It takes - at minimum - two people to send and receive information back and forth in order to establish a conversation. The duet is the purest iteration of this exchange in dance and informs the curatorial lens of the TWOBYFOUR festival. With artists from Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Berlin, the aesthetics on stage span vast distances but come together through the artists’ shared insistence on rigour and beauty - a kind of beauty that is complex, contemporary and full of life.
January 17-28, 2012 at 8PM
Dancemakers Centre for Creation
55 Mill Street, The Cannery Building 58, Studio 313 Toronto, ON
Ticket & Performance Information
3 Ticket Pass*: $60 / $54 - available until January 17
Single Tickets: $25 ($20 CADA, Senior/Student, Arts Workers)
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*About the Passes:
- passes can only be purchased over the phone at 416-367-1800
- there are a limited number of passes and they are only available until January 17, 2012.
- passes may be used in any combination of performance, date and number of tickets (up to maximum allowable). We recommend making your selections at time of purchase.
January 26-28, 2012
Martin Nachbar (Berlin) Repeater - performed by Martin Nachbar and Klaus Nachbar
In his Toronto debut, dancer and choreographer Martin Nachbar brings the internationally acclaimed Repeater, a duet for a father and son about making a dance piece together. Inverting the traditional power dynamic, the son invites the father, through a kinship of movement, to imitate, learn and repeat his physical patterns and improvisation scores. In so doing, the father now follows the son.
January 21-23, 2012
Peter Bingham / EDAM (Vancouver) Right in Front of You – performed by James Gnam and Farley Johansson
Andrea Spaziani (Toronto) The Moment Before - created and performed by Amanda Acorn and Andrea Spaziani
Choreographed by Peter Bingham, Canada’s master of contact improvisation, right in front of you reveals a building friendship between two men. As they watch, learn and respond to each other through physical elaborations, their bodies “talk”. The resulting conversation builds a language, trust and physical freedom that ultimately liberates.
In Spaziani’s The Moment Before two performers, suspended in time, prepare, warm-up, and freak-out as they attempt to come to terms with their scheduled debut. Their rituals, personal voodoo, and self-doubt intensify, as every second brings them closer to the edge of an incomprehensible future.
January 17-19, 2012
George Stamos (Montreal) LIKLIK PIK - performed by George Stamos and Dany Desjardins
A duet for two men, Liklik Pik emphasizes the animal power of the human body, following imaginative impulses and convergent, queer tangents along the way. Neither narrative nor abstract Liklik Pik playfully evokes the pig as a totem animal.
Examining distinctions and similarities between humans and other animals is a long-lived human interest. At times serious and at times playful, with Liklik Pik, George Stamos explores his interest in this topic while utilizing a variety of media. Liklik Pik is a cross media performance piece where the medium is but a fraction of the message. These guys are pigs.
The TWOBYFOUR Festival of Duets is supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, the Hal Jackman Foundation and the City of Berlin.