In August 2017, The Dietrich Group invites you to PORTRAIT at SummerWorks Festival. Witness exquisite artists Danielle Baskerville and Robert Kingsbury in DA Hoskins’ reconstruction of a work initiated close to ten years ago.
“A delicious dichotomy continues throughout the work reminding us that there is as much struggle as joy in artistic creation.” — The Globe and Mail
PORTRAIT was first mounted at the former Theatre Centre to critical acclaim and was subsequently selected for the Festival TransAmériques (FTA) in Montreal. A multi-disciplinary dance work with a sound-score by Gilles Goyette and video by Nico Stagias, PORTRAIT lingers in the liminal spaces between performance art, theatre, dance and film, highlighting the creative act itself and dynamics between artist, audience and muse.
Thursday, August 3rd — Sunday, August 13th
Ticket Price: $15, $25, or $35
The Theatre Centre — Franco Boni Theatre
1115 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON
Funding generously provided by Ontario Arts Council
Piano generously provided by Steinway Piano Gallery Canada
Lina Cruz’s Room #7 is a space-time for three intriguing females, evolving as characters of a comic strip. Legendary performers Louise Bédard, Karen Kaeja and Claudia Moore are a territorial trio, revealing themselves as unusual heroines claiming the right to their small chaotic world, a world including their stage confidant, musician-performer Philippe Noireaut.
DA Hoskins, an artist who thrives on the vitality and expressive immediacy of dance, creates a potent reflection of the self, personally and collectively, in BIRD NESTING IN FINGERS IN BLOOM. Powerful and poetic, DA’s quartet for Cloud 9 is a wordless collision of experience that binds the players’ bodies in a sharing of understanding, a wisdom that renders the illuminations of the self, tactile. Performed by Larry Hahn, Karen Kaeja, Claudia Moore and Robert Regala.
Tuesday, May 9 – 8:00pm
Wednesday, May 10 – 8:00pm
Saturday, May 13 – 8:00pm
Thursday, May 18 – 8:00pm
Friday, May 19 – 8:00pm
Saturday, May 20 – 2:00pm
At The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St. West
Cloud 9 Room #7 / BIRD NESTING IN FINGERS IN BLOOM will be performed on alternating evenings Kaeja d’Dance CRAVE / DEFIANT
The Coating Project is a guerrilla undertaking by The Dietrich Group. Through it, we explore the body in the vast landscape of the Hearn Generating Station. Images of its singular spaces are layered and inundate the viewer. This work, in partnership with Luminato, offered Visual Artist/Artistic Director DA Hoskins the opportunity to explore the residuals of a once-inhabited landscape. This is a physiological excavation and play of archetypes, suggestive abstractions and occupation.
For more information, visit luminatofestival.com
For his newest work, DA Hoskins collaborates with the exceptional dance artists Emily Law and Naishi Wang. Premiering March 10th — 13th 2016 at The Collective Space, a former sound stage, at 221 Sterling Road, studio 5 in the emerging Lower Junction Triangle.
“There is a lake in Northern Ontario called Florence. Nature, this place, my experiences camping and portaging — all have inspired The Dietrich Group’s newest work. FLORENCE is both about the act of seeing and being immersed in the view; like the simultaneous experience of looking at a landscape, and being a part of nature. An exploration of the body in a landscape, FLORENCE sets out to find physical intimacy in silhouette — the intimacy of the player playing and the watcher watching, and that which is in between.” — DA Hoskins
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As part of the symposium The Other ‘D’: Locating the ‘D’ance in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies in Canada — The Dietrich Group will be presenting an excerpt from the 2008 pivotal work — LADY: Images in a Melodramatic Setting. Inspired by DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover, LADY follows a woman — her mythology, her sexuality, her stories — into the clutches of any one notion of ‘identity’. Is her identity hers alone? Or is she an idea the audience has formed of her through images that resonate with iconic, yet unsettling familiarity?
This excerpt we refer to as ‘the sissyboy duet’ features dance artist Damian Norman, Sebastian Hirtenstein and Danielle Baskerville.
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Artistic Associate Danielle Baskerville has engaged independently an initiative in artistic producing and commissioning of new work. Her most recent commission with long time collaborator DA Hoskins will be part of the DanceWorks 2015/16 season.
Created by director/choreographer DA Hoskins and featuring dance artists Danielle Baskerville, Luke Garwood and Robert Kingsbury, this world premiere focuses on how energy reverberates and grows through exchange. On September 22, 2010, days before initial rehearsals, the Canadian stage and film actress Jackie Burroughs passed away. Her death steered the course of this work as an exploration of the power of reaction — how we observe, absorb and ultimately respond. In Jackie Burroughs is Dead (and what are you going to do about it?) there is an echo forever permeating the present and speaking of the residuals of loss.
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Artistic Director DA Hoskins will be in residency at hub14: an artist-run space and performance incubator.
the artist in action is the artist vandalizing their form – going beyond their form – to ultimately bring direct, potent focus to the body, its parts, and our associations.
Over the past year and a half, DA Hoskins and Mark Reinhart have been engaged in a creative interactive exchange in image play. In a landscape involving connection, intimacy and boundaries, they are exploring themes such as colour, sexuality, movement, evolution, character play and personal politics in attempts to expand our common perceptions of the body.
This documentation project will be a malleable entity, a step towards creating a collage of ideas and elements exercised through instinct, response and time. We don’t wish for these ideas to conform or settle, but to be in a perpetual state of change, much like the body.
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