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4-7-8 (Performance)

  • Small Arms Inspection Building 1352 Lakeshore Road East Mississauga, ON, L5E Canada (map)

4-7-8 is an immersive dance-theatre experience created by TOES FOR DANCE Co-Founder/Co-Director, Kristen Carcone. 4-7-8 explores the complexities of anxiety and the social stigma surrounding mental health. Based on the breathing technique made popular by Dr. Andrew Weil, 4-7-8 is a five part multi-disciplinary performance of dance, visual art, live music, audio installations, and theatre. Audiences will move from room to room as a collective, experiencing the power of interpretation and connection. 

Friday November 30th, 2018 - 8pm

Saturday December 1st, 2018 - 7pm & 10pm

Sunday December 2nd, 2018 - 7pm

Small Arms Inspection Building

1352 Lakeshore Road East, Mississauga, ON

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TOES FOR DANCE is proud to produce this performance, which is funded in part by the Toronto Arts Council. Special thanks to lululemon (New York, USA), Inception to Exhibition (New York, USA), Pulse Ontario Dance Conference (Toronto, Canada), Creative Hub 1352 / Small Arms Society (Mississauga, Canada) and The City of Mississauga (Mississauga, Canada) for supporting the creative development of this work!


Kristen Carcone - Choreographer/Director: Kristen Carcone is a Toronto-born, internationally acclaimed dancer, choreographer, teacher, and reiki healer. She is a company member of Third Rail Projects (New York, NY), currently performing in their Bessie award winning production Then She Fell . In 2016, Kristen was named one of the 25 Most Influential Young Choreographers to watch by Narcity Toronto. Her choreography can be seen in Joseph Gordon Levitt’s My Favourite Things video, Cardinal’s Pride music video Masterpiece, and in Supa’Nova, a new play by Maria Corina Ramirez. Kristen’s work has been described as “energetic, highly entertaining and refreshingly playful” - Sarah Lochhead/The Dance Current. Kristen is Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of TOES FOR DANCE, an internationally recognized non-profit organization that has been featured in the Globe and Mail, Mississauga News, and The Dance Current Magazine. She graduated from the dance division of New World School of the Arts in 2011 earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with Highest Honors.

Laura Cournoyea – Stage Manager: Laura Cournoyea is a Toronto-based arts manager and administrator. She was trained at York University’s Theatre Department, earning a Specialized B.F.A. in Theatre Design and Production. She splits her time between dance, theatre, and event management. Ms. Cournoyea has recently worked with the Toronto Dance Theatre, Dusk Dances, adelheid, Ontario Dances, Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre, inDANCE, The Dietrich Group, Bouchardanse, and the 2015 Pan Am Arts Relay. As well, Laura is the Arts Education Manager for Yvonne Ng's tiger princess dance projects and the Company Manager for dance:made in canada/fait au canada.

Simon Fon – Stunt Coordinator: With over 600 professional credits in TV, Film and Stage stretching from Broadway to Stratford to Yellowknife, Simon specializes in all areas: Weaponry, Aerial Flying (NAAFED certified), Unarmed Combat (Eastern and Western). Simon has coached and performed with actors Christopher Plummer, Rachel McAdams, Martin Short, Billy Connolly, and Colm Feore to name a few. Fight Master with FDC. Executive Director and Founder of RIOT A.C.T. earning 17 nominations and 8 awards, including Simon for Male Action Performer of the Year 2009 AOF Festival – California.  and

Erika Carcone - Set Designer: Erika Carcone is the founder and lead floral designer of Taylor Grace Inc. With a degree from the University of Toronto and diplomas from Humber College and Canadian Institute of Floral Design, Erika is constantly refining her skill sets, making her one of the best event coordinators and floral designers in the industry. Her work has supported many charities including the Sick Kids Foundation, Reach for the Rainbow and LOFT. She has coordinated events and created floral designs for weddings, bridal showers, corporate events and fundraisers. Her detail oriented approach allows her clients to feel heard, supported and calm leading up to their event. Erika’s love of family time, flowers and food allows her to truly understand the importance of coordinating the event of your dreams. @taylorgraceinc

Joe Pagnan - Lighting Designer: Pagnan's work has been seen across the globe, and he is deeply honoured to be a part of the international design community. As a production designer he has had the pleasure of creating for companies including Globe Theatre Regina, Magnus Theatre, Obsidian Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times, Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, Aim for the Tangent, Theatre Sheridan, Hart House Theatre, Suburban Beast, Sawitri Theatre, Sampradaya Dance Creations, Eventual Ashes, Living Arts Centre, Art Gallery of Ontario, Birdland Theatre, and Harbourfront Centre to name a few. He is the current resident artist with Talk Is Free Theatre (Barrie), and founding designer of The Highland Arts Theatre (Nova Scotia). Actively engaged in exploring emerging performance practice and theory, he was an assistant curator of the 2011 Canadian Exhibition for the Prague Quadrennial of Space and Design (Czech Republic). He holds a BFA Honours from Ryerson University and is an Associated Designer of Canada. Once a member of the Young Centre's emerging artist program, he has since participated in intensive master classes with Universitat Weimar / Theatre Bauhaus (Berlin), OWOW Project (Poland), and Rimini Protokoll (Berlin).

Abigail Palmer - Lighting Designer: Abby Palmer is a fourth year Drama and English Major at the University of Toronto, where she has produced multiple lighting and set designs. Recently, she has worked as associate set and lighting designer for Where There’s a Will (Sawitri Theatre Company), associate set and props designer for Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Talk is Free Theatre), and lighting designer for InspiraTO.  Abby is thrilled to be working with Kristen and the team to make the collective magic of 4-7-8 come alive!

Maria Luisa Contursi - Mentor/Advisor: Over twenty five years experience working in the nonprofit sector, in various settings with a primary interest in stakeholder engagement, storytelling for impact and cross-sectoral collaboration. Co-founder and former Program Director of mindyourmind, an award winning internationally renowned youth mental health program. Also interested in artistic exchange, cultivating the connection between the arts, community health and the belief that the creative arts can generate a sense of belonging, inclusion and community wellness. Maria Luisa believes in the value of meaningful engagement and that communities become more vital through the process of co-design and sharing of personal narratives.

Shelley Kabelin - Mentor/Advisor: Shelley Kabelin is a Holistic Healer, Counsellor, Teacher and owner of Eagles Wings since 2001. Shelley is certified in over fifty healing modalities working with over 10,000 clients world-wide. She has certified over 1,000 students and created Living in Mastery workshops. Shelley is gifted at inspiring soul awareness and illuminating the illusions that block the EASE of BEing, creating lasting inner change with simple sustainable tools and techniques.

Callahan Connor - Composer: Callahan Connor is a composer and spoken word artist from Mississauga. He has just returned to Canada from 3 years living in India, teaching English and studying the fascinating rhythmic complexity of Indian Classical music. While in India he composed and performed an hour of original piano music for a production of Durrenmatt's The Visit. He is delighted to be collaborating again with Kristen Carcone, this time as a composer instead of a spoken word artist. His spoken word can be found on YouTube and Facebook under his pseudonym, C-Command.

Matthew Kariatsumari – Producer: Matthew Kariatsumari is multidisciplinary producer with experience in audio, video and performing arts. He’s produced radio pieces for The Heart, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. His current work is in the realm of video post-production as a visual effects (VFX) producer for feature films and television shows. Recent projects include Code 8 (XYZ Films), The Expanse S3 (Syfy), and Massive Monster Mayhem S1 (Nickelodeon). Matthew is interested in producing work that inspires critical dialogue through nuanced representation of personal narratives.

Laura Carella – Dancer: Laura Carella was born and raised in Mississauga, Ontario. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from SUNY Purchase with a BFA in dance. She spent a semester studying abroad at the Western Australian Academy of the Performing Arts. Laura has performed works by Doug Varone, Kevin Wynn, Deborah Lohse, Lewis Major and Colin Connor both nationally and internationally. Since moving to Seattle in 2018, she has performed with Colemxn Pester at the Seattle International Dance Festival and performed works by Kate Wallich, Tom Weinberger and Sidra Bell as part of YC2 New Dances. In 2016 Laura joined Kristen Carcone’s immersive work 4-7-8 which continues to tour across New York and Toronto.

Colleen Snell - Dancer: Colleen works with a broad range of dance and movement organizations in many roles including: arts educator, choreographer, collaborator, outside eye, fight director and performer. Her most notable ongoing artistic involvement is with Frog in Hand, a multidisciplinary, site- specific dance-theatre group she co-founded in 2012. Highlights: The Fall, Toronto Fringe 2018 (site specific), Creature 2016, Springboard Danse 2015, TOES for Dance, Transcendance Project, APDP (Alysa Pires). Colleen is an advanced actor-combatant (FDC) and a writer, she completed a Masters Degree at the London Contemporary Dance School in England. Colleen has participated in training at the Banff Centre (March 2018, physical theatre workshop, SITI Company, 2016 Creative Gesture), and with Denise Fujiwara (Butoh, 2018). An avid arts educator, Colleen is committed to developing and sharing cultural capital.

Kim Fischer – Dancer: Kim Fischer is an actor and dancer from Oakland, California. NY Theater: Then She Fell (Third Rail Projects) and Fuerza Bruta (Daryl Roth Theater). Regional Theater: Frankenstein (Dallas Theater Center), Chill (Merrimack Rep), Macbeth (Denver Center), How We Got On (Cleveland Playhouse). TV: Mrs. Fletcher (HBO), Jessica Jones (Netflix), The Get Down (Netflix), Royal Pains (USA), and One Bad Choice (MTV). Film includes: I Can I Will I Did. He is an alumnus of the Actors Theatre of Louisville Acting Apprentice program and the ABC Diversity Showcase 2018. BFA: NYU

Madeline Wright - Dancer: Madeline - from Toronto, Canada - is a dance graduate of Point Park University, where she completed her BFA degree with high honours and gained a thorough foundation and appreciation for modern technique and functional somatic work. She credits her transformative education to the likes of Douglas Bentz, Jason McDole and Jennifer Edwards. Madeline has attended professional programs such as Springboard Danse Montreal (working with Alexandra Wells, Ami Schulman, Peter Chu, Bobbi Jene Smith and Spenser Theberge), Movement Invention Project, Ignite by Toes for Dance, AXIS Connect, and two sessions of Sidra Bell's SBDNY Module. Madeline’s professional and performance experience consists of commercial, concert and multi-disciplinary venues - collaborating and performing the works and projects of Cindy Salgado, Terrence Marling, Gregory Dolbashian, Sonya Tayeh, Helix Dance Project (Linda Garneau) and Frog in Hand (Colleen Snell). Additionally, Madeline has worked closely with FRESH Dance Intensive, teaching at many locations across Canada. In 2016, Madeline worked with and performed in Sonya Tayeh's premiere production of you’ll still call me by name at New York Live Arts which was most recently remounted at Jacob’s Pillow for a week run in the Doris Duke Theater this past summer 2018.

David Steinmetz – Drummer: David Steinmetz is a drummer, producer, songwriter and bandleader born and based in Toronto. He is a very versatile player and has had the opportunity to play with and be coached by some of North America’s leading jazz musicians including Christian McBride, Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Donny McCaslin, Kenny Washington, and Kendrick Scott. David is part of the 10-piece funk band Funny Funk, who can be seen playing at venues all over the Greater Toronto Area, as well as frequently performing with Myles Castello, Scott Helman and various jazz groups. David frequently performs at Toronto venues such as The Rex, The Horseshoe Tavern, The Supermarket, The Home Smith Bar, Poetry Jazz Café, and many more.

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