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My Gay Toronto - Bellini's 8 1/2

Love, sex, Brahms, Tyler Gledhill and a puppet named Sarkis

Photos by: John Lauener

It's hard to get a beat on Love, Sex & Brahms, a dance show coming soon to the Betty Oliphant Theatre.
"It's a period piece. There's a puppet in it. It's based on waltzes written by Brahms. It features the legendary Evelyn Hart. It's more like little vignettes than a whole narrative." Such is the description offered by dancer Tyler Gledhill, who is part of the ensemble. I may have trouble piecing it all together in my head, but I must admit it sounds fascinating.

This much we know: legendary Canadian choreographer James Kudelka created a shorter version of the show which won a 2015 Dora Award for Best Choreography. This expanded version features such renowned dancers as Bill Coleman, Laurence Lemieux, and of course, Evelyn Hart. Solo piano duties will be handled by the virtuosic Andrew Burashko. And there's a puppet named Sarkis, who is the unifying element in the show. 

This project brings together many talents. Kudelka is known for his mastery of classical and contemporary styles. Hart brings her classical training to a wholly different genre, giving audiences the opportunity to witness her dance to modern choreography. Coleman, who danced with Martha Graham's dance company, is the co-founder, along with Lemieux, of Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie. I asked Tyler if he was intimidated working with so many legends of dance.

"I was intimidated at first, but they are such kind people and so humble as artists that you forget about that. There's this thing about dancers, no matter how big a star you are, you maintain that humility." And no wonder. A dancer's life requires a lot of energy. "I've been dancing professionally for 15 years. I've do anywhere from 75 to 150 shows a year," he explains. "I'm physically active for at least six to eight hours a day, every day."

So does such a talented and handsome young man as Tyler Gledhill ever get to live the life of a bon vivant? "In my younger days I had more resilience, but if I know I have a performance coming up, I would not go out and party the night before. It's unproductive, unprofessional and yes, very painful." Hopefully, he'll at least be able to grab a drink at the wrap party. 

So, dear reader, if you love dance, dance legends, Brahms, puppets or Tyler Gledhill, then Love, Sex & Brahms is definitely the show for you. 

March 16-18, 2017  |  8pm ; March 19, 2017  |  4pm
*March 16 | 7pm: Opening Night Gala hosted by CLC Board Chair Stephen Delaney with a special introduction by James Kudelka
The Betty Oliphant Theatre, 404 Jarvis Street, Toronto
$25 General Admission, $20 Artists, Students, Seniors, $100 Gala March 16 only
Box Office by phone: 416.364.8011 ext.1


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