Circus Sessions #1 2015

Performances take place May 15th and 16th, 8pm. 

Photo by SVPhotography

Photo by SVPhotography













Saturday May 16th includes a day of panels and discussions.

piece: Bind

Dancers: Sabrina Pringle and Haley Shannon


Fred Deb (Nantes, France). Read more about Fred HERE.

Circus Sessions artists:

Lara Ebata

Angola Merdoch

Diana Lopez Soto

Emily Hughes

Molly Keczan

Diane McGrath

Greg Tarlin

Zita Nyarady

Airin Dalton

Gabrielle Martin

Jimmy Tommy

Noa Lara Meir

Leda Davies

Esther de Montflores

Lou Poirier

Circus Talk – A Day of National discussions on Contemporary Circus

Saturday, May 16 from 10am to 4pm

Panel discussions with circus artists and organizations from across the country including En Piste, Canada Council for the Arts, TOHU, Firefly Theatre & Circus, Allison Collins of the Vancouver Circus Festival, Circus Stella, and more. Free.

9:30 Doors open

10am-11pm Cross Canada glance featuring

  • Yannki- Circus Stella (Moncton, NB)
  • Christine Bouchard- En Piste (Montreal, QB)
  • Samuel Tetrault- En Piste, 7 Doigts De La Main (Montreal, QB)
  • Nadia Drouin- TOHU (Montreal, QB)
  • Allison Collins- Vancouver Circus Festival (Vancouver, BC)
  • Annie Dugan- Firefly Theatre (Edmonton, AB)
  • Brandy Leary- Anaandam Dance Theatre (Toronto, ON)

11-11:15 Break


Connections between Canada and the rest of the world, Autopiste, touring (Nadia Bouchard and Samuel Tetrault)

En Piste- who are they, what they do, what they offer Canadian circus outside QB

12:15-1:15pm Lunch

 1:15-2:15pm Critical discourse: How do you talk about your work? Thinking and Writing about Contemporary Circus

We welcome colleagues working on and interested in the aesthetics, ethics, business practices, pedagogical implications, and discursive significations of contemporary circus.

2:15-2:30 break

2:30-3:30 Round Table: TBA

3:45-4:45 Round Table: TBA

We are posting a series of blogs about Circus Sessions, featuring a different artist each post. The 1st post, written by Zita Nyarady, discusses what contemporary circus means. Read more HERE.



Produced by Femmes du Feu and CCAFT in partnership with Harbourfront Centre

Circus Sessions gratefully acknowledges the support of the Ontario Arts Council.
Call to artists
Call opens September 15th and closes December 1st, 2014
All submissions can be sent electronically to:

Circus Sessions is free to all participants. Participants will be responsible for travel costs.

Date and Location
Workshops and shows take place in The Harbourfront Centre Theatre (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Workshop takes place May 11-17th from 10am-5pm
Show on Friday May 16th and 17th at 8pm

Circus Sessions greatly acknowledges the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council, and big Thank you to Harbourfront Centre and CCAFT for all their support.

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More information can be found at

Dancers: Sabrina Pringle and Haley Shannon

Dancers: Sabrina Pringle and Haley Shannon

Photo by Anandam Dance Theatre

Photo by Anandam Dance Theatre