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Fall for Dance North celebrates Canadian dance

June 19, 2017 12:00 PM
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Commissions featuring Robert Binet and Michaela Hinds, performances including Mix Mix Dance Collective on the bill.

World premieres featuring ballet choreographer Robert Binet and Irish dance champion Michaela Hinds are part of the third season of Fall for Dance North.

The three-night festival returns to Toronto’s Sony Centre Oct. 4 to 6. Tickets are a mere $15 and go on sale Wednesday.

The focus this season is “on celebrating Canadian dancers and choreographers working both here at home and abroad,” artistic director Ilter Ibrahimof said in a news release.

To that end, the festival commissioned Children of Chaos from National Ballet of Canada choreographic associate Binet. The piece is inspired by Renata Adler’s novel Speedboat, set to live excerpts of composer John Kameel Farah’s album Time Sketches, and will be performed by Canadians who have made careers abroad, including Martin ten Kortenaar and Jessica Xuan (Dutch National Ballet), Alexander Bozinoff and Liam Redhead (Royal Danish Ballet), Frances Chung (San Francisco Ballet) and Patrick Frenette (American Ballet Company).

The other commissioned pieces include Performance: Reflections of an Irish Journey. Choreographed by Yzanne Noone and performed by Hinds, it chronicles the artistic journey of the reigning senior ladies world Irish dance champion, who is retiring from the discipline.

Another world premiere is 72-Person Ball Passing by Charles Moulton, an escalation of the 1979 postmodern dance “masterpiece” Ball Passing. Past updates have seen as many as 60 people passing balls.

Also on the bill: works from Canada’s Mix Mix Dance Collective, Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Zata Omm Dance Projects, Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, Dong Mei Dance, and from international companies Gauthier Dance and Guangzhou Ballet.

New this season will be free programming in the west wing of Union Station during peak commuting times from Sept. 16 to Oct. 7. Details will be announced Aug. 25.

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