Paula’s Picks and Pans

Featured Events in P&P: Fall for Dance North, Sony Centre International Dance Series

Fall for Dance North

Upstart festival, new last year, ecstatic response from the crowds. All seats at the Sony Centre just $15. Best dance bargin in town. Three distinct programs. Oct. 5, 6 and 7.

Fall For Dance North features world premiere festival commissions by Natasha Bakht (Canada) and champion ballroom dance duo Maria Shalvarova and Alon Gilin (Canada), in addition to performances by Aszure Barton & Artists (USA/Canada), Company Wang Ramirez (France), Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (USA), Les Grands Ballets Canadiens De Montréal (Canada), Peter Chu & Anne Plamondon (Canada), Shumka (Canada), Throwdown Collective (Canada) and Lua Shayenne and Company (Canada). Tickets. www.sonycentre.ca.

Sony Centre International Dance Series.

Three outstanding companies. Not to be missed. Thanks goodness the Sony Centre is back in the dance game.

Nov. 9. Nederlands Dans Theater returns for the first time in seven years. Features two thrilling works by husband and wife Sol Leon and Paul Lightfoot, and one by Canada’s own Crystal Pite.
Jan. 14. Batsheva Dance Company is back for the second time in five years with a potpourri of works by provocateur choreographer Ohad Naharin.
May 11 and 12. Eifman Ballet St. Petersburg celebrates its 40th anniversary with
a third visit to Toronto since 2013, this time presenting Red Giselle. Boris Eifman goes for the jugular when it comes to narrative ballet. Delicious melodrama writ large.