60x60 Dance Toronto invites choreographers and dancers of all styles and genres to apply to the upcoming 60x60 Dance Toronto event on Thursday October 16th 2014 at the Enwave Theatre at the Harbourfront Centre, in the NextSteps Dance Series.
60x60 Dance Toronto features 60 choreographers’ creations for any number of dancers. Each creation is to be one minute long, and together, the 60 performances will be joined to create a 1-hour show, co-ordinated by Macro-choreographer Viv Moore, and co-curated by Producer Tova Kardonne. The music, a macro-composition made up of 60 1-minute micro-compositions, were compiled by Montreal composer Eldad Tsabary from submissions to a national call for one-minute electro-acoustic compositions, and is known as the 60x60 Canada Mix 2012.
Choreographers chosen to participate will be assigned one 1-minute micro-composition to which to create their dance piece.
Eclectic by nature, 60x60 Dance offers an unmatched diversity of styles, making for a fast-paced, electrifying one-of-a-kind performance that never ceases to surprise. Dances can span all forms from ballet to hip-hop to ballroom and contemporary, while the music spans the breadth and depth of all that's possible in current electroacoustic creation.
The one-minute time frame of 60 x 60 creations induces a haiku-like poetic form of dance. Emerging and established dancers alike have an opportunity to create a signature piece that showcases their eloquence, individuality and economy of expression. All participating choreographers will receive a professional dvd recording and photograph of their work, as well as an honourarium.
"An express without any delay....It's this kind of madness that makes the cultural world go round."—The New York Times
Groups and individuals selected for participation must be available for BOTH a mandatory macro-choreography rehearsal on Oct 5 2014 from noon -6 p.m AND the technical run-through on October 15th from 7-10 pm, AS WELL AS BOTH PERFORMANCES: 12:30 pm call for a 2 pm dress/student matinée on Thursday October 16th 2014 and 8 pm evening performance the same night. Otherwise rehearsals are to be conducted by individual choreographers and dancers on their own.
60x60 Dance Toronto gratefully acknowledges the support of the Toronto Arts Council and the Ontario Arts Council
60x60 presents to the largest audience possible.
60x60 actively seeks to find that listener unaware of the treasure which is found in the 60 one-minute miniatures. 60x60 has been presented in places where audiences would expect mainstream programs and offers the 60x60 program to be discovered by the listener. Performance of various incarnations of 60x60 have been presented in concert halls, theater stages, museums, art galleries, public atriums, bars, nightclubs, building facades, and street windows in New York City; not to mention radio airplay, television and Internet broadcast around the world. 60x60 has been enjoyed by tens of thousands of people in venues across the globe.
"The word 'viral,' comes to mind as a trendy but disquietingly accurate image for Robert Voisey's infectious enthusiasm.
He is always ready to mutate and reinfect the process as indicated to maintain the highest degree of project fever - and yes, it is spreading."
"We live in a compressed world. Executive summaries, plot synopses, speed dating, pecha kucha, sound bites,Wikipedia, and Sesame Street tell us all we need to know, and in very little time. Since 2003, NewYork composer Rob Voisey has given us a musical version with his 60x60 Project. ... 60x60 is not about scores, but about recordings. The submissions are the music; definitive, in final form - trapped, as it were, in amber. ... The project design permits a large number of composers to put representative samples of their music in front of audiences. I trace project success to the composers who form its collaborators, hosts, and director. The grass-roots, all-volunteer philosophy translates into an eclectic blend of styles, genres and aesthetics. The result: a representative survey of today's music on the cutting edge."
- By Richard Arnest, Sounding Board Spring 2011
60x60 is a project of Vox Novus
60x60 was created and founded by Robert Voisey to inspire, produce, promote, and disseminate the vast aesthetics and styles of contemporary composers being written by today's living composers.
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