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Kathleen Smith

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Alvin Collantes

It was easy to feel down this year, but these talented artists – from theatre, comedy and dance – make us optimistic for the future more

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There's genuine poetry and stage magic in Slava Polunin's acclaimed physical theatre show more

Theatre

John Neumeier’s new ballet inspired by the Tolstoy novel is intense and often challenging, but it’s beautifully danced and always watchable more

Dance

Jera Wolfe's choreography is fun to watch, and the production and performances are strong, but the work doesn't offer anything genuinely transformative more

Dance

ProArteDanza's beautifully danced spin on Mozart's comic opera comments on inter-gender social tensions in the #MeToo era more

Dance

The UK-based dancer/choreographer's ode to Indian soldiers fighting for Britain in the First World War features riveting dance and a near-perfect blend of sensory elements more

Dance

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Samuel Engelking

Laurence Lemieux draws on personal history and the cult Hamilton punk band in new solo more

Dance

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Andre Cornellier

This month is unofficially dance month in Toronto as talented up-and-comers and proven talents deliver some major moves more

Dance

After 14 years of providing studio space and artist residencies to the indie performance community, the cultural hub must vacate its Markham Street space in December more

Stage

From fearless young dancers to a kickass comedy curator and several theatre veterans, here are some big talents heating up this season more

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Laura Quigley's play-in-development about motherhood is tense, sad and often lovely more

Theatre

Katie Lyle and Shelby Wright's work-in-development is alternately enchanting, cinematic and banal more

Theatre

Linnea Swan takes potshots at modern dance and stays right on the edge of bitterness and hilarity more

Theatre

Funny and deeply weird ensemble dance show puts a surreal spin on romantic love more

Theatre

Esie Mensah's Afro-mythological cultural fusion is a thrilling blend of choreography, great music and rich performance detail more

Theatre

Dancer/choreographer Diana Reyes's star quality infuses this show about discovering her Filipino heritage more

Theatre

With venues closer together and fewer shows than usual, this year's festival of new performance works is going to be easier than ever to navigate. Just make sure these notable talents are on your must-see list. more

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At the east end outdoor dance program, the choreographer's Oceanic Reach is imbued with the idea of geography more

Dance

Brandy Baker's bleak ensemble drama tells us that society doesn’t value all of its members equally – which comes as no surprise more

Theatre

Outdoor immersive show sends up the cult culture of charismatic leaders more

Theatre