ĀNANDAṀ Dancetheatre

May 12 to 14, 2022

Ephemeral Artefacts: Travis Knights

Crédits photo : Eamon Mac Mahon Artiste: Travis Knights

TORONTO

DANSE

May 12, 2022: 7:30 p.m.

May 13, 2022: 7:30 p.m.

May 14, 2022: 7:30 p.m.

Confronting the idea that dance is inherently ephemeral, this work investigates the processes that give it tangibility: time, practice, and attention. At its heart, the piece examines the dancing body as a container of embodied knowledge, a site of transmission over time. Ephemeral Artifacts is a repertoire work of ĀNANDAṀ existing in multiple variations with diverse casts of artists. This edition features tap artist Travis Knights exploring the indelible connection of jazz and tap carried through divine Black bodies. Honouring lineages, bodies, and communities that have shaped the DaNcE over time through oral tradition, context, form, and relationship. A non-linear reflection on those we lost and a visceral act of re-membering them in a way that acknowledges the indelible marks they left behind. This work asks, as Knight’s tap teacher Ethel Bruneau did, “Whose shoulders are you standing on?”

ĀNANDAṀ Dancetheatre’s work centres choreographic aesthetics constructed from a non-Eurocentric lens and is grounded in a rigorous approach to bodies, gaze, space and time.


For deaf and hard of hearing spectators, you can reserve a vibrotactile device for the performance. The use of a vibrotactile vest adds a new way of experiencing the rhythms of tap dance. Do you want to reserve a vest?

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Schedule

Schedule for Thursday, May 12, 2022

  • 6pm: Casual presentation of the tactiles devices to hearing audiences
  • 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.: Reception of the public
  • 7:30 pm: show
  • 8:45 pm: End of the show and exit of the public

Schedule for Friday, May 13, 2022

  • 6pm: Casual presentation of the tactiles devices to hearing audiences
  • 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.: Reception of the public
  • 7:30 pm: show
  • 8:45 pm: End of the show
  • 8:50 pm to 9:15 pm.: Discussion with the artists
  • End of the discussion and exit of the public: 9:15 pm

*Two interpreters (LSQ and ASL) will be present during the talkback.

Schedule for Saturday May 14, 2022

Traditional presentation. Tactile devices are not available.


Credits: Direction, Co Choreography, dramaturgy: Brandy Leary | Performance, composition co choreography: Travis Knights | Design LX: Siobhán Sleath | Video editing: Robert Kingsbury | Sculptural design: Nithya Garg | Technician responsible for the vibrotactiles devices: David Bobier | Video editor: Eamon MacMahon | Stage Manager: Leah Gingerich.