In Mixed Company by Parts+Labour_Danse

By Kayla Hoolwerf


In Mixed Company by Parts+Labour_Danse explores the dissonance that arises when social codes hinder ones quests. Premiered originally in 2013 in Montréal, the work includes Caroline Gravel, Jody Hegel, Milan Panet-Gigon and Lael Stellick.

Under the direction of Emily Gualtieri and David Albert-Toth, Parts+Labour_Danse delivers a full-bodied contemporary dance experience that stems from the two directors’ varying sources of inspiration. The pair, who met in 2003 at Concordia University’s contemporary dance program, come from differing backgrounds – Albert-Toth from urban styles and Gualtieri from classical training – but unite artistically: “If [a state] cannot be expressed physically, it means it isn’t clear enough yet. And yet, at the end of the day, it’s not what you do, but how you do it. So the state and dance always need to be in dialogue,” comments Albert-Toth in a profile for The Dance Current’s May/June 2015 issue.

In addition to preparing a new full-length work for 2016, Albert-Toth and Gualtieri are presenting individual works in Toronto this summer. Gualtieri premieres her new work Re:Pairing as part of a DanceWorks CoWorks production June 18-20, and Albert-Toth performs his solo La chute as part of the lottery-drawn Late Night Series at the dance: made in Canada/fait au Canada festival in August.




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