The Arts

Dusk Dances 2007

by Paula Citron

Dusk Dances presents choreographies in public parks. The touring show includes successful remounts, plus works commissioned from local choreographers. The downtown Toronto season features new site specific pieces.

I caught the touring show at Firgrove Park in the heart of the multicultural Jane-Finch corridor.

Baby Boyz is an all-male, black dance ensemble with a surprising difference. Rather than just virtuoso hip-hop, Baby Boyz presents themed choreography, and I was very impressed by the intellectual depth of their piece My Story.

The soundtrack is a fragmented mix of urban song styles which flash by at a dizzying rate. To each snippet of song, Baby Boyz has created movement which tells something of their own lives.

The remounts, the core dances of the tour, are all crowd pleasers. Rafiki is the de rigueur park charmer featuring local children, all of West and East Indian descent.

Dusk Dances new works are performed at Withrow Park Jul. 10-15.

I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.

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