The York Dance Ensemble (YDE)

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Yui Ugai(Dancer)

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The international student at York University, Yui Ugai is will perform as a dance company member this year.

She is honoured to work with the celebrated choreographers and dance artists in this great opportunity.



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York Dance Ensemble at the AGO

7pm Wednesday February 19, 2014
2pm Sunday February 23, 2014
Walker Court, Art Gallery of Ontario
Included with admission

During the decade leading up to the First World War, composers such as Debussy, Schoenberg, Scriabin, and Stravinsky were writing music in active dialogue with the social upheavals, intellectual currents, and political events of their day, embracing the same radical spirit that inspired their colleagues in the visual arts. Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring), choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky to Igor Stravinsky’s score for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, is arguably the most iconic ballet of the 20th century. The York Dance Ensemble, the lively young repertory company of York University’s Department of Dance will perform an excerpt from their Rite of Spring -inspired work: Rite Redux. Choreographed by the ensemble’s artistic director, York dance Professor Holly Small, the excerpt is an audacious, thoroughly contemporary and very Canadian re-imagining of Sacre, transposed into the wilds of northern Ontario and steeped in the iconic imagery of Tom Thomson and The Group of Seven.

Presented in association with the exhibition The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection 1910-1918.

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March 20, 21, 2014 | 7:30pm
March 22, 2014 | 2:00pm

The Department of Dance presents an evening of world premieres by Toronto’s Julia Sasso, Marie France Forcier, Holly Small and Montreal’s Tentacle Tribe.

Holly Small is the Artistic Director. William Mackwood is the Director of Design

Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre
Accolade East Building
York University | 4700 Keele Street

$20 | $15 Alumni | $12 students/seniors/CADA
Box Office 416.736.5888


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About the York Dance Ensemble

The York Dance Ensemble (YDE) is the resident company of the Department of Dance. Since 1988, the YDE has been providing upper level dancers, choreographers, musicians and production crew with pre-professional experience creating, producing, performing, and touring in a company setting. Students experience a range of performance venues, from galleries, schools and other alternative sites to fully produced shows in the McLean Performance Studio and the Sandra Faire Ivan Fecan Theatre at York University.

Since its establishment, the YDE has commissioned dozens of new works by leading Canadian and international artists; has restaged classic works celebrating both Canadian and international dance heritage; has toured schools throughout Ontario, New Brunswick as well as Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal; and has launched the careers of scores of outstanding young Canadian dance artists.

The current artistic director of the YDE is Professor Holly Small. Small is a dance artist, educator, and independent choreographer with a longstanding focus on interdisciplinary collaboration. The 2013-14 season will mark her 15th term directing the YDE.

History of the York Dance Ensemble

In the Ensemble’s debut season, founding artistic director Donna Krasnow staged José Limón’s classic work A Choreographic Offering. Other historical program highlights have been the Company’s premiere of Anna Blewchamp’s reconstruction of Canadian dance pioneer Gweneth Lloyd’s 1942 ballet The Wise Virgins; a production of The Shakers by American master choreographer Doris Humphrey, restaged by Mary Jane Warner and Barbara Hausler; and the renowned Montréal dance artist Françoise Sullivan’s restaging of her 1948 duet Dualité.

Complementing the Ensemble’s commitment to the preservation of modern dance heritage is its ongoing focus on the development and presentation of new work. In recent years, the Ensemble has premiered pieces by Carol Anderson, Julia Aplin, Susan Cash, Denise Duric and Bill Coleman, Matjash Mrozewski, Andrea Nann, Yvonne Ng, Harold Rheaume, Holly Small, Stephanie Thompson, and Luc Tremblay, to name just a few.

Many leading Canadian choreographers have also created exciting new works with the inspiring young dancers of the YDE. Among them:

York University Department of Dance faculty members Carol Anderson, Anna Blewchamp, Karen Bowes-Sewell, Darcey Callison, Susan Cash, Donna Krasnow, and Holly Small.
Québec choreographers, including Daniel Bélanger, Harold Rhaume, Jean-Louis Morin, and Luc Tremblay.
Toronto choreographers, including Patricia Beatty, Peter Chin, Bill Coleman, Philip Drube, Robert Glumbek, Randy Glynn, Danny Grossman, Maxine Heppner, Terrill Maguire, Michael Sean Marye, Matjash Mrozewski, Andrea Nann, and Yvonne Ng.
The Ensemble has also worked with notable international artists such as Dalcroze Eurhythmics specialists Karin Greenhead (UK) and Gregory Ristow (US), and American choreographers Daniel Lewis, Phyllis Lamhut, Richard Haisma, Dana Reitz and Peter London.

Artistic Directors of the Ensemble

Donna Krasnow (1988-1990, 1996-1997, 2002-2003)
Anna Blewchamp (1993-1994)
Darcey Callison (1994-1995)
Luc Tremblay (1997 – 1999)
Sara Porter (2000 – 2001)
Susan Cash (2003 – 2011)
Holly Small (1990-1993, 1999-2000, 2001-2002, 2011-2014)

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