THE SCOOP | Fall for Dance North 2022 Brings New Works At Old Prices

By Anya Wassenberg on August 9, 2022

Image courtesy of Fall for Dance North
Choreography by Dianne Montgomery (Photo: Erica Cheah)

Fall for Dance North returns to Toronto’s stages in 2022 with a multidisciplinary program of mixed and full-length dance performances, live music, and a new film series. The festival will take place from September 17 to October 8, 2022, with ticket prices fixed at $15 for all seats and performances.

“This year’s annual festival represents a particularly thrilling evolution of FFDN, as we return to our signature venues at Meridian Hall, Theatre at the Creative School, and The Citadel for indoor performances, while also continuing to expand our organization’s footprint in Toronto and beyond,” says Ilter Ibrahimof, FFDN Artistic Director in a media release.

“We are immensely proud of this edition’s vibrancy and diversity, which features a fulsome representation of performance genres — including tap, jazz, hula, contemporary circus, traditional Indigenous, ballet and screendance — created and performed by more than 200 acclaimed dancers, choreographers, directors, and musicians from across North America. We are elated to once again come together to celebrate a joyous mix of high-quality, accessible performance in a variety of inspiring environments, in collaboration with our longtime programming partners across Toronto.”

Image courtesy of Fall for Dance North
“Zipangu” dancer Gesilayefa Azorbo and orchestra (Photo: Ceinwen Gobert)

Highlights

ARISE: 2022 Signature Programme

  • A commissioned work from renowned tap dancer Dianne Montgomery;
  • A traditional Indigenous Hawaiian performance from Ka Leo O Laka | Ka Hikina O Ka Lā;
  • A shared world premiere with Soundstreams of a new short film by award-winning actor and director Michael Greyeyes with live orchestral accompaniment;
  • The FFDN premiere of Canada’s National Ballet School, showcasing 110 ballet students in a monumental work by choreographer Jera Wolfe.
Zack Martel and Santiago Rivera (Photo: Bruce Zinger)
Zack Martel and Santiago Rivera (Photo: Bruce Zinger)

More dance

  • Night Shift, produced and co-presented by Citadel + Compagnie: world premieres by nine emerging dancemakers from Toronto over three nights of in-person performances at The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance.
  • The Heirloom Outdoor Performance Series will travel across Ontario from Sept. 17-25 & Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works on Sept. 20;
  • Jazz-themed double bill presentation, Margarita & Family of Jazz, showcasing the work of FFDN’s 2021/22 John and Claudine Bailey Artists-in-Residence Natasha Powell and Kimberley Cooper, with their respective companies Holla Jazz (Toronto) and Decidedly Jazz Danceworks (Calgary) on Sept. 30 to Oct. 2;
  • The Canadian premiere of a full-length performance from Phoenix-based Indigenous dance collective, Indigenous Enterprise, on Oct. 7-8.

New: 8-Count

A short dance film series titled with live, in-person screenings

  • Featuring world and Canadian premieres by director/choreographers Loughlan Prior (New Zealand), Zui Gomez (New York) and Roshanak Jaberi and Karen Kaeja (Toronto)
  • Betty Oliphant Theatre (Sept. 23) and the Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre at York University (Sept. 24).

PLUS: free in-person and digital events throughout the festival, including the FFDN podcast Mambo, a social dance evening, talks, free concerts and more.

FFDN tickets and information here.

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