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D2D Festival 2010 / Dance 2 Danse Festival 2010


On Sunday March 7, Toronto’s newest annual dance Festival, the Dance 2 Danse / D2D Festival, was officially launched live on the radio program Evi-dance on CIUT 89.5fm at 9:30 am. Fuelled by a clear need for accessible, economically viable, culturally and stylistically diverse dance opportunities for choreographers, dancers and audiences alike, Artistic Director Sion Irwin-Childs created Canada’s newest, most inclusive Dance Festival to fill the vacuum. Consisting of 4 unique dance series housed in 2 distinctly different venues, the Festival has grown organically out of the pre-existing Dance Series: Eros, Thanatos & the Avant-Garde ~ The Cabaret Series.

Eros, Thanatos & the Avant-Garde ~ The Cabaret Series was founded in the spring of 2005 in Toronto, Ontario and has called the Rivoli on Queen Street West home ever since. The Cabaret Dance Series has grown to become a vital link in the Canadian Dance Scene, benefiting not only the artists that it showcases by giving them much-needed opportunities to develop their choreographic craft, but also contributing to the cultural richness of Toronto as well. Eros spearheads the overall D2D / Dance 2 Danse Festival initiative to create bridges that connect dance artists to new dance audiences. Unlike the other three Dance Series, The Eros Cabaret runs on a year-round, bi-monthly basis.

Mirroring Canada’s multi-cultural diversity, The D2D Festival is open to all emerging, mid-career and established Dance Artists without bias. All applicants must have completed basic dance training or possess comparable professional experience. In the event that an applicants dance modality is not compatible with conventional dance training, the Artistic Director will base a decision on the strength of the Applicant’s application coupled with a brief interview. 


The Four Series

Series One: Eros, Thanatos & the Avant-Garde ~ The Cabaret Series.

Venue: The Rivoli, 332 Queen St. West
House: Capacity 200 (total)
Space: Performance area: 22 feet x 22 feet. Limited technical support.
Pieces: 12 Dance Artists, live music, film, multi-media performance.
Shows: August 18, October 13 and December 8, 2010

Eros, Thanatos & the Avant-Garde ~ The Cabaret Series presents work in the disciplines of dance, film, and multi-media performance created and performed by emerging and established artists. This is a curated event.

Series Two: D2D Dance Duels

This is an interactive program. The audience selects who will continue..

Venue: The Winchester Street Theatre
House: 130 seats Full theatre.
Space: Festival lighting plot and theatre sound.
Pieces: Limited to 7 minutes max including set up / strike
Artists: 7 Dance Artists per program x 2 evening programs

The audience will vote for their favourite 5 pieces from each of 2 programs. These 10 works will be invited back and presented as the “best of” D2DDD.

Dance Duels is going to be a very closely watched series and a veritable launching pad for emerging artists. It will take guts and choreographic craft, but the rewards are enormous!

Dance Duels is based on the idea of a "people's choice award". Half of each program will remain to perform again, half of the program will go home. It all depends on votes cast by the audience and tabulated at night's end... The "winners" are those who understand performance; how to speak to an audience, channel the personal into the universal--in short, those artists who share, emotionally move, entertain, communicate, amuse, entice, seduce or bewilder the audience.

Series Three: D2D DLX!

Venue: The Winchester Street Theatre
House: 115-130 seats Full Theatre.
Space: Fully Tech. Enabled. Festival lighting plot
Pieces: Limited to13 minutes max including set up / strike.
Artists: 5 Artists per show program x 2 programs.
Shows: 2 shows per program x 2 performances


Venue: The Winchester Street Theatre
House: 115-130 seats
Space: Full Theatre. Fully Tech. Enabled. Festival lighting plot.
Pieces: Limited to 15 minutes max including set up / strike.
Artists: 5 Artists per show program x one program.
Shows: 3 performances
This is the pinnacle of the D2D Festival Series. Intended for seasoned dance artists and sensational emerging talent, Diverge / Diverse will showcase a broad spectrum of the very best in dance.

Festival Artists

Eros, Thanatos & the Avant-Garde ~ The Cabaret Series – August 18

Venue: The Rivoli, 332 Queen St. West
Band: Amanda Mabro
Films: Izabel Barsive - Lustrale - Felix Chan

Performers ~
The Daunting Divos
Kathleen Ochoa
Olivia Davies
Kyra Jean Green
Tamara Bally
Caitlin Griffin
Melanie Aceto
Hip Kik
Angela Blumberg



The Daunting Divas
Olivia Davies
Winston Spear
Danielle Turvey
Kathleen Ochoa
Anjelica Scannura
Caitlin Griffin


Kala Fletcher
Marlowe Porter
Anna Stanutz
Angela Blumberg
Melanie Aceto
Vanessa Quesnel
Elizabeth Berry



Jeffrey Chan
Kate Rogers
Deviation Dance (Lina Jimenez and Micaiah Ganz)
Lauren Weisz
Jay-9 Dance Projects


Shannon Roberts
Megan Nadain
Susan Kendal and Brittany Duggan
Angelica Scannura
Paul Ibey and Anton Pasquarella


Heather Saum
Tracey Norman
Lucy Rupert
Lisa Weiler
Ballet Jorgen Canada

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