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AROUND will continue Trent’s exploration of boundary-pushing performance through contemporary aesthetics, cross-disciplinary dialogues and collaborative engagement, the hallmarks that inform the creative process at Dancemakers. AROUND delves into the disconnect between symmetry, perfection, uncertainty and ambiguity. Presented in the round, a floor to ceiling veil will encircle both the audience and performers providing an intimate space for exchange.

Founded in 2009 by Trent, EDAP is an intensive training program to ease the transition between academic practice and full time professional life for contemporary dance artists. ¬†Over five years the project has taken many forms providing cross disciplinary training for 42 participants in summer intensives, weekend workshops, training scholarships with Dancemakers, and creation/performance presentations with the company. This year’s format expanded to include the opportunity to collaborate with Trent and the company artists over a six-week period on a major new creation.

“I’ve worked with young artists for most of my career. The exchange feeds my curiosity by placing it in conversation with theirs,” said Michael Trent, Artistic Director, Dancemakers. “This project gives me the opportunity to work with twice as many dancers as usual, offering new avenues for exploring the body’s relationship to presence through critical mass and density.”

Around runs March 26 to 6 April 13 at Dancemakers Centre for Creation, 9 Trinity Street, Studio 313, Distillery Historic District. Tickets $25 adults, $20 students and arts workers.