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    Mar 3-5, 2016
    DanceWorks presents: 

    Sporting Life

    20 years after Sporting Life first premiered, Julia Sasso reimagines her multiple Dora award - nominated dance work together with a new generation of extraordinary interpreters. In a series of deliriously absurd vignettes, five characters reveal the futility of aggression and our potential for redemption. Explosively physical, potent and poignant, Sasso’s seminal creation timelessly mirrors our fragilities and perverse lust for violence.

    view images with the original 1996 cast 


    "Who could forget the impact of Sporting Life... deceptively understated... alive with aggressive energy... yet imbued with a humanistic concern?"  

     - William Littler, The Toronto Star 


    “Sasso’s unique spin on male violence and aggression… one can understand why the piece made such a splash (at the 1996 Canada Dance Festival). In shifting encounters of physical ferocity, they repeatedly hurtle themselves through space like canon balls… Sasso has absorbed well the lessons learned from the films of Martin Scorsese, Sam Peckinpah and Quentin Tarantino - that depicting brutality can become an art form in itself. The delight of Sasso’s choreographic exploration is that it raises as many questions as it answers. Kudos should also go to Sasso and Eric Cadesky for the inventive soundscape…”

    - Paula Citron, The Globe and Mail



    DW 214 - Sporting Life

    Choreography/Direction/Sound Design: Julia Sasso
    Original Composition/Sound Design & Engineering: Eric Cadesky
    Lighting Design: Gabriel Cropley
    Costumes: Cheryl Lalonde
    Stage Manager: Jennifer Lee
    Rehearsal Assistant: Julia Aplin
    Interpreters: Jesse Dell, Daniel McArthur, Irvin Chow, Mateo Galindo Torres, Matthew Cuff

    March 3-5, 2016. 8pm
    Harbourfront Centre Theatre
    235 Queens Quay WestToronto ON
    or call 416.973.4000

    (Photo Credit: Nicole Rivelli)