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Alexandra Elliott Dance in Toronto: 'When All Is Said' & 'Get Served'
Alexandra Elliott Dance has earned four stars from the 2013 and 2011 Winnipeg Fringe Festivals. Look out as they dance their way to the big city with this double bill premiere that cannot be missed! Get Served is a hilarious and psychologically disturbing solo about restaurant customers that combines dance and theatre. Alexandra expertly re-enacts their grotesque needs before unveiling the secrets that lie below their facades. When All Is Said will take you deep into the tribal world of a forgotten species through acts of physical virtuosity and emotional conviction with dancers Hilary Crist, Alexandra Elliott, Janelle Hacault & Lise McMillan.
"Elliott brings the full resources of her knowledge and technical expertise to the choreography and performance of these dances as do the other excellent dancers in the production, and you won't regret the time you spend in her world. - Chandra Mayor, CBC, Winnipeg Fringe Festival, 2013
This show is a must-see for the Toronto community because of its original choreography and high caliber dancers. It is essential to bring dance to the theatre communities of our Canadian cities so that we can build a larger, thriving dance audience.
Please encourage your Toronto friends and contacts to attend our show!
Thank you to everyone for your ongoing support.
Venue #12: Al Green Theatre, 750 Spadina Avenue
Performances: 60 mins
Friday July 4 - 1:15pm
Saturday July 5 - 7:30pm
Sunday July 6 - 10:30pm
Monday July 7 - 8:30pm
Wednesday July 9 - 9:15pm
Friday July 11 - 5:45pm
Saturday July 12 - 4:00pm
The Al Green Theatre is wheel chair accessible and air conditioned. Tickets can be purchased at the venue for $10, one hour prior to showtime, cash only. Purchase online: fringetoronto.com. Phone: 416-966-1062.
In Person: During the Festival Box Office in the parking lot behind Honest Eds 581 Bloor St W.
Alexandra Elliott - Artistic Director, Choreographer, Dancer
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Alexandra Elliott is a dedicated contemporary dancer and choreographer. At the age of four her family knew this dance form was right for her and she was enrolled at The School of Contemporary Dancers. This is where Alexandra stayed until she graduated in 2004 from the professional program and received a BA Honours Degree from the University of Winnipeg. Fresh out of school Alexandra was a company dancer for four years with Ruth Cansfield Dance before joining the Young Lungs Dance Exchange to pursue choreography. After seven years of constant support from this organization she has taken an important step and is now the Artistic Director of Alexandra Elliott Dance.
Alexandra has had the supreme opportunity to self present her own production in Winnipeg and will continue to do so with the supportive community she lives in. With over ten original works under her belt, her dances have been produced in Winnipeg, New York, and soon, Toronto. Alexandra remains humble with a commitment to learn from her seniors and peers. She has studied choreography with Susie Burpee ON, Marie-Jose Chartier QC, Susan Rethorst NY and Peter Bingham BC and has sought out rewarding mentorships with Burpee and Brent Lott MB. Alexandra is looking forward to presenting her work in the Toronto and Winnipeg Fringe Festivals in July 2014.
Lise McMillan - Dancer
Originally from Abbotsford, B.C, Lise is a dance artist based out of Winnipeg. She has spent six years as a company dancer with Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers working with choreographers such as Susie Burpee, Lesandra Dodson, Sasha Ivanochko, Roger Sinha, Serge Bennathan, the late Rachel Browne and Artistic Director Brent Lott. Lise has worked with Nafro Dance Productions, under Casimiro Nhussi, and independent choreographers Natasha Torres-Garner, Ali Robson, Johanna Riley, Alexandra Elliott, Luis Sala MZ, and Christina Medina AT. Internationally, Lise has performed with C. Medina Dance, and Delfos Danza Contemporanea MX. Her strong interest in cultural diversity, and the influence of dance in community, has led Lise to Shikokho, Kenya where she began Culture Crossing Projects with co-founder David Graham in 2009 and has since established a scholarship program to support students interested in the arts. As a choreographer Lise has worked with Winnipeg youth choir Prairie Voices, Fringe festival production The Coconut Clubber, the Division Scolaire Franco-Manitobaine, as well as with local singer/song-writer Noma Sibande. Lise holds her B.A Honours degree in Dance Performance from University of Winnipeg, and is a graduate of the Senior Professional Program from The School of Contemporary Dancers. She has continued her training through residencies with D.ID dance identity AT under Liz King, and a three-month residency with Delfos Danza MX under Claudia Lavista, Victor Manuel Ruiz and Omar Carrum. Upcoming projects include working with Sinha Danse MTL, as well as completing her B.A in Psychology this spring.
Hilary Anne Crist - Dancer
Hilary graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ryerson University in Toronto in 2011. Her training at Ryerson gave her the opportunity to connect and work with many different professional choreographers. She has had the opportunity to work with renowned dance film artist and choreographer Allen Kaeja in research as well as a teachers assistant for his elevations workshops. In 2010 she traveled to Luzern where she had the honor of apprenticing with the Tanz Luzerner Theatre. There she learned original choreography by Caroline Finn-Fischer and Nick Hobbs. In 2011 she attended Springboard Danse Montral and performed pieces by Daniele Desnoyer, and Shannon Gillen. In 2012 she performed Pamela Rasbachs work with Typecast Dance Company. Other choreographers she has had the honor of working with include, Kate Hilliard, Robert Glumbek, Roberto Campanella, Vicki St. Denys, and Kenny Pearle. Most recently Hilary has danced for Alexandra Elliott Dance and Black Heart Dance in the 2013 Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival. This year includes more work with Alexandra Elliott Dance as well as research with performance artist and choreographer Ming Hon. Hilary looks forward to attending Batsheva's Gaga workshop in Tel Aviv this summer.
Janelle Hacault - Dancer
Raised in Flin Flon, Manitoba, Janelle is a professional independent dance artist. She is currently on her 3rd project with Gearshifting Performance Works Jolene Bailie and has worked with the likes of Flin Flon Arts Council Crystal Kolt, Have We Met? Productions Brett Owen, Nafro Dance Productions Casimiro Nhussi, Stephanie Ballard, The Mariachi Ghost and The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Odette Heyn. She has done several workshops with master teachers including Chris Aiken, Peggy Baker, Peter Bingham, Marc Boivin, Andrew de Lotbinire Harwood, and Sharon Moore. Before dance, Janelle was an actor who studied theatre under Per Brask and Tom Stroud. She earned a B.A in theatre studies from the University of Winnipeg in 2007 while training in the Junior Professional Program at the School of Contemporary Dancers. Janelle is looking forward to this summer's Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival with Alexandra Elliott Dance and the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival with Lady of the Lake Productions Jacqueline Loewen.