Toronto Heritage Dance showcases Canadian choreographers

By Samantha Mehra

In celebration of Canadian dance’s vibrant past and present, Toronto Heritage Dance recently showcased the work of six eminent Canadian choreographers at the Winchester Street Theatre from September 15th through 18th. The program, an event presented by the DanceWorks CoWorks Series, featured three new works, and three revivals including Patricia Beatty’s new solo The High Heart; David Earle’s Baroque Suite Duet and Miserere; Lawrence Gradus’ solo Castaway; Danny Grossman’s new duet Lone; Terrill Maguire’s solo Pond Life, set to the music of late composer Ann Southam; and Peter Randazzo’s “Pavane” from A Simple Melody. The cast included dancers Danielle Baskerville, Eddie Kastrau, Michael Sean Marye, Suzette Sherman and Meredith Thompson, among others. According to DanceWorks Curator Mimi Beck, the concert of modern dance pieces intended to “highlight the individual creative visions of these senior Canadian choreographers, to expose audiences to the breadth of the art form, and to revive master works of modern dance.”

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