Toronto International Tap Dance Festival
The Toronto International Tap Dance Festival (TITDF), produced by Toffan Rhythm Projects in partnership with Harbourfront Centre, is proud to announce the full festival program showcasing legacy, tradition, and innovation in tap dance August 19-21, 2022.
The Toronto International Tap Dance Festival will begin Friday, August 19 with Between Two Di’s, featuring Dianne Montgomery and Dianne Walker. Originally commissioned as a 15 minute piece at the inaugural TITDF, Dianne Montgomery’s Her will premiere as a 30 minute piece. The second set will highlight the incomparable Dianne Walker with dancers from TITDF’s new generation residency program, repertoire from her treasured mentor Leon Collins, plus live music and personal anecdotes.
On Saturday, August 20 TITDF will present Convergence, featuring a new, cross Canada commissioned work, a film excerpt, and the Canadian premiere of Jumaane Taylor’s Supreme Love. Winnipeg’s Ella Steele and Gatineau’s David Lafleur will present (in)sight, an exciting exploration of rhythm with performers from Gatineau, Winnipeg, Calgary, Montreal, and Toronto. Audiences will then enjoy an excerpt from Trax, a film by Canadian tap icon Lisa La Touche. The evening will end with Jumaane Taylor’s Supreme Love, celebrating John Coltrane's 1964 album “A Love Supreme”, with live jazz and tap dance by four musicians and four dancers.
The Festival will close Sunday, August 21 with Perspectives in Rhythm, a showcase of tap through the ages. Perspectives in Rhythm will begin with the Toronto Rhythm Initiative summer youth program ensembles with choreography by Ella Steele, Cori Giannotta, Johnathan Morin and a special collaboration directed by Allison Toffan. Perspectives in Rhythm will also feature David Cox, Tanya Knights, Travis Knights, Rhythm & Sound, and The Rhythm Ensemble.
The Toronto International Tap Dance Festival will also include panel discussions, nightly jams, masterclasses, workshops and the Dianne Walker Residency Program.
The Toronto International Tap Dance Festival presents leading artists in the global scene, nurtures the development of Canadian excellence in tap, and aims to be a focal platform for professional bodies of tap dance repertory. The Festival connects and explores multiple perspectives of culture, background, generation, and aesthetic.