(April 1, 2014 – Toronto, Ontario) Known for his wide body of work, some of it including some of the best films ever made in Canada, Atom Egoyan has over the years tested his creative boundaries, most recently with another foray into opera and his unique retelling of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte. This time, in fact this week, it`s dance. No, he won’t be doing the dancing, but his take on a new production is bound to be worth the price of admission.
For one night only, this Friday April 4th, Egoyan and the Artistic Director of the Toronto-based Dancemakers, Michael Trent, will participate in Talking Dancing, a public discussion about Dancemakers 40th Anniversary production of Around.
Created by Trent and the Dancemakers company, Around continues Trent’s exploration of boundary-pushing performance through contemporary aesthetics, cross-disciplinary dialogues and collaborative engagement, which are the hallmarks that inform the creative process at Dancemakers. Around delves into the disconnect between symmetry, perfection, uncertainty and ambiguity. Presented in the round, a floor to ceiling veil will encircle both the audience and performers providing an intimate space for exchange.
Following the performance, audience members can join the discussion on what they just witnessed and hear first-hand the opinions, thoughts, feelings of the work as seen through the eyes of one of Canada`s most successful directors.
Egoyan is a ground-breaking stage and film director, internationally-acclaimed, and proudly Canadian. Exotica, his massively award-winning breakthrough film catapulted his career which includes the films The Sweet Hereafter, Chloe and Devil’s Knot; the stage production of Tender and Cruel; and the operas Feng Yi Ting, Cosi Fan Tutte, which closed in late February of this year, and next season’s Die Walkure.
With a career spanning over 25 years, Toronto-based dance artist Michael Trent was appointed Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer of Dancemakers and the Centre for Creation in August 2006. Trent has garnered national recognition as a choreographer of over 30 works. He is the co-recipient of the 2004 K.M. Hunter Award in dance. This production of Around continues only until April 6.