Ballet legend George Balanchine created Don Quixote for Suzanne Farrell , his muse and love object (he was married at the time), with Farrell as Dulcinea and the much-older Balanchine dancing the tragicomic Cervantes hero. Farrell restaged the work in 2005, using some dancers from the National Ballet . Now she returns to mount the work with the entire company, marking the piece's Canadian premiere. It's a must-see for classical dance lovers. June 15 to 24 at the Four Seasons Centre. 416-345-9595.
Bharatanatyam ace Lata Pada , whose stunning Revealed By Fire still burns in the memory of anyone who saw it, premieres a major new work, Kshetram - Dancing The Divine , inspired by the various Indian temples she grew up with and recently revisited with a different perspective. Besides her elegant, devotional dance moves, Pada and her company, Sampradaya Dance Creations , have included multimedia elements like projections, music and a narrator figure to read poetry and help provide context about the pantheon of temple gods. It's centuries-old classical Indian dance for the new millennium. June 15 and 16 at the Premiere Dance Theatre. 416-973-4000.
Toronto Dance Theatre has a reputation for producing some of the most innovative choreographers around. Take a look the most exciting artists on the indie scene, and chances are they started out at TDT. No surprise, then, that several dancers from the current company are trying out something new during the off-season. Under the promising company name Full Scale Revolution , Valerie Calam , Alana Elmer , Brendan Jensen , Kristy Kennedy and Matthew Waldie present a multimedia show of dance, theatre, original music and film. The title? Heydabodywhodebody . June 14 to 17 at the Winchester Street Theatre. 416-792-1375, www.myspace.com/fullscalerevolution.
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The annual al fresco movement event Dusk Dances is turning 13 this year, and like any new teen it's growing in new directions. The series, full of some of the best contemporary dance troupes in the city and beyond, travels throughout Ontario from June 21 to August 5, with two stops in the GTA. Pieces by the Danny Grossman Dance Company , Nova Bhattacharya , Louis Laberge-Côté and a specially commissioned work by Jane/Finch locals Lua Chayenne and Roshanak Jaberi hit Firgrove Park July 5 to 8, and works by Lincoln Shand , Zata Omm Dance Projects / William Yong , Michael Greyeyes and others come to Riverdale's Withrow Park July 10 to 15. Admission is always pay what you can, there's lots of music and a relaxed feel to the show. Check out the complete schedule at www.duskdances.ca.
If you don't get a chance to leave the city this summer, no worries. Harbourfront makes sure the rest of the world comes to you with its summer-long series of culture-packed events. Highlights include an appearance by Ballet en Fuego , a New Mexico troupe that combines traditional and contemporary dance techniques (July 14 and 15); and Turn On The Tap , which combines Western tap, Japanese taiko drumming and South Asian Bharatanayam classical dance (July 14). The cutest-sounding act has to be The Shadow Of Dragonfly , performed by Taiwanese Aboriginal children ages nine to 13 who sing, dance and act to celebrate their ancestral Amis tribe (July 1). 416-973-4000.