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Toronto Dance Theatre presents Four at the Winch 2009

October 14-17, 2009 at the Winchester Street Theatre

To launch the 2009/2010 season, Toronto Dance Theatre is proud to present the tenth installment of Four at the Winch, the company’s choreographic showcase where risk and experimentation are encouraged, on October 14-17, 2009 (8pm) and October 17 (2pm - PWYC) at the Winchester Street Theatre. The pan-Canadian Four at the Winch 2009 will feature new choreographies (set on TDT’s extraordinary dancers) by Josh Beamish (Vancouver), Robert Kingsbury (Toronto), Simone Orlando (Vancouver) and Natasha Torres-Garner (Winnipeg). Since its inception in 1998, the Four at the Winch series has consistently played to sell-out crowds and has featured works by Peter Chin, Matjash Mrozewski, Claudia Moore, Sasha Ivanochko, Tedd Robinson and Kate Alton, among others.

TDT will also present The Process Revealed: Four at the Winch 2009, an intriguing look at the creative process in contemporary dance, on October 5th, 7pm (FREE) at the Winchester Street Theatre. Attendees will see short excerpts of the four upcoming works, and have the opportunity to participate in an open dialogue with the choreographers and the dancers about their visions, goals and artistic methodologies.

Under the direction of Artistic Director Christopher House, TDT is conceived both as a vital performing company and as a creative crucible. Four at the Winch 2009 underscores TDT’s commitment to the ongoing development and emergence of Canadian dance artists, and its interest in encouraging work that explores fresh ideas in movement invention.

“Inclusion in Toronto Dance Theatre’s annual choreographic showcase, Four at the Winch, has come to mean you have arrived as a contemporary choreographer.” – Susan Walker, Toronto Star (January 26, 2007)

Josh Beamish is the Artistic Director of MOVE: the company, and his works have been presented by Judith Marcuse Projects, The Scotiabank Dance Centre, and in association with DanceWorks Co-Works and the Joyce SoHo. He is the 2009 recipient of a City of Vancouver Artist Studio Award, and a 2008 Globe and Mail Dance Award.  

Robert Kingsbury is a multidisciplinary artist. He studied music at York University, and has done sound-editing and composition for pieces by Jung-Ah Chung, Ballet Jorgen, and D.A. Hoskins. Robert has choreographed works for independent shows and festivals including LabSpace, York University's Site-Specific Promenade, Series 8:08 and Ffida. He has also screened multi-disciplinary films at the Lantern Revue and Cinecycle.

Simone Orlando danced with the National Ballet, Desrosiers Dance Theatre, and Ballet BC. She has been named the Artist in Residence at Ballet BC for 2009-2010. She has received commissions including those from Ballet Kelowna, MOVE: the company, the Turning Point Ensemble, and a dance film, Chimère, for BRAVO! TV. Awards include a Fellowship Initiative Grant from the New York Choreographic Institute and the 2006 Clifford E. Lee Choreography Award.

Natasha Torres-Garner was a company dancer with Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers for six years. Her choreographic experience has entailed working as a choreographer with the Winnipeg Philharmonic Choir, Young Lungs Dance Exchange, shot AG of Dresden, Germany, and as a creative member for the theatre/dance collective The Rite Productions.

Under the artistic leadership of Christopher House since 1994, Toronto Dance Theatre has become internationally recognized for intelligent, visually stunning contemporary performance. Founded in 1968 by Peter Randazzo, Patricia Beatty and David Earle, TDT is dedicated to the creation of original works that celebrate the power of the human imagination. The company has had a profound influence on Canadian dance.

Four at the Winch 2009
New choreography by Josh Beamish (Vancouver), Robert Kingsbury (Toronto),
Simone Orlando (Vancouver), and Natasha Torres-Garner (Winnipeg)
October 14-17, 2009, 8pm - $26 General, $20 Students/Seniors/CADA members
October 17, 2009, 2pm - PWYC
Winchester Street Theatre, 80 Winchester Street
For tickets visit or call 416 967-1365




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