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:

Tarragon Theatre presents Abyss by Maria Milisavljevic

Tarragon Theatre presents Abyss by Maria Milisavljevic

Get VIZ of poetic thriller about a missing woman and Europe’s underground

Karla Richter, 24, a loving and trusting young woman goes missing. The police and papers ignore the disappearance, leaving her three friends – whose roots lie in Serbia and Croatia – to discover the truth. A search for Karla becomes a search for the self in this lyrical thriller and modern day epic cloaked in the mystery of Europe’s underworld.

Maria Milisavljevic, born in Arnsberg, Germany, is an award-winning playwright, theatre creator and director and is Tarragon’s International Playwright-in-Residence. Her latest play Brandung (Abyss) received the 2013 Kleist Promotional Award for Young Dramatists and opened at Deutsches Theater Berlin and continues to run in rep there. Brandung was further named one of the five best new plays of 2013 by Spiegel Magazine.

Richard Rose is the Artistic Director of Tarragon Theatre. Rose is well known for developing new work, including four plays that won the Governor General’s Award and nine other nominated plays. He is a four-time Dora Award winner for direction and production and has had numerous nominations. He has also been honoured with the Canada Council Walter Carsen Award for Excellence in the Arts and the City of Toronto’s Barbara Hamilton Award for the same.

Abyss’s cast:

Gord Rand – Shaw Festival’s The Philanderer, The Cherry Orchard and more; Necessary Angel’s Hamlet; Mirvish’s The Innocent Eye Test (Dora Award), Volcano’s Goodness, which he made into the feature documentary Goodness in Rwanda which won the Audience Choice Award at the 2013 ReelWorld Film Festival and Best Feature Documentary at the Thin Line Film Festival in Denton, Texas.

Sarah Sherman – Canadian Stage’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Theatre By The Bay’s Twelfth Night; That Choir Unplugged member.

Cara Pifko – Tarragon’s Léo; O Rejane for Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles; Soulpepper’s Top Girls; CBC TV drama This is Wonderland, which garnered her a Gemini Award for best actress; Stratford Festival – Coriolanus, Much Ado About Nothing; Canadian Stage – The Clean House; 2013 Best Actress in a Feature Film award from the FilmOut San Diego for her performance in Margarita.

Tarragon Theatre presents the English language premiere of
Written and translated by Maria Milisavljevic
Directed by Richard Rose
Starring Cara Pifko, Gord Rand, Sarah Sherman
Set and Lighting Design by Jason Hand
Sound Design by Thomas Ryder Payne

Opens February 11 and runs to March 15, 2015 (previews from February 3)
Tarragon Theatre’s Extraspace, 30 Bridgman Avenue, Toronto, M5R 1X3
Tuesday-Saturday at 8pm; Sunday at 2:30pm and select Saturdays at 2:30pm: Feb.14, Feb. 21, Feb. 28.
Regular Tickets: $42-$55; Previews: $27 (Discounts for seniors, students, arts workers and groups)

Rush Tickets: For every performance excluding opening night, specially priced $15 Rush Tickets will be sold (subject to availability) in person at the Box Office two hours before show time.

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