2016 Dora Mavor Moore Award Recipients

GENERAL THEATRE DIVISION

 

Outstanding Production

Botticelli in the Fire & Sunday in Sodom A Canadian Stage Production in collaboration with the Department of Theatre in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design at York University

 

Outstanding New Play

Kat Sandler   Mustard

 

Outstanding Direction

Ravi Jain Salt-Water Moon

 

Outstanding Performance – Male

Anand Rajaram   Mustard

 

Outstanding Performance – Female

Rebecca Northan   Blind Date

 

Outstanding Performance – Ensemble

The Ensemble of The Great War VideoCabaret

 

Outstanding Scenic Design

Judith Bowden Chimerica

 

Outstanding Costume Design

Astrid Janson, Melanie McNeill   The Great War

 

Outstanding Lighting Design

Jennifer Lennon Bombay Black

 

Outstanding Sound Design/Composition

Debashis Sinha   We Are Proud to Present…

 

 

INDEPENDENT THEATRE DIVISION

 

Outstanding Production

The Winter’s Tale Groundling Theatre Company

 

Outstanding New Play

Cliff Cardinal   Huff

 

Outstanding Direction

Weyni Mengesha Butcher

 

Outstanding Performance – Male

Cliff Cardinal   Huff

 

Outstanding Performance – Female

d’bi. young anitafrika   She Mami Wata & the Pussy Witchhunt

 

Outstanding Performance – Ensemble

The Ensemble of La Chasse Galerie Red One Theatre Collective

 

Outstanding Scenic Design

Patrick Lavender   CRAWLSPACE

 

Outstanding Costume Design

Anna Treusch   Tails from the City

 

Outstanding Lighting Design

Patrick Lavender   It Comes In Waves

 

Outstanding Sound Design/Composition

James Smith   La Chasse Galerie

 

 

MUSICAL THEATRE DIVISION

 

Outstanding Production

Kinky Boots   Daryl Roth & Hal Luftig by arrangement with David Mirvish

 

Outstanding Performance – Male

Alan Mingo Jr.   Kinky Boots

 

Outstanding Performance – Female

Lisa Horner    Grey Gardens

 

Outstanding Performance – Ensemble

The Ensemble of The Wizard of Oz Young People’s Theatre

 

OPERA DIVISION

 

Outstanding Production

Siegfried   Canadian Opera Company

 

Outstanding Performance – Male

Quinn Kelsey   La Traviata

 

Outstanding Performance – Female

Ekaterina Siurina   La Traviata

 

Outstanding Performance – Ensemble

The Ensemble of AtG’s Messiah Against the Grain

 

 

MUSICAL THEATRE / OPERA DIVISION

 

Outstanding New Musical or Opera

Marjorie Chan (Librettist) & John Harris (Composer)   M’dea Undone

 

Outstanding Direction

François Girard   Siegfried

 

Outstanding Scenic Design

Michael Levine   Siegfried

 

Outstanding Costume Design

Cait O’Connor   La Traviata

 

Outstanding Lighting Design

David Finn   Siegfried

 

Outstanding Choreography

Jerry Mitchell   Kinky Boots

 

Outstanding Musical Direction

Johannes Debus Siegfried

 

 

THEATRE FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES DIVISION

 

Outstanding Production

Goodnight Moon   Young People’s Theatre presents Seattle Children’s Theatre

 

Outstanding New Play

Maja Ardal, Audrey Dwyer, Julia Tribe, Mary Francis Moore   One Thing Leads to Another

 

Outstanding Direction

Sébastien Bertrand   Les Zinspirés puissance Quatre

 

Outstanding Performance – Individual

Mishka Thébaud   Scarberia

 

Outstanding Performance – Ensemble

The Ensemble of One Thing Leads to Another Young People’s Theatre

 

DANCE DIVISION

 

Outstanding Production

Betroffenheit   A Kidd Pivot, Electric Company Theatre Production, presented by Canadian Stage

 

Outstanding Choreography

Zhenya Cerneacov, Mairéad Filgate, Brodie Stevenson

Various Concert (dance: made in canada/ fait au canada – Morrison Series)

 

Outstanding Performance – Male

Fabien Piché

Waiting for a Sleepless Night (dance: made in canada/ fait au canada – Robinson Series)

 

Outstanding Performance – Female

Jillian Peever   The Mystery of Mr. Leftovers

 

Outstanding Performance – Ensemble

The Ensemble of DanceWorks DW212: Woven DanceWorks/Tribal Crackling Wind

 

Outstanding Sound Design/Composition

John Kameel Farah and Fides Krucker Phase Space

 

Outstanding Lighting Design

Marc Parent  Phase Space

 

 

TOURING

 

Outstanding Touring Production (open to General Theatre & Musical Theatre/ Opera)

Cold Blood created by Michèle Anne De Mey and Jaco Van Dormael presented by Canadian Stage

 

Truth or Dare Play Toronto

Lindsay Mullan and Jamie Northan brought their improve show “Truth or Dare” to Toronto. Having performed at once very popular Bad Dog Theatre on Oct. 1 and Oct. 3, Mullan and Northan did the easiest (one might think) thing there is. They played a well-known game live on stage, engaging the audience in the show from time to time. Both actors usually do their “homework” preparing questions for future game. However, those questions remain secret to the partner up until they are both on stage and there is no turning back. This is how they end up telling personal stories about sex and dating, eating whatever the spectators have in their pockets and sometimes even getting naked in front of the crowd. This might sound like a piece of cake, especially if you perform for a relatively small audience, which was the case at the Bad Dog with only around 30 spectators. However, Mullan and Northan, both originally from Calgary, traveled with their show across Canada and “played” in front of several hundred people.

After the show both actors stayed for a couple drinks and talked to spectators. As it turned out, many of them have seen the show before, either in Edmonton, Calgary or Vancouver. This is a perfect illustration of the beauty of improv shows in general and “Truth or Dare” in particular. It never gets boring and even if you go every day you can still laugh your head off.

By Aliona Kuts

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Art Of Building A Bunker- Factory Theatre Toronto

Art Of Building A Bunker- Factory Theatre Toronto

The Art Of Building A Bunker was an unexpected shocking pleasure, to say the least.

Guillermo and Adam teamed together to pen the 1.5 hour theatrical performance based on our subconscious prejudice against other cultures. The thoughts that we’re afraid to say out loud are portrayed by Adam effortlessly as he depicts the life and times of himself, alongside seven other characters. 

The solo performance of these characters conveyed through Adam’s artistic portrayal was everything that I didn’t expect from a traditional theatrical standpoint. Adam’s talent was equally as apparent and full of a captivatingly flawless edge. The overall bold humor and shock value was an absolute understatement, further instilling our inner inferiority against other races. This piece was all about the way society thinks and feels but without the harsh wrath of social appropriatism

The Art Of Building A Bunker was presented by Factory Theatre. The newly renovated theatre now holds a refreshingly contemporary spin on the 145 year old  heritage building, housing a new age vibe of creativity and inspiration.

Reviewed by Tara Haggar
Bloor News

 

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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

 

WHAT :

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.
WHO :

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
WHEN AND WHERE :

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

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

 

LISTING INFO:
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: www.danceworks.ca