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October 2018
Noor, a new play by Erum Khan
Aga Khan Museum, October 14th-21st


Photo by Erin Brubacher


I’ve worked throughout the year with director Erin Brubacher and playwright Erum Khan on their new play in development, Noor.  Inspired by the Ghazal, a classical form of sufi poetry, Erum’s play is a meditation on love, Islam and queerness. The work finally premiered in this beautiful yurt at the Aga Khan Musem. It’s been so special to work with this crew including super star sitarist Anwar Kurshid and Toronto pop-duo LAL. And we sold out the yurt!


Performance about a woman 
RUTAS Festival, co-produced with Public Recordings
October 4th-8th, Toronto



Photo by The Edisons


Bea Pizano and Trevor Schwellnus of Aluna Theatre were the first to support this project back in 2014. So I delighted when they asked me to present Performance about a woman in their festival RUTAS. It’s an honour for this gringa to be included in a festival for South American artists and a gift to perform in a context where bi-lingual performance fits right in. 


September 2018
Choreography across disciplines
Banff Centre, Alberta

Photos by Donald Lee


I was lucky to attend this week long residency facilitated by Ame Henderson and Christopher House at the Banff Centre. Ame and Christopher brought together a magical group of eleven artists. We worked intensively every day and reflected on each other’s practices. I came out of this having a clearer sense of my own work and feeling so inspired by the things that other artists were making. Also, I made this piece about ancient crustaceans coming into consciousness featuring Ayesha Jordan and Robert Fleitz.  :)


August -September 2018
Borders (sin titulo), development period,
Dancemakers, Toronto.


Photo by Claire Harvie


Borders (sin titulo) is the project that Marina Colomina and myself have been nurturing for the the past year.  Making use of Aristophanes’ play The Clouds as the foundation for a devised performance, we spent a intensive period at Dancemakers diving deep into the clouds dilemma. Marina came to Toronto and we were joined by the amazing Supriya Nayak and Megumi Kokuba as performers with collaborators Ame Henderson, Katie Ewald, Marinda de Beer and Evan Webber.  More information here!

May 2018
Performance about a woman,
offta festival, May 29th + 30th, Montreal.


Video still by Oliver Husain


I’ll be in Montreal in May to present this reworking of a solo that I first made in 2014. It has been through a few incarnations and this new proposal includes some installation pieces by Oliver Husain and a new score by Matt Smith. The project has always been a vehicle for developing a practice and the title forces me to confront old ideas again. I’m challenging myself to avoid solving the problems of the work as a performer and to think of them formally. I’ve always felt that a return can be a real opportunity for growth and with Performance about a woman I’m finding this to be true. 


March 2018
bloom by Guillermo Verdecchia, Feb 23rd- March 8th, Buddies in Bad Time Theatre, Toronto. 

Photo by Jon Lauener


In this play inspired by T.S. Eliot’s The Wasteland, I returned to work with Soheil Parsa and Modern Times Stage Company. It’s been a powerful experience to remind myself of the meditative potential of repetition in performance. In my own devised performance work I often question what warrants repetition. But in theatre repetition is its’ own kind of formal constraint. After working in improvisatory structures for the last while I’ve been so grateful to rediscover the process of repeating something in this production. 


February 2018
Becoming by Erum Khan, February 16th, Rhubard Festival, Toronto. 


Photo by Dahlia Katz


I’m delighted to have been asked to direct Erum in her solo Becoming. She’s been working on the script in development at the Buddies in Bad Times Emerging Creators Unit. I have done very little directing in the past but I’ve thought deeply about the relationship between a director and a performer. As a performer I always want to trust that a director sees themselves in something that I’m doing. Feeling that dynamic from another perspective while working on Erum’s piece which is so much about changing states has been an amazing opportunity. 


January 2018
Declarations, by Jordan Tannahill, January 22-Feb 11th, Canadian Stage, Toronto.


Photo by Alejandro Santiago


Together with Rob Abubo, Danielle Baskerville, Jennifer Dahl and Philip Nozuka I’ll be appearing in this new work by Jordan. It’s poetic and surprising and features some wonderful people.

Here is a review of the production. 


November-December 2017
Artist in residence at L’Estruch, Sabadell, Catalonia. 

Together with choreographer Marina Colomina, with collaboration from Matt Smith and Ame Henderson, I’ll be working on Borders (sin título), a new project that explores  a classical Greek comedy as material for investigating the borders that govern our bodies, identities, and histories. Borders (sin título) is co-produced by Public Recordings and Events In Real Time with the support of L’Estruch Fàbrica de Creació and La Poderosa.  

Check out the video below for our fundraising campaign and donate here!

BORDERS [sin título] from Public Recordings on Vimeo.