On Saturday, September 10th CCDT company and apprentices will be dancing in front of our building on Parliament as part of the 2011 Cabbagetown Festival. Hope to see you there!
And here’s a look back at last year’s dance: Walking On Sunshine
Today the Toronto Arts Foundation (TAF) announced the finalists for the 2011 Toronto Arts Foundation Awards, celebrating those individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions to Toronto’s vibrant artistic and cultural life.
Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre is among three finalists chosen for the prestigious Arts for Youth Award, alongside Theatre Direct and Young People’s Theatre. Nominees were chosen by a stellar multi-disciplinary jury which included Peter Chin, Simon Foster, Maureen Hynes, Shannon Litzenberger, Charles Reeve, Sonia Sakamoto-Jog, Jini Stolk, Jordan Tannahill and Jennifer Waring. The award winners will be announced on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at the Mayors Arts Awards Lunch.
CCDT Artistic Director Deborah Lundmark is “thrilled by the announcement, and especially honoured to stand with two leading arts organizations which do such exceptional work with youth.”
The Arts for Youth Award is a $15,000 cash prize established in 2007 by Martha Burns, Jim Fleck and Jim Pitblado, and celebrates an individual, collective or organization that has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to engaging Toronto youth in the arts. The two finalists will receive $2,000, made possible by Diana Bennett and Spencer Lanthier.
Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre is a repertory company founded by Artistic Director Deborah Lundmark and Managing Director Michael deConinck Smith in 1980 to present gifted next-generation artists in professional productions. While still in their teens CCDT dancers enjoy performing the work of such dance luminaries as David Earle, Carol Anderson, Danny Grossman, Margie Gillis, Peggy Baker and Peter Chin in forty shows annually. As part of the Toronto-based company’s ten year Ontario Arts Access initiative they have introduced 160,000 students to contemporary dance, from Windsor and Lion’s Head to Kapuskasing and Kenora. Other presentation highlights include featured appearances at Toronto’s Princess of Wales and Royal Alexandra Theatres for the Creative Trust and Dancers for Life Galas, tours to Singapore, Malaysia and China, and five invitations to the Canada Dance Festival in Ottawa. This year the company marked its 30th anniversary with the launch of its new name, the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre.
For more information on CCDT, please visit www.ccdt.org.
For more information on the awards and the work of the Toronto Arts Foundation, please visit www.torontoarts.org/awards.html.
Company Auditions – Sunday July 17, 2011
Perform with Canada’s finest young contemporary dancers in more than 30 stage productions a year!
LOCATION 509 Parliament Street (just north of Carlton)
PREREQUISITES Dancers must be between the ages of 13-20. Minimum two years of dance experience in both ballet and modern dance.
Ages 13-20, 12:00-2:00 PM
Interviews to follow
AUDITION FEES $30.00 (payable at audition)
CONTRACT Begins September 2011
All participants must send a CV and photo (must be full body shot in dance attire) by Saturday July 16th to firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information and to pre-register please contact CCDT Artistic Director Deborah Lundmark at 416-924-5657 or visit the website at www.ccdt.org
Company Members Benefit From:
-Secondary school credits
-Paid performance experience
-Limited regional/national/international touring
-Work with internationally recognized choreographers
-Advanced-level entry to Canadian University Dance programs
*EXCERPTED from the TURNING 30! Programme*
Reflections at 30
‘One must grow or else pay more for remaining the same.’ Norman Mailer
A few days ago one of our former dancers, whose birthday was approaching, shared a little of her apprehension and excitement about the way this number 30 looms on life’s horizon with some special significance. Maybe its that you can’t pretend to be a child anymore, she wondered. This simple observation fed so aptly into our own growing sense that, as founders of Canadian Children’s Dance Theatre, we too had clung long enough to a past identity for this company, encapsulated in the word Children’s, that no longer describes what it has become.
With this in mind, you can follow the pages between the front cover of this program and the back as a kind of map-puzzle of our quest for becoming something new, though something more sensed than defined. Yes, you are a special audience, asked to witness transformative moments, not simply on stage where you might rightly expect them, but in the very author of those moments when, at the final curtain, the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre emerges to take the final bow.
There have been a few other transformative moments in our history that bear reflection. All have originated in extraordinary people to whom CCDT owes its existence, beginning with some forty families exemplified by Gerry (Board Chair), Elsie and Keat Maddison who, in 1981 presciently (and they might add in retrospect, insanely) surrendered themselves to an endless round of weekend rehearsals, bake sales and wildly experimental performances in search of an audience. Somehow those families and their successors have passed that baton for three decades.
Then, seven years later in 1988, culminating creative interventions by a series of artists from Danny Grossman and his inspirational dance family to Lin Snelling, Murray Darroch and Peggy McCann, a deluge of dance makers descended on the company as if on cue. WinterSong debuted that year irresistibly driven by David Earle, Holly Small and Carol Anderson choreography, performed by dancers newly empowered with Donna Krasnow’s Limón technique. That was CCDT’s coming out party.
Seven years later in 1995, as though to echo having found a spiritual home in the Limon technique, CCDT backed by the kindred Grossman Company hammered out a physical home at 509 Parliament Street. The security of a permanent roof permitted all kind of initiative to flourish, led by Arwyn Carpenter’s visionary “company-in-waiting”, the Young Apprentice Program whose members will shine in this very theatre on Saturday. Culminating these initiatives, you guessed it, seven years later, CCDT launched its sister company, TILT sound+motion at the National Arts Centre, stretching our creative range and audience.
And then came a seven year star burst of former company dancers returning on their cometary orbits, Patricia Quevedo to direct TILT, Miranda Abbott to lead outreach, Samantha Lazzaro to inspire the senior apprentices and Jordana Deveau to become rehearsal director and associate artistic director…and now we all cross that daunting, exhilarating 30 threshold together, a spectrum of artists, a spectrum of ages, a contemporary dance company.
Welcome to you all and thank you for celebrating this occasion with us.
Deborah & Michael
Check out the lead-up to our 30th Anniversary on Toronto.com