by Paula Citron
The latest innovation from Christopher House, artistic director of Toronto Dance Theatre, is 12 Solos. The program features each company dancer in a short solo by a different choreographer. Thus 12 dancers plus 12 choreographers equal 24 voices showcasing the art of solo dance.
Most of the choreographers are well-known. Carol Anderson, Marie-Josée Chartier, Elizabeth Chitty, Yvonne Ng and Holly Small come from contemporary dance; Robert Glumbek and Matjash Mrozewski from ballet, and Hari Krishnan from South Indian bharatanatyam.
Of the four non-choreographers, it turns out that acclaimed theatre director Eda Holmes began her career as a dancer. John Oswald is a well-known man of New Music, while Lex Vaughn and Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay are primarily performance art.
12 Solos is a mature evening. The concert shows the greatness of the TDT dancers who can literally perform in any style, while featuring accomplished and established choreographers. Every piece has something to say.
12 Solos continues until Saturday.
From the Winchester Street Theatre, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.