Kevin A. Ormsby

Kevin A. Ormsby & KasheDance

Kultcha Live Yah

Workshops:
Sept 23, 27 & 29, 2023
Oct 1 & 11, 2023
Various locations

Showcase and Performance:
October 15, 2023
Activities: 1pm-4:15pm
Performance: 4:30 pm
Citadel + Compagnie,
304 Parliament Street,
Toronto, ON

PARTNER:

About the Program

Kevin A. Ormsby, along with KasheDance, will draw from Pan-Africanist based movement and host the ‘Kultcha Live Yah’ series at Citadel + Compagnie during the Festival. The series includes in-person and online workshops leading up to a final performance, which will feature a spectrum of dancers performing against a backdrop of digital artwork. The series is part of the organization’s 15th anniversary celebration that will incorporate dancers and the general public.

KasheDance is an Afro-Contemporary dance company with roots in Toronto and branches connecting it to the United States and the Caribbean. The company is unique in Canada in its use of the Critical Response Process to create, research and present dances that give voice to the realities of African Diasporic experiences. A creative practice based on traditional and contemporary diasporic languages (“KasheDantek”) has helped the company build its audience, connect to established artists while focusing on performance, as well as education and outreach opportunities. KasheDance invites everyone to dance, move and create in a shared experience. Kevin A. Ormsby is the Artistic Director of KasheDance, and will lead the Creatives in Residence project.

Citadel + Compagnie is an artistic and community entity with a dual purpose. It is at once both place and people. The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance is a remarkable building nestled in the Regent Park neighbourhood of Toronto. Since 2012, The Citadel has established itself as an open and welcoming space for artists to rehearse, create and perform, and where the community can learn, communicate, and share.

Toronto Public Library is the busiest urban public library system in the world. Every year, they have millions of users visiting our branches and taking advantage of our online services. They empower Torontonians to thrive in the digital age and global knowledge economy. With expanded access to technology, lifelong learning and diverse cultural and leisure experiences, Torontonians have increased opportunities for growth and success, as well as stronger connections to each other and their communities.

September 23, 1-3pm Workshop in-person / hybrid
Moving in a Kollective Kommunity- Kitchener
KW Musical Productions, 14 Shaftsbury Dr, Kitchener, ON N2A 1N5
Working inter-generationally and with dance enthusiasts to professionals, the Afro- Caribbean workshop will use the KasheDantek technique to explore movement to support a afro-contemporary dance workshop linking African, Afro-Caribbean and dancehall vocabulary under the philosophy “indeed we all breathe, feel and dance”. Participants will be lead through a warm up, movement and group creation.

September 27, 4-5:30pm Workshop in-person / hybrid
Moving Through Words Kreatively

Toronto Public Library, Oakwood Branch, 341 Oakwood Ave, Toronto, ON
Inspired by the production Facing Home: Love and Redemption by KasheDance in collaboration with Christopher Walker. Using the concept of word, action, creating meaning, the workshop will involve a physical warm up, explore the creative aspects of writing, movement generation and evolve to exploring both the elements of words meaning in creating choreography. The workshop is designed to unpack some of the concepts of text, choreography and physical intent rooted; integral to of sections of the production. 

September 29, 6-7:30pm Workshop in-person / hybrid
Afro-Caribbean Workshop
The Studios at Assembly Park, 80 Interchange Way Vaughan, ON L4K 5C3
This Afro-Caribbean workshop with Kevin A. Ormsby and KasheDance will weave together movements from across the Caribbean. Using KasheDanTek, which incorporates Afro-Caribbean and contemporary movements and music, KasheDance will explore the everyday nuances of gestures and moving. The workshop is intended for all ages and levels of experience. We invite everyone to dance, move and create in a shared experience.

October 1, 2-4:30pm Workshop in-person / hybrid
Moving in a Kollective Kommunity- Pickering
Afiwi Groove, 1895 Clements Rd #103, Pickering, ON L1W 3V5
Working inter-generationally and with dance enthusiasts to professionals, the Afro- Caribbean workshop will use the KasheDantek technique to explore movement to support a afro-contemporary dance workshop linking African, Afro-Caribbean and dancehall vocabulary under the philosophy “indeed we all breathe, feel and dance”. Participants will be lead through a warm up, movement and group creation.

October 7 Workshop in-person / hybrid
Information TBD

October 11, 7-8:30pm Workshop in-person / hybrid
Moving in a Kolletive Kommunity- Toronto
Citadel + Compagnie 304 Parliament Street Toronto, ON M5A 3A4
Working inter-generationally and with dance enthusiasts to professionals, the Afro- Caribbean workshop will use the KasheDantek technique to explore movement to support a afro-contemporary dance workshop linking African, Afro-Caribbean and dancehall vocabulary under the philosophy “indeed we all breathe, feel and dance”. Participants will be lead through a warm up, movement and group creation.

October 15, 1-6pm Showcase in-person / hybrid
‘Kultcha Live Yah’ Showcase at Citadel + Compagnie.
Activities: 1-4:15pm. Performance: 4:30-5:30pm
Citadel + Compagnie 304 Parliament Street Toronto, ON M5A 3A4

Kevin A. Ormsby, along with KasheDance, will draw from Pan-Africanist based movement and host the ‘Kultcha Live Yah’ series at Citadel + Compagnie during the Festival. The series includes in-person and online workshops leading up to a final performance, which will feature a spectrum of dancers performing against a backdrop of digital artwork. The series is part of the organization’s 15th anniversary celebration that will incorporate dancers and the general public.

Citadel + Compagnie:
  • Wheelchair Accessibility can be pre-arranged with Citadel + Companie.
  • Washrooms available
  • Paid underground parking at Dundas st. E & Regent St.
  • Accessibility information for this venue.
Toronto Public Libraries:
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Washrooms available
  • Paid parking behind the library, off of Holland Park Ave. and on Oakwood Ave. one block south of Rogers Road.
  • Accessibility information for this venue.


Related Articles

Press Release: Creatives in Residence and Festival Hubs

Ontario Culture Days announce eight new Creatives in Residence and thirteen Festival Hubs ahead of the September 22nd to October 15th Ontario-wide Festival.

Photo by Kevin Jones/Stanleyomar.com

KasheDance Video

Kevin A. Ormsby speaks about KasheDance and ‘Kultcha Live Yah,’ the series of workshops taking place during Ontario Culture Days, and leading up to a showcase event.


These programs would not be possible without the support of the Government of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of Ontario, the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund and the Toronto Arts Council.
The Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund is a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.


Juliane Foronda

Juliane Foronda

NOTES ON PLAY

Installation:
September 22 – October 15, 2023
Throughout Ottawa ON
Find Installation Sites

Workshop
October 15th, 2023
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Ottawa Art Gallery,
50 Mackenzie King Bridge,
Ottawa, ON

Artist Talk
October 15, 2023
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Ottawa Art Gallery,
50 Mackenzie King Bridge,
Ottawa, ON

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About the Program

Juliane Foronda is a Filipina-Canadian artist, writer, and researcher. During her residency, she will research the board game archive at the Canadian Museum of History. From there, she will create a text-based installation scattering extracted board game phrases throughout the city of Ottawa. Through this, the city becomes similar to a game itself, with the public as participants. An interactive event will take place during the Festival.

Predominantly through object, intervention and text, Juliane Foronda’s practice is invested in notions of radical care, feminist hospitality, and traditions of gathering. Juliane received her MA in Fine Arts from Listaháskóli Íslands/Iceland University of the Arts, and her BA in Studio Art from the University of Guelph. Juliane is based between Toronto and Glasgow.

The Canadian Museum of History (CMH) welcomes over 1.2 million visitors each year to its celebrated complex in the heart of the National Capital Region, making it the country’s most-visited museum. With roots stretching back to 1856, it is one of Canada’s oldest public institutions and a respected centre of museological excellence, sharing its expertise in history, archaeology, ethnology and cultural studies both within Canada and abroad. In addition to its ongoing exhibitions, including the spectacular Grand Hall and First Peoples Hall, each year the Museum presents a number of outstanding exhibitions focusing on Canadian and world history and civilizations. These exhibitions include those developed by the Museum as well as many produced by other Canadian or international institutions. The Museum is also home to the Canadian Children’s Museum, a 500-seat theatre and the CINÉ+, equipped with a giant 3D screen and a giant dome. The CMH presents a rich variety of online content. Research activities are concentrated in the fields of history, archaeology, ethnology and cultural studies. The National Collection consists of more than four million artifacts, specimens, works of art, written documents, and sound and visual recordings. More than 218,000 artifacts in the collection are accessible in an online database.

The Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) is a municipal gallery in Ottawa, Ontario that opened in 1988, when a grassroots group of artists and city-builders fought to have a gallery that presented and collected the art of our region, so that our artists could represent the City of Ottawa to the nation and to the world. It is an independent, not-for-profit, charitable organization governed by a volunteer board of directors. The gallery has a permanent collection of over one thousand works, houses the City of Ottawa-owned Firestone Collection of Canadian Art, and provides community, educational and public programming. The OAG focuses on acquiring, interpreting, and sharing art as well as acting as a cultural meeting place.

This project was made possible with support from OC Transpo. Whether you’re returning to work in-office, beginning a new school year, or adjusting to a new fall routine, OC Transpo has you covered. With service to and from the downtown core, and throughout Ottawa and the surrounding areas, there are convenient options and travel tools to suit all customers. Plan your trip at octranspo.com.

SAW aims to become a premier artist-run centre in Canada and the world, engaging in innovative programming, outreach and exchange initiatives. With over 30,000 visitors each year, SAW is a prime destination in the Ottawa-Gatineau region for contemporary art.

Ottawa Art Gallery:

  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Gender Neutral Washrooms
  • Paid Parking
  • Accessibility information for this venue.


Related Articles

NOTES ON PLAY

Creative in Residence Juliane Foronda on archive accessibility, the privilege of nostalgia, and how board games reflect social values.

Press Release: Creatives in Residence and Festival Hubs

Ontario Culture Days announce eight new Creatives in Residence and thirteen Festival Hubs ahead of the September 22nd to October 15th Ontario-wide Festival.


These programs would not be possible without the support of the Government of Canada, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Province of Ontario, the Ontario Arts Council, the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund and the Toronto Arts Council.
The Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund is a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, administered by the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund Corporation.