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practice lab


 

Join us in Practice Lab! The Railpath Arts Centre in partnership with the Toronto Dance Community Love-In is offering weekly opportunities to develop and share practice with others, and to experiment our wildest ideas with curiosity and care.

We are now offering Practice Lab both online (via zoom) and in person at The Railpath Arts Centre, 35 Golden Ave, Toronto.

In person participation will require a pre-screening questionnaire. Lab sizes are capped at 6 – 8 people and all participants must be masked. For TRAC’s complete COVID policy visit: https://therailpathartscentre.com/policies#covid

Please register prior to attending through The Railpath Arts Centre website and their MindBody platform. For ease, we suggest trying the MindBody app! A zoom link will be sent in a separate email in advance of the lab. Practice Lab can be attended on a drop-in basis with a PWYC sliding scale.

Practice Lab times:
Mondays 10am – 11:30am
Wednesdays 10am – 11:30am
Fridays 6pm – 7:30pm
Sundays 1pm – 2:30pm

If you have any questions or difficulties registering, please reach us at info@tolovein.com! 

WEEK 1: Stephen Jackman-Torkoff, OCTOBER 19 – 25
A poetic dreamscape odyssey into the consequences of imagining.

WEEK 2: Devanshi Mishra, OCTOBER 26 – NOVEMBER 1
Dive into movement exploration and choreography like never before with Indian-Contemporary dance style. The Past & Present guiding you move.

WEEK 3: Kaelin Isserlin, NOVEMBER 9 – 15 (The Railpath Arts Centre)
Space We Make is a dance game that explores sensations within structures of rhythm and spacing with care and play in mind.

WEEK 4: Irma Villafuerte, NOVEMBER 16 – 22 (Online)
Discovering the DNA of our stories through movement, memory work, and witnessing – historic memory in movement.

WEEK 5: Jennifer Laiwint, NOVEMBER 30 – DECEMBER 6 (location TBD)
Rhythm is A Dancer looks at the connection between bodily rhythms and feeling states and explores the ways that these can be creatively translated through movement, sound, and visual art.

WEEK 6: majero bouman, DECEMBER 7 – DECEMBER 13 (location TBD)
In Person Virtually invites awareness of media, including the body, language, and the computer, through which we reach toward one another, as an inquiry into how and when we miss and meet.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Stephen Jackman-Torkoff is a Wandering Fool/Disco Dancer who creates poetic dreamscape odysseys. They have performed in many plays such as The Glass Menagerie, Angels in America, Botticelli in the Fire/Sunday in Sodom and Trout Stanley. They are one of the Creator/Performers of the show Black Boys as well as the Poet in the Queer Songbook Orchestra. Stephen spends a lot of their time making art, and scavenging the city curbs for treasures.

Devanshi Mishra has trained in Indian Classical dance form of Kathak for over 15 years and awarded the National Scholarship for Dance by Government of India. With a Bachelors in Dance and a certificate in Entrepreneurship in performing arts from the University of Iowa, USA, Devanshi has been teaching for about 8 years now both nationally and internationally. Establishing her own studio and company, Oorja Danceworks in Chandigarh, India in 2016. Devanshi has worked with companies such as Maruti Suzuki, MTV, Samsung, MyFM India and the National Cadet Corps. of the Indian Army. Choreographing and performing all over India and hosting annual showcases, events and dance battles for her studio.

Kaelin Isserlin (they/he) is a dance artist based in Tkaronto. A recent graduate from The School of Toronto Dance Theatre and queer freelance artist, they enjoys making meals for their friends and pretending to be a popstar.

Irma Villafuerte is a Salvadorian-Canadian dance artist in Tkaronto. Graduate of George Brown Dance; her training extends to Latin American, Caribbean and Cuban Contemporary technique. She’s performed in Rhubarb Festival, DanceWeekend Ontario, Aluna Theatre’s RUTAS and Caminos Festival, Panamania 2015 at Nathan Phillips Square, La 12 Bienal de la Habana 2015 for (IN)DISCIPLINAS, Vanguardia Dance Projects Festival, International Dance Meeting by Danza Libre in Guantanamo, Cuba, CounterPulse Performing Diaspora in San Francisco, Mayworks Festival for Working People, etc. With the honour to be part of works by Jaberi Dance Theatre, Kahawi Dance Theatre, Alejandro Ronceria, Victoria Mata, Kaeja D’dance, Derek Sangster, Arsenio Andrade, Sharon B. Moore, Darryl Tracy, Malgorzata Nowacka, Jose Angel Carret. Since 2016, she has engaged in developing her choreographic practice, through residencies with Dancemakers, Toronto Dance Theatre and George Brown Dance Ensemble. She currently on the faculty at Casa Maiz’ Semillas Latinas summer camp for Latin American children and Randolph College for the Performing Arts.

Jennifer Laiwint is a Toronto based Visual Artist and DJ who works across the disciplines of video, movement-based performance, text and sound. Her practice takes a process-oriented approach to explore the links between self-improvement culture, relational intimacy and performance. She has developed her work at the Banff Centre and NARS Foundation in New York and has exhibited in galleries and festivals such as Xpace, the Art Gallery of Mississauga and SummerWorks. She has been a DJ workshop facilitator and mentor for youth at SKETCH and the Living Arts Centre. In 2020, she was accepted into the Dancemakers Peer Learning Network and the DOC Breakthrough Program to develop new projects in the fields of dance and documentary film. She is currently a board member at Pleasure Dome and will be curating a program of experimental dance films in 2021.

Majero is a poet, a cultural theorist, a mother, an artist, and a life-long dancer. She merges the intellectual with the inspirational in her work as an artist and Open Floor Teacher. Her work is in service to cultural transformation, community responsibility, and self-awareness. She believes that movement practice can connect us deeply to ourselves and others – in service to communion – making the intangible visible. Her students appreciate the grit, substance, and inspiration she brings to her work. She is committed to making dance/movement accessible to people from all walks of life: the ordinary and the unconventional, those who dance and those who never knew they could.