Commissions & Creative Partnerships

Dance Ontario's Creative Partnership Program provides $2,000 in production/creation support plus $2,000 performance fee to each of two choreographers for NEW work to be premiered at DanceWeekend each January. Choreographers whose membership is current at the time of submission are eligible to apply. All forms of dance will be considered and two works each approximately 15 minutes in length will be selected.

The Association's Selection Committee looks for applications that :
- demonstrate excellence and professional integrity;
- bridge diverse forms and/or disciplines;
- take creative risks;
- connect with and are relevant to a broad-based audience;
- enhance the artist's repertoire.

Makeda Benitez and Decades Collective: This Year's Dance Ontario Creative Partnerships

Makeda Estrella Benitez will collaborate with Bahram Aghakhan and Persamenco, a Toronto-based Persian-derived musical ensemble for Dentro, taken from flamenco's inward turn of the hands, a gesture of welcoming and drawing in.  In this dance, they welcome each other's creative voices as fellow travelers and invite audiences to step inside the work to feel the power of duende, the flamenco spirit.

The recipient of the 2014 Dance Ontario Youth Dance Award, Makeda Benitez graduated from the Academy of Spanish Dance, Toronto and has since completed Advanced studies in Seville, Spain at the Fundacion de Flamenco Cristina Heeren. Makeda has been performing at various festivals with Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company as well as in Seville.

Decades Collective instigated by Sashar Zarif and Maxine Heppner will include six dance artists and two facilitators/dramaturge from eight heritages spanning generations from ages 20's-70's.

DANCERS
Mi Young Kim: Korean traditional and shamanic dances

Maxine Heppner: Contemporary from Balkan & East Asian sources
Sashar Zarif: Contemporary and traditional dance rooted in Central and Western Asia (including Iran & Azerbaijan)

Mafa Makhubalo: South African
Jennifer Dallas: Clown and contemporary
Atri Nundry: Bharatnatyam & Bengali folkloric

FACILITATORS
Jill Carter: Anishnawbee-Ashkenaz: theatre artist & activist
Jani Lauzon: Metis, accomplished in theatre & puppetry

The collective work proposed aims to take diversity to another level, co-creating on important issues that all face in Toronto and in Ontario precisely because of, and through our plural backgrounds, dance forms and generations. The planned work will be the outcome of a two-month process in which they will investigate their artistry focusing on "land", "home", "belonging" to make a collective creation.

 

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To date choreographers commissioned include Nenagh Leigh, Meagan O'Shea, Terrill Maguire, Lucy Rupert, Vivine Scarlett,Jenn Goodwin, Sasha Ivanochko, Marlee Cargill, Malgorzata Nowacka, Nova Bhattacharya & Louis Laberge-Côté,Sashar Zarif & Holly Small, William Yong, Lacey Smith, Amy Hampton & Keiko Ninomiya, Jessica Westermann, Lucy Rupert & Barbara Pallamino, Pamela Rasbach, Robert Stephen, Amy Hampton & Keiko Ninomiya, Apolonia Velasquez & Ofilio Portillo, Benjamin Landsberg, Jasmyn Fyffe, Keiko Kitano, Malgorzata Nowacka with James Croker & Jack Langenhuizen, Natasha Powell, Courtnae Bowman, Hanna Kiel, Louis Laberge Cote, Jacob Niedszwiecki, Alyssa Martin, Ryan Lee. Shameka Blake and Riley Sims

...creativity that excites!

Call for Submissions: 2018-19 Creative Partnerships Program
Dance Ontario's Creative Partnership Program will provide $2,000 in production/creation support to each of two choreographers for NEW work to be premiered at DanceWeekend'19 next January. Choreographers whose membership is current at the time of submission are eligible to apply. All forms of dance will be considered and two works each approximately 15 minutes in length will be selected. The Association's Selection Committee looks for applications that :
- demonstrate excellence and professional integrity;
- bridge diverse forms and/or disciplines;
- take creative risks;
- connect with and are relevant to a broad-based audience;
- enhance the artist's repertoire.
Please submit a description of the proposed new work electronically together with a C.V.s for yourself and your collaborators, creation
budget and links to youtube or vimeo of past or relevant work to:
The Dance Ontario Selection Committee c/o
contact@danceontario.ca

Deadline: May 14, 2018 (past)