Presentations CIRCUS Timber! - $ July 23–24, 7 p.m. / July 25, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Fleck Dance Theatre at Harbourfront Centre Cirque Alfonse’s Timber! is for anyone ready to embrace their inner lumberjack. Talented acrobats and musicians create a colourful, energetic scene of epic feats, complete with axe throwing and aerial acrobatics. You can almost smell the fresh-cut pine logs as you watch this hyper-festive feat of agility and strength inspired by the exploits of the first Québécois lumberjacks, loggers and farmers. | Co‑presented by Théâtre Français de Toronto. Buy Tickets Now.
COMEDY The Big ‘What Now?’ written and performed by Sandra Shamas – (WORLD PREMIERE) $ July 21–25, 8 p.m. Young Centre for the Performing Arts at The Distillery District One of Canada’s most celebrated comic artists presents an all-new show about her personal exploration of life after 50. The Big ‘What Now?’ is a humorous look at what happens once we’ve completed life’s compulsory rites of passage. In her candid style, Sandra Shamas examines the next few decades in pursuit of one of life’s biggest questions. Buy Tickets Now.
DANCE Showroom - $ July 11–12, 2 p.m. / July 13, 7 p.m. Fleck Dance Theatre at Harbourfront Centre DanzAbierta’s Showroom is a colourful, arresting dance creation filled with passion and irony. In this brilliant showcase of modern Cuban dance, performers burst on stage in this powerful metaphor for life that blurs the boundaries of staged and real emotions. This skilled contemporary ensemble is one of Havana’s most prominent companies, regularly touring as cultural ambassadors throughout the world. Buy Tickets Now. The connected Creation of creative Connections – (WORLD PREMIERE) $ July 15, 7:30 p.m. Betty Oliphant Theatre at Canada’s National Ballet School Emerging dance artists from six different countries of the Americas will come together at Canada’s National Ballet School (NBS) to explore their cultural differences and similarities in a new work choreographed by Shaun Amyot (Canada) and Demis Volpi (Argentina). Shorter works choreographed and performed by NBS students will complete the program.
Limitless - $ July 17-18, 7:30 p.m. Young Centre for the Performing Arts at The Distillery District ILL-Abilities™ is an international breakdance crew comprised of differently-abled dancers whose goal is to spread positive thinking by inspiring the world with dance and positive attitudes. Created by Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli, the dancers hail from Chile, Canada, the United States and the Netherlands and have performed across North America, Europe and Asia, with their message “No Excuses, No Limits!” Buy Tickets Now. Battle for the North - $ July 21-23, 7 p.m. Young Centre for the Performing Arts at The Distillery District Breaking and hard-hitting urban street dance crews from across the country battle it out in a round-robin elimination tournament to see who will be crowned Canada’s best. Buy Tickets Now. MIX - $ August 7–8, 8 p.m. St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts Brazilian choreographer Deborah Colker combines the competitive edge of sport, the self-discipline of ballet, the freedom of modern dance and the daredevilry of the circus in this electrifying performance. Winner of a Laurence Olivier Award, MIX takes you to the dance halls of Rio through a combination of contemporary and traditional techniques that draw on everyday themes. Buy Tickets Now.
DANCE/THEATRE Betroffenheit – (WORLD PREMIERE) $ July 23, 8 p.m. / July 24, 7 p.m. / July 25, 8 p.m. St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts Shock and bewilderment encompass you in the wake of a disaster. In this timeless, liminal space you are the survivor, still responding to the crisis long after it has subsided. Created by Crystal Pite (Kidd Pivot) and Jonathon Young (Electric Company Theatre), Betroffenheit explores powerful themes of loss, trauma, addiction and recovery through a boundary-stretching hybrid of theatre and dance. | Co‑presented with Canadian Stage. Buy Tickets Now.
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