Bin Chicken

Toronto Dance Theatre begins its 2020/21 Season with the film of Bin Chicken by award-winning choreographer and director Alyssa Martin. Originally set to premiere on stage last March right as the company had to suspend programming due to COVID-19, Bin Chicken has been turned into a film for Martin’s first commission with TDT.

Inspired by Martin’s visit to Sydney, Australia, when she became fascinated with a gaggle of striking white birds, known as “bin chickens” due to their voracious appetite for trash, Bin Chicken looks at the parallels between the lives of these much-maligned birds and the behaviour of the rest of us. This film will show TDT’s dancers in a whole new light as they use dance and theatre to spin a surreal new reality throughout the work. The score featured in Bin Chicken includes Beethoven’s celebrated Sonata No. 29 (Hammerklavier), performed by Toronto-based pianist Morgan-Paige Melbourne.

Bin Chicken premieres Thursday November 12 at 7:30 pm EST through TDT’s YouTube channel, and it will be followed by an after-party on Zoom as a fun way to celebrate the premiere and to learn more about the work and its artistic collaborators. The film will remain online for two weeks until November 26. Closed captioning will be provided. The film will be open to the public and donations are being encouraged to support Toronto Dance Theatre’s artistic programming. A link to the premiere will become available 24 hours in advance at https://tdt.org/bin-chicken-film

Citadel + Compagnie: Night Shift 2020

Citadel + Compagnie’s premiere livestreamed dance event, featuring six unique and boundary-pushing works filmed live from The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance.

From traditional Sinhalese dance to street dance, bharatnatyam to western contemporary, the showcase offers a snapshot of the Toronto dance landscape. It is an innovative take on presenting dance during these uncertain, pandemic times. Choreographers include Newton Moraes, Irma Villafuerte, Swadhi Ranganee, Roderick George, Daniel Gomez and Kalaisan Kalaichelvan.

September 30 to October 9, Wed-Fri 9 pm ET. All livestreams are free and available at citadelcie.com/nightshift

Curated by Nova Bhattacharya, Jon Drops Reid, and Santee Smith, directed by Barbara Willis Sweete, and co-presented with Fall for Dance North.

Recordings of each livestream will be available the day following the live performance until October 18, 2020

True Stories (Told Live) Toronto ONLINE

Toronto’s favourite storytelling show is online again and we have another incredible lineup for you to enjoy from the comfort of your couch!

Storytellers: Smokii Sumac, Veronica Antipolo, Olwen Wilson, Julie Mallari and Erin Rodgers. Hosted by Marsha from YesYesMarsha.com

Sep 29 at 7:30 pm ET. Tickets (Pay What You Can) from: https://artery.is/showcases/truestoriessept

As always, a donation will be made to Anduhyaun, a shelter and housing project for Indigenous women and children.