The Ladder Project bridges dance and theatre. It uses two sided ladders as a metaphor for the steps we make to try and reach a certain level of intimacy with a lover or partner. Three duets about queer love will happen on and around the ladders (upright, toppled over, upside-down etc). Showing the struggles we go through, the moments of levity, melodrama and truth - to find love, to accept love, for our love to be accepted and the nuances inside of how we align with people we want to be in relationship with. This piece is intended to be personal, intimate and steamy.
Creative Team Choreographer | Director: Aria Evans Created with and performed by: Steph Cyr, Kiah Francis, Nickeshia Garrick, Sofí Gudiño, Heath V. Salazar, Rose Tuong
Original Music by: Shanika Maria, Sofia Fly
Dramaturge: Ximena Huizi Supported and Funded by: The National Arts Centre, CAHOOTS, Native Earth Performing Arts and Buddies In Bad Times Theatre
heart2heart is a documentary archive of the creative process for the work that was interrupted by the global pandemic. heart2heart tells the intimate and true stories of 11 movement-based artists. Through 5 unscripted duets centred around ‘conversations about the state of the world', heart2heart offers a compassionate dance theatre work turned film that questions how we seek to build relationships across difference, across sameness and across generation. heart2heart features an ensemble of queer, POC, fat, multilingual, non-binary, differently abled, mothers, teachers, immigrants and all Torontonians. Creative Team Choreographer | Director: Aria Evans Created with and performed by: Tanveer Alam and Angela Sun, Corynne Bisson, Michael Caldwell and Liisa Smith, Olivia Croft and Irma Villafuerte, Shay Erlich and Kari Pederson, Karen Kaeja and Sebastian Oreamuno.
Dramaturge: Ximena Huizi
Performances heart2heart Excerpt (Karen & Sebastian) Presented by Tangente January 29th, 30th, 31st, February 1st 2022 Special thanks to Rodney Diverlus, Joie Ann Merana and Jordan Laffrenier for being part of heart2heart's initial stages of development.
Supported and Funded by: Nightswimming Theatre, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and Volcano Theatre
In The Abyss, a full-length dance theatre piece, applies choreography and metaphor to a heart-driven exploration of the mysteries of life on earth. It explores common expressions of humanity as it intersects with the science that situates us within the universe. Using the scientific theory that everything is made of stardust, it dives into the inescapable physics of the galaxies beyond us in relationship to our earth-bound lives. It grapples with how to live with purpose, find meaning in one’s journey, all the while colliding honest explorations of loneliness with our innate need for connection.
Creative Team Choreographer | Director: Aria Evans / Political Movement
Created with and performed by: Irvin Chow Ana Claudette Groppler Syreeta Hector David Norsworthy
Composer: Babak Taghinia Costume Designer: Kinoo Arcentales Lighting Designer: Sarah Mansikka Outside Eye: Julia Sasso Production Manager: Candice Irwin Set Designer: Rachel Forbes Stage Manager: Tamara Protic *“The participation of this Artist is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance Opera Theatre Policy (DOT).” Text and Body Dramaturge: Ximena Huizi Writer: Liam Zarrillo
Performances Presented by Citadel + Compagnie through Bright Nights October 30th - November 2nd 2019
Supported and Funded by: Canada Council for the Arts, Native Earth Performing Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and University of Toronto
link is a warrior dance about the blockades we come across in life, focusing on the idea of forging ahead and asking the question; “What is my generation fighting for or against?”.
Creative Team Performer | Choreographer: Aria Evans
Artistic Collaborators: Jesse Dell, Joshua DePerry, Pulga Muchochoma, Naishi Wang Rehearsal Director: Ana Groppler Outside Eye: Peggy Baker through NEPA's Animikiig Training Program Set Designer: Andy Moro through NEPA's Animikiig Training Program Set Assembly: Michael Murray Dramaturge: Michele Smith-Gilmour Composer: DJ Classic Roots Developed Through Native Earth Performing Arts' Animikiig Creators Unit under the guidance of Diana Belshaw
Performances DanceWorks CoWorks February 15th - 18th 2018 Pia Bouman School - Scotiabank Studio Theatre
Supported and Funded by: Canada Council for the Arts, DanceWorks, Native Earth Performing Arts and Ontario Arts Council
A reimagining of Stravinsky's L'Histoire du soldat with a live suite for Violin, Clarinet and Piano. The Trickster Re-imagined set to L’histoire du Soldat by Igor Stravinsky and choreographed by Aria Evans distills the traits of the Trickster and explores the motif of shapeshifting in terms of contemporary curated identities. With solos, duos and trios that echo the structures of society, we watch the characters cross and create boundaries. With stark and stirring movements the jubilant and somber music and dance blend for an energetic and resolutely contemporary whole. Creative Team Choreographer | Director: Aria Evans
Created with and Performed by: Syreeta Hector Mayumi Lashbrook Raelyn Metcalfe Producer: Toronto Concert Orchestra
Performances October 12th 2017 in Peterborough November 19th 2017 in Gravenhurst November 23rd 2017 in Toronto
Supported and Funded by: Dancemakers, Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Trillium Foundation and Toronto Concert Orchestra
RElaps takes a voyeuristic look into a couple’s intimate relationship and explores how many small innocent acts can turn into huge betrayals of trust. Creative Team 1 Choreographer | Director: Aria Evans
Created with and performed by: Irvin Chow Jesse Dell Outside Eye: Julia Sasso Lighting Designer: Andy Moro Prop Designer: Michael Murray
Performances RATED R at The Toronto Fringe Randolph Theatre July 1st - July 10th 2016
Creative Team 2 Choreographer | Director: Aria Evans Dancers: Jesse Dell, Naishi Wang Outside Eye: Donna-Michelle St. Bernard
Performances Weesageechak Begins To Dance 29 Native Earth Performing Arts Aki Studio November 17th 2016
Supported and Funded by: Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Fringe
Where are you RANKED? This group work is an investigation into the social perceptions we hold about who has privilege and power.
Creative Team 3 Choreographer | Director: Aria Evans
Created with and performed by: Jasmyn Fyffe, Peter Kelly, Pulga Muchochoma, Kassi Scott, Mateo Torres, Kathia Wittenborn Outside Eye: Julia Sasso Lighting Designer: Andy Moro Costumes: Jesse Dell Performances RATED R at The Toronto Fringe Randolph Theatre July 1st - July 10th 2016
Creative Team 2 Choreography: Aria Evans Created with and performed by: Aria Evans, Damian Norman, Kassi Scott, Mateo Torres
Work In Progress Performance University of Toronto Scarborough - Snider Lecture Series HW 305 March 2016
Creative Team 1 Choreography: Aria Evans Created with and performed by: Damian Norman, Kassi Scott
Work In Progress Performance Harbourfront Centre's NextSteps - The Chimera Project - FRESH BLOOD Harbourfront Centre Theatre October 2015
Supported and Funded by: Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Fringe
Desiccated is a movement based multidisciplinary performance that merges contemporary dance, a live vocal soundscape, sculptural installation and video projection. As our fresh water supply depletes and water becomes a commodity that we buy and sell in bottles, Desiccated explores how our relationship to water is changing. It hints to how we might become informed, how we contribute to the problem and how we can find a solution to make water remain a human right. With movement inspired by waves, rivers and waterfalls and interviews of childhood memories in and around fresh water integrated into the vocal soundscape, this physical and poignant collaboration invites us to reflect on what used to be, what is, and what is to come.
Creative Team 1 Choreographer | Director: Aria Evans
Created with and performed by: Jesse Dell, Ana Claudette Groppler, Mateo Galindo Torres Outside Eye: Julia Sasso Vocalist/Composer: Amir Brandon Projections: Aria Evans Set Builder: Michael Murray Costumes: Jesse Dell
Performances: SummerWorks Performance Festival - dance series Theatre Centre Mainspace August 8th, 9th 2015
Excerpt Performances: Gaïa Exhibition Paris, France January 2016
Work In Progress Performances: Series 808 CPW Collective Space April 2015
Seasonal Activities, v.i. hub14 March 2015
Creative Team 2 Choreography/Projections: Aria Evans Created with and performed by: Ana Claudette Groppler, Syreeta Hector, Mateo Galindo Torres Set Builder: Michael Murray
Performances: Pulse Ontario Dance Conference Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre, York University May 11th 2018
Supported and Funded by: b current, Canada Council for the Arts, Native Earth Performing Arts, Ontario Arts Council and SummerWorks