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Ensmble: Masterclass & Installation at Film Gate Interactive Miami

Quick post as I’m working on the install right now: I’ll be premiering my new participatory installation work Ensmble at the Miami Light Project as part of Film Gate Interactive Festival. I’ll also be teaching a masterclass while I’m here. Info & tix on Facebook here.

Friday January 31

Saturday February 1

Miami Light Project, 404 NW 26th St, Miami, FL 33127

Who By Fire at Quartiers Danses

Who By Fire has its Canadian premiere this weekend as part of the Quartiers Danses festival in Montréal. I’ll be around for both screenings.


Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal

Saturday, September 14

Cinéma Beaubien

Monday, September 16

Click here for more info or to buy tickets!


Jacqueries is a heist story with a political edge — a site-specific live work with a companion iPhone app. It’s got a killer cast (Anisa Tejpar! Luke Garwood! Catherine Larocque! Mateo Galindo Torres! Anastasia Shivrina!), great music by John Gzowski, and video by Electric Square.
It opens in one week.
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Chorus and the Ring Fundraising Drive

Jenna Savella

Chorus and the Ring is the working title for the short film I’m currently working on. It brings me back together together with a few artists I’ve worked with before — National Ballet of Canada soloist Jenna Savella, Toronto Dance Theatre alumnus Luke Garwood, and Director of Photography James Sainthill — and features a few new collaborations, with an original score by Jamie Drake and the TorQ Percussion Quartet, costumes by Krista Dowson, and amazing, sculptural 3D-captured forms designed by painter and VFX artist Matt Crookshank.

We’re heading into the final stages of post-production, and we’re asking for a little help to get this project across the finish line. Your donation will allow us to get the most out of our 3D rendering, sound mix, and colour grading — putting the best final polish possible on the film and supporting Luke and Jenna’s amazing performances. We welcome donations of any amount; even ten or twenty dollars will help. All our supporters will receive a “Special Thanks” credit and an exclusive animated GIF of one of the dancers’ 3D forms, as rendered by Matt Crookshank. Donors of $75 or over will receive a framed and signed production still. So hit that button and give what you can!


We’re really excited to get this project out into the world. Thanks for your help! As a treat, there’s a few more stills below the jump. Continue reading ‘Chorus and the Ring Fundraising Drive’

Jesse Cook’s Blue Guitar Tour

I made video to accompany a few songs on Jesse Cook’s Blue Guitar Tour. I’ll have samples online in a bit. The songs were amazing to work with; if you have a chance to see him, don’t miss it. He’s playing Massey Hall on November 22nd.

Meet Cute at the Global Cabaret Festival

I’m back in the Distillery District! I’ll be performing my solo Meet Cute at the Young Centre on Sunday, October 15, as part of the Whirl Dance Cabaret. Tickets are $20. The show also features the fifteen other nominees for the first annual Young Centre Dance Awards. I was pretty excited to be nominated, given that the other artists in the Multidisciplinary Artist Category are William Yong, Heidi Strauss, and Marie-Josee Chartier. The show will close with an awesome dance party featuring DJ Serious, so it should be a great night!

Meet Cute at Nuit Blanche

Performing my Dadaist solo ‘Meet Cute’ for Nuit Blanche as part of Dada Reboot! at the Distillery District, Saturday September 29th. I’ll be on the outdoor cabaret stage.(0)

So, What’s Going On?

In the interests of boring people less when I see them in person (since I have the bad habit of talking too much about my work), I thought a bit of an update might be in order.

2012 has been a bit of a whirlwind so far. February saw the premiere of Always Be Closing, my first (but definitely not last!) time collaborating with Montreal’s ferocious Catherine Larocque. In March, I worked with Yvonne Ng to create video for her show Frequency, and then in April I worked for a second time with Esmerelda Enrique, to create projections for her Dora-nominated show Aguas/Waters.

Also in April, I was lucky enough to be asked to create a short trailer for James Kudelka’s new work for Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, From the House of Mirth. May, I spent all but cloistered, writing code to use 3D video captured by the Microsoft Kinect in a short film.

In August, Val Calam, Luke Garwood and I launched F/, an eclectic, adventurous event series focusing on movement and physical performance. You can read all about it (and check out our rather nifty website) at

As far as what’s coming up: two short dance films, a longer version of Always Be Closing, and a brand-new live promenade work. If you’re curious, you can always check out my tumblr, where I am letting some of the more (potentially) interesting bits of my process accrete; or follow me on Twitter.

Always Be Closing – Next Week!

I’m premiering a new work, Always Be Closing, next week as part of At The Wrecking Ball V.

Always Be Closing is a bruising, physical, virtuosic solo for Montreal dancer Catherine Larocque. It takes the form of a hardcore sales seminar, putting the audience in the middle of the action.

It has a double musical accompaniment: Alec Baldwin’s testosterone-drenched monologue from David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross, and the virtuoso Presto movement from Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto.

At The Wrecking Ball is happening at the Lower Ossington Theatre, at 100A Ossington Ave. There are four shows: Thursday February 9th through Saturday February 11th at 8pm, and a matinee on Sunday February 12th at 4pm. Tickets are $15.

The show also features work by eight of Toronto’s leading dance artists. It should be a great night!

Call for Dancers & Traceurs

Dancers: all ages (9 – 99), male & female, contemporary experience preferred

Traceurs: 18+, male & female

What’s the upshot?

I’m shooting a short film set to Buck 65’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Who By Fire’, and I’m looking for performers. Read this, watch the video, and if you’re interested, email me and come to the open rehearsal this weekend (Oct 15 / rain date Oct 16).

What’s the concept?

Something based on this concept: (password is ‘jacob’). There’s a fair bit more info about the concept in the video description.


We’ll be shooting either Saturday Oct 29 or Sunday Oct 30.

Is this a paid gig? How much?

All performers will be paid. We’ve got a bit of support from MuchMusic’s MuchFACT (to make a ‘viral web video’, not a high-budget music video). The plan is to split the funding evenly among all performers and crew, so the exact amount depends, but performers can expect to make between $150 and $200. Like Bravo!FACT, we get the funding upon submission of the finished film, but because it’s a web video, there’s almost no editing; performers can expect to be paid within 30 days of the shoot.

What’s the time commitment?

A half-day shoot (about four hours) and two rehearsals, for a total time commitment of 8-10 hours.

I’m interested. What do I need to do?

  1. Contact me at and tell me so. If I haven’t worked or trained with you, please tell me a bit about your training and experience, and if you can, include a link to some video of yourself performing. I’ll send out an email in the next day or two with a time & location for the open rehearsal call and any other details.
  2. Come to the open rehearsal call this weekend. You’ll need to bring:
    • an iPhone / iPod touch (if you don’t have one and can’t borrow one, let me know; I may have some extras). We’ve built a custom microapp to make this concept possible.
    • earphones (that will stay in your ears if you move)
    • dark-ish clothing that you can move in (sweats are fine, please no capital-D dancewear). Make sure you’ve got a safe pocket for your phone / pod!

Wingéd — Running Now Through May 8th

A few months ago I got an email from Toronto director Diana Kolpak. I’d heard of Diana’s amazing 2004 clown show, The Gorgonetrevich Corps de Ballet Nationale in “Bethany’s Gate”, though I was unable to see it as I was performing at the time. Diana invited me to collaborate on a show she was working on with actor David Tomlinson, creating video imagery and projections; the connection came through their lighting designer Sharon DiGenova, who I worked with on Bastard Fugue. The script hooked me instantly: it was sexy, contemporary, and brilliantly written.

The last two weeks have been a blur of preparation, as we worked to turn the DeLeon White Gallery (1139 College St. at Dufferin — not on Queen West anymore, despite what Google will tell you!) into a fabulous performance space, with a specially curated exhibition of art from residents and special guests complementing the show. David blogged the process at No Rest for the Wingéd.

The show is a set of three linked monologues based on characters from different mythologies, tracing an arc from falling to taking flight again: Icarus, Lucifer, and Phoenix. We run every night from now ’til next Sunday, May 8th, except for Monday May 3rd. You can get tickets at the door ($20 / $18 students or Equity) or online at Brown Paper Tickets. Tix for next weekend are going fast so come early next week for best availability. It’s hilarious, inspired, and stunningly performed. Come and check it out!

Upcoming Premiere: ‘Bastard Fugue’

I’ll be premiering a new work at The Chimera Project’s Fresh Blood at 8pm on October 29th, at the Enwave Theatre. Bastard Fugue features the National Ballet of Canada’s Naoya Ebe (at right) and is set to the Fugue from Bach’s Toccata, Adagio, and Fugue in C Major, arranged for mixed percussion. Including cowbell. Bach + cowbell is like chocolate + bacon: two great tastes that go great together! You can buy tickets here.

Bastard Fugue fuses live performance and projection to explore fugal composition with a single dancer. The Bach fugue, originally composed for organ, is stripped of melody and becomes a propulsive rhythmic fundament for a powerful performance. Some preliminary special thanks:

  • Naishi (Kamen) Wang of Toronto Dance Theatre for his valuable participation in the creation process;
  • The National Ballet School and the National Ballet of Canada for donating rehearsal space;
  • Malgorzata Nowacka for the opportunity to show this work;
  • Jeff Morris and Robert Stephen for participating in the technical workshop which spawned some of the ideas explored in this work.

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