Pond Skaters

Toronto Dance Theatre, 2012

Pond Skaters is a work created in 2013 with Toronto Dance Theatre and ZOO in the frame of the “Brussels Toronto Project”.

Pond Skaters is a dance composition of improvisational structures. Certain movement qualities and ways to relate to the other performers, the music and the space have been developed in the creation process. These interactions are based on an extreme state of sensitivity and concentration combined with creativity, musicality and physicality. The course of the piece and many parameters within it are precisely set but none of the actual movement is. The dancers on stage are responsible for inventing and performing their own material as well as for initiating and developing group structures in the moment. They have to adapt individual roles within a dynamic group constellation whose mechanics are constantly changing. This procedure enables the dancers to tap into the unconscious processes that allow the enormous creative potential of their body in motion to unfold.

Toronto Dance Theatre is one of Canada’s leading dance companies. Founded in 1968, and under the artistic direction of Christopher House since 1994, it has produced a remarkable body of original choreography. The company has had -and continues to have– a profound influence on the development of dance in Canada. Under House’s direction, the company has also opened its doors to collaborations with international artists like Deborah Hay.

Pond Skaters was nominated in the category “Outstanding choreography” at the Dora Awards 2013 presented by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts.

Choreography Thomas Hauert
Dancers Chantal Baudouin, Mairi Greig, Pulga Muchochoma, Jarrett Siddall, Naishi Wang
Costumes Thomas Hauert and Cheryl Lalonde
Music Anonymous, Heinz Holliger, Igor Stravinsky, Claude Debussy
Lighting Design Simon Rossiter
Production Manager Cheryl Lalonde
Production Toronto Dance Theatre
Coproduction ZOO/Thomas Hauert

17 April 2013
18 April 2013
19 April 2013
20 April 2013
21 April 2013
24 April 2013
25 April 2013
25 April 2013
26 April 2013
27 April 2013
4 November 2014
Harbourfront Centre Toronto (CA)
5 November 2014
Harbourfront Centre Toronto (CA)
6 November 2014
Harbourfront Centre Toronto (CA)
6 November 2014
Harbourfront Centre Toronto (CA)
7 November 2014
Harbourfront Centre Toronto (CA)
8 November 2014
Harbourfront Centre Toronto (CA)
30 January 2015
River Run Centre Guelph (CA)
31 January 2015
5 February 2015
The Grand Theatre Kingston (CA)
7 February 2015