DanceWorks: Marie France Forcier Tracey Norman

DanceWorks: Marie France Forcier Tracey Norman

DanceWorks presents the world premieres of Marie France Forcier’s Scars are All the Rage and Tracey Norman’s what goes between Get VIZ of world premieres by Toronto indie favourites exploring loss and transformation



Forcier’s Scars are All the Rage comments on western societies’ mass consumption of trauma for entertainment purposes. The work is highly suggestive, examining the rise of trauma culture and our growing desensitization to sexual voyeurism.
Norman’s what goes between examines relationships, loss, attraction and decision as it physically explores the phenomenon of one person’s thoughts or emotions affecting another’s mood, otherwise known as emotional contagion or synchrony.

Artistic Director of Forcier Stage Works, choreographer, performer and writer Marie France Forcier recently provided choreography for Elif Izikozlu’s short film Two, which premiered at the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival. Among other works, she independently produced the Dora-nominated Facts of Influence (2010) and Dora-winning Lab Rats (2013). She serves as co-artistic director of Hub 14, a Toronto-based arts incubator catering to independent movement-based practitioners.
For the past decade Tracey Norman has been splitting her time between choreographing, teaching, performing and researching dance. Currently on faculty in the Department of Dance at York University, she served on the board of directors for the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists and recently collaborated on the sold-out runs of Blumberg/Norman Double Bill with choreographer Angela Blumberg, and episodes | andscapes with JDdance and DanceWorks.
Dancers: Justine Comfort, Jesse Dell, Beth Despres, Brittany Duggan, Sky Fairchild-Waller, Molly Johnson, Louis Laberge-Côté

Wednesday, March 11 @ 2:15pm (arrival time 2:00pm)

Harbourfront Centre Theatre (formerly Enwave Theatre), 231 Queens Quay West


DanceWorks presents the world premieres of

Marie France Forcier’s Scars are All the Rage and Tracey Norman’s what goes between

as part of Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps

Choreographed by Marie France Forcier and Tracey Norman

Performed by Justine Comfort, Jesse Dell, Beth Despres, Brittany Duggan,

Sky Fairchild-Waller, Molly Johnson, Louis Laberge-Côté

Composers: James Bunton, Joshua Van Tassel

Artistic Associate: Julia Sasso

Lighting Designer: Gabriel Cropley

Harbourfront Centre Theatre (formerly Enwave Theatre)

231 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8

Harbourfront Centre Box Office: 416-973-4000 OR online:

Alumnae Theatre Blood Relations

Alumnae Theatre Blood Relations

TORONTO—Alumnae Theatre continues our 2014-2015 season with Sharon Pollock’s Governor General’s award-winning play Blood Relations January 23-February 7, 2015. Pollock’s play takes us on a psychological journey, bringing the past to life in a search for a possible answer, a motive. The only suspect, the real Lizzie Borden, was acquitted of murdering her father and stepmother, but in Blood Relations, the chilling question still repeats.

“Did you Lizzie? Did you?”


Rather than centering on the grisly details of the murders, the play focusses on the patriarchal oppressive society Lizzie Borden (played by Marisa King) has endured. Lizzie’s friend, and lover, The Actress (Andrea Brown) play a game of memory and imagination, reenacting moments of Lizzie’s life leading up to the murders as a play-in-a-play. Kathleen Jackson Allamby, Steven Burley, Rob Candy, Sheila Russell, and Thomas Gough play the cast of characters in Lizzie’s life. Director Barbara Larose has assembled an extremely talented cast and production team to bring this psychological murder mystery to the Alumnae Theatre MainStage.

“If no one looks in the mirror, I’m not even there. I don’t exist.”

Larose’s direction explores the play’s central themes of identity and the masks we wear. Blood Relations “asks questions about what is truth and about how we, as a society, treat those who are different in any way,” says Larose. “One of the more brilliant aspects of the play is how it speaks to us individually — who has not questioned their identity – their very worth – at one point or other in their lives?”

Blood Relations features a design and artistic team that includes Gabriel Cropley (lighting designer), Ed Rosing (set designer), Margaret Spence (costume designer), Rick Jones (sound designer) and Ellen Green (assistant director).

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