Quay West, Toronto

https://www.moonhorsedance.com/older-and-reckless

Inside the Music with Faizal “Mostrixx” Ddamba

Oct 16 - Oct 20, 2017

TO Love-In & dance Immersion

present

INSIDE THE MUSIC with Faizal Ddamba AKA "MOSTRIXX"

UGANDA

OPEN TO ALL HUMANS WITH A DEDICATED ARTISTIC AND / OR MOVEMENT PRACTICE!

When: October 16- 20th, 2017. Monday- Friday 10am-12noon.

Where: Dovercourt House, 1st Floor. 805 Dovercourt Road, TO.

Cost: Full week $75,  $16 in advance, $17 at the door.

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 Toronto Dance Community Love-In is excited to share our season opening partnership with dance Immersion.  dance Immersion is a leader in Producing, Promoting and Supporting dancers and dances of the African Diaspora since 1994. Together we are hosting Faizal Mostrixx from Uganda with a TO Love-In workshop and dance Immersion dance Immersion's Presentation.

The workshop:

When vocals or instrumental sounds are combined in a way to produce a beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion (Music). When we allow our bodies to go inside the music we can access our consciousness that will shape further decisions for our presence in posture.

This class will involve exploring technical, complex, improvisational and physical movement vocabularies from African drum music to digital /experimental music and rhythms.

This workshop aims to develop the dancers’ musicality, creative mind, speed, control (determination) and decisions they make as their bodies become instruments during and after the workshop. The music in this session is very important. It will challenge, inspire, motivate you and surprise your body strength.

My style as a mover and a music manipulator has been inspired by mixing both my desire of making music and dance, through working on different levels of dance forms like contemporary, traditional African, Hip Hop, Breaking (b-boying), Afro fusion, popping and working with music and voice teacher’s likes of Charmaine Leblanc & Angelique Willkie.

About Faizal:

Faizal Ddamba aka Mostrixx is a freelance professional dance performing artist and music producer. His expertise includes breaking,contemporary, popping, hip hop, house dance, fusing it all with African Ugandan traditional dance forms, giving it a unique rhythmic and groovy abstract afro texture. Ddamba started dancing at the age of 9 in Primary school level, participating in music dance and drama (MDD). Joined Break Dance Project Uganda, a youth founded project that uses break dance and other elements of hip hop bridging young people together for a positive social change in societies. Ddamba is currently member of Tabu flo Dance Company.

DON'T MISS 

dance Immersion and TO Love In

presents

Faizal Ddamba alongside Toronto Artists

8:00 pm | Saturday October 21, 2017

Dancemakers Studio- Theatre Studio 313

15 Case Goods Lane #301, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

FREE AFTER PARTY  @ 9:30

More information and tickets here!

In partnership with dance Immersion, Toronto and Studio 303 Montreal. THANK YOU!

Watch more:

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