Native Women in the Arts: I'm Not the Indian You Had in Mind
Mexican-born choreographer Carlos Rivera was inspired by the writings of Canadian aboriginal author and theorist Thomas King, particularly King's short film I'm Not the Indian You Had in Mind. Rivera explores the point where preconceived stereotypes intersect and collide with indigenous cultures. Among the impressive lineup of dancers are Waawaate Fobister and Malgorzata Nowacka. Costumes are by Julia Tribe and music by Edgardo Moreno. Enwave Theatre, Oct. 11 to 13.
Toronto International Flamenco Festival: Rafaela Carrasco
This week of workshops always ends with a blowout performance of cutting-edge flamenco. The mandate of artistic director Lionel Félix is to find new, fresh and exciting talent for the star attraction. Rafaela Carrasco, making her Canadian debut, is bringing her show Vamos al Tiroteo, which won Best Dancer and Best Choreography awards at Seville's prestigious Bienal de Flamenco. Carrasco excels at traditional flamenco, but is known for pushing the boundaries. Sony Centre, Oct. 20.
Toronto Dance Theatre: Rare Mix
The company is presenting beloved pieces from the past. TDT co-founder Patricia Beatty is reviving her spellbinding Freudian duet Against Sleep (1968), one of the most important works of modern dance in Canada. Artistic director Christopher House is represented by the enigmatic Four Towers (1993). The nod to the new generation is Etrange by Montreal-based rising star Jean-Sébastien Lourdais. Fleck Dance Theatre, Nov. 6 to 10.
Sampradaya Dance Creations: Alchemy
To celebrate the company's 20th anniversary, artistic director Lata Pada has assembled an imposing lineup of contemporary fusion works. English guest artist Aakash Odedra is performing a solo, students from India's famed dance academy Sadhya are bringing the groundbreaking work of choreographer Santosh Nair, and Canada's acclaimed Natasha Bakht is creating a work. Enwave Theatre, Nov. 22 to 24.