SOCIAL GROWL DANCE
Social Growl Dance was founded in August 2012 by Artistic Director Riley Sims. Since its inception, the company has built a reputation for its provocative work. Sims’ first full length work Are You Still Coming Tonight? premiered in December 2014 at the Alumnae Theatre in Toronto, Canada. Are You Still Coming Tonight? received two residencies for creation in 2014. The first at Centre Q in Quyon, Quebec with Sims’ mentor Tedd Robinson (10 Gates Dancing / National Arts Centre Associate Dance Artist) and the second with Toronto theatre company lemonTree Creations. In August 2015 Social Growl's remount of Are You Still Coming Tonight? at the SummerWorks Performance Festival was awarded with the Vanguard Award for Risk and Innovation.
Social Growl has presented work in Toronto at the SummerWorks Performance Festival (Are You Still Coming Tonight?, 2015) Fresh Blood Dance Festival (Pretending To Listen Until I Can Talk About Myself Again, 2014), Gallery 1313 ( For Morgan, 2013) and at Dance Matters (Everything We’ve Ever, 2012). The company currently employs seven dancers on a project-to-project basis including graduates from the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Ottawa’s The School of Dance, The Université du Québec à Montréal, LADMMI (L'école de danse contemporaine), and L'école de danse de Québec.
In 2015, Social Growl Dance was selected to be the Dance Matters 2016/2017 Commission and Residency artist. This collaboration with Dance Matters presented Sims' most recent full length work Drunk On Fiction which premiered at the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto from February 8th - 11th, 2017.