The journey of no two dancers is the same and therein lies a graphic and uncompromising story of a dancer. Awakening is an urban musical dance theatre production based on the transformational journey of a dancer. A dubious love affair with dance, grounded in a supportive cocoon fuelled by culture and spirituality. Gripping in its historical content, a little girl dreams to be a successful dancer and learns that the hardest journey is not upward, but inward.
Artistic maturity comes at a price few are really willing to pay. As the price takes a toll on the soul the dance becomes the foundation for resistance, solace and transformation. Awakening: An Urban Musical Story of a Dancer, Thursday June 17th – 18th 2010 at 8pm, Toronto Centre for the Arts (5040 Yonge Street) Tickets range from $25 – $40.
ABOUT THE SHOW:
Awakening is reflective of human angst, dedication and ultimate triumph. Born out of a true story, Awakening is a story of perseverance and the power to aspire; channelling ones dreams. Live musical and spoken word accompaniment intricately reveals a world of diverse dance styles from gospel to reggae; where a 1st generation Canadian dancer finds connection to an old world leading to the discovery of personal strength. The show explores fears and the innate power of music and dance to fortify the human spirit in universal themes beyond class and race. Awakening hosts Educational Matinee performances geared at school audiences on Thursday June 17 and Friday June 18th at 1 pm.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Tamla Matthews has been an active member of the Toronto dance community for over 22 years. An accomplished Artistic Director, Choreographer and dance artist of local and international acclaim, Tamla is a certified fitness instructor and creator of Reggaerobics. She is a mainstay judge at the annual York Region District School Board Dance competition and the Director of Caribbean Dance Theatre.
Lennox Glasgow is a dancer and dance instructor from Trinidad and Tobago. A well versed educator, Lennox was the Artistic Director of the Prime Minister’s Best Village Trophy competition in Trinidad for 12 years. He has been summoned to places like Japan, Germany and Africa to perform. Calypso enthusiasts may recognize Lennox as the famous Calypsonian Hit Man who performed in the Trinidad calypso circuit in the 1990s.
Caribbean Dance Theatre (CDT) is a 15-year-old dance company, specializing in Contemporary Caribbean based dance styles that celebrate the Caribbean contribution to the Canadian cultural mosaic. Caribbean Dance Theatre’s signature style honours the cultural root, celebrates the present and inspires possibilities for the future of dance in Canada.
For more information or interviews contact:
Tamla Matthews – Artistic Director
647 284-9136 or firstname.lastname@example.org