The Fringe and fFIDA bring out the best in indie artists

NOW Magazine - Hot Summer Guide - - CONTENTS - By GLENN SUMI

Back to the Gar­den

Dance doesn’t take well to the in­doors in the sum­mer. But al fresco, it’s an­other story. One of the best places to see new dance sprout­ing up is at Har­bourfront’s Toronto Mu­sic

Gar­den (475 Queens Quay West) se­ries from June 26 to Septem­ber 18. Among those ex­er­cis­ing their green thumbs and toes are Ju­lia Aplin, chore­ograph­ing a piece with mu­si­cian

John Gzowski for string quar­tet (Au­gust 4); Peter Chin, per­form­ing a new mu­sic/dance work with Peter Pavlovsky and Rick Sacks (Au­gust 11); and peren­nial crowd-pleasers the Es

mer­alda Enrique Span­ish Dance Com­pany, mak­ing the lakeshore rum­ble with their fla­menco pas­sion (Septem­ber 1). Free. 416-973-4000.

Get a Kick out of you

New this year at Har­bourfront is an en­tire sum­mer week­end de­voted to dance. Kick Up Your Heels of­fers hours of per­for­mances of works by lo­cal faves like the Chimera Pro

ject, Ballet Cre­ole, Ron­ald A. Tay­lor and Learie McNi­colls. Wanna join the ac­tion on­stage? Take one of the work­shops: there’s ev­ery­thing from ballet boot camp to hiphop and salsa/merengue. Then watch the best un­der­ground dance out­fits show you how to re­ally do it at the late-night Ur­ban

Dance Ex­plo­sion. Au­gust 26 to 28. Free. 416-973-4000.

Bliss out

The Fringe fest is an in­creas­ingly solid venue for new dance. This year’s top pick is Chas­ing Bliss, a pro­gram of solo works by José Limón, Marie-Josée Chartier and Jo­lene Bailie, all per­formed by Win­nipeger Bailie. This is her third na­tional Fringe tour, and it’s an all-new pro­gram, in­clud­ing Limón’s promis­ingly ti­tled Dances For Isadora. Bonus: her venue is air-con­di­tioned! July 6 to 16. Art­word (75 Port­land). 416-9661062.

Su­per Sasha

Sasha Ivanochko is so damned ex­pres­sive, you could sell tick­ets to watch her cross the street. Her se­ries of new choreographed so­los is so rich it’s spread out over two pro­grams. Ju­lia Sasso, Michael Trent, Kate Holden and Susie Burpee dance so­los in a pro­gram called Suite Of Black

Minia­ture Dances. Those same dancers take part in struc­tured im­prov, paired with Ivanochko her­self in a solo called

Is This Love? Oh, Sasha, do you re­ally have to ask? June 23 to 25 at the Winch­ester Street Theatre (80 Winch­ester). 416204-1082.

fFIDA fever

Not all the acts have been con­firmed for the fFIDA In­terna

tional Dance Fes­ti­val, but some ex­cit­ing names have been re­leased for the in­ti­mate Stu­dio Stage Artists se­ries. Ja­pan’s

Mari Osanai and Toronto Dance Theatre star Wil­liam Yong are cre­at­ing works in the 20-to-25-minute range, while the techno-savvy Sa­mara Thomp­son and ex­cit­ing emerg­ing artist Keiko Ki­tano have spots in the 15-to-18-minute range. Then there’s the ex­cite­ment of the Grande Scale Gala and

Grande Scale Event over at the Fer­ment­ing Room, where au­di­ences shift from show to show in a car­ni­val-like at­mos­phere. Dis­tillery Dis­trict (55 Mill). Au­gust 10 to 21. Check for up­dates.

Wil­liam Yong joins fab fFIDA lineup from Au­gust 9.

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