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Possibilities of Dialogue (Performance)

  • Toronto Centre for the Arts (Studio Theatre) 5040 Yonge Street North York Canada (map)
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Co-created and performed by TOES FOR DANCE Co-Director David Norsworthy and NYC-based dance artist Marielis Garcia, Possibilities of Dialogue is an exchange of energy and awareness. Inspired by the parallels between making a dance and having a conversation, the performance is an abstracted collaborative creative process; moments of listening, curiosity, disagreement and spontaneity unfold through movement and text. It is often playful, lively and physically virtuosic, sometimes uncomfortable, sometimes surprising and almost always responsive to and inclusive of the audience. Audience members are welcome to observe and interact through the invitations that are offered.

Choreography and Performance: David Norsworthy and Marielis Garcia
Music: Brad Wentworth, Noah Malcolm
Lighting Design: Gabriel Cropley
Mentoring: JoAnna Shaw, Peter Kyle, Michael Caldwell, Andrea Roberts

Friday, April 5, 2019 at 8pm

Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 8pm

Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 2pm

Toronto Centre for the Arts - Studio Theatre

5040 Yonge Street, North York, Ontario

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TOES FOR DANCE is proud to co-present this performance. It is co-produced by North York Arts and a part of NYA’s Evolve! Program. It is also co-presented by DanceWorks and a part of the DanceWorks CoWorks Series. Produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council. We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien. Special thanks to Dance Initiative (Carbondale, USA), Kaatsbaan International Dance Centre (Tivoli, USA), ArtsOnSite (New York, USA) and Inception to Exhibition (New York, USA) for supporting the creative development of this work!

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“Norsworthy, a recent graduate of the Juilliard School … is an exceptionally lucid performer” – The Globe and Mail

“… Marielis Garcia approached this with eye-catching bite…” – New York Times



David Norsworthy (Choreographer / Performer) is a Toronto-based internationally acclaimed dance artist who is “an exceptionally lucid performer, technically impressive and articulate with choreographic detail” (Globe and Mail). David has been privileged to perform and tour with companies including Peggy Baker Dance Projects (Toronto), Toronto Dance Theatre (Toronto), Dancenorth (Melbourne), ZviDance (New York), Brian Brooks (New York), Skånes Dansteater (Malmö) and Magma Dans (Stockholm) among others. Upcoming performances include the national Canadian tour of Peggy Baker’s newest work titled “who we are in the dark” and Merce Cunningham’s Centennial Celebration at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (New York). He has presented his choreographic work at the CanAsian Dance KickStart Festival (Toronto), Wave Rising Series (New York), Our Voices (Stockholm) and the OnSite/InSight Festival (Winston Salem) among other festivals. Recent commissions include Lamondance (Vancouver), Point Park University (Pittsburgh) and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre (Toronto). A graduate of The Juilliard School (New York), David is the grateful recipient of the Living Arts Centre’s 2016 Ron Lenyk Arts Award and was one of three finalists for the Toronto Arts Foundation's 2018 Emerging Artist Award.


Marielis Garcia (Choreographer / Performer), a native New Yorker, has been a dance performance artist for over 10 years, and is director of MG DanceArts. She is currently a member of the Brian Brooks Moving Company and Helen Simoneau Danse. Garcia has had the privilege to perform and tour with Steps Repertory Ensemble (NY), Peter Kyle Dance (NY), iKapa (Cape Town), and Douglas Dunn and Dancers (NY), among others. She received her BFA in dance from Marymount Manhattan College. Her work has been presented by Appalachian State University, Salem College, Howard Community College, University of North Carolina Greensboro and Bard College at Simon’s Rock. In 2014, La MaMa theater awarded Garcia with a three-week residency, supporting and presenting a new work in Spoleto, Italy, and in 2017 she was a University of North Carolina School of the Arts choreographic fellow.  She is a 2017, 2018 and 2019 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council grant recipient. Marielis is co-director of STUFFED: Dinner and Dance, a free quarterly community event that serves a warm meal and dance performance.

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Noah Malcolm (Composer) is a composer, musician, and performer originally from PEI, residing in Toronto. For theatre, he has music directed over two dozen productions across the country, providing original arrangements/orchestrations for several. He has composed the scores for As You Like It (Theatre By The Bay) and the musicals Perry Loved Mary (3 years running) and PACKED (commissioned for Bravo Academy). In 2018, he was a resident composer of educational children’s songs for Innovations For Learning (Illinois). Other original songs have been heard at Forte Theatre (Calgary) and in Adulting (web-series). As an improviser, he accompanies live performances and has taught workshops at Randolph and Bravo Academies.  He remains in demand as a collaborative pianist and arts educator. Recently, he provided the score, foley and sound design for a short film.  As a singer-songwriter, his debut single ‘Pray’ has been heard on CBC and SiriusXM Radio.


Brad Wentworth (Composer) is a freelance drummer in New York City. He has performed with Oliver Wood, Melissa Ferrick, Michael Bellar’s As-Is Ensemble and Howie Day and currently performs with The Sweet Remains, Fever High and other artists. Brad also plays drums on Broadway, currently at Dear Evan Hansen and Frozen. Since 2007 Brad has been a frequent collaborator with choreographer Peter Kyle including 2015’s evening length solo composition for drums, percussion and electronics entitled, Vigilance. He has also worked with Doug Varone and Dancers, Parson’s Dance and The Nikolais-Louis Foundation among others. Brad is on faculty teaching drum set at Hunter College and the 92nd St Y. He received a Bachelor’s Degree from The Manhattan School of Music in 2002, where he studied with John Riley.


Gabriel Cropley (Lighting Designer) is a Toronto based lighting designer and three-time Dora Mavor Moore award nominee. Recent credits include abunDance for York Dance Ensemble, King Arthur Panto for Port Hope Theatre Festival, Kickstart for CanAsian Dance, Return of the Dead for NAfro Dance, Styll (Nuit Blanche Scarborough exhibits) for the City of Toronto, Sounding Thunder for Festival of the Sound, Llandovery Castle for Bicycle Opera, and Category E for Coal Mine Theatre. Gabriel has had the privilege of collaborating with Alias Dance Projects, Young Voices Toronto, Ballet Creole, Expect Theatre, Lark and Whimsy Theatre, Julia Sasso Dance, dreamwalker dance, Angela Blumberg, Simcoe Contemporary Dancers, Avinoam Silverman Dance, Little Pear Garden Dance Company, Pia Bouman, Newton Moraes Dance Theatre, Danny Grossman, Sook-Yin Lee & Jennifer Goodwin, Cadence Contemporary Ballet, Ontario School of Ballet, Theatre Gargantua, Peggy Baker Dance Projects, Martha Hicks School of Ballet, Sampradaya Dance Creations, Hamilton Children’s Choir, Tracey Norman, Sabina Perry, Forcier StageWorks, Soulpepper Global Cabaret, RAW Taiko Drummers, Ritmo Flamenco, Teatron Theatre, JDdance, Tribal Crackling Wind, Toronto Dance Theatre, Art of Time Ensemble, and the School of Toronto Dance Theatre.

Photo Credits: Rebecka Hansson, Tony Turner, JJ Sulin, Alvin Collantes, Sid Ceaser and Sam Gaetz.

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