Inspired by Aristophanes’ Peace, an Athenian comedy written in 421 BCE, Houston’s adaptation of the play is set in a fable-like time in Eastern Canada.
On the brink of war, two nations, The Realm and The Republic, hope to live in peace, something that each side defines in its own way. Houston’s serio-comic exploration reveals the complexities of both war and peace – their opportunities, fortunes, and failings. The production is commissioned by the Ryerson School of Performance, Toronto, Canada. Peace will also tour to Los Angeles after its Toronto premiere. Performed by the graduating BFA actors, designed and produced by the BFA Performance Production students, with professional Projection Design by Kristen Ferguson.
Written by Velina Hasu Houston
Directed by Dr. Cynthia Ashperger
Produced by Dr. Peggy Shannon
Projection design by Kristen Ferguson
Lighting design by Anna Spencer
Costume design by Angela Cabrera & Kaleena Lee
Set design by Megan Cinel
Sound design by Alex Robinson
Zachary Arndt as Merchant of War
Sebastian Biasucci as Spirit of the past IV / Chorus Leader
Katherine Cappellacci as Spirit of the Past I
Audrey Chairman as Hope
Laura Hamel as Fear
Daniel Krmpotic as the Sage / Farmer Concord
Sean Laird as Nobel
Ariana Marquis as Spirit of the Past III
Michael Merrithew as Senso
Sydney Owchar as Peace
Kierstyn Penney as Grace
Vitan Pravtchev as Spirit of the Past II
Tori Stewart as Spirit of the Past V
Leigh Truant as Peace Merchant / The Philosopher
Alexander Zonjic as Spirit of the Past VI
Throwdown Collective brings a touch of magical realism to the stage with their physically exciting contemporary dance performances. Members Zhenya Cerneacov, Mairéad Filgate and Brodie Stevenson perform the world premiere of Montreal choreographer Lina Cruz’s Ylem (3 Eggs Ago), and their award winning creation, Various Concert.
Toronto’s Largest Young Professionals Charity Gala
Guest got in the glam of Old Hollywood at the Liberty Grand for the 16th annual motionball Toronto Gala!
Hosted by KiSS 92.5’s Devo Brown, the #motionballgala has become a must-attend event for young professionals in Toronto and across the country. It’s the perfect combination of philanthropy and fun where guests will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with local celebrities and Toronto’s young professionals all while supporting the Special Olympics Canada Foundation.
#Motionball #motionballgala #charitygala #motionballTO, #specialolympics
"Dolphin” focuses in on the ridiculously spoiled and shallow lead characters from bratty-millennial book series, “Gossip Girl” by Cecily von Ziegesar, as they turn to chaos magick and each other to heal and achieve an idyllic state of self-love. But it all goes wrong.
Choreographer/Creator: Alyssa Martin
Performers: Mary-Dora Bloch-Hansen, Josh Doig, Samantha Grist and Natasha Poon Woo
Dramaturg: David Bernstein
Costume Designer: Kelsey Wilson
Music: Sébastien Tellier, Willow, The Flaming Lips, George Gershwin
Guest Performer: Sebastian Biasucci
Text: Gossip Girl TV Series, David Bernstein & Alyssa Martin
Dolphin protect me.
Dolphin guide me.
I don't need to be saved.
I need to be found.
“The Rise from the Fall” choreographed by Christopher Knowles. This is the journey of darkness in ones life caused by the effects of war and the process that those have travelled seeking light in loss. Together we will walk the path of positivity and create light in a world that is so often dim."
The 2017 WedLuxe Show took place at The Carlu, where guests were able to meet and mingle with 100 of Toronto’s most talented and elite wedding professionals. “World of Wanderlust” was the show theme and guiding inspiration for the ultimate wedding show.
The show was produced by Angela Desveaux, founder of WedLuxe, presented by Oliver & Bonacini Events and Catering, and sponsored by Kleinfeld Hudson’s Bay and Tempur-Pedic. Marta Urbanowicz of Artam Design Inc. joined the show as Event Design Director, with Kim Miyama of Kim Miyama Events as Event Logistics Planning Partner. FireDog Creative was the Live Event Support Sponsor, Contemporary Furniture Rentals Inc. was the official Show Furniture Supplier, and Eventure Custom Environments and Event Draping was the Event Draping Partner.
From the American Birding Association:
Code of Birding Ethics
1. Promote the welfare of birds and their environment.
1(a) Support the protection of important bird habitat.
1(b) To avoid stressing birds or exposing them to danger, exercise restraint and caution during observation, photography, sound recording, or filming.
Limit the use of recordings and other methods of attracting birds, and never use such methods in heavily birded areas, or for attracting any species that is Threatened, Endangered, or of Special Concern, or is rare in your local area;
Keep well back from nests and nesting colonies, roosts, display areas, and important feeding sites. In such sensitive areas, if there is a need for extended observation, photography, filming, or recording, try to use a blind or hide, and take advantage of natural cover.
Use artificial light sparingly for filming or photography, especially for close-ups.
1(c) Before advertising the presence of a rare bird, evaluate the potential for disturbance to the bird, its surroundings, and other people in the area, and proceed only if access can be controlled, disturbance minimized, and permission has been obtained from private land-owners. The sites of rare nesting birds should be divulged only to the proper conservation authorities.
1(d) Stay on roads, trails, and paths where they exist; otherwise keep habitat disturbance to a minimum.
2. Respect the law, and the rights of others.
2(a) Do not enter private property without the owner's explicit permission.
2(b) Follow all laws, rules, and regulations governing use of roads and public areas, both at home and abroad.
2(c) Practice common courtesy in contacts with other people. Your exemplary behavior will generate goodwill with birders and non-birders alike.
3. Ensure that feeders, nest structures, and other artificial bird environments are safe.
3(a) Keep dispensers, water, and food clean, and free of decay or disease. It is important to feed birds continually during harsh weather.
3(b) Maintain and clean nest structures regularly.
3(c) If you are attracting birds to an area, ensure the birds are not exposed to predation from cats and other domestic animals, or dangers posed by artificial hazards.
4. Group birding, whether organized or impromptu, requires special care.
Each individual in the group, in addition to the obligations spelled out in Items #1 and #2, has responsibilities as a Group Member.
4(a) Respect the interests, rights, and skills of fellow birders, as well as people participating in other legitimate outdoor activities. Freely share your knowledge and experience, except where code 1(c) applies. Be especially helpful to beginning birders.
4(b) If you witness unethical birding behavior, assess the situation, and intervene if you think it prudent. When interceding, inform the person(s) of the inappropriate action, and attempt, within reason, to have it stopped. If the behavior continues, document it, and notify appropriate individuals or organizations.
Group Leader Responsibilities [amateur and professional trips and tours].
4(c) Be an exemplary ethical role model for the group. Teach through word and example.
4(d) Keep groups to a size that limits impact on the environment, and does not interfere with others using the same area.
4(e) Ensure everyone in the group knows of and practices this code.
4(f) Learn and inform the group of any special circumstances applicable to the areas being visited (e.g. no tape recorders allowed).
4(g) Acknowledge that professional tour companies bear a special responsibility to place the welfare of birds and the benefits of public knowledge ahead of the company's commercial interests. Ideally, leaders should keep track of tour sightings, document unusual occurrences, and submit records to appropriate organizations.