Toronto audiences are lucky to enjoy an extraordinary variety of live BALLET BC dance options. Not only do our talented local dance companies offer a wide variety of performances for dance-loving audiences but internationally-renowned companies regularly tour to Toronto’s major stages.
Local choreographers from diverse cultural backgrounds continue to experiment and develop and for artists and audiences alike, the future of dance as an audience member promises to be dynamic and exciting.
As an audience member, you may feel like you don’t understand what you are watching sometimes. The key is not to pressure yourself. The truth is, you really can relax. There is no right or wrong interpretation. Whether or not a dance performance suits your particular tastes, if you are open to the experience, you will get something out of it.
Also, seek out opportunities to educate yourself. At Civic Theatres Toronto we have many unique opportunities to attend engaging and informative pre-show or post-show talks or demonstrations by experts. You can uncover a new and informed insider’s perspective on what you are about to see.
Discover Dance, a free, all-ages, lunch hour series, introduces you to some of Toronto’s incredible dance artists. Hosted by the award-winning choreographer Nova Bhattacharya, Discover Dance is an hour packed with dance and conversation. You will have the opportunity to see dance and share your thoughts; to hear stories and ask questions; and to discover how dance forms from near and far are being woven in Toronto’s cultural scene.
You can then take that knowledge and book your tickets for another exciting night of dance. Some local shows to consider:
ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER
SONY CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS | FEBRUARY 1–2, 2019
The boundary-breaking Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is one of the world’s most popular dance companies.
ST. LAWRENCE CENTRE FOR THE ARTS | MARCH 29–30, 2019
Returning to Toronto as a full company after an absence of almost a decade. Bold and innovative, the Company’s style and approach have made its repertoire a distinctive and invaluable contribution to the development of dance in Canada.
BATSHEVA DANCE COMPANY
SONY CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS, APRIL 9, 2019
This dance company is led by one of the world’s preeminent contemporary choreographers, Ohad Naharin.
EIFMAN BALLET ST. PETERSBURG
SONY CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS | MAY 9–11, 2019
From internationally-acclaimed choreographer Boris Eifman, Eifman Ballet St. Petersburg is distinguished by its brilliant technique, dramatic intensity, and exquisite artistry.
THE THEATRE CENTRE | FEBRUARY 21–24, 2019
Daina Ashbee has quickly become a prolific and prominent Canadian choreographer whose work is rooted in her relation to the land, the environment and her ancestors.
UPTOWN MOVES DANCE SERIES
LYRIC THEATRE, TORONTO CENTRE FOR THE ARTS | MAY 10–12, 2019
This inspiring new Canadian/International double-bill presentation features Human
Body Expression (Canada) and Art Project BORA (Korea). Renowned for creating stunning work based in contemporary dance, film, performance art, music, and fashion, Seoul- based choreographer, Bora Kim, brings Thank You to North America for the first time.